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Lakers Rumors: Team Believes Pau Gasol Can Lure Carmelo Anthony

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With the Los Angeles Lakers expected to pursue LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in free agency, there has been uncertainty surrounding Pau Gasol’s future in the purple and gold.

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On Friday night, rumors started to circulate that Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are expected to pursue the Spaniard. However, the Lakers believe re-signing Gasol could be vital in their solo pursuit for Carmelo Anthony should they not be able to sign LeBron James according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin:

“In fact, should it appear that James and Anthony are not pursuing a mutual destination as a package deal — especially with Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh opting out of their deals with the Miami Heat — the Lakers believe that having Gasol back on the team could be vital in their solo pursuit of Anthony.”

While Gasol has been in trade rumors since the failed Chris Paul trade, the two-time champion is one of the best big men available in this year’s free agent market. Although the last couple of seasons have been difficult, Gasol remains open to returning to Los Angeles with Kobe Bryant being his biggest supporter and Mike D’Antoni no longer the head coach.

If the Lakers manage to sign Anthony and re-sign Gasol, the franchise would have an extremely talented trio of their own with Bryant returning from injury. With ample cap room, it will be interesting to see what direction the Lakers ultimately take as they look to rebound from the worst season in franchise history since moving to Los Angeles.
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  • Mr. White

    I’m sure Carmelo is pissing himself with excitement to play with a washed up, one-dimensional, center who’s missed about 70 games the last 3 years.

    • cj

      pau is anything but one-dimensional.

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

        Pau can score and pass, so I guess that is two dimensions. However, he’s an offensive player with poor defensive abilities.

        • cj

          Some thing tells me 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks shows defense.

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

            There is more to defense than blocks. Altering shots, keeping your defender out of the lane, rotating on players, stopping lane penetrating guards, bodying up on post players, forcing bad shots, etc.

          • cj

            i agree his defense is not elite but its not poor either. he has great defensive foot work and when he can get a body on his man he can keep them out of the paint. his help defense is below average but i feel in the right system with the right coach (hollins) he would bee a much better defender then he has show over the last few years.

          • Quincy

            I think the thing that makes Gasol’s defense look so bad is the defensive play of his supporting cast. It’s often how players get to the lane that dictates how successful the frontline can be. They can’t come in free and comfortable. Today’s athlete is to good to be deterred by a good defender in those situations. Maybe a great defender like Dwight Howard in his Orlando days could. It’s all about how the team plays defense. Pau is not a great defender but he can be good with better defensive players and a coaching led defensive approach

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

            agree…

        • e3bonz

          The Lakers as a whole played poor defense all season. The mentality was offense, offense, and when all else fails more offense. Pau can play defense, but needs a coaching staff that will expect that from him and the rest of the team.

          • cj

            he also needs the right system. the system used last season caused poor spacing and allowed way to many transition points. a system with better court balance would help a lot.

          • Lewis Velazquez

            Yeah I think he also wasn’t motivated enough. He needs Kobe in his ear

          • Sam Saab

            although his defense was very poor last year, i believe it was because his lack of respect of d antoni as well as dantonis crappy defense. Kobe being there and scott or hollins will motivate pau to play defense again like the older days.

    • Kobe Gagnon

      Who went 18 and 10 last year shooting 48%, as he does consistently throughout his career

    • MrMarcus

      You are an idiot…Pau is far from one dimensional. Call him soft all you want, but that “center” averaged 17 and 10 in a system that doesn’t utilize him. Played with heart with Kobe out and helped win TWO championships. Pau is still valuable. He didn’t have issues until Mike Brown and D’Antoni’s who used him wrong came along.

      • Badazztj12

        Speak the truth man with these unloyal Laker fans

        • Lewis Velazquez

          Every team has a fan base with personalities
          Heat: Leave early
          Clippers: Only get excited by lobs
          Kings: Say they’re loud but it’s just 2 guys with a cowbell
          Hawks: Is just a mix of other teams fans
          NY: Boo their own teams a lot
          Orlando: Just don’t care anymore
          Detroit: Don’t show up
          Rockets: Think Dwight is the best Center
          Our fan base sells games out even though we were terrible… Its about loyalty. Theres no way you can just change teams. We just hide and come out when we’re at least winning games

      • Sam Saab

        averaged 19.9 and 11.1

        • Lewis Velazquez

          That’s his average per 40 mins… Still pretty good.

          • Sam Saab

            No that’s per 36 mins and a career high! Which means pau is still important and should be re-signed!! Kobe and Scott or Hollins will improve and motivate paus defense

    • dancing disco

      Yes hi Lakers Nation please do a huge article about a All American player from last year in college DeAndre Kane,he is a great player and on the Lakers Summer League squad.His father died and now he is motivated to be the best player in the NBA.He should have been a lottery pick the Suns GM called him a beast and others have praised him over the years.He has a sad story to tell.

      His father died suddenly of a Brain Aneurysm.Sad story.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      If they are unable to land Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James, the Lakers are also expected to have a strong interest in Wizards free-agent forward Trevor Ariza, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, Pistons center Greg Monroe, and Suns forward Channing Frye, according toRamona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles

    • Joel

      Washed up center? U know nothing lol smh

    • Chris Hernandez

      You’re a fucking moron Mr. White. For One Pau is not a Center he is a true Power Foward, He is not washed up he has been misused ever since the departure of Jackson. As for missing 70% of the last 3 seasons that is also bullshit. You should STFU and move on.

    • Shaka Saphir

      ROFLMAO, another clueless comment who evidently doesn’t realize that injuries couple with a coach who didn’t know shit about how to best utilize your skills,doesn’t mean that you’re a washed up player. D. Wade is more washed up than Pau is. The right coach with a brain who knows how to utilize Pau’s skills will prove that he isn’t wasn’t washed up. Also Phil Jackson sure as hell knows a lot more than you do about whether or not a player is washed up or not,which is why he and the Knicks are making an effort to sign him as a FA. so I’m sure as hell gonna value Phil’s opinion more that yours,because you’re absolutely clueless.

    • J Taylor

      Gasol had better stats in EVERY category than Bosh last year.
      - #justsayin

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

      No one said that when he was battling Howard in 2009 finals and KG in 2010, did they?

      Given the right motivation, Pau can defend the center position ably, but not the face-to-the-basket PFs….

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Gasol is still one of the best big men in NBA today… Gasol-Randle-Melo-Kobe-PG… or Gasol-Randle-Deng-Kobe-PG….

    • cj

      id go after arzia before deng. arzias stats were better across the board.

      • rival

        I’d go for rudy gay before deng

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

          Impossible on Gay he is under contract in Sacto… Ariza is also good…

        • cj

          hes not a free agent.

    • Jim213

      After all the rumors UFA Gasol has been involved in FOs asking for his help? But I’d prefer either Melo or T Ariza at the 3 IMO.

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

        Can’t go wrong with Ariza… he will come less than half the price of Melo, and will come cheaper than Deng…. but can be effective at 70% of what Melo can do…. I really hope any of these three become a laker.

        • Jim213

          Remember this time last year?… (DH FA), they should’ve gone after others rather than relying on DH to return. That set them back but how do you feel about this off season? (FO).

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

            Good question… IMO, FO is still feeling the effect of that decision, and is really taking a calculated approach to FA… I honestly feel that they will resign Pau, with or without Anthony’s assurance to sign with Lakers, howbeit to a less $$$ contract… the SF pool of FA is deeper than any other position, having an Ariza or Deng on the lineup, offers better value CAP wise and still with above average production on the floor, with still plenty of flexibility to get solid contributors both on the starting lineup and on the bench.

  • Elena Rincon

    Who hugs the ball the most?, Kobe or Carmelo?… What a freak show it will be!

    • Kobe Gagnon

      Points have to get scored, regardless of who does it.

      • Elena Rincon

        It just happens that I hate to see two grown men fighting over their balls.

        • Kobe Gagnon

          You LOVE it…

        • MrMarcus

          They played well together in the Olympics. They will make it work because now you can’t double team. Kobe on one side, Melo on the other with Pau around the charity stripe and the others fill in. It can work if coached correctly. Have some faith…geez.

    • David DelaCruz Almestica

      That’s the same thing they say about Wade, Lebron and Bosh.. how will they coexist… Kobe and Shaq won three championships together when both were demanding the ball, Kobe & Gasol won back to back championships which mean it is possible, so leave your bias comment to yourself kid, it is not rocket sign it’s just basketball.

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

        They wondered how the two “alpha dogs” would work well together. Whose team it would be. Kobe and Melo are both isolation heavy, high volume shot takers who are known to “stop” offenses. Both Wade and LeBron were guys that were known to drive the lane more than settle for a jumper, and LeBron was a very willing passser (sometimes to a fault).

        Gasol/Shaq are post players. A good post with a good shooting guard is a different story. We’re not asking whether there are enough shots to go around, we’re questioning how efficiently this offense is going to work.

        • Derek Clark

          I believe Melo could take an off-the-ball role when he and Kobe are on the floor together, similar to what you saw in the 2012 Olympics. What was Melo in the game to do? Catch passes and drain threes. Bryant is a much more willing passer than Melo is, so I’m sure Melo would have no problem bombing threes all damn day. I also believe though that Melo would lead the Lakers in minutes, so he would have plenty of time to do his own thing with the ball. Also, Kobe could teach him how to look for teammates better.

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

            If the coach can get Melo to be more content spotting up and requiring less iso (which, as a player would definitely help energy wise), then I could see it working. However, that’s the issue at hand. We all know Kobe isn’t a spot up kind of guy, and is willing to pass when he knows his teammates can hit the shot, but there is always that risk of guys wanting the ball in their hands and being able to “go to work”.

          • Badazztj12

            Dude we all know Kobe has to change his game because of age. He has been already passing the ball more even if he was a SG but he did have to play PG before he did get injuried which lead to about 6 assists per game. What you talking about Kobe don’t spot up for shots? The dude takes up shots off the catch all the time or isn’t just you don’t watch the Lakers?

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

            I didn’t say he never spots up. I do watch the Lakers, and I often watch Kobe take the ball, pivot, jab step, crossover, step back, fade away, and use his footwork to create space. I see him shoot off the dribble. I see him post up. I see him do a lot of things in ISO. That’s not a spot up kind of guy.

          • Badazztj12

            Like I did say we all know he has to change his game and with a coach like Hollins who has a slow paste/post-up offense we will see lesser ISO from Kobe and maybe more spot up shots

        • nlruizjr

          alot of that will depend on the coach (Scott) and Scott already stated that Kobe has to change his game and if Melo joins the lakers, I think he will also have to change alittle if he wants to win his ring, they just have to see the big picture and help the others follow their lead.

    • David

      If Kobe was in his prime; there is no way this would work and they would just hate each other’s presence on the floor. So I would say Carmelo gets to hug the ball more, but I’d rather get a hug from you if you’re hot.

      • MrMarcus

        2008 Olympic team…Kobe and Melo together in Kobe’s prime. Worked fine. Now Kobe doesn’t have to waste all his energy scoring because another scorer is out there. The dynamic can work as I said if coached properly. They can still have their iso situations when necessary.

      • lol

        what the fuck is the point of this comment

    • vdogg

      tim duncan hugs the ball the most. that’s his signature pose, is it not?

    • BasketballFactMan

      Hugs the ball? what is that supposed to mean. I am sick and tired of everybody acting like kobe is a ball hog. How many of you actually know that kobe is 27th all time in assists. Wanna know the funny part? The other 26 are point guards. Not even Michael Jordan has more assists than the black mamba. So all you kobe haters, fuck off. #TheReturn #TheBlackMamba

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

        Kobe passes more than people give him credit for, but we all know there are plenty of times where Kobe takes a high volume of shots, and plenty of times where Kobe takes shots he probably shouldn’t have lol

        • Badazztj12

          Like everybody is just perfect huh. Even the greatest players make mistaes

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

            I was explaining why people consider Kobe a ball hog. I’m flattered the two of you follow me around this comments section, though.

          • Badazztj12

            That’s gay to say and dude I giving my opinion this is a blog for Laker FANS but ok…

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

            Actually, it’d be gay if I said I was aroused. A synonym of flattered is honored. Swap the two words and see if you think that’s still gay.

          • Badazztj12

            Well where am from using shit like that, people are going to think you are homo or gay

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

            Well, now you can educate them.

          • Badazztj12

            O yea by the way(known everywhere), people like you are smart asses but am just letting you know OK?

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

            I’m perfectly content being called a smart ass. I prefer pedant, but that works, too. It’s much, much better than being ignorant (not saying you are, just saying what the opposite is).

          • grow the fuck up

            So using an adult vocabulary… oh wait, I mean “big words”… makes you gay?

        • Kobe Gagnon

          One reason Kobe is the best player to ever play is because he takes those fearless shots, and continues even when in a slump, fearlessly. That is how you get rings. sometimes you lose, BUT, sometimes you win…

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

            I agree, sometimes it’s a “No risk, no reward” situation. But, Kobe’s fearlessness in taking shots (to the tune of 46% career average, 33% from 3) is part of his reputation as a ball hog.

            Kobe is a player who can do whatever he wants IF he wants do. Defense? Sure, when he wants. Passer? When he wants? Scorer? When he wants.

            The problem is, the only thing Kobe consistently wants to do is score. I love Kobe, but I’m very aware of his short comings as a player. He’s got flaws, just as everyone does.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            Then I guess we’ll disagree that Kobe is a consistent, great defender. I’ll check up on this beef tomorrow

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

            You can disagree if you’d like, but I can find quite a few articles written about Kobe’s lack of defense. I can also find plenty of videos and articles written about Kobe’s lockdown defense. The fact that both of those exist tell me that he’s inconsistent.

            Not sure why you think Kobe is a lock down defender every game (or even every other game).

          • nlruizjr

            Evan, a lot you say is true but also a lot of that is from his earlier days, these last few years his game has changed somewhat, he’s more willing to pass the ball unless he doesn’t trust the guy taking the shot

      • gerald johnson

        Cus michael only played for 13 seasons. Kobe is on his 19th.

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

      Kobe won us 5 rings with what you call “ball hogging”… jordan was a better ballhog than Kobe, and he won 6 rings and is the GOAT… so, what is your point?

  • Derek Clark

    I definitely wouldn’t use more than $8-10M on Pau Gasol at this point. But re-signing him would definitely be nice. I still would want to sign a center (i.e. Greg Monroe or Gortat) to man the paint down low because I don’t trust the interior D of Pau at the center. And who knows? He can either come off the bench behind Randle or vice versa if he is willing. I believe he is.

    • Kobe Gagnon

      That’s more than the 3-4 million Phil wants to give him to come to NY

      • Derek Clark

        Exactly. He’s worth more than that lol Jordan Hill makes more than $4M

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

    So, we drafted a PF who is talented in the post on offense, but needs plenty of development defensively to join our aging super star who is finding it tougher and tougher to keep up with quick players on the perimeter (who also does a lot of ball watching), a broken PG who was never known for his defense, and a center who is known more for his dancing on the bench than his actual play, and potentially another PG who is basically a younger “all offense, poor defense” version of our older PG.

    Now, we’re talking about re-signing our former C who is pretty good offensively, but played some pretty atrocious defense the past couple seasons (has never really been considered all that great in post defense anyway), and using him to lure in another super star who is known for his ability to score, but is not known for his ability to defend?

    I mean, did we plan on playing any defense these next couple years?

    • vdogg

      all the more reason for a defensive minded coach such as lionel hollins. you can maybe also sign okafor on the cheap (good defensive center) as well as some other bench guys who like to D it up. look, i’m not crazy about the defensive starting line up, either. but if you have to bring back pau in order to land melo, you do it.

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

        I definitely think that if we had that roster, we would NEED a guy who can coach defense. Hollins was my favorite before, but this roster would almost demand a guy like that to develop the D.

        • vdogg

          concur. always enjoy your posts, btw. keep ‘em coming. what do you think about darren collison as a starting PG for us? he’s a UFA, he’s underrated and cheaper than bledsoe or lowry. or maybe even grevis vasquez.

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

            I don’t know much about him, so what I’m about to say is based on what little reading I’ve done. Apparently, he’s undersized and lacks any serious defensive talent. He’s serviceable, and did well as CP3′s backup, but I wonder if he also benefited from Paul’s presence. It’s said he is inconsistent and prone to mistakes. Now, whether that’s true or not, I’m not sure, it’s just what I’ve read. If that IS true, though, I don’t like the idea of him being our starting PG. If we bring in all of these offensive players with “eh” defense, we’re going to need some serious pressure at the point.

            Consider our rumored current starting line up: Nash, Bryant, Melo, Randle, Gasol.

            That’s a good offensive lineup, but nothing even remotely serious defensively.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            It’s a “good” offensive lineup.

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

            Now who’s nitpicking?

          • Badazztj12

            We all know nash isn’t starting even if he healthy so….

          • vdogg

            deandre KANE!

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

            Again, tell me who on our current roster would take the starting position from a healthy Steve Nash?

          • Kobe Gagnon

            Are your suggesting our roster is complete? We have 7 people and 26 million in cap space MAN

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

            And, if these rumors come to fruition and we sign Gasol and Melo, how much cap space do you think we’re going to have then?

          • Badazztj12

            Dude you trying to act like we cant sign a damn pg who can play D. Hell we not running the FO but I tell you now we will sign a productive pg

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

            What I am referencing is the rumors that have an actual foundation. I have yet to hear any Lakers rumor that I can take seriously regarding any PG other than Lowry, and that is still up in the air in terms of whether it’s credible or not.

          • Badazztj12

            Look here, if you don’t like the Lakers man just don’t watch them man. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean over 2 million fans not gonna like it. Rumors don’t mean shit if its not really news to me just saying but am not just putting it out there

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

            By your logic, if you don’t like my opinions and the facts I state man, don’t reply to them man.

          • cj

            farmar is a cheep defensively solid pg that could start for the lakers. remon sesshions is also a pg that could be had on the cheep who seams to have improved his defense. there are defensive pgs out there that could fit this new looking roster. if we land both melo and pau nash wont be on the roster any more.

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

            I like Farmar, but can we really get him for a good deal? I’ve read he’s going to want a raise. How much?

            Also, what can we really do with Nash? Trade or stretch are the only options. Stretch leaves his salary giving us small hits over the next few years, which doesn’t sound fun. What can we really get in return for Nash in a trade?

          • cj

            i agree on the nash part. the idea of having 3.2ish mill on the cap for the next 3 years kinda sucks but if we landed pau fro around 8-10 mill and melo for around 16-20 mill i believe the fo would cut nash before he could say lakers. i also like farmar and i dont think money will be all that big a deal. a 3-4 mill deal for a few years seams like a deal he would take.

    • Kobe Gagnon

      Stopped reading when you trivialized THE BLACK MAMBA

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

        Oh dear. How dare I speak facts about Kobe’s age and general wear on his body causing a decrease in his physical attributes in addition to accurately stating that he often times “ball watches”, therefore reducing his defensive effectiveness.

        I forgot, I’m supposed to turn a blind eye to anything Kobe isn’t the best at.

        • Kobe Gagnon

          Stopped reading when you suggested Kobe is a poor defender

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

            Let me ask you a few questions:

            Is Kobe aging?
            Is Kobe coming off two serious leg injuries?
            Does Kobe ball watch?
            Does he pick and choose when to play serious defense?
            Are these things concerns?
            Did I say “Kobe is bad at defense”?
            Did I suggest Kobe isn’t able to be a major defensive presence consistently due to the things listed above?

          • Kobe Gagnon

            Are you neglecting to mention anything good?

            Are you focusing and nitpicking only on the negative?

            Are you completely, yes 100% negative right now?

            Are you over exaggerating shortcomings that every player and every team has?

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

            Well, since you failed to answer any of my questions, I’ll respond to yours:

            1. Nope. I mentioned a few good things, like Randle’s good post offense and Melo being an “offensive superstar”.

            2. Yes, I am focusing on the negative. No, I am not nitpicking.

            3. No, not 100% negative. I am being 100% realistic, but I did mention positive things (Sacre’s dancing, Young’s bench scoring, Melo’s super star status, Randle’s post offense).

            Face it, this rumored line up would be a very poor defensive line up. I’d like you to rate these five players based on their DEFENSIVE abilities EVERY NIGHT (not once in a while when they get a bug up their ass)

            Nash:
            Bryant:
            Melo:
            Randle:
            Gasol:

            Go ahead. Rate on a 1-10. 1 being absolutely atrocious, 10 being DPOY candidate.

            Then, after you do that, look at these guys:

            Young:
            Sacre:
            Marshall:

            Last season, one of the biggest complaints from fans was “We can score, but we can’t stop anybody from scoring.” With this potential line up, we’re in the same boat. We’ll score a lot of points, but so will any quality opponent. So, if you want to get upset when someone points out negative things without sugar coating them with positives, then I suggest you don’t read anything I post.

            The positives are obvious, that’s a good offensive line up.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            Oh its a “good” offensive lineup huh. It’s ehh, ok huh. It’s decent? And please stop suggesting Nash is going to start, or even play

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

            As of now, who’s going to start? Marshall? Clarkson? I’ve heard no rumors with any serious foundation, so until I do, I’m going to assume one of those three will be our starting PG.

            I like how you keep avoiding my questions. Shows that you know full well that the answers to those will prove my point. Avoiding them doesn’t make you any less wrong.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            Well good thing we may end up with a decent offensive lineup to work with.

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

            And that same line up leaves tons to be desired on the defensive end, which brings us back to my original post.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            Yeah, well it’s something. It’s decent, you know? Something to work with. Stop thriving off these nonsense rumors as well, the main reason I see Carmelo coming to LA is due to the lack of rumor supporting it.

            Oh I guess you didn’t catch my drift btw. Kobe bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Pao gasol, and Julius Randle is an AMAZING offense.

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

            Kupchak has alluded to the fact that they’re clearing space and ready to go all in as soon as they are allowed to. Who would they go all in for?

            These “rumors” are just rumors, yes, and I’m voicing my opinion on these rumors. These rumors are also rumors that have serious legs based on the statements from Kupchak himself.

            I caught your passive aggressiveness (aka your “drift”), I just chose not to respond to it. I think the lineup is good offensively.

            Good: to be desired, approved of

            Pardon me for not pissing myself and using words like “great” and “OMG FOR REALZ!”

          • Kobe Gagnon

            Oh, it’s “good” huh. Maybe they’ll tweak it a bit and get LeBron and Love off the bench. Then it’ll be heading in the right direction

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

            Are you seriously butt hurt because I’m not ranting and raving about the offensive abilities of that lineup? You are such a passive aggressive man child.

            I am a fan of old school basketball. I am a fan of defense. I am a fan of physical play. 125-130pt games don’t interest me.

          • Badazztj12

            Dude whats your damn problem. The man was just saying how good the offense will be for that team(which I don’t want to have because I love defense), but man you trying to throw some disrespectful shit in there seems pretty immature

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

            1. He came in here acting as if what I was saying about Kobe was somehow blasphemy.
            2. Continued to avoid questions I asked him
            3. Has found multiple comments of mine on this article and repeatedly throws out passive aggressive statements. Repeatedly.

            I was pretty respectful to begin with, but if you continue to be passive aggressive, and continue to harp on the same thing instead of making your point and moving on, I’m going to call it like I see it.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            You’re wholly negative, insisting our 7 man roster is in completion solely so you can continue to be negative. You’re a plague here man

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

            I’m speaking in terms of the fact that the rumored signings would give us a starting line up of offensive players who have been criticized for their defense throughout their careers after we JUST had a season in which the fans, and front office, demanded a more defensive approach.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            Well guess what. . . Gordon and Smart got drafted before we got our pick. DEAL WITH IT. Us Laker fans will appreciate Julius Randle
            I have to get some sleep now

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

            So, we went from talking about the current roster PLUS drafted players PLUS rumored free agent signings to JUST talking about their draft pick?

            I’m talking the big picture here, you’re getting testy over my lack of excitement over the offense and focusing on small pieces.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            Hold on man. I see your picture, we all know who’s butt is hurt if that’s where you wanna go. . .

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

            Is that supposed to be some sort of gay joke? Is that the extent of your cleverness? If you don’t have a point to make, and instead wish to continue to get all worked up over the fact that I used “good” instead of anything more extreme, then fine. But to resort to gay jokes? How old are we?

          • Kobe Gagnon

            YOU made a gay joke, about my butt being hurt. Wow

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

            Do you not know what the term “butt hurt” means?

          • Badazztj12

            I don’t see Melo, Gasol, or even Young sign with Lakers right now. So stop making predictions and wait until FA hits. Dude I bet you go what everyone is saying about his defense and he basically play just like Z-Bo on both ends but just not the offensive skill yet. By the way what else we have beside Gasol? Monroe? He is like Gasol right now on defense and is Young, plus the pistons are looking to resign him

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

            My entire post was in response to this article. I consistently use the word rumor and potential, as well as the phrase “seriously entertaining the idea”. None of those are saying that the Lakers WILL sign either of those guys.

            I’m going based off of the scouts, NBA draft guys, articles, videos when referring to Randle’s defensive ability. I’m going based off the fact that Randle HIMSELF has said that he needs to improve his defense.

            And my suggestion has always been to sign a serviceable big man who can at least play some decent defense on the inside to a 1 year contract. Don’t need an all star, or even a top level player. Just a guy we can plug in for a season. Then in 2015, we have the cap room to pursue guys like Marc Gasol (A former DPOY under Hollins) or Omer Asik. Both are known for their interior defense.

          • Badazztj12

            One thing you know we cant tank because suns have our first round pick next season and am not saying for Randle to be a DPOY type but he does puts in effort on D and under the right coach like Hollins, he will turn out from between average to great for us. You talking like he doesn’t even put effort just because he is not a shot blocker. Last time I check you don’t have to be a shot blocker just to be productive on defense

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

            Not sure if you’ve noticed, but when I think someone is really bad at something, I say it. “Needs quite a bit of work” means exactly that. He needs work. Not just one or two little tweaks, but a couple seasons worth of defensive development.

            I also never mentioned blocking shots, so not sure why you are attempting to “correct” me on that.

          • Badazztj12

            You have mention rim protecter last time we had this conversation and how we gonna know how Randle you don’t know I don’t know. So man case close on that shit. Might surprise us with being a 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game or be below 1.0 in both. Hell we don’t know.

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

            When did I ever mention “rim protector”? As far as I remember, I consistently use the words “interior defense” and “interior presence”. I’m well aware of the fact that you can be a great defender without blocking a ton of shots. Closing on pick and rolls, rotating on help defense, contesting shots, bodying up on players in the post, etc.

            2.0 blocks and 1.0 steal a game? After averaging 0.8 blocks/game (1.0 per 40), and half a steal per game (0.6 per 40). That’s a joke.

          • Badazztj12

            LOL basically the same damn thing and you talking about me trying his best to prove somebody wrong and I said might surprise us dumbass. We are not watching how people work out there skills behide the scences. We haven’t seen a second of him play I just giving my opinion what could or could not happen

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

            My bad, I thought we were being realistic. Also, in order to accurately call someone a dumbass, you’d probably wait until they actually said something dumb. As far as I can tell, I’ve provided nothing but facts and VERY realistic expectations based on past performance.

            He’ll be a rookie against men bigger than he played in college. He isn’t the biggest, longest, or most athletic guy and hasn’t shown tremendous timing. You need one of those to consistently block shots.

          • Badazztj12

            Hey man your funny, end of discussion but just saying don’t be surprised how good he plays when season starts

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

            I expect him to be a good offensive player, especially in the post. If he some how turns into even an above average defender, I’ll be EXTREMELY happy. Hell, I’ll even give you credit for predicting it.

          • Badazztj12

            I don’t even know you get along with people with the way you always got have the last one about something but didn’t you say above he wasn’t gonna be good vs the PF’s we have in today’s game?

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

            Nope, I didn’t say that. We were talking about him going from less than a block per game in college to two blocks per game in the pros. That’s where the fact that the competition in the NBA is tougher than that of college, obviously.

            I also didn’t say I expect him to be good THIS season, just in general.

          • Badazztj12

            OK

          • e3bonz

            I have my doubts that Nash will return and if he does, then maybe not make it though the season.

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

            I’m also concerned about that, but at the moment we don’t really have much in terms of PG talent. I guess you could plug Marshall in as the starter, but he has the same issues as Nash on defense.

          • Badazztj12

            Yea man he is always looking at the negative but never anything positive.

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

            Weird. I can remember quite a few times where I’ve talked about the positives in drafting Smart or Gordon, about Hollins as a head coach, about signing Ariza/Deng based on their defensive contributions, about the defensive presence of Asik, about the benefits of being patient during this rebuild.

            Sounds like a lot of positivity to me. But, if you two would like to cry because I talk about the bad stuff, feel free. That won’t stop me from speaking my mind.

  • BlackGod

    Who would you all rather we resign, Gasol or Hill?

    • Lakers Realist

      Both.

      • BlackGod

        If you had to choose one though?

        • Zimmeredge

          Gasol all day. His duo Kobe is still fantastique to this day. They have a flair for each other on the court.

        • Lakers Realist

          If we’re talking about contending for the next two seasons Pau, but honestly they should resign both. We need as much consistency as possible.

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

      Gasol. I have a feeling he’s gonna be pretty good this up coming season without Mike D’Antoni.
      D’Antoni got to his head.

  • TheTruthKills

    Please tell Mitch isn’t going to try to pitch playing with Kobe/Gasol when the Bulls can pitch Rose/Noah and the Rockets can pitch Harden/Howard.

    • Zimmeredge

      Bulls and rockets can pitch with whoever they want they dońt have cap Space for mister melo. The guy can get a Max contract, paycut and. Sacrifice is about taking the same deal that he currently have:20m and increasing not to take half the Max.
      People are underestimating melo’s defense. In season regular he is not that good, by po Time he is much better.

    • vdogg

      you think melo and his diva wife want to live in CHI or HOU? i am not saying it’s a slam dunk, but the lakers have plenty to offer the guy. his individual brand would become even more lucrative when he is a laker alongside kobe. the lakers also have a stud rooking PF and a far more recent history of winning.

      • Zimmeredge

        In any case bosh melo or Pau it´s a matchup Nightmare for opponents’ defense randle/bosh, melo/randle or randle/Pau.

  • Zimmeredge

    So what’s the idea? We sign Pau in order to appease melo and show that we have a good roster with Kobe, randle and Pau? Nash stretched of course. And a handful of good young players with Kelly, clarkson, sacre, probably kane and klimenko, Marshall and Few good vet to cover their ass with Hill, Johnson, young maybe meeks or farmar?
    Or you go after bosh for an almost Max contract. Match up Nightmare with randle and him because they can both play in and out. Add a good wing defender with deng or ariza for 8-10m. And basically Kelly clarkson, sacre, kane, klimenko, Hill, Johnson, young meeks and farmar and Nash stretch as well.
    Or you go low but not as low as last year. Just bring back Pau and take a wing for 22m both and then all the other guys.

    • vdogg

      kelly clarkson is gonna be a laker? ok.. she can’t be much worse than kendall marshall on defense.

      • Zimmeredge

        Hahaha i noticed that after i wrote it. At least if we dońt make the po we have a lead singer.
        Of course i was talking about Ryan kelly and jordan clarkson.

  • Lakers4Life

    Ahh there dill be much joy once we see Randle/Nash packaged out of here, the we will have Gasol, Melo, LeBron and Kobe as starters. Should be a home run summer!

    • DDub

      Randle isn’t going anywhere.

  • Tim

    Pau hasn’t been the same player since lamar odom left. Say what you will, but those two complimented each others game very well.

  • Gekko

    Nobody seems to be talking about the drafting of Randle and what effect that has on a lot of the rumors that have been circulating. 1) The Kevin Love Rumor. Obviously, we would take Love in a heartbeat, but it blocks Randle. You play Randle at SF? 2) The signing of Lebron and Melo at the same time. Again, where is Randle going to play? I thinkl Randle is extremely talented, but the drafting of a power forward creates certain obstacles when it comes to these rumors we read about. My guess is that we have two big signings coming up real soon. one at PG and then C. Then the Lakers will make a serious play at Melo, Lebron and the Head Coach. Although, I think the Lakers already know they want Hollins, but they are waiting for everything to be in place.

  • Markie

    Pau, Kobe, and Melo on the same floor — the offense would be fun to watch, but the defense could be historically bad. Can the rookie PF be the next incarnation of Bill Russell ?

  • rival

    Bledsoe Kobe melo randle bosh any questions?

    • vdogg

      yes.. did the salary cap triple overnight?

    • DDub

      Yeah, the question is why in the hell would you want bosh? He doesn’t protect the rim on defense and he doesn’t play in the post on offense. The spurs exposed his weak ass defense.he even admits that he don’t want to bang under the basket, he wants to play as an off guard basically, so why do do want a soft big? One is enough in gasol.

  • Menard A. Reyes

    No more talking, just re-sign Pau Gasol and everything is OK especially with J. Randle.,period.

  • Lakers Fan 4 Life

    Given the Lakers current financial and player situation, I would not give too much consideration to Carmelo or LeBron…there are still decent enough players out there who are available right now and will not “break the bank” like these two players would. There are still unrestricted players out there who could be brought in to strengthen the bench and also be starters as well who should be given consideration if the plan to obtain one or both of those players does not pan out, for example:

    Kyle Lowry
    Luol Deng
    Luke Ridnour
    Beno Udrih
    Gordon Hayward
    Greg Monroe

    At least one or two of the above-mentioned players could make a difference; save some money, trade Nash now (or wait until 2015 when he is officially out of the picture), and then go after guys like Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, or even Marc Gasol. Even after Kobe leaves (cap freed even further), you still have a strong enough core of players along with the bench to build around that can make a legitimate championship run. Now if you really want to consider this even further, with the money that is freed up when Kobe is off the books, you can target players such as Kevin Durant or others who may be looking to make a move if their situations are not working out.

    Sometimes patience is a virtue and I see a lot of the teams out there getting this “knee jerk” reaction to Anthony and LeBron opting out and hoping to get one or both of those guys. Talented yes, but in a situation like the Lakers have, they need to build for the future (although Kobe wants another ring now) and not the short-term. Did we not all learn from the Dwight H. scenario (looks good on paper but doesn’t work on the floor)?

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