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Lakers Rumors: Kevin Love ‘Still’ Wants To End Up In Los Angeles?

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With the 2014 NBA Draft almost a month away on June 26, the attention turns to where all the top tier players will land and if Kevin Love could be traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft day.

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Over the past few months, Love has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers with the perennial All-Star rumored to want to return to Los Angeles. Love is stuck in a losing situation in Minnesota and wants a change of scenery with the veteran already having a taste of the City of Angels during his time at UCLA.

Although it may be a stretch for the Lakers to acquire Love in a trade with no real assets to send to the T’Wolves, Sam Smith of Bulls.com has reason to believe Love wants to be a Laker:

As I’ve written, I think it’s a long shot and have never heard Love say he has interest in coming to Chicago. People I know around the Lakers still believe he wants to return there.

The two teams currently linked to Love that could be in title contention with the addition of the star forward are the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls. Depending what the Warriors and Bulls would have to give up, Golden State and Chicago would be forces to be reckoned with if able to land Love, but the concern may be losing him in the summer of 2015.

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With the Lakers potentially having the leverage due to Love’s interest in returning to Los Angeles, the star forward could either push his way to the Lakers in some kind of three-way deal or simply waited it out until he becomes an unrestricted free agent after next season.
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  • comrade24

    wait til he becomes a free agent and sign him for next season. this season our rookie will develop. We need to not focus on Love, but instead building a team that can make the playoffs in the West WITHOUT Love so we can be a more desireable location for FA’s.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I agree and most everyone does with you’re assessment.Make the playoffs!

      • VillainKing

        That’s right Lakers must make the playoffs!!!

    • Jim213

      Agree with most of your view compatriot except on Love as hearing that interested teams will ask/want or try to convince Love to pickup his player option for 2015. Thus, likely ending up with another team for 2 seasons. However, there’s nothing they (Lakers) can do about it currently as they don’t have any assets (players) to try to pull an even deal this off season to make a solid offer for Love.

      However, if Vonleh, Gordon, or Randle (PFs) are pickup in the draft what’s the point of going after Love? Unless, they intend to use it down the line in a future trade. But as mentioned since the last off season IMO FO needs to focus on building an overall competitive team to attract future talent.

      Love should be aware that the franchise has real interest in signing him long term so if he’s seriously interest in joining the Lakers he’d tough it out for next season and either wait until 2015FA or for lakers FO to try to put a solid deal together before the trade deadline.

      • comrade24

        i agree completely and i’m not sure what you disagreed with me on lol I’m hoping they draft Marcus Smart and then he’ll have a year to develop with Kobe and Nash mentoring him.

        • Chrmngblly

          No. Draft Gordon. The Lakers can’t afford to give up anything in trades. Thanks to Jim Buss, the Lakers have no chips to play and no draft prospects for years.

          Sign and trade Pau and Nash to NY for Tyson Chandler and change.

          • wangkon936

            Gordon is an undersized PF with no jump shot. Those don’t last very long in the NBA.

          • Chrmngblly

            yeah—except Gordon is 6-9 and can defend all 5 positions and jumps like 42″. What’s wrong with you? They call those players “small forwards”.

          • Lazyone213

            Aaron Gordon = Tyrus Thomas

          • wangkon936

            Small forwards can shoot the ball some though.

          • Chrmngblly

            You mean like Kevin Durant? Absolutely. But we also have to defend those guys…:-)

          • wangkon936

            The issue is that Gordon can’t shoot the ball too well.

            He’s a classic SF/PF tweener. We don’t need a tweener to rebuild with.

          • Chrmngblly

            Why are you ragging on Gordon for? He is a classic Small Forward. 6-9 is a great size for a freak athlete like Gordon is. If he was only an average athlete like Vonleh, then he would be a tweener. He has the most athleticism of all the bigs in the draft. His jumper will get better–and none of the pro scouts are very worried about it, btw. I wish we could get Embiid—but we can’t. So if you want to save a space for Love, you draft Gordon to play the 3 and help out on the 2 and 4, defensively. We need D, youth and athleticism—not another gunner. We are not low on shooters.

          • e3bonz

            But, has there been any word on which shooters from last year are returning?

          • Chrmngblly

            I dunno bonz, but I hope they bring Swaggy back. and Meeks. I want them to move Kobe over to the 3 so Meeks can play the 2 and also extend Kobe’s career a little. He can defend the 3 still, I think. How do you see it?

          • Chrmngblly

            Add Bazemore to my list and Hill, if we can afford him.

          • e3bonz

            Swaggy and Meeks for sure, but they may want more money as they proved their worth this last season. I’m also good with Bazemore and Hill, but I would really like to see Pau resign. I guess I haven’t gotten my fill of the Kobe/Pau tandem.

          • borsalino12

            Yes. These are the guys, we have to bring back – J.Farmar, J.Meeks, K.Bazemore, N.Young, R.Kelly and Jordan Hill.This is our second unit and Mitch has to make sure, they will wear gold & purple uniform in the next 5-6-7 years.

          • wangkon936

            Got nothing against Gordon personally. I just don’t think he will be that much of an impact NBA player. I think Noah or Smart would be better at that pick than Gordon.

          • borsalino12

            Who told you he can’t shoot the ball? That is BS.In a year or so, he can develop into a player like K.Durant, who can play on both forward positions equally well.
            Besides. Why would you use your draft pic to take a PG, when there is available PG like Kyle Lowry, who is better than M.Smart ? And have you watched Smart this year ? How many times? Do you realize that he may be talented enough to play in the NBA, but is a big pain in the ass for everyone, who draft him. He may turn to be the next Ron Artest.

          • Chrmngblly

            See my comment below.

          • borsalino12

            Sorry, but you really don’t have any idea of this years draft prospects.Aaron Gordon has been mentioned from almost all NBA scouts as the best defensive player of this draft class. He is 6′ 9″ and can play and defend equally well both forward positions. Great work ethic, athleticism and development of his game. This is the future of the NBA my friend. Forwards like him, who can play at 3 and 4 and combo guards, who can play at 1 and 2. This is the new NBA.

          • VillainKing

            Lakers must draft Marcus Smart we need a strong PointGuard!!

          • Chrmngblly

            A worthy choice, too. I favor seeing how KM matures and draft Gordon. Not everyone can be Westbrook. I think KM is very special. His college coach said he was the best passer he ever saw in over 30 years.

          • VillainKing

            Marcus Smart is the better choice for the Lakers than Gordon because not everyone can be Griffin..

          • Chrmngblly

            Fine. We need the defense. And we don’t need a team of all gunners.

          • VillainKing

            Ok..Smart is the perfect fit for the Lakers..yeah we need defense that is very important key in winning..

          • Chrmngblly

            Fine. That would not be my choice. I prefer to draft the better athlete and defender and just go buy Lowrey.

          • VillainKing

            Ok fine me too..Lakers must draft Marcus Smart he is much more good defender and great scorer..

          • Chrmngblly

            Gordon is a better shooter than Smart. If you want a pg, let’s go get Lowrey.

          • VillainKing

            No Smart is better shooter than Gordon..I see Gordon plays and he is very lack of offense..Gordon biggest impact on his Arizona team is his defense and Smart defense is better than Gordon..

          • Chrmngblly

            Now you are just saying words. You don’t actually know what you are saying. I looked it up.

          • VillainKing

            Your the one that doesn’t know!!!!

          • Chrmngblly

            Are you just lazy? Either go look or shut up.

          • VillainKing

            Your the one must shut up Chrmngblly!!!!

          • borsalino12

            Fuck off idiot. Stop irritating everyone here.

          • VillainKing

            You fuck off idiot borsalino12…Fuck You..Fuck you..Fuck You..Fuck You..Fuck You and so on…heheheheh

          • VillainKing

            borsalino12 remember that I am the villain of this site…I will fuck you up…hehehehe

          • borsalino12

            Fine. That is your opinion. We have read it already. You don’t need to post it 1 million times. That won’t make more accurate.
            Having the chance to sign free agent like K.Lowry and use our pic to draft a point guard is stupidity, bordering to the idiotism and I don’t think Mitch will do that.He has stated many times, that they will look for help in the front court.Even though they don’t sign K.Lowry, we have J.Farmar and K.Marshall, who can get the job done, if healthy. So, one way or another, we don’t need your favorite boy Marcus Smart. Did you understand what I am talking about here?

          • VillainKing

            Fine I will post it 1 million times and more because I know it is accurate…Fuck You borsalino12!!!

          • VillainKing

            Lakers must draft Marcus Smart at 7th pick..heheheh..borsalino12 and Chrmngblly both of you are my personal enemies so I will Fuck the two of you..heheheheh..

          • Chrmngblly

            Are you aware that Kendall Marshall shoots the 3-ball better than Aaron Gordon who shoots the 3 way better than Marcus Smart? It is just backwards the way everyone talks about this shit. I am not opposed to Marcus Smart but he is very unskilled from NBA professional 3-point range. or even college 3-point range. He’s no Damian Lillard or anything.

          • VillainKing

            Yes I’m aware that Marcus Smart 3-ball is better than Marshall and much more better than Gordon..

          • Chrmngblly

            You are totally dead wrong. Go look. Smart makes about 30% of his 3′s, from college range, Gordon makes about 37% and Kendall Marshall hits almost 40% from the NBA 3-point line. I wouldn’t say it if I couldn’t back it up.

          • VillainKing

            Are you sure!!!now you are the one just saying the words..

          • Chrmngblly

            You are just staying ignorant on purpose. Good luck.

          • VillainKing

            You too you are just staying ignorant on purpose.Bad luck..

          • borsalino12

            My friend, this kid is an natural born idiot, who has mental problems since his birth. I can suggest you to not answer to his stupid comments, since they make no sense. You can not have a normal conversation with this idiot. He will repeat 1 million times something, that he doesn’t even know, if is true or not. He is here for the only purpose to irritate the other. Mental disease, you know.Don’t waste your time in vain.

          • VillainKing

            YOUR THE NATURAL BORN IDIOT HERE BORSALINO12 SO FUCK UP..I ONLY IRRITATE YOU BORSALINO12 AND CHRMNGBLLY…FUCK THE BOTH OF YOU!!!

          • Kb24

            Dude tyson chandler and kevin love hates each other…tyson said love has no D and love responded with f**k off

          • Chrmngblly

            They would manage to work it out. Kobe has a big mouth, too. If we actually get either one of them we ought to kiss our own asses.

          • comrade24

            i’m not advocating trading the picks. I just think we need to draft a point guard and bring stability to that position and develop him. Gordon would be a good choice if he’s available at #7. He seems like he upped his draft stock during the combine. He could be a great addition as well. Disagree about getting Chandler. He’s injury prone, on the wrong side of 30, and his skills are rapidly declining. He’s no longer the defensive stopper he was when he won DPOY, he’s owed too much money, and despite all that i don’t think Phil wants to let go of him. All of these sign and trade scenarios involving Pau are ludicrous anyways. Pau would have to be a moron to resign with the Lakers without a no trade clause after all he’s dealt with over the years. IF he resigns with LA it will be out of loyalty, and it would be shameful to do something so disloyal to him.

          • Chrmngblly

            I wouldn’t ambush Pau like you say. Pau could not get reunited with Phil without some sort of sign and trade scenario like this due to the cap woes NY is in. I always advocate honest dealing–don’t you?

            I would pursue Chandler, who has a short expiring contract versus Monroe or Davis–who we would have to sign long term for max dollars and is at best a journeyman role player. We have to have a center, someone to protect the rim. What is your plan?

            Mitch will be against Monroe for the reasons I just said.

            I also think that KM is special enough to develop another year or so with Farmar or Blake around and use our pick on a freak athlete who can defend multiple positions. Gordon can be our big Lance Stephenson and use him to defend the other team’s best player.

            It seems natural to want to grab guys because of their offensive skills, but with Kobe coming back, plus Swaggy P, plus XHenry, Farmar and Meeks, we don’t need any more gunners. We only have one pick. Our biggest need is not the point, in my eyes. Also, we MUST be under the cap this year.

            Or we could just re-sign Pau and keep him. Think about the front court. Can/should we keep Hill? Kelly is growing up and producing. Gordon can play the 3/4.

            Exum or Embiid would be a different story.

          • comrade24

            Yeah, i forgot Chandler has only year left on his deal. That would be bad as a one year rental. I’m open to Gordon or even Vonleh, i’ve just seen Marcus Smart enough in person to know that this kid is going to be a star in the league. Majority of the successful teams in the league these days have a great point guard, and i know Smart is a beast on defense. Even if he doesn’t mature offensively and improve his jump shot, he’ll be able body up on Chris Paul and others and make their lives miserable for years to come.

          • Chrmngblly

            I hear you.

          • comrade24

            There’s lots of talent in this draft and i think no matter which direction FO goes with FA signings, coach hiring, and the draft, the team we see for 2014-15 will be MUCH improved from last year. I think Kobe will be at least 85% of the Kobe we remember, we’ll have some/a new young prospects, and hopefully at least one new, talented FA to build on.

          • Chrmngblly

            I am very suspicious of Jim Buss. He’s a lazy pothead and he always, always bungles the job.

          • Badazztj12

            Noah V is the best choice to draft for lakers.

          • Chrmngblly

            Maybe. But do you want to burn-up our only draft choice on a guy that plays the same position as Kevin Love? Is Kelly good enough for us to be able to draft someone else to fill a different need? I am with Mitch a little in that I think trading down in a 1fer2 might be a good choice.

          • Badazztj12

            I would rather Noah V because he is a defensive anchor, rebounds(led NCAA),boxes-out, a hard worker(Bynum never was), can be a stretch 4, and can post. That’s too much talent to let go away. Kelly can be the back-up stretch 4 to him

          • Chrmngblly

            He is a worthy choice, I agree. I still prefer Gordon, if available. Somebody else here wants Smart. People put up some wild shit on here. I am waiting for someone to say Lew Alcindor.

          • Badazztj12

            dude man you just like me man if Noah V not there by the time our pick come around get Gordon. He is a LOCKDOWN defender, can jump and run, has great quickness being at his size, and also a great finisher but only problem is he cant shoot but would rather have him than smart

          • Chrmngblly

            Gordon is versatile. I doubt he will even have to shoot with his ups. I imagine he could oop on most teams all day. Anyway, we need an assassin on D. Still 6-9, too.

          • Badazztj12

            just hope the system we put him in he doesn’t have shoot but he is also a good passer and your right about ooping lol. Could lakers be lob city with him?

          • borsalino12

            Here is my idea of trading down, as you said. We can pack our pic # 7 and K.Marshall or R.Sacre and send them to Phoenix for two of their 3 first round pics (# 14 and # 27)
            With # 14 pic, Mitch can choose Louisiana-Lafayette PG Elfrid Payton and with the other pic, we can select SF Glen Robinson III. I thing that can work well for both teams.

          • Chrmngblly

            That might be a good proposal except that Phoenix doesn’t need those players, they already dumped KM once and Sacre is not really trade bait to anyone. But your basic idea seems good with no players involved.

            We need to get a center, maybe one of the Europeans.

          • borsalino12

            Yes. Marshall was once dumped from the Phoenix, but he was not the same player then. Today, he is the second in NBA, after Ch.Paul in assists.Sacre, is not a trade bait and I agree with that.
            My idea of taking Phoenix’s pics # 14 and # 27 was this.
            With pic # 14, we can take PG Elfrid Payton, who won the gold medal from the World Cup 2012 with the US U-19 team in Prague. All of the scouts are talking about this kid as a future star.With the other pic, we can address our need for good center by drafting Usuf Nurkic from Bosnia.
            You know, the former Yugoslavian republics centers have made a name in NBA for decades. He is certainly better than J.Hill, Ch.Kaman and R.Sacre.

          • Chrmngblly

            I agree with your 2-for-1 idea. I just don’t see a need to throw any players in with it.

          • borsalino12

            That will be Gordon’s amploa, to defend other team’s best player. You have said it very right. Gordon is one of the most athletic prospects from this class and he can be our defensive specialist, same as Kobe was for so long time

          • borsalino12

            Again. Why would you draft a PG (M.Smart), when Kyle Lowry is unrestricted free agent? Haven’t you see how he has played in this playoffs? Kyle is one of the rare PG’s in NBA today, who can play hard defense on anyone. Plus, he can draw fouls and get to the rim in will.That is the kind of PG we need. Once we draft a combo-forward like A.Gordon, then we can go all the way after K.Lowry and Sp. Hawes.

            K.Lowry, K.Bryant, A.Gordon, J.Hill and Sp.Hawes is very good base to build-up in the next 1-2 years. Our second unit of Farmar, Meeks, Young, Kelly and Usuf Nurkic (pic # 36) can be one of the best in the entire NBA for many years to come.Kupchak has to play a lot better his cards this time.

          • comrade24

            At this point i would say we just need to work out many players, and pick the best player available to us. We have many holes in the roster, and there capable FA’s available to fill around them whichever position we draft. I am opposed to trading down in the draft for multiple picks because i think the players in the top 10 are definitely the best prospects and most likely to be future all stars. I like Lowry and would be totally fine with them bringing him in and drafting a big man. I personally like Marcus Smart cause i went to school at OSU and still attend games. i’ve seen him play a lot and he’s a great defender. IMO of the plyaers potentially available he has the best chance to make an impact immediately.

          • borsalino12

            The Lakers has holes in almost every position, but lets take a deeper look and see how we can upgrade it this summer.I can see that you like M.Smart and you are mentioning his name almost in every post. Nothing wrong with that. But, if you are true Lakers fan, you should be more concerned to fill as many holes, as possible this time.In that regard, signing of UFA Kyle Lowry will close one of our biggest need – starting point guard. Then you have Kobe at 2 and if we draft Aaron Gordon, we have filled the small forward position as well. Jordan Hill deserve to have a starting spot in this team and most likely it will be at 4. For starting center, we can very easily sign UFA’s Spencer Hawes or Marcin Gortat and you have a team, playoffs contender.
            Drafting M.Smart will overload the point (we already have Nash, Farmar and Marshall) and will leave another big holes at 3 and 5. So it is not a good idea for us. Besides that, Smart has mental issues, which every scouting professional has mentioned in his reports for this guy. The least we need at the moment is another Ron Artest, very good defensive stopper, but with very high level of self-confidence. This guy is like a bomb. You never know when it will went off.

          • comrade24

            I see what you mean, but Lowry’s pretty happy in Toronto and if he doesn’t come to LA, then what? A backcourt of Marshall and Farmar is not appealing, at least as starting guards. Farmar would be okay, he was a +/- stud but he was also in and out of the lineup with injuries. Marshall is a great passer and may develop into a more consistent shooter, but he’ll never be a good defensive guard. It’s more likely we’d have a chance at signing Deng or Ariza than Lowry IMO.

      • KB24

        if we sign love come free agency, we can use our 2019 pick and no.7 pick to move up in the draft be it EMBIID(embiid to lakers i want),wiggins or parker…embiid may be a red flag but still is a top center, wiggins and parker are no match especially if he is healthy. Besides, he has the highest upside in the draft(lakers alway choose the upside than being healthy),wigins 2nd highest and 3rd parker.. I think the cavs will trade their pick to celtics which i hope they draft parker coz they said they need a rim protector and embiid is that guy,whoever player gets to milwaukee would request a trade for sure especially wiggins who said he would love to play with the raps. For parker i think he would stay to any team that drafts him.

        • Jim213

          ?!?!?!?!?!?!

          Smh, you’re painting a similar scenario as Love’s. Why give up a future pick in 2019 when it’s very certain he’ll likely be a FA (CBA/5 yr max contracts). The patience game is needed plus if he doesn’t produce as expected they’ll be looking for another star player not named Embiid (2019 FA).

          K Love is cool but I’d prefer Anthony Davis over Love as the issue is that we’re talking about 2017 FA before this dream scenario may possi9bly be considered. If FO has learned from their mistakes I’d be more wise with regards to giving up too much (draft picks) for so called star or prospective players.

      • John

        Noah Vohleh is 6’6 1/2″ at best, his height was inflated even after the combine measurement, there’s no way the guy is 6’8″, whoever drafted him should get ready for a real “sticker shock”.

        • Badazztj12

          the dude is fucking 6’10(7’4 wingspan) where the hell you getting your info?

          • Chrmngblly

            Draft Express says 6-9.

          • Badazztj12

            in shoes he is 6’10

          • Chrmngblly

            6-10 it is then.

          • Badazztj12

            lol

    • VillainKing

      Agree of you buddy..

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      If the Lakers want Love, they might have to trade for him. I think Shaq is the only big-name free agent who has EVER signed with the Lakers. I think it just comes down to numbers when free agents start to realize how much more money they make if they go to Texas or Florida. I’m pretty sure the Rockets will have cap space for Love next summer and the Heat might also. No state income taxes AND immediate championship contention with those teams…

      • Chrmngblly

        It’s just chump change, what you’re talking about. Kobe makes his Gazillions on product reps. just like Magic did before him. There are more dollars in LA. or NY than anywhere in TX. Dwight didn’t leave for the money.

    • James H

      That’s not a good plan considering the twolves will trade him before he is a free agent. I think he would prefer to come to la but I’m sure that’s not the only team he would re sign with

      • mjfadaway

        Just because the T Wolves trade him doesn’t mean he would sign with that new team. Remember Dwight Coward? Love could still choose to sign with us after being traded.

    • mjfadaway

      Totally agree with you. I hope we don’t trade away this pick.

    • Lionel

      Marcus Smart is the greatest physical specimen i have ever seen for a Point Guard in my life and also Marcus Smart is the best all around player in this draft and he is the best Point Guard the NCAA has had since Chris Paul.The Lakers need a Point Guard and they will draft Marcus Smart instead of trading the pick for Kevin Love.

      Actually a Love signing in 2015 free agency is what we all should be discussing not a trade won’t happen.Keep on working towards creating cap space for 2015 to outright sign Kevin Love in free agency 2015.

      As of now we must get Smart he is has the great length a 6’9 wingspan and the strength 19 reps at 185 and the speed 10.82 faster than Chris Paul,Russell Westbrook,John Wall.Vertical 33 and max vertical 36.He is built like a linebacker and he is the best defensive guard the NBA has had come in since Gary Payton.Marcus Smart is the most competitive player.

      • Chrmngblly

        Did you ejaculate when you were writing this? My God. :-)

  • Vi5ion

    Bring in Marcus Smart in the Draft, sign Luol Deng to hold down the 3 Position, bring back Gasol for 2 yrs, and wait this season out for Love next offseason. Just my opinion tho.

    • Andrew J. Abraham

      If Kevin Love does indeed want to come play for the Lakers, the Lakers won’t have to give up as much (hopefully). Sign and trade?

      • Vi5ion

        Sign and trade is a double edged sword. While it gives Love the extra $20mill plus AND another year, it would mean the Lakers would have to sign impact players this offseason that Minn would want. I believe Lakers would have 2016 Draft Picks next yr, but idk if that would entice Minn seeing as they likely wouldn’t be high draft picks.

      • Chrmngblly

        Be patient and wait for KL to become a FA. We can’t really afford to do otherwise.

      • Kb24

        Miami brought lebron with just 2 1st rders and 2 2nd rders

        • Jim213

          Similar to what they gave for Nash, smh. If FO traded stocks of some sort they’d be out of business.

    • comrade24

      couldn’t agree more. But who at PF? If Pau is going to remain to be the center, we need someone who can get lots of rebounds and provide rim protection

      • Chrmngblly

        Sign and trade Pau and Nash to NY for Tyson Chandler, who only has a year or two left on his contract, plus change. That way we get a true defensive center and flexibility going forward. Phil cuts salary after this year and Pau can teach NY the triangle. It makes sense. Keep Hill and Kelly if we can.

      • Badazztj12

        Noah V will be lakers defensive PF/C

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Win and make the playoffs and top free agents they will come to the Lakers.

      • comrade24

        The only problem with this is finding FA’s for this coming year who are good enough to get us to the playoffs while still being able to afford a max contract this summer for Love, Aldridge, or Irving

    • wangkon936

      If you sign both Leng AND Gasol to two plus year contracts, you’re not going to have enough money to sign Love… :P

    • Chrmngblly

      Maybe. I would move Kobe to the 3 and skip Deng. Kobe will have better luck defending the 3 and he can certainly play the position. It will stretch his career out, too, I think.

      • wangkon936

        Good reasoning. Like moving Kevin Garnett to center. Made him effective for two more years.

        • Chrmngblly

          Yes. A player can bulk up but nobody can speed up.

  • Bigbaddrick

    The draft will be good for LA. Depending on who they get they should sign Lowery and Stevenson if they get a forward or deng and Stevenson if they get Marcus Smart. Making them automatic playoffs with Kob. Next year Love and a championship contender. Forget Gasol he is really bad … his last year stats are inflated as he played on such a bad team who else was going to get the rebounds and points. He will do nothing for LA except be hurt or play soft.

    • Cuco

      Gasol put up “inflated” stats while playing for a coach that didnt use him properly?

      • Bigbaddrick

        How so? He had the minutes and played the game. What the heck was he doing? How many times did a little guard make layups with Gas just watching. He was a bust and no other team even wanted him for a playoff run before the trade deadline. What would you have Dantoni do make an offense around him? He’s not that kind of player anymore. Watch old film of him in 08 he was a much better player when he could move better and jump a little. He’s totally flat footed now.

        • Cuco

          Gasol was not used properly. Hes a back to the basket post player. He said himself he wasnt being used to his strengths. D’Antoni’s offense requires that big men catch the ball at the free throw line, Gasol is a good mid range player but its not his strength. Also he put up decent stats while just about never being truly healthy. Defense has never been his strength, and that ill agreement w you. But part to blame is that the team has NO defense minded Guards to help stopthe P&R. The guy is still a double double threat, and has great chemistry w Kobe which is hard to find. People are quick to dismiss him but forget hes one of the key reasons the team became a threat again in ’08. As for “no other team even wanted him”, their were plenty suitors for him. Kupchak just didnt feel they would get value in return.

          • Bigbaddrick

            Making up there were plenty of suitors is just false. Everyone saw his weakness. You are frozen in time bringing up 08. Now is now.

          • jonny

            You shouldn’t even be considered a Laker fan. He’s still easily a top 5 big man. Name 5 big men in the league right now that are better. Sure he’s not worth the money he used to make and not as good as he used to be but he’s still good. Saying he’s really bad is ridiculous. So what if he played on probably the worst Lakers team ever he still faced the same defenders and probably got double teamed more so because he was on such a bad team.

          • Bigbaddrick

            Javel McGee
            Hibbert
            Deandre jordan
            Dwight
            Omar hasik
            Deng
            Nowitski
            tyson Chandler
            I could go on and on he’s not even top 10
            The guy has just seen better days and to pay 10 mil or so for another year is insane

          • Cuco

            Ok buddy. McGee is NOT a top 10 big man. Deng is a SMALL Forward. And if ur gonna argue a Top 10, list 10 players….

          • Bigbaddrick

            You asked for 5 there are 5 there. Big deal take out Deng. Fact is the Lakers will sign him for more than Gas.
            Narrow the field to make your point. Asik is better so is Magee he was injured. Theres Nene, theres old guys like garnet, theres so many you homers are blinded. Hibbert is also a better player in most of the talk on espn it’s not even close. Theres Love, Drummond, Bosh, Pekovich, Randolph, Lee, both lopez. marc Gasol. You really want me to name only 5 or 10 better.

          • Bigbaddrick

            Guess I proved my point. Oh I left out Blake Griffin. I thought it was obvious but you all need a lesson in NBA big men.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            1. JaVale? You mean “Mr. 9pts, 6reb per game”?
            2. Hibbert’s career averages are around 11.2ppg and 6.7rpg. Sure, he might get you two blocks a game, but what kind of 7’2″ 290lb man only brings down SEVEN rebounds a game?
            3. Jordan is a good player.
            4. Dwight is a good player.
            5. Omar ASIK is a good defensive big man, but doesn’t sniff Pau’s jock on the offensive side, nor is he an exceptional rebounder or shot blocker.
            6. Deng is a Small Forward. Not a “big man”.
            7. Nowistki is a damn good player. Should have been #1 on this list.
            8. Tyson is a great defender, but not much of a shot blocker and lacks a lot on the offensive side. Good player, though.
            So, out of the 8 that you listed, only three or four of them are even talented big men. The rest are either overrated, scrubs, or not even big men to begin with.

            Pau is Top 10 big man in this league, but mainly due to the fact that there just aren’t many talented big men any more. This isn’t the 80′s and 90′s.

          • e3bonz

            I don’t remember too many outstanding big men in the early to mid 90′s, except Hakeem. Of course I don’t remember much from last week let alone 25 years ago.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Ha its all good. Think of Robinson, Ewing, Barkley, Shaq,, Hakeem.

          • nlruizjr

            I have to agree with you, Gasol is still averaging double-doubles and I don’t see too many on that list that average double-double, plus the fact that Dirk hardly lives near the paint because most of his scoring is in the mid range, if I’m not mistaken gasol numbers are pretty close to TD, except TD plays on a solid team, whereas the Lakers are still in a rebuild mode. Dirk has never been a defensive specilaist where’s all the criticism on dirk when he let’s layup after layup go by him ??????

          • e3bonz

            Among Centers for the 2013-14 Season Pau ranked 4th in Scoring, 8th in Rebounds & Blocks, 3rd in Assists and 9th with 30 Double-Doubles. All players he was 42nd in Scoring, 13th in Rebounds 14th in Blocks, 60th in Assists, 18th in Double-Double. He averaged 17.4/ 9.7/1.5/3.4

          • milled

            Hibbert and Javale mcgee??? What are you smokin? Asik?? Man stop

          • Bigbaddrick

            Do you know anything? Asik before Howard was the top 3 in stats rebounding his last starting season. Hibbert the center playing in the east finals the last 2 years. Smokin nothing but the truth. Really replace gasol for Hibbert and Indiana is a stretch for making a run at Miami.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Going the ECF doesn’t make you a good big man.He’s a poor rebounder, and lacks offensive ability. (Hibbert). He should be owning the Heat right now.

            Asik is a role player. So he could rebound. Okay. So can Varejao. Not only do you need to rebound, but score, defend, and alter shots. Those two don’t do much.

          • Kb24

            Pau gasol is ranked top 9 by espn dude

          • nlruizjr

            yes Gasol has lost a step but to place the blame on gasol for team defense is a bit of a stretch, don’t forget Gasol had been playing much of the season with lingering injuries and he still played, his stats were up there with the best of them and the reason there were no suitors was his salary not because of Gasol, why would a team want to sign a 19mil. player for half a season, come on get realistic, you sound like you want to blame everything gone wrong with the Lakers on Gasol and that won’t fly.

      • comrade24

        His offensive numbers were pretty good, albeit on a team full of d-leaguers, but it was the other end of the floor that is cause for concern. How many games this year did we have to watch as 2nd rate centers had career nights against him? It was all season long. Pau was never a menacing defender, but now he’s older and a step slower, and seems to conserve his energy for the offensive end. If they bring Pau back, the either have to draft a young 4 who’s athletic and can protect the rim or bring in someone through FA.

      • Devon Samuels²⁴

        I agree he was playing with a Coach that never use him properly and still put solid numbers

    • Kyle

      RealGM Wiretap
      Basketball news gathered from around the net.

      Blazers Part Ways With NBA Director Of Scouting Mike Born

      May 24, 2014 10:21 AM EDT

      The Portland Trail Blazers have parted ways with Director of NBA Scouting Mike Born.

      Born was hired by the Blazers as a scout in 2004 and received a promotion in 2007 from Kevin Pritchard.

      Olshey’s front office now includes two assistant GMs who were hired by Cho — Bill Branch and Steve Rosenberry — and Buchanan, as well Assistant Director of Scouting/Salary Cap Analyst Joe Cronin, a scouting staff and an analytics team.

      Via Chris Haynes/Comcast (via Ben Golliver/BlazersEdge)

      PS Lakers Hire this scout he is the best in the business.Mike Born discovered Damian Lillard and drafted him.Also he found talents like Nick Batum and was influential in the team drafting Aldridge.Lakers need Born.

  • APrince66

    If Love forces a trade, could a deal involving Pau work? Clearly not a fair trade straight up, but there are always rumours swirling about Rubio and Pau wanting to team up.

    • Andrew J. Abraham

      Pau is a free agent. Wouldn’t work.

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        Sign and trade is possible.

    • comrade24

      If Pau does resign with the Lakers (unlikely, i think) it would have to
      be with a no trade clause. I seriously doubt he wants to deal with trade
      rumors again. If he came back to play it would be out of loyalty, while
      in return a large part of Lakersnation wants to be extremely disloyal
      to him and sign him only for the purpose of trading him. unbelievable.

    • TheTruthKills

      Pau is a free agent and wouldn’t agree to a sign and trade to Minnesota.

  • AC

    Worst trade Lakers made trading for Nash for 2 #1 and #2
    Now the Lakers are paying the price for it.

    • Vi5ion

      Trade isn’t as bad as the contract they signed him to. 3 Years for a 38 yr old player???

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      At the time, our first round picks were pretty low. We had a healthy Kobe, plans to snag Dwight Howard (if we hadn’t gotten him already), and a decent roster. Had Nash stayed healthy, and had we not brought in Mike D’Antoni, that deal may have resulted in some pretty serious playoff pushes and wouldn’t have bothered us at all.

      Nobody predicted Nash going down, D’Antoni coming in, Dwight leaving, Kobe being injured all this time, and the roster being demolished.

      • J Taylor

        @evan – great analysis.

      • Chrmngblly

        I predicted it.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          You predicted that, Charming? I wasn’t around these forums back then, but you have some serious gift there if you predicted Nash’s injury.

          • Chrmngblly

            I CAUSED Nash’s injury…:-) I actually did really predict this disaster over the D12 acquisition and Jim Buss’ failure to trade the Big Vagina before the trade deadline.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Dwight was never Laker material, and I’m sure even Jim Buss knew that. However, how do you trade a guy that you want to build your franchise around who is about to become a free agent? I was on the #TradeDwight rampage starting in November last season, but I don’t imagine Mitch could really get anything worthwhile in a trade. He walked, and now this summer we have cap space to show for it. Dwight cost the team a year in the rebuild, but so be it.

          • Chrmngblly

            So many teams would have given their left nut to have half a year to sell Dwight on the advantage of being on their franchise—teams like Houston, Dallas and NY, for example. We could have gotten Asik and picks, bet me. NY would have given up Chandler and picks. Dallas would have given anything for the chance. Remember, Bird rights come with the deal.

            Set that aside. What was the purpose of hiring MDA—who as we saw, had no use for big men? And then to not fire him if you planned to gamble on Howard, what stupidity by Jim Buss!!!

      • Chrmngblly

        What kind of moron hires MDA, the world famous guru of small-ball, to coach Dwight Howard, the Queen of Big Men????? Jim Buss is messed up.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          That combo was all about pick and roll. MDA is a PnR coach, Nash is the best PnR PG, and Dwight was supposedly the best PnR big in the game. For some reason Dwight wanted to be a post-up back-to-the-basket guy in LA. So glad both of them are gone (especially Dwight).

          • Chrmngblly

            That story doesn’t really cut it past the trade deadline. Obviously, it was not working. Everyone could see that. If you are a good owner, you blow the whistle on yourself. You pull the rip-cord.

          • Chrmngblly

            PnR was the cover story–but every coach is a PnR coach, if you think about it. It’s basic basketball. D12 didn’t see MDA that way, Pau didn’t see him that way, Kaman and Hill didn’t see him that way. MDA is more known for small-ball, really. MDA always pisses the bigs off. They need to change-up the decision making this time around.

      • nlruizjr

        yes but there were alot of IF’s in that equation !!!!! that itself should have been a red flag !!!!!

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          What? All signs pointed to Nash being Nash, Kobe being Kobe, and Dwight healing and becoming his 3x DPOY self. There weren’t many “ifs” to start that season. No more than any other team.

    • nlruizjr

      that’s really puzzling !!! why the FO would do such an unreasonable trade, this kind of questions the FO BB-IQ abilities ??????

  • jenksie

    got some typos in there bro, you’d do well to proof read before posting.

  • Jon

    Now where are all da dumb fucks that be writing comments saying No one wants 2 play with kobe at?

  • LakersHeatBeef

    As i have said before you need very good players to win games in the NBA.Also you need a great coach.But most importantly you must have a superstar player and in the Lakers case they have Kobe Bryant long considered a superstar with 2 years left on his contract coming off serious injuries to his foot and knee well he has had close to 2 full years of rest and recovery time since he played heavy NBA minutes and a full schedule.Hopefully Kobe returns healthy and refreshed enough to last all of next season.Kevin Love to me is All NBA First Team Power Forward a consensus All Star every year a player that is capable of impacting his team if he is paired with a true superstar.

    If the Lakers can get him in free agency 2015 that would be ideal but if Lakers want to go for a win now then getting Kevin Love ASAP is what the will do.I prefer we keep the #7 pick and draft either Marcus Smart or Dante Exum Would Minnesota even accept the Lakers #7 pick for Kevin Love?If the take back Steve Nash in a deal including the #7 pick for Kevin Love that would be very tempting since it would clear away the Nash contract off the books freeing up enough money to sign either Kyle Lowry or Eric Bledsoe and maybe even adding Lance Stephenson.

    Then in 2015 free agency go all in for Kevin Love but then people will say what about 2014-2015 what’s the plan with Kobe in his final years my only answer to that is sign Pau Gasol to a 1 year deal and then sign a stop gap big forward like Carlos Boozer or Ed Davis on the cheap.

    Then sign up a young up and coming budding star like Lance Stephenson or Eric Bledsoe then just figure something out with Steve Nash either use Stretch provision by waiving him or just buy out his contract or trade him back to the Suns and toss them a second round pick and cash for their troubles or just keep Steve Nash and boom let his contract expire and then use his approx. $10 million dollars towards signing Kevin Love next off season.

    The Lakers need much better players to start winning enough games to get back in the top 4 of the playoffs the west is a loaded conference filled with great teams.It’s tough enough cracking the eighth spot these days.Lakers need major roster upgrades in order to be back in the playoffs and to be a contender.Yes also hiring a great coach meaning the right coach is very important.

  • TheTruthKills

    The real question is if Love will make it to free agency next summer. I doubt any team will pay a King’s ransom for him without a contract extension. If he only wants to play here he needs to come out and say it. Otherwise I don’t believe him.

    • comrade24

      The whole Kevin Love “homecoming” about him wanting to play in LA has been dramatically exaggerated. When/where can you quote directly Kevin Love saying he wants to play in L.A.? Everyone just seems to think he does because he went to college at UCLA and his high school team was named the Lakers, dad was a Laker etc… His goal is to win a championship and if we can’t put a talented team on the floor this season that can win WITHOUT him, then i fear we’ll be squaring off against him 4 times a season against Golden State.

  • Mathias

    If kevin love wants to come to the lakers that badly then he needs to be a man and wait until next summer. He shouldn’t make the lakers mortgage their future by handing over this draft pick and CLEARLY hurting the immediate and long term future of the franchise. Don’t do a melo and bully your way over to a completely empty roster just because you can’t wait 1 more season. You’ve sucked for 6 years already, what’s another bum year eh?

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    Here’s the issue:

    Do we leverage our future to win now, or do we slow down and build a team that can win long term?

    I love Kobe, and I want to see him get #6, but I also don’t want to be sitting in this boat in another couple years because we traded away a potential player of the future in our #7 pick + whatever else it takes, got ourselves in cap trouble, and end up “rebuilding” around Love in a few seasons when Kobe retires.

    Can we get Love in Free Agency next year? If we can, why not draft the best of Vonleh/Smart/Gordon (whoever is available) with that #7 pick (or trade back to pick up more pieces)? Then, re-sign some of our best role players, find a bargain or two in FA this year, and try to compete. If we miss the playoffs, fine, but as long as we are IMPROVING, that should increase our chances of bringing in Love.

    No matter what, though, we’re going to need defense. Love isn’t a great defender, Kobe is aging and can’t defend as well, Nash is a poor defender (final year of contract, I understand), and we don’t really have much defense on the roster. No matter what route we go, we need someone who can defend!

    • vdogg

      and a head coach who stresses defense!

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        Or at least has some defensive focus.

  • RandyPaul24

    As much as I would like for Love to come to LA next season, it looks to be a stretch given our lack of assets. I say we go after him in 2015. I think we should draft Saric or Smart as they look to be the most NBA ready. The other guys in our range may need more time to develop to produce at a desired level.

  • wangkon936

    Then Mr. Love needs to take a pay cut. If he really wants to return to LA and be a Laker, he needs to be happy with taking less money. The Lakers just don’t have enough assets to entice Minnesota to trade Love. So he’s just gonna have to play out the season and take the max that the Lakers can give him, which isn’t as much as Minnesota could give him because they won’t have Bird rights.

  • VillainKing

    How about the Lakers sign Greg Monroe at Center possession and Tyrus Thomas at PowerForward possession this two players can give the Lakers offense and defense…

  • Harv2177

    Next year could be a whole different story. Love could be traded at the allstar break to CHI or GS or another 2nd tier team. Beside the laker lovefest of signing with Kobe’s agent and trainer. If they can’t draft Exum, try to swap picks for him. The western conf PGs is the deepest position in the league. MCW in Philly just won the ROTY award. Start with a PG with the potential to hang with that class.

    …Sign Greg Monroe in FA
    Sign&Trade Meeks/Gasol for Thaddeus Young, he has an ETO
    Role players: Nash, Marshall, Bazemore, Henry, Swaggy/ Hill
    Exum/Kobe/Young/Monroe/Kamen

  • Frog

    Wow so the Lakers are waiting for Kevin Love to come home.I have my draft order like this below and i will be the first to say if the Lakers are getting Kevin Love then Noah Vonleh and Julius Randle are not needed since they are also Power Forwards like Kevin Love.So a Point Guard is a must at the #7 spot unless they want a wing player but wing players are the easiest to find and a great Point Guard is something we have been looking for since Magic Johnson retired.Well the choice is easy for me at #7 and that is drafting Marcus Smart.

    1.Cavs Joel Embiid
    2.Bucks Andrew Wiggins
    3.Sixers Jabari Parker
    4.Magic Dante Exum
    5.Jazz Noah Vonleh
    6.Celtics Julius Randle
    7.Lakers Marcus Smart

  • Yeetdance

    I think it can happen.Kevin would make a great fit!

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    • vdogg

      thrilled for you both… but what does this have to do with the lakers? check out the lifetime website. it will likely take you where you want to go.

  • John

    This Kevin Love trade talk is already sounding like Dwightmare Part 2.

  • borsalino12

    There is no need to use our draft pic to try to convince Flip Saunders to make the trade. As a L.A. native, K.Love should make playing for his home team – L.A.Lakers priority in his life. He can opt out of his PO next summer and sign maximum deal with us.There is no need to force him to do it now via a trade.If, for some reason(s) he changes his mind and sign an extension with another team, then in 2015 we can go after LaMarcus Aldridge, who is a player of the same level. Besides him, we will have many other options to sign a free agents. This summer, M.Kupchak has to work mainly on choosing the right head-coach and sign as a starters Kyle Lowry and Spencer Hawes. Of course he has to resign several of our own FA’s and construct solid second unit. Once he has accomplished that, then next summer it will be a lot easy to convince good free agents to come here. Kevin Love is not supposed to be the main topic of conversations this summer.

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