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Lakers News: Team ‘Pondering’ Drafting Power Forward Or Point Guard

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With the June 26 NBA Draft quickly approaching, there have already been numerous rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers and their seventh pick. While it was recently reported that the team was leaning toward keeping the pick, it was revealed on Friday night that the team is looking to acquire Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson.

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While the Lakers will continue to offer the seventh pick in hopes of quickly rebuilding the franchise into a championship contender, they are pondering whether to draft a power forward or point guard should they keep it according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

“They are pondering whether to go with a power forward or point guard. They have narrowed their focus to big men Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh or point guards Dante Exum, Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton.”

While Dante Exum will likely be chosen before the Lakers’ pick, all the other prospects will likely be in play and some have even been brought in for second workouts. If the Lakers ultimately decide to keep the pick, Randle and Smart are the frontrunners and should be able to help the team immediately.

However, there are always risks with drafting a young prospect and the Lakers will explore all options to try and put themselves in the best position after their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. Although the Lakers have been in discussions for Thompson, potential scenarios have recently emerged with the Philadelphia 76ers involving Thaddeus Young and possibly Michael Carter-Williams.
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  • Iamdrtimesten

    Walter Tavares, the man’s an animal, the Lakers would be foolish not to draft him at 7.

    • karasoon4

      He is potentially another Andrew Bynum (sans the injuries), but he is clearly at least a 4-5 year project.

    • LAL

      Troll much? Nonetheless, the Lakers should at least try to get early 2nd round pick and draft Walter Tavares. He’s projected to be around 30 – 35. We can’t survive with only Sacre as our center. At least Tavares is good for rebuild process.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      How was the second workout for Marcus Smart yesterday?Did all go well?

      • Myles

        Apparently his shooting wasn’t that great. He also made some comments that sort of sounded like he doesn’t plan on being a Laker, quotes such as: “They’re in a rebuilding stage…best of luck to them” when referring to the Lakers sound unattached to me. Aaron Gordon, however, showed up in a big way. Connecting on his shots, showing a much more consistent stroke and great improvement from the laat workout. This improvement in a mere span of two weeks also reflect his character as a hard worker and shows that he has the potential to become a reliable outside shooter at a point in his career (free throws may be another story). I am more and more starting to like Gordon more than Smart, which is shocking to me. But if you really think about it, pretty much all the things Smart can/can’t do, Gordon can/can’t. Both are gritty and tough perimeter defenders, only Gordon is about 6 inches taller, giving him the versatility to guard 3-4 different positions on the floor regularly. Though Smart plays point guard, I would go as far as to say that Gordon is the better and maybe more willing passer of the two. Gordon is ideal forthe point forward role. Gordon is more of an exciting open floor athlete than Smart and has the foot speed that many small/power forwards don’t posses. Gordon is an excellent ball handler for his size as well. Also, neither is that great of a shooter. I would say that they will both progress but I mean Gordon seems to have an even greater drive (i.e. training twice in the morning before his first Lakers workout) than Smart who is known for his competitive nature. I like both but I think Gordonas a point forward is so valuable and his versatility on defense will be more than welcomed by Kobe. I am liking Gordon a loti think he will definitely develop into a stud.

        • geez

          I’m with you on this. Smart always had attitude problem it will just be a matter of time before he gets into some off court legal trouble. The guy is a ticking time bomb. Dick Vitale once said Smart could be another Chris Washburn, player with all the talent but let their attitude problem destroy their career.

          • jay

            I know right, like aren’t EVERY team in the lottery in rebuilding mode or close to it? lol

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Well Marcus Smart has major interest in becoming a Laker he had 2 workouts with the Lakers as far as we know their since their could have been other workouts that were never made public since he stayed in Los Angeles working out at the Lakers facility daily since April.Marcus Smart doesn’t sugarcoat anything he straight up rejected the Utah Jazz four times for workout invites he obviously doesn’t want to play for the Utah Jazz.

          If he didn’t want to be a Laker he wouldn’t come and workout twice for the team and then say i think i am a perfect fit for the Lakers.He would have never sat and poured his heart out to Serena Winters in a interview talking about the special meaning of why he wears number 33 it’s his dead older brother in his honor.

          Anyways yeah Aaron Gordon is a good player but he needs to be more aggressive on offense and make some damn free throws 42% yikes.

          • comrade24

            Marcus Smart probably doesn’t want to play in Utah cause he got sick of all the fundamentalists in Oklahoma and doesn’t want any more of that lol

      • comrade24

        Doubt we have a chance to get Smart now with the Embiid injury. Exum will vault into the top 3, which means Smart will most likely go to Orlando with the 4th pick. :(

        • gerald johnson

          I dont think the magic pick him at 4 because hes a mirror image of victor oladipo. Theyre gonna pick embiid, vonleh,randle, or gordon

          • comrade24

            idk, they were in love with Smart last year. wanted him really bad, and they’re really high on him now. however, they might pick Embiid.

    • Terrence

      He’s raw. A long term project. Most draft boards have put him somewhere in late first round. 7th pick is way to high for him. He fouls a lot and is very poor at establishing and defending the post. He’s an awkward runner, but he hasn’t had any injury issues so far.

      • gerald johnson

        Late first round…. Well see about that on thursday

    • Chrmngblly

      He will be available later than 7, though. He is a big guy alright.

  • jeremy

    can it be draft day already so we can see what the lakers do so many rumors

  • Cuco

    Would LOVE to see Gordon in the purple and gold. Just an explosive player, and could create an interesting match up for Clippers down the road. But my first choice is absolutely Smart. They need the defensive athleticism with all the rising PG in the league.

    • comrade24

      IMHO, drafting Gordon would be a bigger mistake than Dwight Howard. I know a lot of players that come into the league need time to develop their shot, but this kid simply CAN’T SHOOT! 42% free throw shooter. If you can’t muster up 50% shooting when you’re not even being guarded there’s basically no hope for you. Yes, he has tremendous athleticism but that fades over time. You have to have the basic fundamentals to back it up, and i just don’t see it with him.

      • vdogg

        yes, athleticism fades over time.. just like shooting can improve over time. the kid is a gym rat, has a great attitude and would embrace being a laker. oh, and his pick and roll defense is fantastic.

        • Chrmngblly

          And his 3-ball is already better than Smart’s. I am taking Gordon if available. Great, great defense. Helps the front court—where we need it. Come on.

          • VillainKing

            I’m taking Smart if available than Gordon!!Smart defense is better than Gordon..

      • thatsyette

        Blake Griffin couldn’t shoot when he first came to the league, neither could DeAndre Jordan. But these two torn up the league, dunking over all their opponents last year, when Shaq and Kobe won 3 peat, they were dunking over everyone. Kevin Durant and LeBron are unstoppable when they dribble drive & dunk. To compete in the NBA you need athleticism. Without athleticism any team’s chance of winning is slim. Aaron Gordon will do fine any team he goes to.

        • Joseph Apohen

          You mentioned KD. I don’t think Gordon can dribble and drive.

          • Chrmngblly

            Wrong. He has a pretty good handle. You will see, if we can get our hands on him.

      • LAL

        If the Lakers are targeting Kevin Love and he express mutual interest, the Lakers should get Gordon if Smart is taken (very much possible if Exum gone at top 3, Magic will take Smart). He might start at PF but eventually move to SF once he improve his jumpshot. Plus, Gordon can interchange positions with Love when he shoot 3-pointer and Gordon going inside for offensive rebound. It’s a win-win situation for both players.

        One of the biggest problem with the Lakers is defense and Gordon can provide that. Yes, his shooting rate is terrible but he has athleticism to cover and with his work attic, he can be a good mid range shooter. If Blake Griffin can do it, Gordon can do it as well.

        • comrade24

          You may be right about Smart being gone because of the Embiid injury. I still would take Julius Randle over Gordon though. He has really improved over the summer. My main knock on him was he wasn’t athletic enough, but he posted a 38 inch vert, has lost 10-15 lbs while adding muscle, so he’s in much better shape, and he’s really improved his shooting range as well. He would be able to come in and contribute right away, where as maybe you’re right about Gordon, maybe he’ll develop into a great player, but he will be a project and at least take a couple years before he can be very productive.

          • Chrmngblly

            Terrible analysis.

          • VillainKing

            Your the one that have terrible analysis..

      • Joseph Apohen

        Excellent analysis.

      • Chrmngblly

        Easy boy. Calm down or we will have to turn the hose on you…:-)

        • comrade24

          it puts the all stars on the team or else it gets the hose again.

    • Tune

      Except right now we don’t really need shooters. We have incredible talent from a shooting standpoint already such as Kobe, Young, Meeks, Bazemore, Nash (I guess when he’s able to be in), Kmarsh, Henry if he resigns is solid, Gasol is pretty good shooter. What we lack right now is athleticism and somebody able to attack the basketball. A shot can be developed, athleticism to his degree can’t. Especially since a lot of the focus right now are PFs that can score (Ibaka, Griffin, Duncan, Love, West). A great defensive power forward would be strong.

      • Terrence

        It’s not so much PFs that can score, it’s how they score. All those in that list, have mid-range jumpers and occasional 3 pointers. All Boris Diaw did this last finals was setup at the arc and let defenders run past him, because they had to respect his shot. Gordon’s a long term project.

        • Chrmngblly

          His 3-ball is already better than Smart’s. Good grief. Quit swooning over brute force.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Gordon is another “hack a Gordon” during crunch time.

      • Chrmngblly

        Not for long.

  • comrade24

    Hoping if we keep the pick we get Marcus Smart (although i wouldn’t be upset with Randle) or the MCW/Young trade. Why in the world they would even consider the Klay Thompson trade is beyond me. We don’t even really need a SG. we have much bigger needs at PF and PG. Unless Thompson is going to be used as a trade chip, i don’t see the point. If they pull the trigger on this trade, i assume they would shift Kobe to the three. Then, we have no need for Luol Deng who could be a vital piece to a championship team in the near future. I’d much rather have

    PG- Carter-Williams
    SG- Bryant
    SF-Deng
    PF- Young

    C- ????

    • Josh

      Pau

      • jeremy

        i would get someone else for center. pau would cost to much i doubt he will reduce his pay

        • Chrmngblly

          Nobody will pay Pau anywhere near what he was making. That’s a given.

    • LAL

      With Embiid injury, I doubt the Lakers can get Smart. He will be gone at 4 if Exum is taken for top 3. The Lakers should draft Gordon because of his defense. Remember, offense win you games but defense win you championship.

      Don’t worry about his jumpshot, with his work attic, I’m sure he’ll improve especially with Kobe & Nash guidance. Plus, it’s a win-win situation for the Lakers because Gordon will start at PF next season (use the time to improve his jumpshot) and shift to SF in 2015 when the Lakers sign Love. Whenever Love shooting 3-pointers, Gordon can attack the rim (interchange position with Love) for offensive rebound.

      PG – Free agency (Lowry?)
      SG – Kobe Bryant
      SF – Aaron Gordon
      PF – Kevin Love
      C – Free agency (Monroe?)

      I don’t think it’s a good idea to sign Deng because he’s too expensive and already entering his prime. The Lakers need rebuilding pieces for long term.

      • cyborgspider

        Or rather, exiting his prime. I’m not on the Deng wagon like others, he’s going to decline and won’t come cheap. How about getting Boozer for a one-year rental (or ditch him at the deadline) and Chicago’s 16 or 19 (giving them the space to get Melo). Keep Gordon at psuedo-SF (let’s be honest, he’s a FORWARD, small or power are just semantics). The pick gives you another young asset off the bench or as trade bait… but yeah, the PG is a big ? mark.

        • LAL

          Yes, exiting his prime. That’s what I was trying to say actually. Thanks!

          I know Bulls are trying to get rid of Boozer and their picks but would they willing to give up 2 picks without getting anything back? If yes, the Lakers should take it.

          With 16 & 19, the Lakers have 2 choices: -
          1. Use both picks to trade up for Elfrid Payton.
          2. Use the pick to draft Jusuf Nurkic at 16 and Tyler Ennis at 19 (if both still available, if not trade both picks for Elfrid Payton)

      • Terrence

        I think it’s more that two-way players win you championships. Pacers showed you could have all the defense you want, but if you can’t score you won’t win. Having a great defensive player in the lineup is great, but if you also have another player in the lineup who isn’t great offensively, I’m looking at you center position, your stuck playing 3 on 5 on offense.

        • Chrmngblly

          I agree with your point about 2 way players, but you also have to have a system everyone can play in and buy into. Right now we have neither.

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

        I am not sure that is such a good starting lineup… better have tested players in your starting lineup:

        PG: Lowry
        SG{ Lance
        SF: Kobe
        PF: Kevin Love(trade 7th pick, along with Hill via sign and trade)
        C: Gortat/Okafor/Sacre

        • LAL

          Kevin Love for 7th pick + Hill? There is no way Wolves are going to take that deal. We should wait for 2015 to sign Love and not giving up our pick.

          Maybe our draft pick player shouldn’t be playing in a starting line up but we should never give up our pick for Love. Not that he’s not worth it but one thing that Lakers should learn from D-12 trade is never to put everything in one basket.

    • J Taylor

      Why Randle?
      I don’t get why everyone loves Randle. He has T-Rex arms, no upside, no athleticism, can’t shoot with both hand, and existed by bullying smaller guys in high school and college. To me, he screams a 12ppg, 5 rpg draft bust.

      • lkrpwr

        Agree

      • nlruizjr

        I believe they said the same about Barkley or worse, only 6’5″ can’t rebound, to slow, etc. you saw how that turned out, you can prejudge and end up looking like a fool, just sayin

        • Swagzilla

          I can only think of 2 undersized dominant PF in the history of the league (Barkely and Rodman) out of the thousands of players who have been drafted in the leagues history, so Randle being one of those players is unlikely.

          • nlruizjr

            but we don’t know for sure do we ?????

          • Swagzilla

            I highly doubt he will he’s undersized with short arms, plays under the basket, and relied heavily on bully ball in college. He fell from a guaranteed top 3 pick to top 5 to top 10 for a reason, bad defense, and a lackluster offense (relies heavily on spin moves, pump fakes, can’t spread the floor, tunnel vision, turnover prone). Randle will be a 10-12 ppg 7rpg type of player in the NBA.

          • nlruizjr

            so you dislike Randle, Randle or any player will not please everyone and anyone that is in the top 10 more than likely can play this game of basketball and their are many rookies that come in to the NBA that need to improve their game and dare I say that many do, now the rest of your rant is just speculation on your part because he hasn’t played one NBA game, so I don’t judge until he proves that he can’t play in the NBA but hey, your opinion is your opinion and that’s the purpose of this site.

          • kookiebuger

            Of course he can improve it doesn’t mean he will but to make it clear the Lakers might have to choose between Smart (Bledsoe), Gordon (Marion/Blake hybrid), maybe Emiid (Hakeem) if they don’t live up to there hype they can still be efficient with the Lakers because of their defense. If Randle doesn’t live up to his hype his only saving grace might be his rebounding, key word might be.

    • Chrmngblly

      You break Kobe down guarding quick 2-guards if you don’t move him over. That’s the smart move, then maybe you extend his career a couple years. It is a little like Pierce playing the 4, you know?

      Also, we don’t need everybody to be gunners. If we get X back, we have a guy who can drive. Kobe, Young and Gordon can drive. If we bring Marshall back we have a guy that can really pass and run the offense.
      We can survive without Smart. He is not the second coming of Magic Johnson, after all. Who thinks he is?

      If Embiid, Vonleh or Gordon falls to us we have to take him. We can man the 1, 2, or 3 adequately, but we are really shaky on the 4/5. Doesn’t everyone see that the same? If Exum was available is the only way I take a guard—and then I am dubious.

      • vdogg

        elfrid payton will be the steal of the draft.

        • nlruizjr

          I’ve seen his name come up but don’t know anything about him other than the lakers invited him for a workout, against Smart, how did that come out ???

      • nlruizjr

        I agree

      • nlruizjr

        I have to agree with your assesment, Lakers need a big more than a PG/SG, I hope Embiid or Vonleh fall to 7 but that seems more of a dream than a reality, so they may have to go with Randle, which may or may not be ok, it just depends on what these workouts reveal ????

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

      If we can swing this trade, add in some $$$ to make it enticing for the sixers… we only need a solid center… maybe we can pry away Gortat from Washington, then sign Okafor to a 1 year deal on a vet minimum.
      PG = MCW
      SG= Kobe
      SF = Deng or Ariza
      PF = T.Young
      C = Gortat

      Staring lineup salary is around 50M. Still plenty of money to sign solid players for the bench.

      • comrade24

        that’s what i said. How is young’s defense? Will he help with rim protection?

    • Chrmngblly

      Word is on the second work out Gordon killed it and Smart just threw bricks, FYI.

      • comrade24

        yeah, i saw that. maybe i’m wrong about Gordon. It really seems like he’s worked on his shot a lot. Free throw shooting has to get better or they’re going to have to come up with a clever nickname for fouling him ala “hack a shaq”

        • Chrmngblly

          I think all these guys will learn to shoot a little better in the pros. There is also a reason Danny Ainge (Boston) is so high on Gordon. For me it is the kid’s versatility and 3-position D. We could move him over if we ever did get Love. If we draft Randle, we are stuck with Randle.

          • comrade24

            good point about Randle

  • karasoon4

    THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!!! LOL

    • Bravo

      bro this is like the first time im excited for the nba draft! LETS GOOO!

  • Chris Park

    Trade the pick away, the only guy Lakers are going to end up with the 7th pick will be Julius Randle or Joel Embiid both which imo aren’t great.

    If 76ers are willing trade 7th + Nash for Young and MCW thats a no-brainer right there.

    Add a solid center in Monroe and we’ll still have around $15mil left in cap space to sign other good pieces on the bench.

    PG – MCW
    SG – BRyant
    SF – ??
    PF – Thaddeus Young
    C – Monroe

    ^Sounds like a contender to me and its realistic

    • lakers_824

      let me fill the missing piece with xavier henry or swaggy p or even lance stevenson if we have enough money left.

      • jeremy

        Henry could play SF but he only 6’6 and a little bigger guy might over power him. but unless kobe moves to SF i dont see the need for stephenson who 6’5. i doubt he want to go from starting to big reduce in min

        • nlruizjr

          x is built very strong, I don’t think many would overpower him, most SF are slim and X would only spot them an inch or two, if that.

        • jay

          how about signing Al-Farouq Aminu? can play defense/rebound and still very young, 23 years old, can play SF/PF, 6’9-6’10, could be a steal for us.

    • Sergio

      Playoff contender? Yes. Championship? Nah.

      • Chris Park

        I don’t think they’ll win the championship next season (obviously) however Monroe and MCW are only going to get better and Young is hitting his prime

        • kookiebuger

          Youngs stat’s are probably inflated like Evan Turner’s.

        • Chrmngblly

          I doubt we get Monroe, anyway, but I don’t want him either. I rather have Pau at the right price.

          There’s also a few Euro-league Centers we could bring in and develop.

    • comrade24

      SF- Luol Deng

      • Chrmngblly

        We need to put Kobe over there.

        • VillainKing

          NO!!!

        • comrade24

          you ALWAYS say that, those two positions are interchangable. 2/3. No Kobe isn’t going to guard the James Hardens and the Klay Thompsons, you would have Deng guard those guys, that’s why you bring in a guy like that.

          • Chrmngblly

            Maybe. We have a lot of guys that already can play the 2/3. I defer to whoever the new coach is. I doubt Deng is who you put on Harden, though.

            I am so concerned about getting the right coach. With all this buildup, it pretty much has to be Pop, himself, to justify this delay and foot dragging we are enduring.

          • comrade24

            I think Deng would cause nightmares for Harden IMO. He’s quick (albeit not AS quick as harden, but quick for his size), he’s a lot stronger than harden, and his length would give harden lots of problems. That last sentence i don’t understand at all.

            Since they are interchangeable positions in your eyes, what do you think we gain by keeping Kobe at the 2?

            I’m saying for the most part they’re interchangable, so there’s nothing to gain by keeping kobe at 2 since most players can play 2/3. At least we won’t have MDA who likes to turn 2′s into 4′s. that’s just bad math, sorry wesley.

          • Chrmngblly

            We need speed and the ability to attack the rim from the 2-guard. I think Kobe’s lost at least some of that, but he ois too valuable to not put on the floor. Deng never could do what kobe has done his whole career.

            My preference would be to move Kobe to the 3 and let a younger, faster guy play the 2—like Lance Stephenson. Especially if Nash or Marshal play the 1. Meeks is not much of a driver even if he is slightly underrated on defense.

            If you want to bring someone in, bring in Stephenson–not Deng.

    • J Taylor

      Your math doesn’t add up.
      Current: $23M.
      MCW + Young = $11M (+$1.5M more than nash)
      Monroe = $14M.
      —————————–
      ~$7M

      • Chris Park

        I was accounting that there was $25~27 mil of cap space

        As for Monroe I thought him more of $10 ~12 mil so I came roughly with $15 mil

    • kookiebuger

      That’s far from a contender, for example the Mavs barely made the playoffs with 49 wins the Lakers won 28 wins this year, I doubt MCW, Young, and Monroe will push them over the top.

    • Dave

      That’s not a very good team! MCW was on a bad team and his numbers were inflated. He might project to be a solid player in the long run; but at 7, the Lakers can get someone that projects to be better (Embiid? Vonleh? Gordon? Smart?). T.Young is too small for a Power Forward. Monroe doesn’t play defense and will cost $11 million. With this team, the cap space will be too small to sign future stars and yourl lacks a SF. Sorry Chris, try again.

    • A Fan

      Thaddeus Young is at his best as a 6th man

    • Chrmngblly

      Bryant to the 3 for sure and Henry or SwaggyP to the 2–even Bazemore can play the 2 or Brooks. One of those guys will step up or bring back Meeks. Meeks was steady.

      But I am against Monroe. We might as well bring back Hill or trade Nash over on Tyson Chandler. I don’t want to overpay to be average at any position.

    • Matt Williams

      The ?? Could be Ariza or even a Gordon Hayward of we can get him.

  • Raven

    It’s hilarious how many people commented on the Lakers draft prospects on LG and now they are trading the pick anyways LOL HA HA HA.That’s just wrong LOL.

  • Raven

    Lakers fan sites were all doing nothing but discussing the 2014 NBA Draft saying tank tank tank and all that stuff about who the Lakers will get in the draft and after it’s all said and done they will trade the pick for a veteran LOL HA HA HA.Never get caught up in the Lakers doings they are silent but potent when they make moves.

    • Chrmngblly

      In the old days, anyways….

      • Bravo

        you remind me of genwunners. stuck in the past without even giving the future a chance

        • Chrmngblly

          I have no idea what you are talking about, but neither do you. So I guess we are even.

          We have all seen the results of Jim Buss’ “moves”: the coaches he chooses, the risks he takes and the trades he makes. It is easy to give him a pass, in each individual case, but taken as a whole, the Lakers keep losing out on Jim Buss watch.

          You are the one stuck in the past, dreaming of a Lakers FO that no longer exists.

          • Bravo

            i guess you forgot he got us CP3 before Dan Gilbert started crying to his daddy stern. just imagine Kobe, Howard, CP3. you and every other laker fan would be praising jim buss right now. and yeah i know what im talking about, and yes they do have a FO. you sound like a bitter old man talking about how his times were way better than today

          • Chrmngblly

            Why are you getting personal? What’s with that?
            Are you forgetting that the reason the CP3 trade was shit-canned is because JB tried to run it through the league office on the sly? Even Jeanie had no idea what her brother was doing—and she was furious.

            Not knowing that trades with the league-owned team would require league approval is incompetent. Trying to sneak it through while most of the owners were in a closed door meeting was juvenile and stupid—those guys are all men who are jealous of their power. It provoked them.

            This is poor salesmanship or ignorance of the true facts for you to bring up the CP3 debacle as support for Jim Buss’ leadership.

          • Bravo

            lol bro they canceled the trade for “basketball reasons”, the gm of the hornets that stern assigned even agreed to the deal. there was no incompetence or ignorance in any part. it was a regular trade just like any other trade in NBA history. the only reason it didnt go through was bs on the sterns and the low market owners side for claiming “basketball reasons”. dont give me that bs about ” oh jim didnt let the owners finish their meeting, getting them mad, in turn all jims fault” lol gtfoh. and its the internet, you gotta expect people to get personal lol

          • Chrmngblly

            I don’t care if you get personal—I just want you to have a little style. Just bashing people has no wit or charm.

            I also don’t care if God blessed the CP3 trade, the owners of the Hornets did not. Not knowing that was a blunder. If the Lakers thought they had a legal leg to stand on, there would have been law suits over it. It was a f*ck up. One of a growing list of Jim Buss’ bad “moves”.

            On Jim Buss, FYI, and worth the read:

            http://thedailysportsheralddotblogspotdotcom/2014/03/jim-buss-timeline-and-decline-of-lakersdothtml

            Replace the [dot] with a period.

            Let me know what you think.

  • numb1lakefan

    i want a smart lakers jersey really bad #33

    • vdogg

      ummm… ever hear of kareem abdul jabbar??? no way smart gets to wear #33.

      • Devon Samuels²⁴

        lol todays fans lol

      • Chrmngblly

        Name Dropper….:-)

  • vdogg

    aaron gordon or elfrid payton.

  • useehoweasyitwas

    Lakers should just tank another season try to get the worst record, then go after next year’s top pick Jahlil Okafor.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Either draft Marcus Smart or Julius Randle.But if Joel Embiid is at #7 draft him yes.

    This is my order for the Lakers at #7,Joel Embiid,Marcus Smart,Julius Randle.

    • Chrmngblly

      You probably like fat chicks, too…:-) I bet your wife beats you….jk

  • LakersHeatBeef

    My draft ranking as of today is.

    ELITE 8
    1.Andrew Wiggins
    2.Jabari Parker
    3.Joel Embiid
    4.Marcus Smart
    5.Julius Randle
    6.Dante Exum
    7.Aaron Gordon
    8.Noah Vonleh

    • comrade24

      not bad but i think you have 3 and 6 swapped. Pretty sure Embiid will fall to Boston, and for the love of science i hope we don’t draft Gordon. 42% ft shooter. terrible. he’s a project if anything

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Oh sorry this is actually a power ranking of the draft prospects.Not the actual order i think they will get picked at.If Joel Embiid did not have foot surgery then he is my #1 on the power ranking as a prospect but the injury dropped him to #3.I still like Dante Exum but he has been in hiding literally and his draft combine stuff was nothing to write home about so he is #6 rated on my list.Some of the people have him way higher and i respect that,i like Exum.I wouldn’t mind the Lakers drafting anyone off this list TBH.

    • J Taylor

      How can you rate Randle higher than Vonleh?
      To me, Randle is the consolation prize if we strike out with EVERY other player on your list AND can’t make a trade.
      T-Rex Randle will be a 12ppg & 5rpg NBA flop.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        I love the Julius Randle doubters it is interesting to see all these people not like Julius Randle for the Lakers pick.I think Julius Randle will prove he is a big time player.I watched Julius Randle get his respect when he beatdown veteran senior Payne and we all know MSU Payne is a big nasty mean guy and Randle held his own as a young freshman in his first game in the NCAA.Also Randle was the main guy on the Kentucky team that played in the NCAA Finals.

        Another thing Julius Randle is in the top 3 for most double doubles in one season in NCAA History the other 2 guys on the list Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony.Also Julius Randle had a kick ass workout for the Lakers and Jim Buss shook his hand at the end of it and everyone was gushing and raving about his private workout.Dave Miller says he is hitting the 3 ball nowadays.His post moves are sensational and he will get better alright he is also NBA ready and Kobe needs that in a rookie.

        Yes Julius Randle was rated the #1 player coming out of High School in the USA and he dominated his whole time in high school winning championships in Texas.Yes his draft combine numbers were good and he is a legit 6’9 with shoes and he has good strength he is strong and powerful and athletic.So what if i love me some Julius Randle LOL HA HA HA?

        • Chrmngblly

          Don’t switch genders on us, though, OK?

    • samuel dunst

      Like the first post said, when it’s all said and done, Walter Tavares will be the best player coming out of this draft. NBA is in for a surprise. Whoever drafts him will hit a home run.

  • kookiebuger

    The best case scenario for the Lakers is to acquire Boozer (16.8 mil)
    with a pick or two from from the Bulls and Asik (14.8 mil) + Lin (14.8
    mil) from the Rockets and a pick or two, trade 2-3 of those picks for a
    lottery pick next year (Bucks,Sixers,Pelicans,Magic,Cavs,etc.). All 3 of
    these contracts expire clearing 47 million for the Lakers to target
    Irving,Klay,Love,Rondo,Aldridge,Marc Gasol,etc. next offseason along
    with the Lakers 2014 lottery pick and potentially 2 lottery picks in
    2015 if the Lakers tank next year.

    • Chrmngblly

      We CAN’T tank next year for the simple reason that no star FAs will want to play here. Also, reassembling the “over-the-hill-gang” with guys like Boozer can’t be an answer unless we want to be only semi-competitive. We need some legit talent that we can develop, even if they’re projects. Even Kelly and Sacre have been coming along. This is the only possible approach. We need an elite coaching staff that can develop young guys.

      • kookiebuger

        This is the best case scenario Deng, Lowry, or Turner aren’t going to make the Lakers a playoff team the Mavs with 49 wins barely made the 8th seed over the Suns with 48, the West is stacked. If the Lakers can manage to take these one and done contracts plus multiple 1st round picks from the Bulls and Rockets they should try to trade it for a future lottery pick. A team of Lin,Kobe,SF,Boozer,and Asik and cheap bench players I doubt will make much noise which should help the Lakers secure their 2015 (top 5 protected) pick. With 57 million coming off the books (Lin,Asik,Boozer,Nash) the Lakers then can either thoroughly rebuild or try to trade a lottery pick or 2 for Irving and try to persuade him to sign to a cheap contract (10-12 million, instead of a max), try and sign Love (Kobe and Irving should be enough to lure him,talk about potentially signing Durant), try and sign Klay who will also be a free agent (might have to overpay him, can play SF for a year, will be SG once Kobe retires) and a bench. The following offseason Kobe’s 25 million dollar contract expires and Sacre’s million dollar contract expires so that should be enough to upgrade the bench or lure Durant. A team of Irving,Klay,Durant,Love,and Emiid would be dangerous for years to come.This is a bit far fetched by it’s like I said the best case scenario and honestly worth a shot in my opinion.

    • LAstory

      Boozer for one can be amnestied so why pay him 16.8 million? picking up Asik and Lin will put the Lakers WAY over the salary tax hitting the with a major penalty, and the FO has said they aren’t doing anything despite overly emotionally fans are saying. And every player you listed their own teams can all offer more money than the Lakers can..

  • purplepnoy

    marcus smart or aaron gordon that’s it. i get a sense that mitch will try to get/buy another 1st round pick the reason for all the 2nd work outs. if they draft gordon and napier later, those two can play well with kobe. we need to target gordon hayward instead of deng in free agency.

    PG- Napier
    SG- Kobe
    SF- Hayward
    PF- Gordon
    C- Gasol or Monroe

  • Lakers4Life

    Wish we had a shot at Jabari Parker. Now that boy can play.

  • Joseph Apohen

    Are those big men often mentioned to be drafted high better than Jordan Hill. Hill already proved what he can do. What the franchise need is a pg because in my opinion, the only pg we have that is any good is Farmar. Embiid is another Oden.

  • quickster007

    Lakers don’t draft Joel Embiid he is just another Andrew Bynum. Hurt all the time. Of course, his agent will always say some nice things about him. Get or draft a point guard in which the Lakers desperately need. Stay away from Greg Monroe no defense or offense. I’d say sign a vet like Marcin Gortat he is way better than Monroe or Gasol at this point of their career.

    • kookiebuger

      How is Emiid the next Bynum? Because of these 2 freak injuries?

  • http://growingforward.net Scott Asai

    BIG over small. That’s what wins rings.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Jazz say Marcus Smart won’t work out for them

    By Matt Moore | NBA writer

    June 18, 2014 7:46 pm ET

    Tony Jones @TjonessltribFollow

    Perrin said he’s talked to Smart’s agent four times in hopes of bringing him in for a workout. No dice

    12:00 PM – 18 Jun 2014

    • LAstory

      Really isn’t a big story considering Utah as a good young point guard in Trey Burke and Boston in talks to trading Rondo if they can’t get love and drafting Marcus Smart…

  • YoBoyKid1

    first off I want to say that the Lakers must keep their pick for a player either they pick a pf or a pg I just would like to see the Lakers get a player whoever it is would be cool to me as along as they contribute to the team both offensively and defensively.

  • Marty Susman

    Well first off they should not have a problem hiring a coach, they waited till all of the really good ones were GONE….As for the draft, Thompson would be great for the 7th pick, but it won’t happen. Young & MCW & Nash for the 7th pick, another good move that won’t happen…. They will most likely take the 7th pick themselves & that “might” be a good thing….The BEST thing we could do as a team is SELL THE CLUB TO THE GROUP WORKING WITH MAGIC JOHNSON & get Jim Buss the hell out of continuing his destruction of the team….

  • Marty Susman

    Offer Jerry West $7,000,000 a year to take over for Mitch….Sell the team to Magic Johnson…. Trade Kobe to the Cav’s for all their first round picks….Trade Nash & send money as well to dump this huge mistake….

  • bigshotrob

    I say vonleh or randle would be a safe pick. Not sure about embiid because of the many injuries he had.

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