Lakers Nation Debate: What Is The Best Rebuilding Plan? Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="140"] Topic Of Debate: What re-building strategy is best suited for the Lakers given the current state of the franchise? Should they target [new_royalslider id="140"] Topic Of Debate: What re-building strategy is best suited for the Lakers given the current state of the franchise? Should they target Rating: 0
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Lakers Nation Debate: What Is The Best Rebuilding Plan?

Topic Of Debate: What re-building strategy is best suited for the Lakers given the current state of the franchise? Should they target young prospects in the draft, take chances on talent, or look to go after the big fish?

Context: Lakers fans are currently in a very unfamiliar situation. While they are accustomed to rooting for a team that is in the thick of the title hunt, that hasn’t been the case this season.

Over the course of the history of the Lakers franchise, there has always been a move that has spearheaded this organization to success. In the ’60s it was the acquisition of Wilt Chamberlain, and in the ’70s they traded for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and drafted Magic Johnson.

That list can go on and on, but the fact still remains that the front office has been known to make the correct moves that will lead to championships.

With that being said, we take a look at this team as it stands now and examine the potential ways  the front office can make a big move to get this roster looking like one that can win a title.

Verdict: We took this poll question to Twitter to get the fans take on what their ideal rebuilding plan was.

I presented the poll question:

Here are some responses:

As for myself and where I stand? I’m not entirely sold on the Lakers landing a big fish in this draft (Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Joel Embiid). I think that the Lakers will finish at best in the middle of the lottery, meaning that they should get a good prospect, but not a premiere one.

I believe that the Lakers need to target some young talent in this upcoming off-season and take chances. Eric Bledsoe, Lance Stephenson, and Greg Monroe are all young NBA players that still have untapped potential.

Can they be franchise players? Probably not. But having one of those guys with Kobe Bryant could be a stronger pitch to an upcoming free agent like Kevin Love, versus having just cap space.

Superstar caliber players want to be able to contend as soon as possible, and are just as impatient as fans, so I’m not entirely sold on the concept of a supreme talent coming to the Lakers and waiting out the process.

Because of that, the front office should try to assemble as much talent as they can on this current roster and then move forward from there. Draft well in 2014, take a chance on a young talent 2014, and then go for the big fish in 2015.
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  • LAL

    Because of Nash we are going to end up with an extremely lousy draft
    pick. We were on our way to a top 5 draft pick but selfish Nash had to
    come back for no other reason than to feed his ego. He cost us 2 number
    one draft picks, two number two draft picks plus 3 mil to Phoenix and
    28 mil for his 3 year salary. Now to add insult to injury he is going
    to cost us a top 5 draft pick in this up coming draft. There’s nothing
    for him to play for except his big fat ego.

    • Gregory Choa

      Right, it’s all his fault…he’s acting in a complete vacuum and selfishly looking to sabotage the entire Lakers organization single-handedly. Why don’t you just put out a hit on him? You think you’re so smart, but in reality you’re such a dolt.

    • 3339

      lol you called a Steve Nash, who had the 4th most assists all time, a selfish guy. doesn’t make sense.

      • LAL

        Selfish is not in term of assist you moron! If you can’t even understand what I was saying, don’t bother to reply.

    • Marty Susman


  • incendy

    A. Extend Steve Blake, Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill and Jordan Farmar for reasonable amounts. If Henry is available for a good value bring him back too.

    B. Sign Kyle Lowry, Tyler Hansbrough and Luol Deng this summer.

    C. Draft someone good at the center position. Ideally Noah Vonleh.

  • Blake

    Step one : draft smart (if we get one more top pick for Paul trade draft a big man I say PF)
    Step 2: sign deng and got after lance.
    People to keep
    Jordan F, Kendall Marshall
    Kobe (duhh) nick young
    Xzavier Henry
    Ryan Kelly
    Jordan hill
    And wait in 2015 for love if the draft for a PF don’t work…

  • B.K. LeSueur

    I think the Phoenix trade will happen. I hope they take PHO’s pick and combined it with someone to then get another lottery pick, because I bet we can talk someone to take like Meeks and that pick or something like that.

    I want them to do what they can to get in the Top 5 pick and then draft whoever with that second pick.

    The off-season, I could love with them getting Lowry, Deng, and Stephenson, add whoever else you could from this roster or others that want to come for cheap like last season, and then in 2015, try and go for both Rondo and Love and then work from there.

    Oh and I am lightly hoping that D’Antoni gets replaced this off-season.

    I’d be willing to try Melo if he really wants to work with Kobe and be that kind of duo, but I wouldn’t make it Goal #1.

  • Daryl Peek

    Were gonna draft a player regardless of draft position. Kelly was a good 2nd round pick so I have confidence we’ll get a good player. The current players are gonna compete game to game no matter what the playoff plight, that’s what their paid to do. The FO is proven to make moves to bring in talent, that will continue. Retaining many that are presently on the roster is key also.

    Rebuilding is not tanking for the Lakers. If the team lands a top draft pick due to all of the injuries so be it. I pay to see a Lakers team win, and no matter what it’s GO LAKERS.

    • e3bonz

      I would say sign/re-sign as many of the current roster as possible, bring in a few picks and then trade down to where everything fits. If a big name wants to be in LA, let them come as FA’s, no giving away the store for high priced player.

      • Daryl Peek

        I can dig that.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I think rebuilding through the draft is the best way to make it happen smoothly.Of course the people drafting have to know what the hell they are doing for it to be a major success.Examples of teams that built their core through the NBA Draft are the Spurs winners of championships in the last 15 years,Spurs drafted David Robinson,Tim Duncan,Tony Parker,Manu and the all were key contributors on the championship teams.Pacers drafted Paul George,Roy Hibbert,Lance Stephenson,Danny Granger they are key contributors on the team with the best record this season.

    OKC Thunder drafted Kevin Durant,Russell Westbrook,Serge Ibaka,Reggie Jackson all key contributors to their success.Yes even in the old days the draft was of most importance Bulls drafted Jordan,Pippen,Horace Grant.Lakers drafted Magic,Worthy,Scott,Cooper,Rambis,A.C. all key contributors.Celtics drafted Bird,Big Kevin M. Pistons drafted Zeke Thomas,Joe Dumars,Dennis Rodman,John Salley all key contributors to back to back to back championships.Houston drafted Hakeem,Sam I Am,Robert Horry they were all key contributors to back to back championships.Utah drafted Stockton and Malone and they never won it but they contended and played in 2 finals together.

    Yes the draft is the main way to go to build a championship contender or championship team.Lakers must rebuild through the draft no matter how long it takes IMO.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lets embrace rebuilding.Go Lakers!I love LA!

  • Nashir Mohammed

    the best thing would to be in 2014-15 build a team of role players + a mid-level like luol deng, you can keep xavier henry, kendall marshall and ryan kelly for dirt cheap. they will still have sacre and kobe and nash comes off the books for 2015-16 when they can make a play for a game changer…this is the season they can contend for a title. the rebuild model for next season should be this season’s phoenix or golden state. they will also need a coach that is more relentless and defense oriented…

  • d man

    get a new head coach………….

  • Marty Susman

    Unless they can get a real future super stud like K. Irving or K. Love they need to keep the powder dry for 2015 free agent class. That means two things, get a great first round pick by losing MORE, trade Gasol, Blake, Meeks, Kaman, make Nash as asst. coach in charge of point guard training, trade Johnson & yes Hill if he can help through a package to get really great future studs & yes, Young as well….

    • Chrmngblly

      Absolutely. You can lose more by trading chips for picks. Boston is doing exactly that. I agree, but I would not give Pau away cheaply.

  • Sylvia Ross

    I know that this isn’t what’s being discussed, but how is it that Mo Cheeks got fired and we’re still hanging on to that sorry azz d’antoni? I really don’t understand!!

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