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Lakers Rumors: Isaiah Thomas A ‘Real Possibility’ For Los Angeles

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On Saturday, the Los Angeles Lakers emerged as a serious contender for Carmelo Anthony with LeBron James “giving similar consideration” to what the franchise has to offer. Depending on what both stars ultimately do in free agency, Isaiah Thomas is a “real possibility” for the Lakers according to Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling:

Despite playing for the Sacramento Kings in his first three seasons in the league, Thomas has always been a Kobe Bryant and Lakers fan. Recently, the point guard out of Washington shared that he hopes to get a contract offer from the Lakers in free agency.

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With the Kings set to sign Darren Collison to a three-year, $16 million deal, Sacramento has decided to move in a different direction despite a strong season from the former 60th pick in 2011. In 72 games, Thomas averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists.

With Thomas being one of the best point guards in the free agency market, he has already received a lot of interest from numerous teams. While the Lakers drafted Jordan Clarkson and currently have Steve Nash on contract, Thomas would be an upgrade at the point guard position.
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  • fuck nash man

    Melo needs to make up his fucking mind. I’m getting impatient. All these FA’s are on hold.

    • Redemption Rain

      I say if no decision by Monday, I’ll take it as a “NO,” and go for other younger mid-level guys.

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    • Tune

      Why would he rush his decision? Ignorant.

      • Redemption Rain

        He doesn’t need to rush, but he is putting us in a bad position the longer he waits, Teams will start re-signing their players and so forth that we are not going to have much if he continues this.

        • Tune

          That’s not Melo’s concern

          • Gtek

            It is melo’s concern. The longer he takes, the less free agents will be left to sign. If he cares about winning, he should hurry up

          • Zimmeredge

            Parsons, deng, ariza, hayward, bron, melo, stephenson. 7 wing players on the market and rockets, Lakers, bulls, heat, hornets, mavs so 6 teams. I guess the Lakers will be fine in the end finding a good wing.

          • ‘James Edwards

            The other free agents aren’t going to sign anywhere until melo and bron sign because they know they r plan B for everybody

        • ‘James Edwards

          These other free agents aren’t going to sign until melo and bron make a decision Lowry and dirk are exceptions these teams aren’t going to sign anybody until those 2 make up their minds Thomas deng ariza etc aren’t going anywhere until those 2 commit….plus it was a holiday weekend these are human u know they spent it like the rest of us Americans relaxing with family and celebrating

        • AntRodrigues

          Lakers are putting their own butts in a bad position…it has nothing to do with Melo.. He has the right to take a few days to make one of the more important decisions of his career… You are just being impatient like most of us… Trust me we ALL want to know…

          • kmjjnj42

            Exactly. We got to be patient. Most of the other free agents are not going to sign anything either until they see what happens.

    • Norm

      The Kevin Love dream is still running wild as i recently learned the Timberwolves FO are enamored with Julius Randle and they would be willing to trade Kevin Love to the Lakers for the best future Power Forward the NBA has seen since Tim Duncan came into the NBA well it’s a known fact the Lakers are trying to dump Steve Nash and his salary so here is the trade and yes Carmelo Antony or LeBron James would then join the Lakers with full confidence they can win a championship in LA immediately.

      Trade Possibly
      Lakers: Get Kevin Love

      Timberwolves Get:Julius Randle,Steve Nash,Robert Sacre 2019 First Pick

      Also the Lakers will sign either Carmelo or LeBron that’s why Mitch met with both of them to offer a spot on the team to both of them.Kobe will be happy with Kevin Love and LeBron or his Close Friend Carmelo.

      Kobe,Kevin Love with either Carmelo or LeBron sounds like a plan.

      • Jeff

        where did you hear the timberwolves were enamored with Randle?

      • Zimmeredge

        In 3 years randle will eat Kevin love for breakfast…

      • cj

        That’s way to much for love when randle can potentially be an all star in the next three years

        • Jeff

          wow really? you’re basically giving up randle and first round pick for Love. lakers would do that if they could

      • nlruizjr

        I think this is just speculation, think about it Melo and Lebron are approaching the north side of 30, where there talents start to deteriorate and injuries start to become realistic, why would the Lakers build around 1 or 2 stars that will be fading in about 2-3 yrs or maybe sooner if the injury bug happens along. Why wouldn’t it more sense to start rebuilding around Randle who is just starting his NBA career and the Lakers possibly adding KLove in 2015 and more younger stars because they will no longer be held down by large useless contracts, that makes more sense to me than putting all your eggs in “old stars baskets”.

    • Norm

      Salaries Projection For The Lakers with Kobe,Love and Carmelo.

      Kobe $23,000,000

      Carmelo $24,350.000

      Love 15,719,062

      Under The Salary Cap Set At $63,500,000

      Have a great day one love.

    • ‘James Edwards

      Did u expect different? Y shoyld he rush this is about him one of the few times these big stars get to truly b selfish and this is a life changing decision so he is gonna take his time

      • comrade24

        i’m pretty sure these guys get to be selfish every day of their life, just saying. they’re multi-millionaires. they got the world by the short and curlies

  • Daniel

    tomorrow is the day, one more day.

  • LakerSpartan117

    If we don’t get Melo, Isaiah Thomas would still be great. Lance Stephenson, Ariza, Deng, or Monroe would also be cool. If we don’t get the superstar this year, there’s always next year and I’m cool with that!

    • Anthony Hughes

      i would be happy with isaiah thomas and greg monoe

      • LakerSpartan117

        Same.. Save for Love in 2015 or Durant in 2016

        • Jeff

          do you think getting both of those guys would limit the lakers if Kevin Love did become available via free agency? I’m always afraid of spending too much too soon.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Of course. If we got both Melo and the Crybaby, then we wouldn’t be able to sign anymore big name free agents unless they decide to sign for less.

          • comrade24

            we wouldn’t really need any other FA’s. Lebron can play point guard, and we would have THREE totally dominant players. No reason there would have to be one minute of any game where at least one of those three isn’t in the game. Fill the bench out with role players who can defend and watch the banners collect. I don’t think it will happen, not both of them anyways.

          • Jeff

            “Fill the bench out with role players who can defend”

            easier said than done.

          • comrade24

            True

          • Jeff

            no i was saying if they lakers don’t get melo or lebron and decide to use what money they have on 2 or 3 guys like monroe and thomas, it would be nice for next season, but in the next free agency it might come back to bite the lakers when there are bigger fish in the pond like love. of course you could always move them in trades, but thats not always the easiest thing to do.

          • rival

            Rather wait for klove next year than to sign Monroe

          • Jeff

            yeah see this is what i was thinking. I think if the lakers dont get melo or lebron many first reactions might be to splurge that money on the second tier talent like monroe, stephenson, thomas, etc.. Which might sound nice at the time, but when superstars are available in the next year or two we might be stuck with the impatient signings like monroe

          • Zimmeredge

            Kevin love ain’t gonna be a laker especially if we have those big dudes. Even to get one… You dont need love over melo or bron. Nobody will put him over bron or melo.

          • comrade24

            yeah, i don’t think so either. We would want to look at Anthony Davis when he hits FA imo

        • comrade24

          we don’t really have to “save” for Durant at all. Kobe’s contract (25 mil) comes off just in time.

          • LakerSpartan117

            I still hope to resign Kobe to a more “suitable” contract.

            3 years/ $15 million

          • comrade24

            yeah, i hope he sticks around past the next two years. I think it will just depend on his health, and whether the Lakers are contending.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Agreed. I know he’s given so much to this game and he needs to retire some time. But as a fan I am selfish and would love to see him continue playing.

  • thepowerofchriscompelsyou

    Landing Lebron and Thomas is the dream scenario.

    • Kobe Gagnon

      No-one is dreaming of that crybaby Lebron coming to La.

      • courtney harris

        THANK YOU

  • rival

    Melo needs to recruit Thomas lance and gasol. That would make us a top 5 team in the west with Kobe and randle. Lebron would be nice but I would rather have 1 class A player and a couple of B class players like Thomas and lance, than to have 2 class A players with mediocre role players around them

    • Redemption Rain

      Ummm cap space? Luxury Tax Threshold? LA can pass the cap, but they can’t pass Luxury Tax Threshold. Also if you recruit Thomas and Lance with Melo, what spot is Kobe going to play? Thomas or Lance would have to be bench and that is a waste of our money and a waste of their time.

      • rival

        You’re still doubting the Lakers lol

        • Redemption Rain

          If you read my comment, I stated where the hell is Kobe going to play if you have Lance,Thomas, and Melo idiot. What you want Kobe to play Center? Dumbass. LEARN TO BUILT A TEAM

          • rival

            Your brain is very limited, it doesn’t allow you to see things. A good coach would get creative it’s not for me or you to decide what to do with these players. We need all the help we can get, lance is a utility player who can be useful in 3 positions.

          • Redemption Rain

            You still haven’t answer my question except for your blabbing around how the coach makes that decision LOL. Thomas is not going to play the bench we are not going to offer this guy 8+ mill to playoff the bench, So he is going to be your starting guard. As for Lance he plays SG, that would mean we have to move Kobe to SF and Melo to PF. Leaving Randle on the bench. Also as I said how much can the Lakers offer Thomas and Lance after they signed Melo. Do you even know the rules of the CBA that governs the NBA? Wow so much ignorance from you…..

          • rival

            Allow me to educate you, we are the purple and gold godammit. Players want to come here and take whatever role or contract it takes to become part of our legacy. You wouldn’t know greatness if it slapped you in the face.

          • Redemption Rain

            That kind of thinking doesn’t work more idiot, why is Melo and Lebron taking their time to think if it is so obvious that we are the number one choice? Why did Dwight leave? Why did the Lakers have a bunch of D-League scrubs last season if everyone wants to be a Lakers? You telling me we couldn’t sign any stars last years free agency if everyone would do what ever it takes to be a Lakers? Wow fucken delusional retards like you should be locked in a mental institution.

          • Zimmeredge

            There was no point in signing a fa last season as they weren’t appealing to us. We were already above the cap. We wanted to wait this summer and we used the Amnesty on metta. So we couldn’t do anything. This summer is different.

          • Redemption Rain

            No but according to this guy “We da Lakers baby!!!” If everyone wants to be a Lakers, regardless of our limited financial flexibility we should have had a better roster since according to this guy “we da Lakers baby!!!!”

          • Jeff

            haha exactly

          • Zimmeredge

            But you do have to admit that we have more flexibility this summer instead of last summer. And that we wanna go after huge players. All the teams that are willing to assemble a huge team will have to go after players on the cheap. They might attract some players who can make more money but because of the ring status on the team they might take less money.
            Do you really think that farmar, bazemore, young, Hill will pass a vet contract if they have the opportunity go after a ring… Those guys ain’t d league scrubs. And if you add Marshall, clarkson, kane, Kelly and sacre you have great young guys who can play role.
            Man there is so much thing the team can do his summer we should not worry.

          • Redemption Rain

            Last season’s free agency doesn’t count, we HAD NO flexibility. If we do sign Melo we are going to be in a tough spot with his 96mill max deal. We only have 5 players on our roster and chances are is that Pau is coming back if we get Melo, so signing Pau cheap we would still be in a tough spot for Lance, Thomas, or other mid-level free agents. Its going to be back to signing D-League deals and that’s what I am afraid.

          • Zimmeredge

            You ain’t gonna target a pg or a dominant ball handling guard like Thomas or steph if you have melo anyway. The list of players that i mention above are not d-league scrubs they are reliable players coming off the bench.

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL its not me man, I am just playing rival’s game. I agree with you.

          • Chrmngblly

            If LAL did get a “Yes” from LBJ AND Melo, Pau would come back, Randle would happily ride the Pine and still get plenty of minutes. Why would we need a better point guard than we have? We could just run a Spurs-style offense and spread the ball. I would take Isaiah, but we don’t have to have him.

          • kmjjnj42

            LOL! Cap space people. We could get all players before the new CBA rule but cap space is what kills your dreams of all these players. To even get all those players, Melo would have to take a hefty paycut. That’s not going to happen.

          • Redemption Rain

            Don’t tell me tell rival. I am just playing out his game/scenario.

          • Chrmngblly

            We can go over the cap, if we are willing to pay the price, can’t we?

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            We had a bunch a d-league scrubs last year because we were over the cap and couldn’t offer anyone anything higher than the veteran’s minimum–the only exception was the mini-MLE to Kaman.

          • Redemption Rain

            If we are the Lakers as this guy is saying, everyone would accept a vet-minimum to play for us. Do you understand what this rival guy is trying to say? He is basically saying we can sign any players we like because of our franchise history and that any player would sacrifice money to be a Lakers.

          • comrade24

            we couldn’t sign anyone last year because we had $60 million tied up between Kobe, Pau, and Nash.

          • Redemption Rain

            But we are the purple and gold are we not? Surely everyone would take a substantial pay cut just to play on our team right?

          • comrade24

            i know i would.

          • Redemption Rain

            I would too, but can’t say the same for Melo, Lebron, Durant, Wall, George, and other all-stars. Hell since Melo wants to be a purple and gold why are we offering him a max deal? Everyone wants to be a Lakers right? So lets give him vets minimum deal. So we can sign Lebron of course.

          • redemption rain mother

            Had D League players last season to save $ you dumb fuck. Most free agents take their time if you didn’t know that. Only superstars that really re-sign like kobe and dirk resign almost immediate. Stfu you dumb fuck!

          • Redemption Rain

            Take their time for what dumb fuck? If we are the obvious choice then we should have Melo and Lebron in our pockets. You need to get a tattoo that reads “DELUSIONAL” on your forehead.

          • Zimmeredge

            No the obvious choice for them is to stay in their respective franchise… And they havent done that in a week….. If staying in their respective franchise was so obvious to them they should have resigned by now. Oh they havent done that yet. Well… I’m not saying they will come. Everyone in the league is saying they will stay blahblah blahblah and they havent just resign yet. They have bird rights so heat and knicks should resign their players first and… It’s not happening. Let’s just sit back relax and enjoy the moment.

          • Redemption Rain

            I’m going to sit back and relax and laugh at the rival guy LOL. Tomorrow is the day that Melo is supposedly going to make his decision.

          • Zimmeredge

            Even if we do not have them it’s a win for us because they will be maxed out with their respective team.
            But you will agree with me on this one: obvious choice for melo at this point is New York if there is no decision it’s gonna be strange. Remember the knicks came to la to get fast deal from melo.
            I’m so excited Man. It’s Exactly what i expected at the end of our season. A summer that is going up and down through the rumors. Isn’t it good to be back on track at least on the market and be contending along those teams that mocked us for a couple of season now.

          • Redemption Rain

            Exactly!!!! Thank You!!!! we want to win, lets make NY and Miami spend all their cash on one player. Hell Melo and Lebron are not getting any younger, If this was Durant or Davis then we are talking about a different story.

          • Jeff

            we had d league players because the lakers had no money to spend.. so who is the dumb one?

          • rival

            Are you redemptions boyfriend or something? You two idiots sound the same

          • Redemption Rain

            Sorry we don’t take part in your gay delusional orgy of stupidity. I can’t wait to laugh at your face when reality bitch slaps you in the face.

          • Jeff

            are you ever going to give a real response?

          • Paulie Laker

            we wanted a semi clean slate this year and next, only Nash’s contract and a little “bloating” of Mamba’s contract need work…..was all planned in the “tank mode”…..P.S. we all get so tough when anonymously posting…….

          • Redemption Rain

            Here is the thing you need to understand about rival. He thinks we are unstable when it comes to signing free agents. So if he is right shouldn’t we get any free agents on the market despite our financial status? He thinks everyone wants to be a Lakers and that they would put up financial sacrifice just to play in the purple and gold. My point is if that is the cause we should have had a decent roster last season but that wasn’t the case, and we did a bad job tanking wining those last two games LOL

          • rival

            Your an idiot bro

          • Redemption Rain

            You’re* retard, go back to school delusional retard

          • Jeff

            wow.. you are an embarrassment

          • courtney harris

            lmao wtf – you have given some me great laughs throughout FA

            we cant get all those players. kobe pau thomas & melo would be nice.. where you get lance from.. who knows

          • Zimmeredge

            He ain’t gonna make 8+m in la. Sacto will let him go for a Price between 5-8m. They have a lot of guards Thomas is just one of them.

          • cj

            Lance can gaurd 1-3 so can Kobe I don’t think k that’s a big issue

          • LakerSpartan117

            I tried to convince this to him and some other of his followers yesterday. A smart, creative coach could figure out ways to put his players in the best possible situations. Don’t trip though:

            Starting 5:

            PG) Thomas
            SG) Bryant
            SF) Melo
            PF) Randle
            C) Gasol

            Defensive purposes:

            PG) Stephenson
            SG) Bryant
            SF) Melo
            PF) Randle
            C) The G.O.A.T= SACRE!!!

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL we are going to be paying Lance a lot of money since he turn down the Pacer’s deal, and you going to bench him LOOL good job, I spend all day yesterday convincing delusional fans like you and rival all day. If this season goes to shit you are also to be blamed for your stupidity.

          • rival

            We’re not the pacers idiot!

          • Redemption Rain

            Your comment makes no sense

          • Jeff

            think before you type. No way lance is taking way less money just because its the lakers… come back reality

          • rival

            Lol wow another know it all.

          • Jeff

            apparently using common sense makes you a know it all?

          • Redemption Rain

            They can tell what is real or fiction anymore, they are the definition of disillusion. They need to be in a mental institution for the stupidity that comes from their mouths

          • rival

            So let me get this straight. Guys like Bron and wade take less to built a good team but a guy like lance wouldn’t? Lol mmmmm OK bro

          • Redemption Rain

            He wanted more money from the Pacers you FOOL. He wants MONEY, dam you’re fucken stupid. If we don’t have enough because of the cap after we “get Melo,” he is not coming.

          • Jeff

            yeah? how do you not get it? those guys are superstars who were already making decent money.. and their pay cut was 15 million.. and they were set up for another free agent cash in while in their prime. don’t call me bro.

          • rival

            You’re an idiot bro

          • Jeff

            intelligent response. care you make an argument with some substance? or just insults?

          • Redemption Rain

            He can’t so he is going to call you an idiot again LOL

          • Jeff

            haha it’s just getting embarrassing the more he goes on

          • Redemption Rain

            What can you say man, Lakers fans are made up of different people, sadly we got delusional ones like this specimen you see here.

          • MrMarcus

            Stars have endorsement deals, so they can handle less money situations more so than lower tier players. So just because LeBron took less money, doesn’t mean Lance will. Plus I would rather have an Ariza type or Parsons than him. Lance is too inconsistent and too much of a head case for me. He has skills, but there are some more fitting to a championship caliber team.

            I say get Melo, re-sign Pau. Bring in Thomas or if we can get Bledsoe for cheaper than go for it. Bring back Farmer, Swaggy P, Hill and Xavier, maybe Johnson of Ariza isn’t available.

          • LakerSpartan117

            i’m not delusional, just hopeful and optimistic that the team I watched growing up returns to greatness. You’re just a pessimistic person who has no ambition or desire for greatness. If the season ends in Kobe holding up the Larry O’Brian trophy with the confetti falling from the sky, you’ll be laughed at by all the true Laker fans while you’re crying in a roadside ditch….. Boom.

          • Redemption Rain

            I am optimistic with the RIGHT direction idiot, I can’t wait until this Melo and Lebron drama to be over so I can laugh at your stupid looking face of “Uggghhh we da Lakers, we should have Lebron and Melo on the team” after that then I can be optimistic for the future of this team to do the right thing.

          • LakerSpartan117

            I don’t think we’ll get both of them, nor do I care if we get one of them. My comment above clearly stated that I would be completely happy getting just Lance or Isaiah or whomever. Because even if we do land a superstar this year, we’ll most likely miss out on another one next year.. unless they want to take a substantial paycut to play for the Lakers. Might as well have some nice looking pieces for the future stars to come…. Again you are ignorant and rash.

          • Redemption Rain

            Agree with half of your comment, but the word ignorant and rash is for delusional twits like rival. Just because we are the Purple and Gold doesn’t mean every star player is going to sign with us, sick of this delusional idiot that can’t be reasoned with. If this guy wasn’t on this site, we would be talking about basketball and re-building in a more sense able and practical way.

          • dsalster

            you must not be a lakers fan. if you knew our history you would know the lakers always go after the biggest names.

          • Redemption Rain

            I am a Lakers fan not a delusional one, if that is the case we shouldn’t even be in this mess, stop being blinded by the past, and look forward in improving the future. Just cause I am a Lakers fan doesn’t mean I have to be in fantasy land like half of these guys here.

          • dsalster

            i dont get it? whats wrong with their train of thought? that we should go after melo and lebron? that blue print got miami to 4 straight finals. or that we should go after melo lance and isiah? whats wrong with that?

          • Redemption Rain

            That blue print did work, and Pat Riley was smart enough to get those 3 to play together BEFORE the CBA was put in the NBA. Ask yourself what do we have to offer to Melo and Lebron besides Kobe (assuming he is 100%) D-League scrubs? Mitch has already stated that talking about the history of our franchise doesn’t work when Melo and Lebron only give a dam about their future and our future.

          • dsalster

            he did sign it prior to the current cba, what exactly did that change? only udonis haslem , mike miller, and joel anthony made more than the minimum that year other than the big 3. with miller it was the mid level exception, and joel anthony was the bi annual exception. everyone else was on a minimum contract. thus completely repeatable process. so other than 3 big contracts, we have the full non tax payer mid level exception which is a great asset, we have a bi annual exception, we have randel, and the rest would have to be minimum contracts. once again this is a proven system. no one is delusional here. sure it might not happen, and sure there are other ways. but stop trying to be a smart ass and let others have their opinion.

          • Redemption Rain

            I didn’t say it doesn’t work, hypothetical speaking Lebron and Melo can work, but it DEPENDS on what contracts they want and what we give them. If Melo wants a max then Lebron will have to take a cut. Leaving us with enough money to sign one year deals with these D-League players. But as you said this is Highly unlikely when multiple sources says Melo wants max money and Lebron is demanding max money from the Heat and that D-Wade and Bosh will have to take bigger cuts. Also I am not going to let a disillusion fan have their fantasies, its a waste of time and unproductive way of rebuilding.

          • dsalster

            what your doing isnt any more productive. i doubt mitch is reading your posts looking for ideas. we can sign both of them for close to the max. and once again 3 proven superstars with minimum contracts around them is a proven system.

          • dsalster

            and in reality it would be 3 superstars , randle, a mid level guy (gasol, thomas, who knows? but a decent player) and then the minimum gguys

          • Redemption Rain

            What i am doing is shutting down this pony show so we can start talking about basketball and our future. This clown brought up this fantasy and won’t give up believing in his fantasies.

          • Jeff

            “that we should go after melo lance and isiah? whats wrong with that?”

            if the lakers get melo and stretch nash’s contract (or unload it somehow) they still would be in a tough spot. I’m guessing the lakers would look to pau first and he would take up a good chunk of the remaining money. if not, then i would think only one out of the two (stephenson or thomas) would be an option.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Well again, a delusional fan is a fan nonetheless. And he’s not saying something completely impossible. Last I read, he believes we can get Melo and Thomas. We wouldn’t be able to get Stephenson, but that’s fine we got Melo. Hypothetically.

          • Redemption Rain

            Well yeah ummm any kind of fan is a fan. Doesn’t mean delusional fans like rival aren’t stupid.

          • LakerSpartan117

            The people that believe they have a right to label someone as “stupid” or “delusional” are the real stupid, delusional people that reflect themselves onto others. Just because he doesn’t speak your sense of logic or language, doesn’t mean he’s stupid.
            I’d be careful with that Redemption, insults (even on the internet) can do harm.

          • Jeff

            it’s when the delusional fans start calling out the realists as “dumbfucks” that I have to respond by calling out their stupidity. (once again, not calling you one of them)

          • LakerSpartan117

            I understand, and I’m not condoning there rude remarks either. But my comment was more directed towards Redemption because in almost all of his comments, he’s the one who initiates the verbal attacks like “idiot” or “dumbfuck” or etc.

            Thanks though.

          • Redemption Rain

            So 2+2=10 and the Sun is green umm ok then I guess I should let people keep their opinions even if these opinions come from a Disney movie. Got it dude!

          • LakerSpartan117

            ???????????????????????

            Well sarcasm aside… If that’s what you believe, then that’s your GOD given right to believe it. Seriously though you should just accept advice when its given to you. But of course its your choice.

            And the comeback…………

          • Redemption Rain

            I’m not accepting any “advises” from rival. He should listen to what vdogg, BULL, and independentbynature, instead of holding on to his Disney ideas.

          • LakerSpartan117

            My name isn’t rival…. its not my account. That was my advice to you, do you think I’m his messenger or something??? Like I speak on his behalf…

            Wow man, this is a comment board for people to voice their opinions on the Lakers. If you can’t handle or accept other’s opinions or ideas, and sole purpose is to refute them and “logically” prove them wrong and argue with them…. you should just leave. Or move on.

          • rival

            Yea this dude keeps putting my name every time someone calls him out he’s a joke

          • Redemption Rain

            Neither of you can read. Scroll up two comments and re-read what I said. I know who you are rival and I know your pal LakerSpartan117

          • Redemption Rain

            I didn’t say you were rival Mr. Spartan. But you so sound like his messenger boy. I also have my god given right to speak my mind and that would be use by breaking down word by word that rival or any other silly fans that think this is a Disney movie down so I can explain their flaws. I’m not leaving any time soon, I plan on staying to stop fans like rival from thinking what they do so we can get back to having a logically conversation about basketball.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Well you failed the minute you started that “mission” of yours. You hate Disney movies?

          • Redemption Rain

            Yep it looks like I fail to educate rival. Dumb people are very ignorant when they hold on to their fantasies. I love Disney movies, sadly we live in REALITY. period.

          • LakerSpartan117

            K…

          • Redemption Rain

            Alright so it seems we can finally talk about basketball since you and rival are getting bored.

          • LakerSpartan117

            K……

          • Redemption Rain

            When I said we I meant sense able Lakers fans not you or rival.

          • LakerSpartan117

            K……….

          • Redemption Rain

            Ok dumbass

          • LakerSpartan117

            K…………..

          • Redemption Rain

            Ok dumbass

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            K…………………

          • Redemption Rain

            Ok dumbass.

          • LakerSpartan117

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          • Redemption Rain

            Ok dumbass..

          • LakerSpartan117

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          • Redemption Rain

            Ok dumbass…

          • LakerSpartan117

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          • Redemption Rain

            Ok dumbass….

          • LakerSpartan117

            K…… .

          • Redemption Rain

            Ok dumbass…..

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          • Redemption Rain

            Ok dumbass……

          • dsalster

            were not getting lance but if we did we can go super small and play up tempo. isiah lance kobe melo and randle. and yes it does work under the salary cap. if we sign melo and can find a way to unload nash we will have around 12.5 million to spend. that will take up almost all our salary cap. we will then have the full mid level exception to use which is over 5 million per year

          • LakerSpartan117

            See… optimism is awesome right? I agree with you sir!

          • Jeff

            i think that money to spend if they stretch nash’s contract would go to pau. but that’s just what I think.

          • dsalster

            possibly. who ever we used the money on it would probably be a short term deal, to keep the flexibility in the future

          • Jeff

            no it is delusion. you’re eagerness for the lakers to win again overtakes your common sense. Instead of being realistic the delusional fans just expect all these quality free agents to come with despite limited financial flexibility.

          • LakerSpartan117

            So tell me… what am I saying that is delusional? Because what I’ve written isn’t impossible or delusional.

          • rival

            Jeff and redemption are idiots they talk as if they’re at every meeting and try to compare other situation with ours

          • Jeff

            what are you even saying? your only response is “we are the purple and gold so we are SOO much different than any other team”

          • LakerSpartan117

            Its okay I’ve “talked” with redemption before, I gave him a chance to communicate efficiently (he lasted pretty long until he verbally attacked me for a comment I said that he took offense to) so I’ll give Jeff a chance.

          • Jeff

            too be honest my response was more toward what rival has been saying. I didn’t mean for that to be directly at you. If we don’t get melo or lebron then your idea of thomas, ariza, deng, moroe, etc would be possible. although I don’t agree thats the direction the lakers should take (aside from thomas).

          • LakerSpartan117

            Ok i thought so, because I haven’t really given any “OH WE WILL GET LEBRON, MELO, AND EVERY OTHER FREE AGENT ON THE MARKET” speech.

          • rival

            Your brain is telling you that Kobe is still going to play 40 min per game and that he’s going to want the ball all game. We are putting together a team for 3 quarters to allow the greatest closer in history to do his thing in the 4th quarter

          • Redemption Rain

            Where did I say Kobe is going to play 40min dipshit? If we get Young back he is going to come off the bench for Kobe.

          • Brylle Dalman- Sia

            dude your embarrasing yourself and us laker fans, it is a ignorant bandwagoner logic to think anyone will sign with the lakers easily and agrees to take a smaller paycut, like lance stephenson if the lakers already sign melo, your just name calling here, that’s what bandwagoners like you always do

          • comrade24

            no way we’re paying Lance 10 mil+ to come off of the bench. that’s a recipe for disaster.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Well my plan was to start Lance. But for some reason, people on this site (Redemption Rain) believe he can’t play that position because he’s not a “REAL” PG. Even though this entire league is full of them. A.K.A. Combo guards

          • Redemption Rain

            You want to know what the probably is? We singing multiple guys that usually play in the same position. If we have Lance and Thomas, no need for Melo. If we get Melo no need for Lance but we can go for Thomas.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Exactly.

          • Redemption Rain

            However according to your pal rival, he thinks otherwise. And signing two of the best SF in the game (Melo and Lebron) is going to cause a lot of positioning problems.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Don’t care… only care about what I can control. If you have a complain (for a meaningless comment board), complain to him.

          • Redemption Rain

            Ummm no of use has control what the Lakers do. Doesn’t stop any of us from posting on this site.

          • LakerSpartan117

            Whatever.

          • Redemption Rain

            K…

          • comrade24

            He brought the ball up some during the playoffs. that doesn’t make him a point guard. You realize we have to play the Clippers 4 times a year right? Chris Paul would average 5 steals a game against us if Lance was the point guard.

          • LakerSpartan117

            And yet he would probably shut Chris Paul down, preventing him from penetrating and creating that easy offense for the Clippers. And he played PG in college, so its not like he’s never ran an offense. If you watched the Pacers at all during the season and not just the playoffs, you’d have seen that the offense ran smoother with Lance at the point. It was his immaturity issues and Frank Vogel’s idea as “more weapons on the court” that prevented him from playing at the point. Plus there was a lack of depth at the guard position anyway.

          • comrade24

            The Pacers have been ominously quiet this offseason. They CLEARLY have issues to address, and nothing. you would think they would have went after Lowry or Thomas. They need a point guard badly.

          • Redemption Rain

            Exactly Lance is going to playoff the bench for 10mill. Hell he rejected the Pacers offer. Lance is not going to be cheap, he wants more money and if we are giving him lets just say 12mill no way I’m wasting that cash for him to come off the bench

          • rival

            You keep assuming you know what every player wants

          • Redemption Rain

            You keep assuming that this is a Disney movie. Its a fact that Lance wants money and the Pacers said no. FACT not like you assuming that Lebron and Melo will come and we would be king of the world again LOL

          • rival

            I don’t even want lebron what are you taking about? And like I said we’re not the pacers!

          • Redemption Rain

            yes you did, in other posts a few days back you wanted Lebron don’t deny it. I can’t wait for this Melo thing to be over so I can laugh at you.

          • comrade24

            i’ve seen this too many times. Guy has a great season during a contract year, gets inked to a big deal, and then never plays up to it. That’s what worries me about stephenson. I would steer clear of him.

          • Redemption Rain

            That is also a portability but same could have been said about Lowry since this is his first season of being a attractable free agent (obviously too late now), but as for Lance he can play the D and I like that.

          • Clarence Boddicker

            If Melo and Kobe take up roughly 46 million of the salary cap how the fuck are the lakers going to afford Gasol, Thomas and Stephenson? And don’t say the Lakers can go over the cap to sign Pau using bird rights”. To create the space to sign melo they would have to renounce Gasol therefore losing his bird rights.

          • your mother

            kobe can play SG or SF, lance can play PG, SG, or SF. or just get isiah for the PG. melo SF or PF. randle PF. gasol PF or C. the lakers can go over the cap and pay the luxury tax they have teh $. stfu you dumb fuck

          • Redemption Rain

            Ok give me your starting five right now.

          • DKWTTY

            Lance is a SG who can come off the bench
            Thomas is a PG
            Melo is a SF

            I don’t see how Thomas as starting PG, next to Kobe as SG and Melo at SF is a conflict.

          • Redemption Rain

            would be a lot of positioning conflicts, but Lance isn’t going to be cheap since he turn down the Pacers and wanted more money. Seeing him come off the bench would be a waste. That’s why I say pick 2 players from Melo, Thompson, and Lance, and leave the other ones. I say leave Melo out since he is overpriced and we only have 5 players on our roster. Spending all that on one guy when we don’t have a team yet isn’t such a good idea.

          • DKWTTY

            Yeah but these are just ideas people are throwing out. If it happens there is no conflict. Coming off the bench would not be a waste. He could do the same as Lamar Odom did when we were winning titles. I’d rather go all in on Melo and get Thomas too than overspend on Lance. He looks like the type whose career would go up and down. He’s a headcase.

          • Redemption Rain

            Its a waste if we are going to spend a lot of money on him. Lance isn’t going to be cheap after the fact that he turn down the Pacers deal. It also begs the question can we sign him? After Melo and maybe Thomas? Yeah he is a headcase, however he can play D, and neither Melo and Thomas were capable of that. I still think Lance is a better deal then Melo though, Melo ain’t cheap and he isn’t getting younger.

          • DKWTTY

            Well if Mitch was willing to pay Melo and Lebron then he can figure out how to get Lance and Melo. I’m sure he’d take less pay to play with Kobe+Melo+Pau+Julius+Isaiah. Exactly that’s why I want them ALL. The Nets went over the cap to try and win, Mitch is willing to do the same.

          • Redemption Rain

            The Nets didn’t win anything, they were one of the biggest disasters why the East isn’t as competitive with the West. I think Lance really wants the money LOL. Other than the Heat (assuming Lebron goes back) the Pacers are the second best team their and could be Eastern Conference champs, he could have easily accepted the Pacers deal to play with a younger star like George, but he didn’t. Don’t think we can do the same for him even if we attract Melo.

          • DKWTTY

            I know that. That doesn’t mean it will be the same outcome for us. What other options does he have if he doesn’t even want to accept the Pacers offer when like you said they were the second best team in the east. I don’t see any other teams offering him big money so he either takes less for a contender or he has to take whatever the Pacers offer him.

          • Redemption Rain

            He has many options. We aren’t the only one interested in him, obviously we are not giving him Melo money, but he is going to ask for more then what the Pacers and that is around 10mill I think. If other times don’t get Melo or another big name free agent, teams will have enough to get Lance. Counting on it.

          • Zimmeredge

            price is goint up because there is a lot guys out there and agents are willing to put their players in the best franchise on the market.

          • Redemption Rain

            Exactly, it ain’t going to be cheap for Lance either. But he won’t be as expensive as Melo, no one would give Lance 96mill 4 years deal LOL That’s insane.

          • Zimmeredge

            yeah but as long as melo and lebron are gone price will drop normally imo

          • TheZuluNation

            Why would Lance come off the bench tho? He can go to a team where he will start.

          • DKWTTY

            He came off the bench for the Pacers so why not for the Lakers if they have Isaiah, Kobe, Melo, Julius and Pau starting? It’s not a negative. Lamar did it. Jamal Crawford does it. Manu does it.

          • Redemption Rain

            He is a starter actually, George plays the 3rd. I don’t see him taking less money just to play with Melo when he could play with a younger star George.

        • Jeff

          it’s not doubt, it’s called common sense.

          • rival

            Which im sure kupchak has as he’s trying to work deals

      • LakersOverEverything

        I think he means for kobe to play the 3 and melo play the 4. Randle would be the one to come off the bench.

        • Redemption Rain

          Yeah I said that in one of my comments, I also brought up our financial status if we sign Melo. We can’t just ignore that their is a CBA and if we get Melo, how much is Lance and Thomas going to want?

      • nlruizjr

        so far Lakers seem to be good at wasting time, ask Kaman, Meeks, Farmar and Bazemore !!!!!

        • Redemption Rain

          I like Farmar and Meeks, sad they are gone, but yeah Pistons overpay. Hopefully Bazemore doesn’t re-sign.

    • courtney harris

      AGREED minus lance.. not enough room

  • Brandon A. Benitez

    I know I might get grilled for this so I’m prepared to take the heat but I don’t want that fuck boy LeBron to come to the Lakers

    • Jay Silva

      You are right… Fuck you hater.

      • Brandon A. Benitez

        Hahaha not sure how it makes me a hater but alright… I would much rather have Isaiah Thomas and Lance Stephenson than James

        • courtney harris

          its all good man ignore the internet bullies

      • LakersOverEverything

        Lmao!

      • courtney harris

        all of you internet bullies! lol smh dude is right. i dont want lebron on this team. i rather beat him – i would love to hear espn make excuses for him after kobe & com. beats him in 7 games series

  • WAYNER

    Melo will announce his signing with the Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow Morning guaranteed. we are giving him just as much as NY is offering him except more, LA is offering him the max, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and will eventually add some pieces like Isaiah Thomas and others to help get the job done, 16 rings and not to mention its not like the lakers haven’t been to the championship 2000- 2002 in 2009 and 2010 which is only 4 yrs ago where as

    Chicago/ New York/ Houston in the last 4yrs hasn’t even been close to smelling a championship, you can make an exception for Dallas for winning in 2011 which is only one.

    But to be apart of a franchise who has done more in the last 4 yrs except 2 bad seasons that we aren’t usually known for losing his legacy will mean just be much more Kobe doesn’t need to be a ball hog yes he is getting older like Byron Scott said he needs to adjust his game, he can be more like a boss hog and let Melo and the rest of the team do all the work and actually be the Micheal Jordan from Washington Wizards averaging 20 points and help win Low risk, High reward more ships, this is a win, win situation for Melo long term beautiful city, nice weather huge market for him and his wife and already lives here as well.

    and also whats funny to me is out of all the teams facilities Melo went to last week the Lakers happen to be the only team he stops his car rolls his window down and say – ” i can’t say much but i just wanted to say Hi “

    • dsalster

      ny is offering more. the max in la and the max in ny is not the same.

      • WAYNER

        Money wise yes but ( future wise, team wise ) what is NY Offering?

        LA offers a Max deal 95 mill with KOBE/ GASOL/ RANDLE/ CARMELO
        AND POSSIBLY 2015 KEVIN LOVE YOU WIN then in 2016 when Kobe contract is up and you have evolved you have Kevin Durant as FA i’m talking long term

        OR

        KNICKS TEAM the max 129 mill will miss the playoffs again suffer a bad season who can you convince to play with Melo for the Knicks in 2015 who hasn’t one a ship since the 70′s this is short term Lakers should be at the top of his list.

        • dsalster

          you make a compelling argument. i thought u were referring to money. and in reality who knows. phill is very smart

    • Jeff

      so if the lakers get melo at a max contract, and retain pau, how are they going to get Thomas?? even if nash contract is stretched it still seems impossible

      • comrade24

        yeah, i would like to know the numbers on that. not sure how it works out. Would be GREAT if it did though. Thomas is a firecracker not to mention a Lakers fan.

        • dsalster

          assuming we either stretch nash or find someone to take his contract (we would probably have to entice them with a future 1st round pick ) we would have enough money for one more player .

          • dsalster

            *one more really good player. after that we have whats called a non tax payer mid level exception. starts at about 5.3 million per year. can be used for anywhere from a 1 to a 4 year contract. over 4 years its worth 24 million. we can use this for thomas. the rest of the contracts would have to be for the minimum. so it def works

          • comrade24

            is that including Gasol?

    • DKWTTY

      LOL at rolling down the window to say hi. He stopped to sign autographs for Lakers fans too. I thought he was just a nice guy. You sure he only did that at the Lakers facility?

  • Zimmeredge

    There are players the Lakers are interested in, they are players who are interested in playing for us and they are agent trying to make their voice heard to gain the best contract possible in the best franchise possible. I guess isaiah Thomas is not a player the Lakers are interested in. He is interested in playing in here and his agent is trying to get him in here talking to the media but as far as i Know Lakers are not looking for a point guard. They are mainly looking for a wing player and if gasol leaves someone to fill the void left open by the Spaniard. So isaiah is not a priority.
    Nash, clarkson, Marshall, farmar, Blake, Nelson, kane via summer league. But that is all. As long as we have no response from bron and melo and as long as the league does not Know what they are doing nothing will change.

  • comrade24

    pg- Thomas/Clarkson/Marshall
    sg- Kobe/Young
    sf- Melo/Henry
    pf- Randle/Hill
    c- Gasol/Sacre

    This team can compete. By that i mean at least make it to 2nd round of playoffs, farther if the chemistry and commitment to team defense is good.

    • LakersOverEverything

      I say conference finals at least. Hell people were saying we would make the playoffs with last year’s team when kobe returns from Achilles injury. Surely the addition of melo, randle, and Thomas gets us another round?

      • comrade24

        The talent is definitely there. Defense and chemistry will be the big questions if this ends up being the lineup. I wouldn’t say they’ll automatically make it that far. Seeding will have a lot to do with it. The West is pretty deep. With this lineup, i don’t see Houston, GSW, Dallas being an issue in the playoffs, but Spurs, Thunder, and Clippers would be challenging series. Man, ever since the Clippers have gotten good i’ve been just waiting to meet them in the playoffs.

        • TheZuluNation

          Yes we need to face the Clippers to send them a message and the fans a message that we in fact run LA.

      • TheZuluNation

        Conference finals? That’s a bit of a stretch. I don’t know if that roster can beat San Antonio or OKC next year. Not trying to sound negative, but just being realistic here.

        • OG RiceBone

          CP3 is honestly one of my favorite players behind Kobe.. I am still butthurt about the veto…

          • TheZuluNation

            I feel ya man. The NBA was afraid of what the Lakers would be. CP3 and Kobe? Game over.

    • Lucas

      Yes I believe that would be a nice competitive team along with bringing back Ryan Kelly and Jordan Farmar

    • Lucas

      The only problem with this team would be defense, none of these players are defensive minded other than kobe but he’s 36, this team could put up points in a hurry but still wouldn’t be a good defensive team

    • VillainKing

      Your roster is very nice but except the PG I love the combination of Thomas/Kane/Clarkson!!also I hope we can have Lance playing a PG for the Lakers..

      • comrade24

        I haven’t seen Kane play yet. Waiting for summer league before I drink the kool aid. There’s a lot of hype around him though

        • VillainKing

          Ok comrade let see what Deandre Kane can show to the Lakers this coming summer league..

          • comrade24

            From what I’ve read and seen in highlight videos he looks like he could be promising. Although it’s hard to look bad in a highlight video, unless you’re the Celtics lol

          • VillainKing

            Heheheheh!!!

  • Yardail Perdue

    Dude is a dumbass Lance can come off the bench possibility a six man maybe Kobe still playing his normal postion

    • rival

      Of course but a lot of guys like Jeff and redemption can’t think outside the box. Kobe’s role would be the closer, it wouldn’t matter bench or starter there is still a significant amount of minutes to be shared with whatever talent is added to the team

      • Brandon A. Benitez

        Randle’s also only 19 there’s no problem if he comes off the bench. Let the dude develop the right way he’s still got a lot to learn

    • courtney harris

      how do we afford melo, kobe, pau, thomas, lance ( turned down a deal with his current team) & a bench? assuming lance will probably want 10+, melo 20+, paul 7+ , kobe is at 20+, thomas signs for 5+

      kobe 24

      melo 24
      pau 7

      thomas 5
      lance 10 ( tuned down 8.8 million with pacers)
      = thats 70 million

      and you dont have a bench

      • rival

        Why do people keep talking about lance like he’s a class A player? Yes he turned that down with the pacers not the Lakers big difference

        • courtney harris

          but .. its the pacers. they are a very good team (in the east). with miami pretty much being in shambles, and a inconsistent d rose for the bulls, who can really challenge them if they obtain lance back and another shooter (mike miller)? i dont think LA is in his future. i hate how the nba has created this need for a USA team-up just to win rings. its slowly destroying the game and the expectations. would you have ever thought about kobe teaming up with with any player from the Celtics back then? i miss the old days of true basketball.. *note im 21**

          • OG RiceBone

            Any team in the West is a good team in the East

  • DKWTTY

    Vast improvement over all the PG’s we have now but he is so small. They would need to have someone else guard opposing PG’s that are much bigger and quicker than he is.

    • comrade24

      Yeah, i could see Westbrook giving him nightmares.

      • DKWTTY

        That’s who I’m most worried about. I’ve never seen them go head to head so I wonder how he fared against him all these seasons.

        • Zimmeredge

          they have played one game last season facing each other. thomas played okc twice sacto loose both games.

          westbrook 1: 32min 15 (36%/20% from three)/8r/7a but 7to and -10 eval.
          thomas 1: 21min 24p (50%/ 37% from three) 3ast and 4stls +2 eval depsite loosing

          second game for thomas: 39minutes
          38pts ((61%/ 50% from three) and 6 assists but -6eval.

          he won’t struggle against all the classical pg like paul. but against lillard, wall and co young athletic pg he should struggle because and they are bigger, faster and bulkier than him.

          • DKWTTY

            Wow thanks. Those numbers are crazy.

          • Zimmeredge

            his offense was never really a problem. he can put big stats. his defense is more problematic. lacks focus and unlike nate robinson for exemple he lacks power too.

          • rival

            Right either way, it be an upgrade for us in that position. beyond the defensive aspect he’s explosive and top pgs can’t guard each other anyway

        • comrade24

          wondering the same. I wouldn’t want Kobe guarding him either. could be difficult for us

          • TheZuluNation

            Definitely not!

    • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

      Jordan Clarkson has the potential to be a good defender. Hopefully they give him some time.

      • DKWTTY

        I don’t know anything about him so I hope you’re right.

        • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

          Underrated score first PG from Missouri. Good rim attacker, shaky shooter. Not the greatest defender, but at 6’5 he can be for a PG.

          • DKWTTY

            Since that bitch Farmar left you think this kid could shut Farmar down? Farmar ain’t no beast so it should be fairly easy. I want him destroyed every time we play the Clippers.

          • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

            lol probably. Yeah, I can’t believe that. The Lakers probably would’ve re-signed him, so I don’t see why he didn’t wait. Dumb move by Farmar.

    • TheZuluNation

      My exact thoughts. People are getting excited over the name, but he is 5’9. Perfect PG off the bench as a spark plug like Nate Robinson.

  • Bruce

    Dude no matter what is an upgrade for us at the PG no question about it. He will be a good signing at the PG, now let’s get him to sign!!

  • Mark

    if carmelo is smart, he’s looking past this upcoming season and understanding that the LAKERS’ track record of landing marquee players is not to be fucked with. i don’t care if phil jackson is in tow in nyc… the lakers have been doing this for the entire existence of the NBA, whether it be by marquee signing or trade. that being said, in 2015 and 2016 the lakers, for the first time in years, are set up to make another shaq-sized free agency splash. with melo on board, you know guys like kevin love and kevin durant will at least entertain the idea of coming to LA. i’m not so sure if i would have the same confidence in nyc. the choice is yours, melo.

    if you choose otherwise, that’s fine by me, too. i have said before that i would be more than happy with landing isaiah thomas and lance stephenson. a young trio of thomas, stephenson, and randle will be tons of fun to watch grow together.

    either way, exciting times to be a laker fan!

    • courtney harris

      that would be an exciting team to watch grow. all three can score and play annoying defense. they would need some vet leadership (kobe playing 3 years not 2), but overall i would not be mad at the future of that.

      • Mark

        yep, also gotta keep in mind that a trio like that complements each other very well. isaiah thomas can dribble penetrate and pass, but his primary strength is scoring and perimeter shooting. i see him playing off the ball very well while lance stephenson serves as the primary facilitator and utility guy. by utility, i mean stephenson will do whatever the team needs that given night: score, pass, rebound, or defend the opposing team’s best player. he’s a walking triple-double! then of course, julius randle is the bully in the paint; the walking mismatch. throw him the ball in the post and let him do work, or get him in some pick-and-roll situations where he can either catch and shoot (his jumper is improving already at 19 years old) or he can blow by the slower big men in this league.

        • courtney harris

          yeah im 21 so i cant say anything negative about 19 year old millionaire lol

          but overall the lakers are okay.

  • rival almighty

    Everyone keeps talking about how we can’t do this and we can’t do that as if Mitch is not aware of all the rules and regulations lol. Mitch is not flying around setting up all these meetings for nothing. He’s getting creative just being Mitch, he’s talking about contracts that equal to max contracts along with incentives and other endorsements involved. The Kobe like contract would come in 2 years for melo so it’s not a paycut at all. He loves that we have flexibility coming up to bring in other players beyond what chi or NY can offer.

  • wardrobe99

    we have to sign the melo/ labron/ thomas or who ever first befor we sign Gasol so when we go over cap it doesnt matter signing gasol because we have his bird rights signing a player when you own there birdrights doesnt effect your cap

  • Badazztj12

    Would love to have Isaiah but wouldn’t that be too much offense and not enough defense

    • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

      True. I’d rather have Eric Bledsoe.
      The thing that worries me is his health, though.

      • TheZuluNation

        That’s one thing a lot of people are overlooking.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    Melo needs to decide in order for the Lakers to bring in more talent, because they arent making moves till he decides.

  • ythug1

    Melo, Kobe, Randle, and Thomas !

    • ythug1

      Oh yeah I’m getting just a lil impatient MELO !!!

  • Brandon A. Benitez

    Skip Bayless everyone -__-

    • courtney harris

      i love skip! lol this is guy is one the greats!!! i miss first take. should be back Monday!!

      • Brandon A. Benitez

        First take’s the only show I like watching on espn

        • courtney harris

          its so funny and dare i say it “real”

  • Lakers4Life

    No worries, LeBron will become a Laker soon. Then Melo will follow.

    Now all we have to do is re-sign Pau, get rid of Nash along with Randle, hire Jeff Van Gundy as coach, and we’ll be set for years to come.

  • Shaun McGary

    Lebron and Melo have the whole league on hold but im not mad at them. All us Laker fans will be happy if we land one of them next week.

  • ResignCorona

    stretch steve’s nash contract and acquire thomas…

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