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Lakers Nation Week In Review: July 13 – July 20

With most of the major names of free agency already making their decisions, the Los Angeles Lakers had the major players on their roster already figured out. This week, they filled in the rest of the holes.

The Lakers added a couple of new big men in Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer, while also bringing back a couple of their better wing players in Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson. Locking up Ryan Kelly to a two-year contract rounded out the Lakers major moves this week.

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Unfortunately, the team had to release Kendall Marshall to clear up all of the possible cap room. But now, with everything else done, fans everywhere await the naming of the team’s next coach.

Lakers Nation News:

Carlos Boozer is the newest Laker after being amnestied by the Chicago Bulls.

The Lakers will bring back Xavier Henry on a one-year deal.

Ryan Kelly agreed to a new contract.

The Lakers re-signed Wesley Johnson to a one-year deal.

The Lakers were rumored to be considering a trade to bring in Eric Bledsoe.

Kobe Bryant likes the moves the Lakers have made this summer.

The Lakers signed another young big man in Ed Davis.

Jeremy Lin is excited to be in LA and play with Kobe.

The Lakers met with Byron Scott for the third time.

Pau Gasol speaks on his friendship with Kobe as he heads to Chicago
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Lakers Waive Kendall Marshall, Sign Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson

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  • Jim213

    The Knicks have expressed their desire to trade Iman Shumpert or J.R. Smith. The only two players that can currently be shipped out are Nash and Sacre. Scenario only, but if the Lakers showed interest in Shumpert they could trade Sacre + include a million in cash along w/ their second round pick (2015 via Rockettes). Although, Shumpert would have a qualifying offer in 2015.

    Acquiring J.R. Smith for possibly a year (2015, player option) wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Send Nash + $3 mil in cash (max allowed to be dealt in a trade for 2014/15 – $3.3 million per CBA) along with their 2nd round pick (2015) for Smith. That would help the lakers cap too somewhat while giving them a potential starter at the 3 or another bench player who’s capable of playing the 2 or 3 with Young or Kobe.

    • LakerJ

      I would say great idea if we had not signed Young. I like the grit that JR brings to the table as long as he checks his attitude at the door.

      • Jim213

        Option, but would strengthen both the 2 and 3 positions. Kobe, Young, Henry, and possibly JR wouldn’t be a bad thing as still believe anyone is tradeable before the trade deadline excluding #24 and Boozer (per CBA).

        • Zimmeredge

          I’ll rather use my exception (Mle or bi annual) for Shawn Marion and just trade our pick for larbin or shumpert.

          • Thomas Klein

            We have our mini MLE , we don’t have a bi annual exception.

        • crownroyals

          Kobe has a no trade clause

          • Jim213

            ?! Kobe’s staying put.

    • vdogg

      JR is a druggie. PASS

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    • kookiebuger

      The Lakers don’t really need either player and Smith would just be a distraction.

      • Jim213

        Aside of Marion for the 3 other options seem minimal. But I’d rather have Smith than Nash given he’d only play 20 games at most.

        • kookiebuger

          But Smith or Shumpert aren’t true Point Guards, Young and Henry will take care of 2-3 for the Lakers on the bench. Sessions would be a solid pickup he can play solid defense and run the offense.

          • Jim213

            Seems the Lakers are cool with what they have at the 1 Lin, Nash, and Clarkson. The weakest position currently are the 3 and 5. Patric Young just signed a two year deal with the Pelicans.

            Would be nice to have Marion but given the remaining $2.7 mil (MLE) as opposed to the other better options it looks doubtful. But looks like FOs looking for another three. So they may also be looking at some unsigned summer league players.

      • sofa king

        Lakers are looking for high quality characters that wont disrupt the locker room. Pass on JR.

        • Jim213

          Smh, yet they signed Nick Young?!

          • Rappin Forte

            Nick Young is a cool dude.. .Swaggy P is more or less like a Primetime good for the locker room a clown and has fun with his teammates some of the antics got him nominated for Shaqtin a Fool so hey give him a break! End of the day he’s not a distraction..

          • Jim213

            Check back his history with the 76ers and Wiz being tagging along with agent 0 back in the day. Just last month he was caught hanging around with Brandon Jennings who was getting his high on. No big deal but can’t make a player look like a saint when off the court decisions say otherwise.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Jim.. NO NO NO Smith…. Iman would be the player we need…

      • Jim213

        Relax just some options but Iman is still possible.

    • Rappin Forte

      I like the way you think JIm! That definitely sounds like something that SHOULD happen..I’m still shocked we have Nash and haven’t stretched his money out for the 3 years… I would have kept Marshall waived Nash or traded him and a 1st rounder for Shumpert

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        A big YES for a trade of NAsh + 1st pick acquired from Houston for Shumpert and NO Smith…

        • Rappin Forte

          Yeah Shumpert only because hes the better defender and is strong enough to play 1-3 Smith is better offensively but too streaky for what we need right now…A guy to help Kobe lock down the wings..and hopefully a Jordan Clarkson uprising over Lin (mid-season) he was a beast in summer league!

          • cj

            people underrate lin. staticlly speaking he was the best defender not named howard on the rockets last season and he was their third best score behind harden and parsons.

          • Rappin Forte

            the whole reason he got less minutes was because of his defense and Pat Beverly came in and took over because of the defensive work.. Lin has some smarts to make some plays but because the lack of foot speed he gets beat

          • cj

            look at the stats. they say lin was a better defender then bev.

            the only true reason lin lost pt is because harden needs the ball in his hands and so does lin.

        • cj

          trading nash and the hou 1st rounder is not a bad idea. shump can play both sg and sf.

          then use the min mid to go get remon sesh.

          bring in ebanks or shasha or brown as the last player on the team.

          lin-kobe-sump-randle-hill
          sesh-x-young-boozer-davis
          clark-ebanks/shasha/brown-wes-kelly-scare

          thats not a bad team and it has a ton of tradeable assets.

        • Thomas Klein

          We not trading away our 1st round picks, we worked hard to get them back, if anything, we want more, this is what you do in a rebuild. Mitch would love another 1st round pick if he could get one.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Why not? Iman Shumpert is a 1st round pick talent… that is an equivalent to an early 1st round pick. It is the same as getting a first round pick. If you understand talent you would agree… don’t just look at the word 1st round pick, look more on what its value and equivalent.

            For example, Lance is a lottery pick talent, even though he was pick in the second round…and we missed on him.

  • LakerJ

    This years team is significant better. We are all counting on Kobe to be healthy and efficient in order to make a big leap forward. We are also counting on a much better coach than D’Antoni. However, there is a very good likelihood that we do not make the playoffs, and to some degree I’m ok with that, I hope that they are a lottery team again and we can recover the pick from Phoenix. To a large degree it seems that the FO is hoping for the same after striking out on free agency.
    If that was not the case plan B would be much better than the team we will field this year. I truly believe that they could have extended offers to Bledsoe, Stephenson, and Monroe. A little creativity would have been necessary due to Nash and Kobe’s contracts, but I believe they could have had those guys if they really wanted to. Bledsoe for about 14M 3-4 years, Lance for 9M, and Monroe for about 12M. If we really wanted to contend and build a team with young talented players that have not reached their ceiling, this could have been the team.

    Bledsoe/Marshall/Clarkson
    Stephenson/Henry
    Kobe/Marion/Aminu or Beasly
    Randle/Davis/Kelly
    Monroe/Sacre

    Possibly M. Beasly for scoring off the bench and Okafor.

    There is a reason the FO did not pursue this team, not sure why, but this could have been a legitimate playoff team, and a future championship team while #24 is still with the team, or a good foundation after he retires. My 2 cents.

    • Rappin Forte

      if only we could work in the Lakers front office..

    • michael

      because it is completely unrealistic, that’s the FO didn’t do it.

    • Thomas Klein

      LakerJ, how do you figure? Stevenson wanted 12million, and signed FO 10.5, and Bledsloe wants 16 million and is STILL holding out, as is Monroe who wants 12 million. 12+12+16=40 million in payroll, be realistic, they would have been lucky to fit two of these players under the cap, and they would have had to waive Nash to do even that. That would mean paying him 3.5 million for the next two years to do nothing. It also would have killed any chance of signing a FA in the future.

      • LakerJ

        What a player wants and what a player gets are two different things. Like you said Lance wanted 12 and got 10.5. Monroe and Bledsoe are still not signed because their teams don’t want to pay those amounts. You said that they would have been lucky to land two of those players, which means that Stephenson and Monroe could have been possible and the Lin trade would still had happened. Paying Nash 3.5M for doing nothing, well we may pay him 9.7 and still get nothing. All I know that after you extend an offer sheet an unrestricted free agent can accept it ir deny it, and their team can choose to match it or not. We simply did not go after those players, and now there are rumors that we are interested in Bledsoe, give me a break. As far as signing a future free agent, that would be possible in 2017 when Kobe comes off the books, but we can’t hold up hope for the future, this was supposed to be the future and looked what happened. Incidentally, sometimes players play for less when they have a chance to team up with someone that can put them on the spotlight and give them a chance to win a chip…just saying.

        • Thomas Klein

          Yea but Lance was a UTA, Monroe and Bledsloe are restricted, their current team can match the offer

  • maro

    kendall a loss for the lakers but a welcome addition for the bucks….

  • Mark

    LOL if the Lakers had Kobe, Swaggy P and J.R. Smith on the floor at the same time that would be hilarious

    • cj

      if they got hot watch out. they could get 60-70 in a quarter

      • Mark

        Maybe we can trade for Nate Robinson as well haha

        • cj

          if they got hot we would see guys pulling up from the half court swishing threes

          • Rappin Forte

            none of em would be able to get up enough shots to even get hot lol its one or none..

          • cj

            do u watch bball. when one gets hot the team gets hot.

          • Rappin Forte

            That happens at times but watching the Lakers for a while we’ve seen plenty of games where it’s only Kobe being able to make a shot..
            .

          • cj

            there is a major diffrence, kobe is kobe you cant stop him so hes not really hot hes just making shots

      • Nore

        And give up 60-70 in that same quarter.

        • cj

          u know thats not true

          • Nore

            And putting up that many is? My point was that Kobe, Young, and JR Smith would be a horrible combination defensively.

          • cj

            yes the most points ever scored in a single quarter is 73 points.

          • Rappin Forte

            Didn’t the Lakers do something like that this year? Toward the end of the season I remember they had this run they put up a lot of points

          • cj

            52 i believe

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  • 16 of em

    Purple and gold magical year….lake show..far from over.our motto should just simply” look what yall made us do” gonna have to cut the head of the mamba..thats their only hope…#hybrid mamba

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