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Lakers Rumors: Team Has ‘Strong Interest’ In Re-Signing Pau Gasol

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Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol finished the 2013-14 NBA season stuck on the bench battling vertigo symptoms while contemplating his immediate future. Gasol will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and could be headed elsewhere this summer.

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Although Gasol hasn’t ruled out returning to Los Angeles, the writing seems to be on the wall in terms of the Spaniard wanting to play for a contender. The Lakers also haven’t ruled out Gasol returning to the team next season according to our own Serena Winters:

Though Gasol dealt with some setback, he still enjoyed a bounce-back season last year and showed he still has something left in the tank.

The Lakers probably would like to bring Gasol back, but the team clearly has its sights set on some bigger names right now. Gasol will have to take a back seat as long as Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James are a possibility according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:

The Lakers will not sacrifice an opportunity at one of those players in order to sign Gasol to a new contract. It may sound cruel, but it is the business of basketball.

Gasol could make an interesting pairing with new draft pick Julius Randle, providing a finesse game to Randle’s brute strength. Whether the Lakers will bring the two players together remains to be seen.
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  • Lakers4Life

    As long as Gasol is willing to take a huge paycut to cover Kobe’s overpaid contract, along with LeBron and Melo, we’ll be champ contenders very, very soon.

    • Lakers Realist

      If anything, we could possibly grab either Melo or Lebron, and then resign Pau. If they pull some crazy strings and actually land both Melo and Lebron, there will be no cap space to resign Pau.

      • iEATcelticBabies

        pau would stay, and retire a laker if lebron and melo come to the lakers…

        • Chrmngblly

          Who wouldn’t?

      • Al Haldie

        Do you think CAP space would make the LAKERS back off if they have a chance to get another BANNER… I DONT…

        • Daryl Peek

          CAP wont but luxury tax repeat offender penalties will…

          “The class is a large class, but in terms of the best of the best there’s only a couple, three,” Kupchak said at the Lakers practice facility. “Maybe it’s not as large as it might be the next year or the year after. And keeping that in mind, we structured our salary knowing that, hey, we might not get two or three guys, but we have enough room to get at least one. And if we don’t have one and we choose to, we can go down the road and have flexibility the next year and the year after that.”

          People need to read between the lines on Kupchak’s consistent statements like this. The team is absolutely cognizant of the looming luxury tax and will be savvy on how they spend this off-season. Wishful fan thinking of all in but it’s not reality given what the FO has been doing.

          • Wrx911M3r

            Cue the…. “WTF!!! WE HAVE ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD WITH THAT TWC TV DEAL!! SPEND SPEND SPEND!!! WE CAN AFFORD THE TAX”…zombies, who haven’t taken the time of day to read up on the new CBA and the new revenue sharing agreement that makes the Lakers send nearly HALF of what TWC pays them annually to the NBA.

          • Jim213

            “zombies, who haven’t taken the time of day to read up on the new CBA”

            It’s called the luxury tax which gets worse for repeated offenders also found within the cba. The franchise has to play the game just as everyone else. But FOs bad move are the consequences not the team’s inability to not be able to overspend.

          • Joseph Apohen

            F the luxury tax. Sign everyone mentioned and move on. The club has tons of money. There will be no luxury tax when Kobe retires soon. Let’s help Kobe get #6.

          • Computer Networking

            You are right. Many just don’t know about that contract. They get 280 million per year from that deal for the next 10 years

          • thomas rickard

            You just don’t get it, the small market owners made sure that couldn’t happen anymore, the new cba handcuffs teams, why do you think everyone is working so hard to clear cap

          • Jim213

            DP let’s some of these kooks get the best of him? It’s almost about this time when we where the only one’s posting last season along with richard, jeremy, ra, vdogg and a few others. DP,s gone soft? (pun)

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t have the time or patience’s to deal with the virtual smug’s and thug’s of keystrokes. Soft? I guess so… #Looking

          • Jim213

            (Pun) man… but one has to move thru the kooks to find more concrete opinions. However, don’t live my life here 24/7 tho FOs past bad moves are the result but this is another story.

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t worry about the “kooks” I’m just over the back and forth childish arguing some want to engage in. You know we disagree on the FO past moves. I’ll leave it at that.

          • Jim213

            Doesn’t mean past discretion’s should be re-argued. But with regards to our own difference of opinions (both) I’m not the one re arguing points. Everything that everyone else seems to blab about has been brought up months back. Not to blame hopefully tho meme’s are for humor not to be taken seriously (pun) but have held meme’s just to those on the other side being not on this (blogging side) side.

            Forgot who posted this one a few days ago: http://thedailysportsherald.blogspot. com/2014/03/jim-buss-timeline-and-decline-of-lakers.html?m=1

            Blame goes for all during a time when the Lakers are on the rebuilding phase.

          • Chrmngblly

            I was mildly surprised that they took Randle over Vonleh. I would have thought they would have liked Vonleh’s shooting touch and ability to also play the 5. This must mean we are giving up on Love. Is that how you see it?

          • Daryl Peek

            Nah, I see them being patient. Minny is not gonna play fair with regards to Love, waiting game.

          • Chrmngblly

            Really? I think they are going to commit to Randle and blow off Love. Do you think Kelly can play the 3 or the 5?

          • Daryl Peek

            Love will always be a player of interest. Kelly cannot play the 3 but can play 4 or 5 IMO. Would need to bulk up a bit for the 5. I like a Kelly/Randle combo next season. I’d like to see the team go after Oakafor as our defensive minded workman center.

          • Chrmngblly

            Of course we would be interested in any available All-Stars. I am just sick and tired of all these fans who are obsessed with Love as the Lakers’ savior. If he goes to the Warriors, the Lakers won’t be getting him. He will stick around at least long enough to give it a fair shot.

            I would rather target Lance Stephenson.

          • Computer Networking

            I think love is still in play to be honest. Melo and lebron is a pipe dream. They will get Melo and they will get love by the trade deadline or next year

          • LakersOverEverything

            No, you need to learn to comprehend the meaning of all that. They are not willing to waste money, or pay luxury tax putting together a team just for the sake of spending money. If they have a chance to get lebron AND melo they most certainly will pay that luxury tax, as a core of kobe, melo, bron would all but guarantee the next 3-4 championships

          • Chrmngblly

            Don’t worry about offending DP. I never do…:-)

          • LakersOverEverything

            Lol

          • Chrmngblly

            I amend my previous remarks……

        • ra

          Agree. For the following reason. LeBron + Melo (+ Kobe) = $$$$. The Lakers brand would ‘skyrocket’. World brand, etc. It would be the ‘super team’. The money that the FO would get from the brand ‘alone’ would dwarf any luxury tax, or cap tax.

          If LeBron would stay 5 years, then the TW deal would probably be upped to 10B. Money would flow to the Lakers like water. Luxury tax – schmuxury tax. Wouldn’t matter.

          But, I have a feeling Melo is going to Chicago. I also have a feeling LBJ is staying in Miami (he made a positive comment about the new draft pick for Miami – sounds like he’s hanging around).

          • jim2

            Until Kobe ($24M) and Nash ($9M) are gone or Kobe takes a pay cut (ego too big for that), the math for the Lakers does not work to put together a contender. Also, Kobe will not be happy with another super star on the Lakers (too much ego). The Lakers are doomed until Kobe is gone.

          • Jim213

            Disagree Jimmy2!

            Possible?,,, Kobe $24 mil, Melo $16 mil, and Pau (smh) $10 mil =50 mil in itself. As we can likely throw in J Randle starting at the 4 next season.$3+ mil if deal signed for 4 years = approx. $53 mil for next season. Although, if Pau goes elsewhere Greg Monroe could be considered for less but seems Monroe plays the 4 better than the 5.

            Sign 5 players at most from last year’s roster who can PLAY on both sides of the floor for no more than $12-13 IMO. Accumulating somewhere around $64 mil. While not forgetting Nash’s close to $10 mil salary = $74 mil of accrued salary. They can still sign another reliable player reliable player for the to help the starters. Likely placing the Lakers accrued salary close to $84-85 mil possibly for a 14 or 15 man roster for 2014-15.

            Pau can also be signed to an over 36 contract which would allow some leeway to his salary while being paid more once Kobe’s contract goes off the books in 2 years. Sign 2-3 more players to minimal vet contracts to near the required 13 player roster. The tax level is also projected to be $77.0 million as opposed to last season’s $71.748 million

            IMO, no point in waiting to make a big move until 2015 FA as the biggest FA won’t be available next yr LJ. But if Nash can be dealt somehow somewhere else that would likely allow the lakers to fall back below the tax threshold IMO.

          • Chrmngblly

            Players cannot take pay cuts or renegotiate their contracts downward (CBA), Kobe or anyone else.

      • Computer Networking

        They can go over the salary cap to resign players or to sign draft picks. That’s why they have to go after carmelo and lebron first.

    • LegendInMyMind

      Lebron and Melo aren’t going to be Lakers. And you don’t need/want both of them anyway. That’s a fallacious team building strategy that neuters your depth. Not enough to compete against teams with better chemistry and a deeper bench. We’ve already seen Lebron lose 2 of the last 4 Finals series because of that “big 3″ weakness, which was also exploited by a well built Lakers team in 2010 (Celtics).

      And Pau shouldn’t take less than $10M-12M a year, in that range. He deserves it, and the Lakers could genuinely use him. Not his fault they have Steve Nash hanging around their necks. Not Nash’s fault either, btw…

    • box5

      Not overpaid, he earned all that money, uf anything he should have been offered part ownership since he played a huge part in the time warner deal. That luxury tax shit is bullshit, you want to cap the players yet the last punk as commissioner was making like 15 mill and his ass ain’t do nothing, more people know kobe than kershaw yet kershaw makes more, screw that cap especially since tickets and merch prices haven’t dropped, yell

  • KOBEmomo

    Time to trade Randle along with Nash. Create some cap space for Lebron and Carmelo.

    • Zimmeredge

      Have you watched mitch’s press conférence? Or do you live in a different world? Randle is going nowhere. He is going to wear the purple and gold shirt whether you like it or not. We wońt get both melo and lebron but we will instead go all in on one of them.

      • KOBEmomo

        lmao ik ik, i highly doubt leCramps and carMellow will be in Purple n Gold

      • Al Haldie

        I do believe he means RANDLE the point guard–could be wrong..

  • Zimmeredge

    For Pau to come-back as a laker we need to drop steve Nash’s 10m contrat. Especially if we wanna land a marquee fa like lebron or melo.
    Having Kobe at 23 and lebron or melo at 20 or 23 (they were supposed to earn 23 next season) and Pau for 10 is something we can achieve only if Nash is out. A 56m big three. Add sacre, marshall, Kelly, clarkson and randle means we have 8 players for 65-66m (nash’s stretch provision included). Then you use mid level and mini mid level on young and Hill if possible. Sign farmar, bazemore, Johnson with vet contract and get another player on the guard position. Why not bring back steve Blake. Energy guy with a good 3 pt stroke.
    Blake-Bryant-bron/melo-randle-gasol
    Farmar-bazemore-young-Kelly-Hill
    Marshall-clarkson-Johnson-sacre

    That is possible only if we get rid of Nash. And we are contending again.

    • Jeff B

      Pau is not worth $10M – maybe not even worth $5M

      • Zimmeredge

        Yeah you are right 17/10/3/1,5 not worth of ten millions. How ironic?

        • Jeff B

          not when you give up 25 PPG on the other end. Guy has no hustle left in his body.

          • Chrmngblly

            You are really being unfair to Pau. You know he had the Adult Stem Cell treatment for his knees, Plantar Fasciitis, Vertigo and severe Halitosis last year, don’t you?

    • lalakers349

      I think Gasol had Bird rights. After they sign everyone they want to sign, they can sign Gasol even if it puts them over the cap

      • Jeff

        Before you sign all these other people, you have to renounce your own free agents which means lose their Bird rights.

        • Chrmngblly

          No, you only have to work within their “cap hold” numbers or, as you say, renounce them totally. That’s a little better.

      • jim2

        Here is my opinion. Cut Kobe to $16M and get rid of Gasol unless he will take a huge cut then sign Melo to $23M. That would leave the cap space to go after a TEAM that could contend.

        • Chrmngblly

          It is illegal to cut Kobe. Please pass the word.

    • Pope Chuck Paul

      I was almost upset you didnt mention swaggy p but they call him hat so much i forgot his name is nick young smfh. but yea, that sums it up right there. i’d go all in for melo and leep pau too. imagine this. just throwing this out there… kobe, melo, julius and pau. who at the starting point though? farmar or marshall?

      • Zimmeredge

        Energy guy 40% shooter. If Blake is as good as he was in the beginning of last season shooting wise he is a keeper. Ido if Norris Cole available he is a good defender as well.

    • jim2

      You would also need to have Kobe take a pay cut to contend and his ego is too big for that so you need to wait for Kobe to expire before the Lakers can contend.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Kobe can’t take another pay cut until his contract expires. And he will retire when that happens.

  • Jeff B

    Nooooooooo.

    Ok maybe for a 1 year $3M deal

  • Josh

    Bring my boy Pau back we need him!!

    • Josh

      with a paycut of course lol

  • Ray-Marcus

    The day Lebron joins the Lakers is the day i quit watching basketball

  • David Gonzales

    We have Kobe for 2 more years that means Mitch has to assemble a team to win now. Mitch has no choice but to go all in before Kobe retires. Have faith Lakers usually come out with deals! Remember Vlade Divac for Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol for Kwame Brown lol

  • greg07

    So a starting frontcourt of Pau and Randle, both of whom the scouting reports say are poor defenders?!? It’s going to be a long painful year.

    • TheTruthKills

      Don’t forget our pick next year is top 5 protected. It’s not all bad.

      • greg07

        So long as we don’t have Nick Young ball out the last few games and win and drop us out of the top 5 again.

        • Devon Samuels²⁴

          & that’s a bad thing Winning? wow things really changed in this era lol

    • Chrmngblly

      Yeah. We COULD get a coach that believes in defense. If the guards play D it will really help.

      I want Kelly to hit the weights, too, and maybe learn to play center some.

  • TheTruthKills

    I think Pau and the Lakers both need fresh starts.

  • LakerSRB

    I think we should let him go, he did everything he could in the past few years. If Bynum is healthy, i would go all in to bring him back

    • comrade24

      By all in I hope you mean vet min

    • Chrmngblly

      Bynum has no knee cartilage left. He needs the Adult Stem Cell treatment Pau got or microfracture knee surgery or he’s done. Why he’s standing around, doing nothing, I don’t know.

    • jim2

      This is a great choice. Put screws in his knees and shoot his knees up before each game.
      Seriously, if Bynum is half way healthy, bring him back and start him at center but do not leave him in too many minutes. This is how Jackson used him when he was having problems and the Lakers benefited from it. He could give the Lakers some badly needed toughness and scoring. Jackson is one of the few coaches that was smart enough to do this.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I would love to have Bynum back on a minimum contract, but his knees are completely shot. He can’t even go bowling without sever pain. He’ll sign wherever there’s a bank, but I wouldn’t count on him playing.

  • Wrx911M3r

    I guess low post interior defense isn’t that much of a priority again. Yeah, he’ll get you 18pts and 10Rebs, but he gives it all up on the other end. He’s getting owned by not just the elite bigs, but the Nene’s, Plumlees, Gortats, and Amir Johnsons, of the league are dropping career highs on him, not to mention when opposing wings and guards see Pau in the middle, it’s just a green light to them to drive because everyone in the league knows Pau won’t offer a lick or resistance. I appreciate what he’s done, but damn we have to learn to f’n move on.

    • e3bonz

      Against the teams whose players you mentioned in your post. Starting center vs. Pau as the Lakers starting center, games combined. Suns 29 points 36 rebounds, Pau 53 points 18 rebounds. Wizards 28 pts 21 rebounds, Pau 31pts. 20 rebounds. Toronto 9 pts. 13 rebounds, Pau 29 pts. 17 rebounds.

    • e3bonz

      Against Spurs, Heat. Spurs 42pts. 37 rbs. Pau 82 pts. 42 rbs. (Duncan is a PF) Heat 59 pts.27 rbs. Pau 22 pts. 12 rbs

  • comrade24

    I think Gasol and Randall would compliment each other well in the post, but other fa’s should definitely take priority. We need to get younger. I’d prefer Monroe or Hawes.

    • Badazztj12

      If we get Hollins, maybe he will get Gasol more involve in defense but those 1.5 blocks does say he plays some D and Randle has defensive potential plus he strong

      • comrade24

        Like I said I really think they would play well together but we need to focus on building a young core

        • Badazztj12

          maybe a pg like Isaiah who can shoot ,iso, and pass. He may be 5’11 but that never stop little nate nate and if we can get bazemore who can pass, jump and can play great D. Things will start looking up

          • Michael Davis

            I d love Isaiah jr but I really hope for Kyle Lowry

    • Michael Davis

      I agree Monroe would be good with randle but I hear pistons will match… I d take gortat if hes cheeper maybe 7mill . ..over all id say Pau or Monroe thou

    • Jacob

      Offensively they will compliment each other, but defensively? A Pau + Randle (a measly 0.8 blocks per game for UK last season) is a fully burst dam.

      • Badazztj12

        blocks don’t describe a defensive player. They have to know how to play to defense, know the fundanmentals, and can accept body contact. Randle has defensive potential. He already accept body contact, can move, can jump (vertical leap was same as Griffen), and is already strong. If we get a coach like Hollins that works with big men and loves defense then we could bring that potential out of him

        • Fr70LA

          He is nowhere near the athleticism and speed of Griffin. Not even close. Looking at Randle and how he even lost weight, Opposing bigs will have no problem backing him down and will do it with relative ease. He didn’t show any defensive prowess at UK, hopefully he proves me wrong, but I’m skeptical as of now.

          • Badazztj12

            So you saying by losing weight you lose strength? Dude bron weight about 230 and is the strongest guy in the league besides Dwight. He has the defensive potential by the reasons I said above if you did read it and like I said before if we get Hollins who is good with bigs, he can bring out his full potential.

  • Green Monster

    Z Bo just signed a two year $20M. I think if we can get Pau for around that, that’s a steal as well. Maybe 2 year $ 18M

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Don’t forget the Vertigo discount. 2 years, $16 million feels like market value to me, and with a solid team forming in LA, maybe a little less for #StayPau.

  • knezpedja

    Re-sign and trade. LA City needs Love
    Also trade (dump) Nash, make some room.
    Love and James (Melo) would be better combo than James and Melo.
    Yes, both combination are dream level with lot of “ifs” but it sounds cool :)

    • Chrmngblly

      We are giving up on Love. Otherwise, where would Randle play? That’s why I was sure they would take Vonleh last night. Oh well, Randle was a sure thing.

      What we should have done was sign and trade Pau plus Nash for Tyson Chandler and Felton like Dallas did. We just didn’t have any spare draft picks to sweeten the deal with. Or maybe we never asked.

      Anyway, we are giving up on Love.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        I’ve told you a thousand times the Knicks can’t receive a player in a sign-and-trade.

      • knezpedja

        I would pack him with Gasol for Love. I don’t like gambling (Randle). Love is proven investment with more than good ROI.

        • Chrmngblly

          I might too. But if he gets traded into a half-way competitive situation that he approves of, I don’t see how we will be able to compete.

  • Daniel

    Forget about Melo, he is totally overrated. Besides, no defense, wrong attitude and plays when he wants to. Besides, he is 30 years old, so he has a couple of years left.
    Lebron, no way he is coming to the Lakers, he is a legend in Miami, like nobody else, if he comes to the Lakers, not only would have to put up with Kobe, but also, he will not be on the same league as the banners up there.
    I do not want players who just want a ring, I want players that want a ring, but want to play for the Lakers franchise, because they think is the best. Passion for the purple and gold, baby
    So, bring the young guys, and try to set up the Love machine for next year.

  • Joe Contreras

    I would say trade randel and nash to have cap space to get melo and james that right there will be a championship team

    • AK

      rookie contracts dont take much space it would be the dumb as hell to trade randle..

    • jim2

      As you have just witnessed with the San Antonio NBA championship, you need a TEAM to win. Bringing James and Melo to LA would be good, but you would need to get rid of Kobe to do that for many reasons, cap space being one reason, ego another. Neither James nor Melo are coming to LA as long as Kobe is here. LA will not contend until Kobe and Nash are gone.

      • Truth B Told

        Why r u over here on the Lakers blog? Your Ideas mean nothing over here….Go find somewhere else to troll.

    • stupid shut the fcuk UP

      stupid. stfu

  • http://www.gofuckyourself.com/ BestxInTheWorld

    Gasol has to return, he’s the only viable center. This man will have his number retired and should remain a Laker for the rest of his career.

  • AK

    If Gasol wants to take less money like 8-9 mil a year than im for it, but I dont see a point in taking the big stiff another year older anymore for anything more than that and I know hes gonna get offered more elsewhere . Its time to part ways the way I see it Randle needs to start anyway and Pau doesnt like playing center.

  • rik

    the lakers should get rid of pau and sign undrafted Center patric young. then the lakers would have randle and patric young to bang with griffin and deandre jordan.

  • Daryl Peek

    “we can go down the road and have flexibility the next year and the year after that.” –Mitch Kupchak

    For those who constantly think the Lakers can just spend at their whim, flexibility is a keyword Mitch continues to use you need to focus on. It signals fiscal responsibility looming.

    • RealisticFan

      Mitch and the FO doesn’t know it, but the myopic and delusional majority of the fanbase, those who haven’t taken it upon themselves to know the new CBA, has already spend the Lakers’ money. All you will hear is how that TWC is a moneypit and money is no issue ever.

  • Truth B Told

    No disrespect to Pau….but I would prefer Kaman back. He has a good post game and he not gonna give the opponent any easy baskets(he may foul but no easy baskets)….Pau on the other hand will shun any kind of contact………You know….SOFT.

    • BULL

      RANDAL WILL BE OCCUPYING THE INSIDE NOW.. PAU CAN STRETCH THE FLOOR

  • CmonLakersMoveOnOrDie

    Pau plays no D, and the Randle’s D needs a LOT of work according to every draft/scouting report. Lakers will once again lead the league in most points allowed in the paint.

  • BULL

    IF NOT PAU, GET FRY FRM SUNS.. WE NEED A 7FTR .. RANDAL WILL NOW CONTROL THE INSIDE WE NEED ANOTHER BIG BODY! FRY SHOOTS THREES.. GORTAT?

  • BULL

    I WANT PAU BACK.. HIM AND RANDAL WILL PLAY JUST LIKE MARC AND ZACH IN MEMPHIS

  • Ezekiel E. Chavez

    get isaiah thomas please…

  • e3bonz

    This season each teams starting center vs. Pau as starting center for 60 games. Pau 1045 pts. 578 rbs. Opp. 768 pts. 576 rbs.

    • PhilJackson’sArrogance

      This statistics is miss-leading.

      Now will you compare Pau’s 20 million dollars salary vs. the rest!

      Al Jefferson and DeMarcus Cousins and Tim Duncan all made considerably less than Pau.

      I am not saying Pau is bad, he is over valued.

      • e3bonz

        Pau is at the end of his current contract which was 2011-12 15miil, 2012-13 19mil and 2013-14 19mil. whether he was paid too much or not we can debate. The stats which he produced, are what they are.
        2013-14 Al Jefferson 13mil, DeMarcus Cousins 18mil, Tim Duncan 10mil, Chris Bosh 17mil

  • Kb24

    Pau said WINNING IS HIS PRIORITY OVER MONEY,if pau and randle will be starters we need DEFENSIVE PG AND WINGS

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Resign Pau for 8-10M… sign Deng or Ariza to similar contract… and our starting 5 is set…
    Farmar-Kobe-Ariza-Randle-Pau, not a title contender, but good for a playoff run and building the team… then sign FA next summer, to add key pieces to make a strong push for the title.
    But if Melo signs with us, gravy,..

  • Ray-Marcus

    Names do not play basketball. Melo cannot co-exist with KB24 on the same team as they are too similar. We need a defensive minded coach who will stick to a system and good players who will buy into that system and play with heart. We do not need a big three. If names played ball Miami would win every year. We should target hardworking guys who can play D in the free agency and forget about building a big three.

    • LakersOverEverything

      Kobe and melo are the 2 most complete and well-rounded players in the league, offensively. They will have no trouble at all co-existing.

      • vdogg

        agreed.

  • Edward Miranda

    Look Laker nation Lebron will never help Kobe win his 6 championship ring!

  • Steel Bill Moreland

    HEY,HEY,HEY WHOOP WHOOP. Gasol is as much a Laker as Kobe

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