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One of the biggest question marks heading into the off-season for the Los Angeles Lakers is the immediate future of Pau Gasol. The Spaniard will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and is looking forward to testing the open market.

Although Gasol hasn’t ruled out a return to the Lakers, many believe he’ll likely pursue a third ring by signing with a legitimate title contender. Despite Gasol’s desire to play for a contender, the Lakers will reportedly make an attempt to re-sign him according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:

The future remains uncertain for the Lakers to say the least. The team will have a high pick in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft as well as a considerable amount of cap space at their disposal, but it is unclear at this point in time if GM Mitch Kupchak and company intend on being major players in free agency this summer.

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Gasol will be arguably one of the biggest names on the open market this summer along with Luol Deng and Kyle Lowry. If Carmelo Anthony decides to opt-out of his deal with the New York Knicks, the superstar will jump to the top of the list of desirable free agents.

As of right now, Gasol will be one of the most sought after players available come July with the Lakers seemingly not sold on the prospect of letting him sign elsewhere.
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  • lakers4life

    In order for lakers to get back on top we need to resign pau gasol, I rather have him than heat or clippers having him.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Am gonna go with Loul Deng… and Greg Monroe… let go of Gasol and sign this 2. We address our biggest need, defense and age, but still remains a veteran team.

    • cj

      dengs going to get around 8-12 mill and monroe is going to get 14+ mill. we dont have the money to get both. resigning pau for 10-14 mill for 1 season and getting arzia with the mle would fit us better.

      a line up of

      farmar, kobe, arzia, pau, embiid is a whole lot better and its very possible.

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

        Greg Monroe for max? YOu’re joking, right? Monroe doesn’t command max yet, his performance doesn’t command max, and his talent level doesn’t either. He is best an above average big that can play 4 and 5. 6M is what he’s going to get. Deng will easily get 8M in the market.

        • cj

          you must not watch basketball if you think monroe is getting anything under 10 mill a season. he is better then j smooth and look at what he is being paid

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

            In fact i do watch the games, on TV of course… Greg Monroe is not a Max player… the only Max player on that Pistons team is Drumond…

          • cj

            i never said i think hes a max player. i dont but someone will give him a max deal he is a big that can play he will be paid.

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

            14M /year is a max player territory…. Monroe isn’t going to get anywhere that yet… I don’t see any team giving him that kind of contract given the current CBA.

          • cj

            look what the pistons paid j smooth who is a worse player then monroe. some one will pay monroe 12+ mill next year.

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

            Smith’s contract, if I am not mistaken, is still under the old CBA, the new CBA will take effect this summer… pardon me if I am wrong… that is why, Monroe isn’t going to get that kind of money.

          • cj

            no we have been under the new cba for the last 3 years. next season is when the repeater tax comes in. smiths deal was made last season.

          • Purp and gold god

            Salary cap getting smaller every year. Market value for players not named Durant or James is shrinking. Plus team getting stingy wit their cap room they don’t wanna take a tax hit. Monroe prolly gonna get 7-10 mil a year. I could c the Mitch signing deng and Monroe for 20 mil a year but not for longer than 2 years. All said Bosh and deng would b better on 2 year deals.

          • cj

            the salary cap is getting bigger not smaller. do you know basketball??????????

          • PurpGoldGod

            I know bout yo moms stank clam. Google what it was last year what is this year and what it gonna b next year. I got mo Bball knowledge in my left nut than u do in your entire weak self.. Tell yo moms to wash her whispering ear.

          • cj

            the salary cap is going up to 62.1 mill next season its 58 mill now. you tell me if 62 is greater then 58?

          • PurpGoldGod

            Salary cap getting bigger lol hahaha that explains that wack ass comment you made earlier..drink some robo and vodka and do the lakers a favor

          • cj

            the salary cap is going up to 62.1 mill next season its 58 mill now. you tell me if 62 is greater then 58? you know nothing of basketball.

          • Daryl Peek

            That being said on the cap and luxury tax increasing, why should players continue to give teams a discount? Kobe spoke on this in his new contract and other superstars were paying attention. The days of the big three are about to be over unless you get lucky in the draft or catch fire with an aging star that’s accepted father times grip. LeBron and Bosh will not be taking the hometown discounts going forward. They may stay one more season in Miami if they win this season to do a possible four peat but as LeBron said, Wade is getting the Kobe deal. There was sarcasm in that but you better believe many are looking and rethinking.

    • Chrmngblly

      You can have Greg Monroe and Loul Deng.. We need a big defensive center—which Monroe’s not. And Deng is too high priced especially when we have Kobe, Young, Bazemore, X and Johnson that can pay the 3. We just don’t need either of those guys.

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

        Kobe,Young,Bazemore, X,Johnson… are all under 6’7″… Deng is 6’9″… and a defensive minded, and also has above an elite level of offense…. Greg Monroe is 6’11″, 250lbs, he is that BIG… in today’s NBA, bigs that can play both positions are highly valuable… and they are both above average defensively… I am not sure how you would come up to the idea that Deng and Monroe are not BIG and not defensive players…

        A lineup of Monroe-Deng-Kobe-Meeks-Bazemore… will wreck havoc defensively as well as offensively, don’t you think?

        • Chrmngblly

          Deng is well thought of but we have others who could man the position cheaper. Monroe has serious claims made that his short suit is defense. I can try to find that link again if you want.
          I am kind of bummed about the Monroe complaints, myself. I would love to find us a suitable FA. This is why I think we have to do it in the draft—Embiid with luck.

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

            I am inclined to somewhat agree with you on Monroe… but your take on Deng, being that, there are others who could man his position aptly and on the cheap is already saying a lot. There is not many who can play like Deng in the league, one that has size and can play the 3-4 position on both ends… there is only Lebron, Durant,… Deng is next on that list. Pardon me if my knowledge is limited… if you can name me 2 more to join that list I would be very happy… but right now, there is no one I could come up with.

          • Chrmngblly

            As we are, we have Kobe, Swaggy and Bazemore to more or less cover the 3. I am not against Deng, but he would have to play the 4. Not that we couldn’t use him there but right now I see us being killed at center and needing help at the 1, meaning buy Bledsoe or Lowrey if we draft a center.

        • Sylvia Ross

          Agreed.

  • Jason Decker

    There is no reason the team can’t be competitive if Kobe is healthy, Gasol resigns and is healthy and they can sign a guy like Deng. You resign Meeks for shooting and You resign young for scoring off the bench. Also if they get lucky and draft someone who can contribute right off a la Magic or Worthy, them they got shot

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

      AGree with your thinking…

      Sign Gasol to 8M/year… get Deng… our lineup would be:
      Gasol-Deng-Kobe-Meeks-Farmar
      Bench: Sacre-Kelly-Young-First RD pick-Bazemore

      Get Hollins as coach… we will have a shot,

    • TheTruthKills

      Gasol won’t come cheap and I think someone will overpay for Deng this Summer. At best we’ll be fielding pretty much the same team next year with the addition of our draft pick.

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

        With the current cap situation… I doubt teams are going to overpay Deng… Lakers is one of the teams that has cap space and needs in the vicinity of Deng’s caliber. other teams with cap space have different needs and is not necessarily addressed by acquiring Deng.

      • Chrmngblly

        I don’t think that’s so bad if Kobe is back to normal and we find some help or hope at the 5.

        • TheTruthKills

          Judging by the six games Kobe played this season that’s a pretty big if. I realize everyone loves Kobe, but we need to stop acting like he’s the same guy before the injuries. At least wait until he shows us he’s that guy.

          • Chrmngblly

            Wait for what?

  • truth24

    GTFO

    • PurpGoldGod

      For sure gasol can walk

  • kookiebuger

    Why won’t they let him go it’s best for both the Lakers and for him to part ways unless they sign him to a 1 year 8-10 million dollar deal.

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

      I am with you on this… if Gasol wants more money above 8M per year… they should let him go and sign Greg Monroe for that same amount or lesser.

      • cj

        ur not getting monroe for that little. he will get a max offer.

        • Daryl Peek

          Monroe is not yet worth a max offer. 10-12 at most and I would not give him above 10. What is he? A PF or C? He’s gifted offensively but lacks as a C defensively. That is a red flag IMO as we need a C who can defend. Gasol can easily do all that Monroe does right now and it makes no sense to over pay Greg for that hoping he shows different going forward.

          • cj

            i agree with you but this is the nba some team out there is going to offer him a max deal. hell the pistons might resign him even when they should let him walk.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed but I would not sacrifice the goal of free cap space for Monroe.

          • cj

            nither would i. i would try to resign pau for 1 season even if that means over paying for him

          • Daryl Peek

            Overpaying Pau is not an option. Neither is expecting him to take a gross under payment. A happy fair medium can be reached

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

            8M for Pau and no more.

          • cj

            thats an underpayment.

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

            Depends on the length of contract… if FO gives him 4 years and a retire a laker… I think he will take it.

          • cj

            if they give him four years ok but there goes love.

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

            love is still 2 summers away, there are other ways to acquire him…

          • cj

            the only way were getting love is if we can sign him. no one is going to be the team that trades the lakers a new star.

          • Chrmngblly

            No more guaranteed contracts. Sheesh! Not for aging veterans, anyway. Only guarantee superstars.

          • Daryl Peek

            Absolute insult.

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

            hahahahahaha…. i think not…. he doesnt command double teams anymore, his agility has been declining sine 3 years ago, he is still a serviceable starting center, but his downside has become apparent this couple of years…

          • cj

            he is still a walking 18-11-4-1 player other players at that lvl are all getting at least 12 mil

          • Daryl Peek

            18/10/3/1.5 he absolutely commands doubles and with a better supporting cast can be deadly as his natural 2nd option. I’m not saying this is you but too many people are soured at his failure as a #1 option, which is something he’s never been.

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

            DP you have not been watching the games lately, so it seems… he doesn’t command doubles anymore… I have not seen him doubled for a long time… in fact, the last time he was doubled was the finals against boston, after that, it was all downhill for Pau. We have to accept that fact… I love Pau, and have been a supporter since he got here. But I will not turn a blind eye.

          • cj

            pau was getting doubled during the first round last year when he was getting trip dubs

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

            you’re being funny… he wasn’t doubled last season… watch the series again… Duncan single covered him, Diaw single covered him, Splitter single covered him… these three where the the players who defended him…

          • cj

            you really need to watch it again the spurs were all over pau.

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

            the Spurs were all over Pau? you mean to say, Duncan needed his team mates to help him defend Pau? If Diaw can take him solo, why would Splitter need help to defend Pau?

          • cj

            pau destroyed diaw and splitter the only one who played pau well was duncan.

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

            destroyed is a little bit an exaggeration… but there was no double team from the Spurs sent Pau’s way…

          • cj

            yes there was thats why moris and godlock were so wide open all the time.

          • Daryl Peek

            Pau has been double teamed plenty of times this season. How else do you think he gets so many assists in a game? Who else on the team could command a double when he has the ball? Why would others be open when he gets the ball in the post for a kick out? Pau still creates mismatches and defenses have to react. The one thing most don’t acknowledge is Pau’s consistency. 18/10/3/1.5 is what he does regardless. every now and then he will explode for over 25. Defensively he has never been dominant and played out of his mind in 09 & 10. He is who he is and still produces at elite big level

          • cj

            hes not really a bad defender. hes just to slow to be constently helping off of his man all the time.

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

            we must be watching different games… i have NOT seen Pau get double-teamed in a consistent basis… perhaps what you are picking up are those isolated double teams when he has a mismatch… any team would do that. to any mismatches. to command a double team is to do it consistently and where opposing teams plan their defensive alignment to double once that player is in the position to score… and I will maintain my stance… Gasol has not been that player where opposing teams plan to stop by sending a double team.

          • Daryl Peek

            What team consistently does the same thing defensively? That makes it predictable and gives the offense even more of an advantage. Gasol has a mismatch against almost every big in the NBA. Noah does a good job against him but Gasol abused Noah early and often one on one in that last Bulls game and they began to double him.

            Gasol is the only Laker this season teams need to stop. Sometimes a defense allows a player in that situation to get his and keep others from being elevated by his play. We all know Pau is always looking to get his teammates involved first and is far from a player who will look for his own opportunity first. It is this passive nature that has always worked for and against him at times. This is why he rarely goes off for big scoring outputs but again, 18/10/3/1.5 you can pretty much count on nightly. Teams don’t game plan to stop Duncan anymore either. The collective is the treat and Duncan like Gasol is sold on that more than pumping up his own.

          • Daryl Peek

            Doubles or not, there are not 5 big’s in the NBA that can produce like that and those numbers for a big are still elite.

          • cj

            when pau is healthy he is still a top 10 big in the nba

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

            agree… and a top 10 big… does not command 10M a year… look at the contracts of the top 10 bigs… hoopshype is available for you…

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

            be that as it may… he is not worth more than 10M a year anymore… IMO… anyway, good for him if he gets more than 10M… but the way I see it, he is a bad investment above 10M

          • Josh

            Defenders collapse on him when he actually gets the ball on the low block. Sometimes they forget how dangerous he is down there, but when he gets it going, the doubles come. The problem is his lack of touches, and that’s what he’s been complaining about for almost two years. He didn’t really complain about it much during Mike Brown’s stint because the team still used a big on the block with Bynum.

          • cj

            most of the team should be resigned. nash retires and let brooks and kaman walk. resign the rest of the team and bring in arzia for the mle and draft embiid and sign boozer for vets min deal.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m over Johnson and not sure about Young or X. I’d keep X over Young just because of the upside on both sides of the ball. Meeks is a Keeper if we can afford him. I don’t feel Marshall at all but he’s such a cheap option we can’t afford to let him go.

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

            AGree with you on Marshall… i don’t feel him either… Bazemore can ably run the point next season as a backup to Farmar.

          • cj

            to me
            farmar, kobe, arzia, pau embiid
            marshel, meeks, young, boozer, hill
            x, bazmore, wes, kelly, scare with a good coach is a contending team.

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

            Boozer? yuck! Boozer? think again… I’de rather have Kelly run the PF position than him… there is a reason why Taj Gibson has taken over his spot at Chicago…

          • cj

            boozer at a vets min as the back up pf to pau would be amazing.

          • Daryl Peek

            Boozer vets min? Bwahahaha No disrespect man but WOW!?!

          • cj

            hes going to be amistyed from the bulls and his 17 mill hes making. so hes going to be willing to sign for nothing because hes still making 17 mill

          • Daryl Peek

            Why? What good does it do him to play for peanuts beneath his value? Regardless of being amnestied playing for under 2 mil is ridiculous to expect for a player of his caliber. If Bynum can get 6 mil why should Boozer accept vets min?

          • cj

            because what ever he gets paid by his new team he wont make any more then what the bulls are paying him. so theres no need to get a 5 mill deal because he will still only get paid 17mill from the bulls. the only person that benifits from him getting paid next season by another team is the bulls because it lowers what they pay him.

          • Daryl Peek

            That makes no sense. If amnestied that money is in the bank. Again why play for peanuts beneath your value going forward?

          • cj

            no the rockers were paying scola 15 million dollars untill they cut him. the suns signed him for 4 mill so the rockets only pay him 11 milll now the rest is paid by the pacers who traded for him. so no matter how much boozer gets paid by his new team unless its more then his current contract the bull will make up the diffrence.

          • Daryl Peek

            Check Sports track if you don’t believe me. Scola signed a three year 17.2 million dollar deal that paid him just onder 6 mil the first three seasons and over 6 in 14-15. They are still paying him that and now Scola has a three year deal he signed in 12-13 with the Pacers paying him just under 5 mil a season. He’s getting all of that money from both teams. The Amnesty provision was a CBA agreed deal that allowed teams cap relief but not cash payout relief as the players would never agree to going against their guaranteed salaries. The amnesty is strictly onetime grandfathered in old contract cap relief and that’s it. The players agreed to it because it allows them to be paid the old contract in full and still get a new contract going forward. The owners agreed because the cap relief gives them the flexibility to add other players within the luxury tax structure to remain competitive. There’s no bottom line relief to the books of a team at all.

          • cj

            according to the nba cap rules the teams split the payment. the claiming team pays the player the contract they signed him to and the former team makes up the diffrence between the contracts.

          • Daryl Peek

            Not with the amnesty provision. That is a different beast. Check the dead money on the rockets books. Scola’s full salary is still on it but does not count against the cap because of the amnesty rule. They’re still paying him tho.

          • cj

            dude i just looked it up im right.

            OK, so if the contract doesn’t count against the cap, then who’s responsible for paying the player? His old team? New team? The league? Who?

            - Both. His old and new team split the tab. The new team covers the portion they bid for, and the old team pays the balance.

            this is coming off of the all sports everything page. i would put up a link but my post would be flagged.

          • Daryl Peek

            Just saw that but that is only in the case of a player claimed off the amnesty waiver. If not he becomes a free agent and the old team is on the hook for the full amount of the old salary.

          • cj

            now this may be true im not sure on this one. that still does not mean he wont be willing to go to a possible contender for next to no money. it would not surprise me if he does sign for a vets min deal next year knowing he will still be making bank. rember he has yet to win a title

          • Daryl Peek

            You could be right if Boozer passed waivers and found a contender he wanted to play for. Other than that why would he play for less than he’s worth?

          • cj

            theres no way he would but if everything works out the lakers could very well be a dark horse next year and a player like boozer might just be willing to take a lot less for a chance.

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t see him and Gasol as a good fit. Poor defensive front court. Gasol needs to play next to an athletic defensive minded PF at this stage of his career. He cannot be expected to be the low post defender. Games Gasol played well defensively were one Hill and Johnson were on tilt defensively where Pau could feed off their defensive hustle energy in help.

          • cj

            if everything worked out boozer would be paus back up. i want the lakers to draft embiid so pau would be the pf with embiid at center. but with pau’s skills and passing he and embiid would work well together with the right coach like hollins. boozer and hill could be our back up front court.

          • Daryl Peek

            That’s asking a lot of Boozer to take a back seat like that. He’s a starter on every NBA team at PF outside of the elite with a Griffin or Aldridge type. Not sure Embiid would start right away either. At least not if you expect to compete right away.

          • cj

            i think embiid could start right away with pau. all he would really need to do would be get boards and block shots pau could carry the offensive load. i agree it would be asking alot but i think to have a chance at a title he would take it.

          • Daryl Peek

            Easier said than done even for a coach like Hollins or Phil Jackson. Phil never truly found the perfect symmetry between Bynum and Gasol together, contrary to popular belief. Bynum was always chomping at the bit for more shine when healthy and in 10-11 his being featured more by Phil was the beginning of Gasol’s angst about being moved out of the low post. 11-12 was continuance to the 100th power as Brown did not hesitate in full featuring of Bynum. MDA continued this. Having those four would recreate an even bigger mess of a log jam in the post. Embiid would need to get his, Hill is on record saying he’s not cool with his role in a season he’s started more games than he did the previous 4 seasons combined. Pau was not cool with MDA cutting his minutes early on. Pau’s 31.4 MPG are the lowest of his career and how would that increase with Boozer, Hill and Embiid? Keep in mind Kelly will still likely be a part of that mix.

          • cj

            scare would be in the bottom of the bench were he belongs he should not be getting any pt as is kaman, pau, hill, and kelly are all better the scare.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed on Scare but as seen tonight, he is the better defender of all of them. Randolph and Marc had the most problems with him between all of the big’s. MDA is right about that unbelievably. Sacre is just so awkward offensively it hurts! Reminds me of a Kwame Brown how he mishandles the ball in the post and cannot finish.

            Even with Sacre riding the pine you still have a minutes log jam problem with the four.

          • cj

            kelly has a future but he needs to add some size in the off season hes to small and get bullied alot in the post.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed but his skill level is too off the chart to bury him on the bench. Especially as the value pick we got him for. It’s overlooked hidden gems like that that can be the difference on a contending team, ala Fisher or Horry as they were overlooked as unexpected contributors from early on.

          • cj

            agreed. i really like kelly he has all the signs of being a solid role player for years to come.

          • Josh

            If I understand the amnesty provision, I think you are both confused about how it works. From my understanding, an amnestied player gets paid his current contract no matter what like @disqus_cdLpQkICAX:disqus is describing. In his scenario, the Lakers would pay $2mil and the Bulls would pay the rest. But when a player is amnestied, he hits the waiver wire before he becomes a free agent, so every team in the league gets to bid on him–basically a silent auction–and whoever bids the most gets him. So if the Lakers bid $2mil, but the Sixers bid $5mil, he would go to the Sixers and the Bulls would have to pay the other $12mil.

          • Daryl Peek

            We established that through our debate and cross fact checking. The thing is if a player passes waivers unclaimed the old team pays the entire old contract regardless if he eventually signed by another team later or not.

          • Daryl Peek

            Boozer would mean Gasol is absolutely gone.

          • cj

            boozer at a vets min could be paus back up

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

            not Boozer…not him…. I would go for Embiid and Deng… Deng eats Boozer all the time both defensively and offensively…

          • Josh

            I would not offer more $10 million a year, but I would want to sign him for a 2-3 year contract. Maybe a player option on the 3rd year. I don’t think Pau would even consider a one-year deal at his age and recent injury history, but a 2-3 year deal makes him a tradeable asset so the Lakers can still pursue a trade for Kevin Love.

          • cj

            no team is going to be willing to be the team that traded the lakers back into the finals. the lakers arnt getting any big trade for a wile

          • Chrmngblly

            This is embarrassing for me to agree with you, DP.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m embarrassed for you O_o

          • Chrmngblly

            Weak.
            You never did answer me on the cap question I asked. Did you not see it?

          • Daryl Peek

            Comments were closed on it by the time I saw it. I vaguely remember the question now.

          • Chrmngblly

            Here it is again:

            Hey, DP. Tell me if I am wrong about how the CBA works. It is my understanding that if a team is under the cap at least one of the last 3 years, they can go over for the next two years, they just have to pay penalty taxes and repeater taxes. If they are not back under the cap again by the third year, they can’t get any free agents except through trades, in addition to paying all those penalties.

            Is that right? Or can’t they pick up a free agent, ever, if they are over the cap?

            So for the Lakers, I think they have to be under this year and then they can go over for the next two years, if they need too, while they sort it out. Can they do that?

            And don’t gimme no shit…:-)

          • Daryl Peek

            In theory you seem to be right. From what I understand there’s a cycle a team can work to avoid the repeater luxury tax and more punitive penalties starting at the end of the 14-15 season. So yes, they absolutely have to be under at the end of next season and this is in part why they are committed to cap flexibility.

          • Chrmngblly

            I was just worried about there being an absolute rule against going over the cap–even if they were willing to pay the penalties. If not, then they could pay to get Love in 2015, go over, and then sort it out later in the next 2 years, even though they are in the penalty.

            I just hope there is that much flexibility in the CBA.

          • Daryl Peek

            The only thing I tell most fans is to stop being so quick to spend the Lakers money in luxury tax penalties. Even with the Time Warner deal the team only nets about 45 mil to the bottom line. Yes winning is what the franchise does but they are still a family run BUSINESS, and they want to be profitable.

          • Chrmngblly

            You agree with me. All these guys want to sign Boozer, Ariza, Deng and/or Monroe. We don’t need any of them. I need to see who we draft. What if we have to draft Aaron Gordon? That really clogs up the 3. We need a 5 or a great guard, in my eyes. We will see and fill in the blanks after the draft. We are just not desperate—except at the 5.

            There are two European centers we ought to consider, too.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    If Lakers indeed wants to sign gasol to another contract, I believe they are going to get a new coach that will run a deliberate style of offense. Gasol is not suited to run and gun… he is a cerebral and intelligent person, he will want to execute an offense that is run deliberately, ditto for Kobe. Hollins or perhaps Byron Scott might be coming to LA….

    • Daryl Peek

      Gasol and MDA, oil and water and cannot go forward. This much I agree on.

      • independentbynature

        Or pretzels and pringles.No need for both of them.

    • magikwyrkz

      I would like either of those two to coach.

  • TheTruthKills

    I just hope Jim Buss doesn’t overpay for him. Having one over payed player is enough as it is.

  • Daryl Peek

    Ten mil a season is worth keeping Gasol on IMO. Theirs part of me ready to move on from him but the 2014 talent pool is not that much better than what he can bring overall. There will be defensive minded players you could put around both Kobe and Pau, and everything hinges on the health of Kobe coming back whether Pau is his partner in crime or someone else is.

    No one is coming to usurp Kobe or make up the difference he is so continuing the chemistry of a healthy Kobe and Pau (hopefully) would not be such a bad thing.

    • cj

      i would over pay pau if he would be willing to sign for 1 season. a 1 year 13-15 million dollar deal wile a bit of an over pay might get him to sign and still give us money for love next year.

    • independentbynature

      I concur as long as Antoni is replaced with a coach who will stress defense.Otherwise,we might as well join the D League.

      • Daryl Peek

        Again, that remains to be seen and the FO will make a decision to keep him or not. I think things are gonna get better either way. There’s so much to be considered going forward this off-season and coaching change is only a small part of it. I could list a ton of other things that are just as important that will affect the near future.

        • independentbynature

          It all starts with the coach.You can’t build a house without a solid foundation.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed and I’m sure the Suns felt this way when they chose MDA to take over for Frank Johnson. Opinion is in the eye of the GM/owner not pundits or fans, as the great Dr. Buss said on many occasions concerning outer pressures.

  • Frank

    So another year of non existent tim protection and “Ole” defense?!? If they keep clinging on to the past, they can’t move in and set the franchise up for the future.

  • Ken

    Let’s not fool ourselves, Gasol has some pride and ego too, so much so that he I think he thinks he can still be the same 2008-2010 Pau, when his game says different. He’s not accepting a 1yt deal. He will look for something like Nash’s deal at around 3yrs for about 27-33mil. Let him go or sign and trade him if that’s what he wants.

    • cj

      if the lakers came in with a 1 year overpay he would sign for the money and the chance to win a title with kobe.

  • rik

    Next years lineup :
    PG: lowry
    SG: kobe
    SF: ariza
    PF: Pau
    C: Embiid
    Bench: farmar, young, meeks, kelly, hill, sacre, bazemore, nash
    Coach: Lionel hollins
    I think this is the perfect offense defense lineup. I dont think we will get deng , monroe, or bledsoe. Pau should only be signed for 1 year so we can get k love

    • Gary

      Embiid and Pau will be spending a lot of time together….on the DL

  • Dan

    He’s another year older, his body is breaking down, and is going to even slower and awful-if that’s even possible for him-on D. Time to freaking move on.

    • cj

      do you have a split persona? in 1 post u have him on the team and in the next post u bash him????????

      • Dan

        What post? It’s the first time I checked and commented here.

        • cj

          wtf r there two people with the same name?

          • Dan

            No apologies needed. We may disagree on how they should move forward with Pau and others but this is for the most part a site with passionate Lakef fans with their own ideas and stuff.

  • quickster007

    What’s up with the Lakers signing another injury prone, old cash collecting player.. The Lakers needs to get younger. The only thing Pau, Kobe, Nash are good at are collecting cash and getting injured. The Lakers don’t sign him. First, get rid of that coach. I don’t see the Lakers being a contender until they get younger and Kobe gone. Probably, around 2016. The Lakers going to suck in the next two years. Monroe is a mediocre player. If the Lakers don’t resign Pau, look at Love in 2015 for the power forward spot. In 2016, Anthony Davis can play center. Draft a point guard like Kyle Anderson who is a pass first guard. The Lakers will have plenty of cap space when Pau, Nash and Kobe gone to be exact 52 millions of salary cap.

  • Andrew Bynum

    I think the FO will get a better idea when they do their exit meetings, and then their last exit meeting with Kobe. They may say they won’t ask Kobe for his input, but I still think they’ll still get input from everyone. And I just don’t think the FO should move to plan , E, F, G on signing players, when they need to have a clear plan on if they should keep D’Antoni or not. If they keep him, expect another horrible season and another tanking season. And I am sure that it won’t include key guys like Pau and J. Hill.

    If they start off with a head coach that preaches a system that is efficient and stresses an improved defense, then we can move on to what type of rookie that will be the future, we can think of pitching to FAs, and then we can decide on what players we should bring back.

  • lakeshow

    EXUM(TRADE)-BRYANT-DENG-LOVE-EMBIID(IF WE CANTDRAFT WIGGINS) BRING BACK HILL,YOUNG,FARMAR,BAZE,XAVIER and then use marshall,meeks and future picks for exum, after kobe era,KEVINS ERA(DURANT AND LOVE)

    • vdogg

      is everything made of candy in your make believe world?

      • PlayerHaters

        LOL we got ourselves a future GM here watch out!

  • roseducanna

    1- FirecoachMDA. 2- Sign GASOL and MONROE. 3- Buyout NASH’ contract. 4- Next year sign K.LOVE.

  • Marty Susman

    Gasol is worth NO more then 3 to 5 million a year.. If we can sign & trade him, go for it… Embiid is the best pick they can make if he is available, if not try Mr. Down Under as second & the kid out of Arizona as third choice. (Maybe Smart or Randell)

  • hoperhetoric

    No way! We need Defense!!!! Frontline is the symbol of defense!
    They barely won 2 peats but thanks to their rebounding dominance &
    Ariza & Metta’s heroics. But The flaws of Gasol/Bynum’s bad
    mobility, & slow reaction time are highlighted when they were swept
    by Mavs.

    Find someone with great mobility & quick reaction time like
    Noah/Ibaka/ Chris anderson, Deandre jordan/ anthony Davis/Garnett. Most
    of them dont have offensive skils but they made their teams better in
    defense.

    Dantoni is not the only problem because even with Phil, the Lakers sucks
    defensively (Blowout Xmas games, Blowout finals against celtics, Swept
    by mavs & losing to bad teams!

    If we want a 7footer again sign Kaman! He is younger, more energy
    ,better mobility, Better perimeter & sure Kobe can make him better!

    Sign either Kaman or Hill. >Sign Hill!

    Spend money only for Front lines because there are too many cheap good
    backcourts.

    Starters: Farmar, Kobe, Draftee, (Deng or Ariza) Hill

    2nd unit: Nash, (Meeks or Manny Harris), Bazemore, Young, ?

    Reserves: Kendall, Sacre, Kelly.

    Young & Meeks sure will command more money and if Lakers can’t
    afford it….
    Replacement: Manny harris & Xavier. Then lakers will have money for
    Deng/Ariza & Hill.

    Dream team for the Lakers defensively: Farmar, Kobe, ariza, Deng, Hill!

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