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Lakers Rumors: Team High On Bazemore, Likely To Bring Him Back

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Lost in the midst of the upcoming NBA Draft and the ongoing coaching search, the Lakers have a lot of players who are free agents. Many young players made a mark with the team and no one knows who will stay and who will go.

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Much of the focus has been on Nick Young and with good reason as he was the team’s leading scorer last season. But another bright spot was Kent Bazemore, who was brought in mid-season and immediately made an impact.

Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler reports that the team likes the third-year guard, and are likely to bring him back next year:

The Lakers are very high on Bazemore. His offer sheet is very nominal, so it’s expected they will issue it and lock up his rights. It will become interesting if another team offers a multi-year deal. The Lakers likely match it, but if someone starts to nip at the Lakers cap space it is unclear how committed to Bazemore they really are.

Bazemore was an integral part of the Lakers down the stretch and showed great scoring ability in addition to very solid defense. With him being so young and flashing so much potential, it makes sense that the Lakers would be interested in him returning.

At the end of the day, everything comes down to the price the team will have to pay. With big decisions looming on players like Young, Pau Gasol, and Jodie Meeks among others, the Lakers are going to be very smart about where they place their money.
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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • the_lorb

    Sorry but Young and Meeks aren’t priorities. They are replacement level players that got more minutes than they deserved on one of the worst teams in the league.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Meeks made the most of those minutes and showed tremendous growth this year. He should be a priority. Young is free to go if he opts out.

      • wangkon936

        The problem w/Meeks is that he and Kobe play the same position. Meeks ain’t gonna get the number of minutes to repeat his 2013 performance this year w/a healthy Kobe.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          No one expects him to, including himself. Meeks needs to be brought back as Kobe’s backup, and he could start at the SG with Kobe at SF if needed.

          • Robert J. Carmack

            There in lies the key, what Byron & Magic said about KOBE, He will have to change his game.. with his length and IQ he should become a 3…quick PGs will have him breaking ankles trying to defend, but at 3 he can float and spread the floor and off ball Offense., Nick back up the 3 & Jodie play the 2 , also They should bring back “Dreads” too, we need that rebounding machine.

          • ray a.

            true. i couldn’t agree more Carmack!

          • Computer Networking

            You would have a defensive issue. Meeks cannot defend any shooting guard in the NBA when posted up. He shouldn’t start because of that.

      • the_lorb

        Meeks is better than Young because be plays defense off of the ball. The only problem with him is that he doesn’t play well off the bench, and isn’t good enough to start on a Western Conference playoff team.

        Nick Young is almost 30, has never played on a playoff team and his PER is at league average in his best year. On top of that with Kobe coming back and a new coach / top free agents his minutes will be cut and will just be a defensive liability.

        • Jigz Cruz

          clippers bro he played with the clippers

        • nlruizjr

          Young and Meeks were the lakers top 2 scorers last season and just because Kobe is going to return this season does not mean the Lakers don’t need these 2 on the contrary the lakers will need both of them to play the 2nd unit and sometimes the 1st unit, infact they will probably play 18-25 min. per game which will help the lakers win more games this season coming. I’d rather have them scoring for us than against us, it’s that simple !!!!!

        • Jrod Lucas

          Young has played on a playoff team with the Clippers and made a big impact one game when he hit 3 straight 3′s to help the Clippers come back to beat the grizzlies.

        • Tate793

          You should verify your info before you post it. Nick Young is a scorer, who can create his own shot. There’s a premium on players that can do that.

          Nick Young played on a Washington Wizards team that made the playoffs in 2007/08 and a LA Clippers team that made the playoffs in 2011/12

          • the_lorb

            Creating his own shot = willing to take bad shots instead of passing to open teammates?

          • nlruizjr

            that’s why he’s a SG and not a PG, he’s paid to shoot and whether you like it or not he has improved his defense, I’ve seen the difference and he tries a lot harder now.

          • the_lorb

            Um… SG/SF are supposed to pass to the open man. Kobe has averaged 6 assists per game for a whole season before.

            When a SG/SF doesn’t pass to the open man, they are just ball hogs.

          • Computer Networking

            Yeah, but you wouldn’t complain about it if they continued to hit those shots. Let’s look at kobe. Kobe would pass the ball and the team would continue to miss the shots. When Kobe was passing the ball, everyone wondered why, when he shot the ball, everyone said pass it. As long as they are winning, let them do it

          • Tate793

            No, he’s the open teammate that got the ball passed to him. So, a shooting guard is as a shooting guard does – HE SHOOTS – and, more often than not, he scores. You’re just a hater.

            Memories of what happens when you pass up an open shot to try and pass to somebody else – [see Game 4 2011/12 WCSFs vs OKC] a wide open “rolling” Pau Gasol rec’d a pass from Kobe, but, instead of taking the wide open 10′ shot, he attempted a cross court pass that was intercepted.

            That’s why this year’s leading scorer was Nick Young, and, not the touted “Co Captian” that wilted, again, under the pressure.

          • Computer Networking

            As long as he continues to shoot like he did this past season, I say let him shoot. Think about it, if a teammate has a hot hand, what would you do? Continue to get him the ball. He just had a hot hand this season. Hopefully it continues throughout next season.

          • Computer Networking

            This is the best post thus far. Nick is who you want to keep if you had to decide between the two. Nick wins because he can create his own shot and obviously he is coachable, because he stated that kobe was helping him through the season and you saw what happened.

      • Computer Networking

        I think that I would keep young over meeks. Both are defensively challenged. Meeks get beat up by other shooting guards in the post and nick young is just not a defensive player at all, but this season showed that nick young would be a solid 6 man while meeks would just be there. I would like the lakers to bring both back along with bazemore. I believe you could play all three coming off the bench and be successful.

    • Derek Clark

      Disagree. Meeks was the most consistent player on this team. He expanded his offensive game to be more than just a shooter, is arguably the best perimeter defender on the team, doubled his offensive production, and did all this while shooting a blistering 46% from the floor. You would be a fool to think he isn’t a priority. As for Nick Young, well sure there are other scorers, but there is no one in the league like Swaggy P. But if he gets too expensive, I’d see him go.

      • Tune

        I agree 100%, I’d be ok with Bazemore or Meeks, but I think I’m leaning towards Meeks more. I’d much rather have Nick Young on the team, but I agree about losing him if he gets offers that are too much. I can’t see Young leaving unless he got a ridiculous offer though. Young’s personality fits LA perfectly. He’s a center of attention guy and he hasn’t gotten the amount of fame his entire career until now. I can almost guarantee he’ll get some shoe and fashion deals down the stretch if he stays in LA long enough. I feel we have a good chance of winning another ring within the next 5 years.

    • jamming

      Kent Bazemore should work his way into being a long term Laker.For sure he kicked ass with the Lakers last season in the short time he was with the team.One of the only bright spots from last season.Yes get him healthy and ready for a long grind next season.perfect for a 15-22 minutes a game role off the bench as a defensive specialist in the Bruce Bowen role.

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

      There are people in here who would disagree with your take on Meeks and Young… but I agree with you.. I would rather have Bazemore than those two, Bazemore can play multiple positions and defend them ably… I saying that, We draft a BIG,, I think the most logical thing is get a PG in free agency… Lowry will be very good… I would also love to have Shaun Livingstone in Purple and gold.

      • Alphonso Covington

        Not directed at u .but just a thought, sign all 3,move Kobe to sf,Meeks start at 2.bazemore backs up Kobe and young backs up Meeks?

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

          I have nothing against Meeks… I think what we saw this last season out of him is his ceiling… I would prefer that we let him walk and get a really good PG, if we can get Lance Stephenson and Deng, that would be awesome…

          Lance-Kobe-Deng-Hill-Gortat, or Bazemore-Lance-Kobe-Hill-Gortat

          I would love to have that lineup… I don’t see Meeks as a starting guard in the NBA.

          However, if we draft Marcus Smart…. there is no reason he shouldn’t start… with Bazemore, Kobe, Hill, Gortat

          We will still be under the cap and can sign talents out of the FA market.

          • nlruizjr

            Meeks does not play the PG position unless a necessity and yes he would fill in nicely for Kobe !!!!

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

            I didn’t say, Meeks plays PG…and that is the conundrum really… Meeks is an undersize 2, that can’t play PG… I say, we let him walk away, and sign Bazemore, then get a good PG, maybe we can pry Lowry out of Toronto or perhaps Livingstone, he is a FA, if we are not drafting Smart.

    • Chrmngblly

      We all appreciate you apologizing right up front for the fact that Meeks and Swaggy aren’t priorities. I, too, appreciate that they came in as scrubs and, incredibly, won some of the games they won—like against OKC, the Spurs and Clippers. How do you think they liked playing for one of the lousiest teams the Lakers have ever fielded? I agree that we ought to step up our effort to bring them back and give them a chance to be the best bench in the league. Swaggy, especially, ought to be a priority to re-sign just for the good will he generated and the comic relief he provided during one of the Lakers darkest times. I agree with you.

      • the_lorb

        This was the worst team in Lakers history. I refuse to make excuses for dudes like “swaggy” that throw up hollow stats and are perfectly happy to lose.

    • Computer Networking

      You may be right, but they played against the best and the worst defenses and produced like starters.

  • independentbynature

    I’d much rather keep Bazemore than Young or Meeks.Because of his defense,he will fit in no matter who the coach is.Hopefully,he won’t cost too much to keep.

    • Badazztj12

      Yea his defense looks like something we gonna need. His wingspan looks like it could lead him to could all 1,2,3 positions. If he can become stronger and get his offensive game above average or better, I think we might have steal from the Warriors

    • the_lorb

      Finally, another person that realizes that Bazemore is the youngest of these SG/SF, plays the best D of the bunch, and doesn’t need a lot of minutes to be effective.

      • Chrmngblly

        EVERYBODY realizes that, lorb. It is your throwing the baby out with the bath that I object to. Just because Young and Meeks didn’t defend on an MDA team is not remarkable. Nobody else did either. These are talented guys and we at least need to give the new coach a decent bench and pray the new guy values D. Players will not give what the coach does not demand, especially when it is unglamorous. You have to know this, as focused as you are on D.

    • KB24

      BAZEBUG AND SWAGGYP REAL KEEPERS

      • Chrmngblly

        Meeks, too.

  • dencio

    Hate to say duh, Corey, but duh! He’s young, cheap, plays with great energy on both ends……what’s not to like? Definitely a better option than Wesley Johnson, Xavier Henry, Meeks, or even Nick Young (I like Swaggy P but he has no D and doesn’t get rebs or asts). He would either be a sold starter or a good 6th man-type.

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    I’m curious to see what kind of offers Kent gets once the Lakers give him the offer sheet. I suspect he’ll be in the mini-MLE range.

    • truth24

      rfa they can match stupid.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Maybe I should be more explicit for you, stupid.

        I’m curious to see what kind of offers Kent gets [in restricted free agency] once the Lakers give him the offer sheet. I suspect he’ll be in the mini-MLE range [of about $3 million in the first year, which the Lakers will have to decide if they want to match it, since he will be a restricted free agent].

        Is that better? Stupid.

        • the_lorb

          I knew what you were saying. Bazemore will probably get the best offers of the bunch because he is the youngest, and D is how younger players show that they belong on playoff rosters.

          Look at Kawhi Leonard for example. His D allowed him to get playing time on the spurs. He played great D and popovich expanded his role. Guys like Meeks and Young might get bigger contracts from worse teams, but Bazemore is the gem and has room for improvement.

        • Chrmngblly

          You are a Gortat Slave-ButtKisser, Josh. We might as well have Kaman.

    • KB24

      He will earn a multiyear on a 1 million range per year,reports say

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        What reports? I think he’s worth at least 3, and there’s bound to be at least one GM out there who agrees.

  • Derek Clark

    Bazemore is a man with serious potential. He’s long, he’s surprisingly quick and under control to the rim, can defend, can shoot, and he’s not afraid of the bright lights. I knew he was a keeper from the first game he came in against Boston where he called for the ball, directed traffic, and played as if he’d been there all his life. A dude with that kind of balls is worth keeping.

    • nlruizjr

      I agree, now the lakers are going to have to get serious with some of these guys, they aren’t going to get all their answers in the 2015-2016 season and paying “cheap” one year contracts so they can draft someone that may not be there anyways, then what, they are left holding an empty bag and if they look at it, Love is only a one dimensional player, why they are placing all their eggs in one basket is blind stupid, last season was part of the rebuild season and they have to develop some of those players for role players, especially being financially bound because they put themselves behind the eight-ball with Kobe’s contract, Love Kobe but that was a brainless thought out move by the FO.

  • Daryl Peek

    With players like Bazemore, Henry, Meeks and Young already avaliable to the team why are so many people raving about Marcus Smart for the Lakers? He’s basically the same player as many of these guys. PF and C are the position to draft. Farmar, Marshall and Nash have the PG position locked up.

    • Derek Clark

      You need a guy to DEFEND those positions as well. Neither Nash or Marshall can do that, and Farmar is an ok defender but not great. Smart is aggressive. Smart has that Russell Westbrook alpha dog mentality. Plus I think people are wary of what happened to us last year at the PG position where we literally lost everyone but Marshall to injury at some point (even Xavier Henry, our makeshift point guard) and we ain’t tryna have that happen again.

      • Daryl Peek

        I hear that but again, PF and C are the more pressing needs of the team. Smart would likely be riding the pine where as a PF or C could actually get more burn in his rookie season.

        • jay

          but PF and C can easily be fixed through free agency, when the PG position won’t be as easy, especially when now a days, there isn’t a top PG out in free agency, unless we trade for one.

          • Daryl Peek

            I just don’t see smart as any better than many of the FA PG’s out there right now. Lowery, Bledsoe, Isiah Thomas, Sessions, Greivis Vasquez, Shaun Livingston, Patty Mills, Jerryd Bayless, Maurice Williams, Darren Collison, DJ Augustin and Steve Blake just to name a few. There are plenty of FA options at PG, many of them cheap options.

          • dencio

            I would love to get Greivis Vasquez with either Farmar or Patty Mills backing him up. Sorry Nash but we got to use the provision thing on you.

          • Spitfire

            Using provision willhurt the Lakers cap space in 2015 so the Lakers will not do that. Think BiG!

          • Artis

            All is in the opinion you seem hell bent on downing and hating on Marcus Smart?Well that is the way you talk on this message board.He will prove you wrong.Long live the Smart.You are a known hater when it comes to Lakers Nation.You must be Jim Buss in disguise lol.Dumbass Jim Buss he fucking ruined the Lakers and you love it don’t ya?

          • Daryl Peek

            Another ADD child playing on the computer? Where am I hating on Smart? SMH

          • nlruizjr

            forgive them DP, for they know not what they speak, their brain gets stuck in a groove and they just can’t seem to find their way out !!!!!

          • Chrmngblly

            I hate on Smart.
            He can’t shoot. I don’t even like how he moves. His workout at Staples was pitiful. I don’t like mindless-bruiser-type players. The ESPN guys don’t think he can pass. Low BB IQ. No way. No how. No Smart.

          • Daryl Peek

            You know these fools just love to come at me. They take everything I say and try and make it into something.

          • Chrmngblly

            True. I also object to the lack of class and style—and affection—some of these know-nothings operate under. I rag on you sometimes, too, but never out of meanness and never without a point.

            Have you watched/noticed Lavine? I wouldn’t mind trading down to grab him and a big.

          • numb1lakefan

            smart has the weight advantage over all pg’s meaning he can post up down low and over power his opponent easily.he can block,steal,shoot,dunk,great passer and more so he has the competitive spirit of a kobe bryant..hes the guy for the lakers after kobe retires and down the road he can be a lebron type of player at the pg position

          • Chrmngblly

            He can’t shoot or pass. Dammit, go look at the dudes numbers compared to Marshall’s, for one. This is no Westbrook or Lillard.

          • Im About Chips

            I would argue that finding a PG is perhaps the easiest thing to do in the NBA, every team has one almost. You can count elite big men on one hand. You can win with a regular guard, can’t win without an elite wing and post. Smart can be neither

          • Badazztj12

            If you talking about Dirk and Monroe. Hell No.

        • Derek Clark

          I wouldn’t say a PF and C can be easily fixed through free agency, but I do like our options. Gasol, Greg Monroe, plus we can always bring back Hill and Kaman if we need some depth, and we have a bull in Sacre (now if we can only teach him some moves, lol) … Smart could just as likely be a starter as riding the pine. Nash is that x-factor though. He will likely be healthy (if retained) at the start of the season, so I don’t know. Smart will earn his stripes.

          • Tune

            I’d rather see Nash directing the bench honestly. It’ll keep his minutes down so we have him down the stretch and if he’s injured again it won’t be as big as a blow. Nash’s defense has always been subpar and now he’s old as well so he has poor defensive instincts, old, and unathletic to begin with. We have a great offensive bench if we retain Meeks/Bazemore and Young. Young and Meeks together could be the x-factor since they’re so great at the 3 and can go off with limited minutes, especially Young.

        • Im About Chips

          I absolutely agree. Big men and elite wings win you championships, PGs can win you games. Vonleh, Gordon, Randle if you keep the pick, one of them will be available. That’s why the Thunder cant win, no interior presence. I wont argue if you trade the pick for Rondo, Irving or Love because they are proven and I love em…..but you NEED an interior presence!!!

        • Al Haldie

          I think everyone has forgot KELLY as a ROC he did better and better each game PF/C fill in, he shoot 3 – goes to the basket, and hits the boards -AND HE WAS GETTING BETTER PLAYING THE D – AND HE AND GIVES A FULL 48 – NO DOG IN THAT BOY…

          • Daryl Peek

            Neither Sacre or Kelly are starters and the depth chart at PF/C positions is much more dire than the guard spots. Your better PF/C FA in the NBA are gonna command more money on the open market which is why drafting a young talent at said positions is the way to go. PG’s are pretty much a dime a dozen in this seasons FA market.

            Always remember, you can’t teach length.

          • Tune

            I’ll only want a PG if we get Exum or Smart honestly. If not, I’m down for Noah or Gordon. I think after reviewing film and such I’m kind of feeling Exum>Noah>Gordon>Smart now.

          • Chrmngblly

            …or quickness. That’s why I think we ought to move Kobe over to the 3 and get a 2-guard that can defend.

          • Kb24

            Sacre and kelly should be our 3rd bench rotation not backups

        • Chrmngblly

          Finally, DP, you have returned to your senses. Most people who are all wowed over Smart don’t think about the fact that he can’t shoot.
          ESPN Quote:

          “…Smart, and his weaknesses are far too problematic for the Lakers. Smart has little range on his jumper and is not a natural passer.”

          “He only sees guys in his direct line of sight, which prevents him from scanning the floor and anticipating when a teammate is about to become open. Putting a ball-dominant guard that’s a poor passer alongside Kobe is probably a recipe for failure or simply an abundance of death stares.”

          He’s just basically just a bull on the court. He’s no Westbrook.

          I know you like Vonleh. I lean toward Gordon, even if Vonley is available, just for the athleticism and D.

          How have you been?

          • KB24

            Maybe nash can mentor him but i like to trade the pick

          • Chrmngblly

            Trade down??

          • numb1lakefan

            smart cant shoot?thats a lie once smart gets hot theres no stopping him and hes more athletic then westbrook,he can block aand play defense better than exum likes to post up and can over power any pg

          • Chrmngblly

            There is nothing like you say allowed in the rules of basketball. It’s like teaching the lame to talk and the blind to speak. Nothing to brag about.

            I just quoted the ESPN analysis of Smart. I didn’t make it up. See the quote marks? He’s a big bull for a guard and he shoots a low percentage on his 3-ball, even at college range. I would take him in the top 20, but after Vonley, Gordon and Randall. He’s not trash or anything.

        • nlruizjr

          I have to agree DP, if the Lakers have to choose between Smart and Vonleh, I think the choice would be Vonleh because if Gasol, Kaman go who are they going to count on Sacre, ha,ha,ha, no dig against Sacre but I doubt he will ever be a starter.

    • Marcus Franco

      None of them are starter.. We need a solid and athletic PG that we haven’t had it for years.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Haven’t had an athletic point guard since Nick the Quick. How many titles did we manage since then?

      • Chrmngblly

        We really need a 4/5. All we have is Sacre. Who doesn’t like Bob Sacre? But Pau is gone, Hill is gone, Kelly is gone, Kaman is gone. We have Nash and Marshall under contract or option. Hopefully, Farmar, Meeks, Swaggy, Bazemore and X will be back, maybe Johnson. Why do we need a guard as our first priority? None of these guys are talented bigs. We need frontline help, in my eyes.

    • Artis

      Marcus Smart is a fucking good player ask any fan base not just ours.But that doesn’t mean the Lakers gotta draft him.It’s just opinion.I think Aaron Gordon is the best player available where we pick,but some other crack head might select Doug McDermott getting suckered into the college stats and shit.If it’s you maybe you select the worst player or maybe we think it’s the worst player and it turns out to be a damn good player.One never knows it a fucking crap shoot and nobody knows what might happen.

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

      I’m on the Smart bandwagon for this reason: He’s a tremendous defensive talent with great athleticism, a huge motor, and loads of strength needed to take punishment when driving the lane. Are there FA guards? Yup, but you’ll also pay a lot more them.

      PF and C aren’t likely to be fixed this season, but the possibility of Love being a FA next season along with players like Asik leave you with definite options. We have a LOT of needs, but I’m hoping we grab Smart. If we do go PF, I’m naturally interested in the athletic Gordon.

      • Chrmngblly

        I also think Gordon can play the 3 if we do get Love. That is also why I prefer him over Vonley. Maybe I am crazy.

    • KB24

      Love and diaw at the 4,embiid or asik at 5 with kaman backup ….deng/ariza/j.butler(trade) at the 3 backups are young,mike miller, KOBE,baze,xavier at the 2 payton(swap marshall in the draft),farmar,nash(mentor the next rondo with nash shooting)

    • the_lorb

      Did you just say that Smart plays the same position as Young (old), Meeks and Bazemore? Did you seriously say that Marshall and Farmar and Nash are legit starters on a playoff caliber team?

      GTFOH.

      • Chrmngblly

        Nash used to be and I predict that Marshall is destined to be a playoff caliber pg. God knows.

      • Daryl Peek

        Did you just pull all of that out your ass? Why bother replying if you’re gonna make shit up?

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    I would love to have Bazemore back with us!

  • Wizard34

    We HAVE to bring back Meeks.I see him being a championship level role player. Work ethic, professionalism, and OKC killer.

    • Daryl Peek

      “Work ethic, professionalism” A must have in a role player!! Couple that with his willingness to be whatever the team needs him to be. Wise to keep core players like that.

    • Tune

      You can’t sleep on somebody dropping 40pts+ on a championship caliber team

  • TY Perkins

    LARRY BROWN LARRY BROWN LARRY BROWN!!!

    • wangkon936

      Isn’t he like…. 74 years old?

    • jeremy

      really the guy who couldnt stay on a NBA team for more then a year or 2 no thanks. plus he 72

  • They call me Pringles

    Bazemore’s a keeper. 3 years for 2.5 – 3 mill per year would be a fair deal. Young should be re-signed for about 6 – 7 mill per year. That’s fair for our highest scorer on the team last season. We would still have enough to re-sign Hill and Farmar, while getting other players in this upcoming free agency.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Giving $9 million to those two players would leave them team about $14 million to sign at least 6 more players to fill out the roster–assuming they keep their draft pick and pick up Marshall’s option. They can’t give that money to Young; he’s just not worth it.

      • They call me Pringles

        Nick’s opting out of his contract this off season and will be demanding more than the 1 mill he made last season. Dude is our most consistent scorer last season and he averaged around 20 pts per game. If the Lakers wont re-sign him, they’d still acquire another player in free agency that has similar stats, most likely command the same salary (6-7 mil). That’s a fair deal considering he was our number one guy since Kobe and Nash were injured. Our team relied heavily on his production even though it was just a 1 mil contract. He deserves the raise. And don’t worry about Nash’s 9 mill salary next season. He won’t be a Laker long.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          The only $6-7 million player the Lakers should be looking at is a starting PF or Center. Convincing Pau to take something in that neighborhood or acquiring someone like Spencer Hawes, Marcin Gortat, or Luol Deng. Any wing player can come off the bench and jack up a bunch of shots, but Young is not going to get 28 minutes and 14 shots/game next season. He has never heard of defense–he basically admitted it in his exit interview–so his minutes and role will be drastically reduced if he stays.

          • Chrmngblly

            I want them to start grooming these players to play both ends of the court and teaching Defense. Swaggy has the ability.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I don’t remember the exact quote, but in his exit interview with the media he basically said, “I never thought about defense before…” Find the video.

        • Chrmngblly

          We should trade Nash’s expiring contract over on a center. Asik or Chandler.

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

    I Want Bazemore, X, Nick, Farmar&Hill Retained!

  • jeremy

    it be smart to bring back some of the lakers because most would be on the cheap then they can mix and match with free agents like deng and
    Monroe

    • Chrmngblly

      I don’t see Deng. Monroe only maybe.

  • numb1lakefan

    bazemore and smart will be a deadly back court

    • Chrmngblly

      Smart will be a waste of our pick.

  • numb1lakefan

    locking down bazemore means stop the lance stephenson rumors and if it comes down to meeks or young you go with swaggy p

  • ediveder

    Bazemore deserve to stay in 2014-15 Lakers roster, he plays like Trevor Ariza. When he around plays with Kobe, his defensive skill will improve.

  • vdogg

    bring back the baze!

  • KB24

    Smart or gordon with monroe,meeks for love and brewer , bazemore 3mil/2yr,swaggyp 20-22mil/4yrs,,,we dont need meeks(maybe for vets keep him but higher than 1.5mil means goodbye

  • KB24

    Bring back farmar,xavier for vets….if meeks want to stay(go to minny),sign for vets SWAGGYP IS BETTER BACKUP THAN KOBE, its not about the high minutes, its the quality minutes, kobe will play 30-33 minutes per game nxt season unless its a blowout game,demg,ariza or jimmy butler(trade) will play at the 3…anyone of them will play 34-38 minutes… Now there is 27 minutes left for the sxth man, kobe wont play SF,no not that small ball again,unless you will may meeks much momey to play 15 minutes or less

    • Chrmngblly

      Doesn’t matter what it is called. We don’t have the Bigs to pound it inside. So I hope we play Kobe at the 3 as much as possible just to prolong his career. Defending those quick 2-guards is hard on an old man.
      I see Gordon playing the 3 and 4 behind Kobe at the 3 and behind Kelly at the 4 for his first year. Keep Meeks at the 2. He was very steady last year.

  • KB24

    IF LAKERS WANTS MEEKS TO STAY, they should have said it publicly,SwaggyP wants to stay here and look what article was here(lakersnation), MITCH KUPCHAK SAID THAT HE WOULD LIKE NICK YOUNG TO STAY HERE FOR A LONG TIME AS LONG AS THE PRICE IS RIGHT(young said he is willing to take a paycut)

  • KB24

    LAKERS CAN GET THE MOST OUT OF MEEKS BY USING HIM AS A TRADE ASSET, HE IS LIKE A WES MATTHEWS WITHOUT DEFENSE AND SMALLER….swaggyP plays no defense too but the lakers management knows who is a better keeper and that is SWaggyP,if meeks will be back why pay him more than 3 mill if he wont play more than 20 minutes

  • box5

    Young,hill, bazemore should be priorities, while farmar should be brought back to, hell those 4 should be our primary bench

    With
    Smart
    Kobe
    Free agent mike scott
    Melo
    Monroe
    Yell

  • Derek

    What i dont get is when were talking about all of these free agents we have sign bazemore, meeks, henry, and swaggy p and get Vonleh or Randle in the draft instead of Smart. WE NEED BIG MEN THATS WHY HALF THE SEASON WE WERE GETTING OUTREBOUNDED BY AT LEAST 10 BOARDS PER GAME just get one of them 2 if available

    • Chrmngblly

      I fear getting Smart or Randle. I prefer Gordon on athleticism and D. He can play the 3 or4. Randle and Vonleh both seem too small to play the 5 to me.

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