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Lakers Rumors: Team Interested In Ariza, Lowry, Monroe, And Frye

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With NBA free agency quickly approaching on July 1, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to pursue LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. While the chances of both coming to Los Angeles are slim, the Lakers have a backup plan according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:

“If they are unable to land Anthony or James, the Lakers are also expected to have a strong interest in Washington free-agent forward Trevor Ariza, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, Detroit center Greg Monroe and Phoenix forward Channing Frye, according to sources.”

Heading into the off-season, the Lakers have ample cap space to sign another player to a max contract. While the dream would be to shed Steve Nash’s contract to sign both James and Anthony, the Lakers have a realistic chance of signing players like Ariza, Lowry, Monroe, and Frye.

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With the Lakers selecting Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson at Thursday’s draft, the roster is beginning to take shape as they are also looking to fill the head coaching vacancy. After the worst season since moving to Los Angeles, it will be an interesting off-season as the Lakers are prepared to go “all out” to rebuild themselves back into championship contenders.

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  • Dat Nigga Vince

    channing frye? yeah it doesnt look like mitch and jim dont wanna win this coming season. other than that, solid list

    • Jim Busst

      He’s a 3 & D kind of guy, tall and fast, can play as a stretch 4 or at the 3 or even 2. And he’ll be cheap as hell. He’s good to be apart of the 2nd unit, we need starters and bench players, and are trying to get reliable team players like the Spurs have.

      • Southcidal

        Frye cannot play a backcourt position. Stop it. But he’s versatile up front and a floor spreader.

        • Jim Busst

          Yes he can, maybe offense he won’t be able to score as much against a 2 but defensively he could stay in front of a shooting guard and his length would bother the smaller SG. He’s been assigned to guard Kobe at times, and for inbound buzzer beater type plays he’s perfect to guard the best jump shooter on the other team, he’ll be able to stay with him and contest to alter the shot with his height. And up against jump shooting big men like Durant/Ibaka/ and even Aldridge he’ll be able to defend them

          • Rodrigo

            i can’t take you serious

          • cj

            hes not wrong. the suns use him this way all the time

      • Dat Nigga Vince

        i followed him during the season cuz either i had him or kept an eye on him playing fantasy basketball. he didnt put up big numbers at all. there were times when he did score or grabbed double digit boards, rarely recorded a double double. hes getting old so hes not getting faster. im tired of seeing these stretch 4s. remember shawne williams? i would rather take a greg monroe type 4. someone who could pound it in and can avg. 10+ boards. we need real bigs, not this stretch 4 crap. i would rather have someone who takes high percentage shots then some perimeter shooter honestly.

    • Jim Mariano

      It’s an option! of course you need to target all the possible players! if you can’t get the first option then jump to the second option, so on and so forth.

    • TheTruthKills

      Next years draft pick is top 5 protected. I say bottom out and start the rebuild now.

      • Badazztj12

        You really think when Kobe coming back healthy(he said he was 100%), we would tank that bad?

        • TheTruthKills

          That doesn’t matter if Kobe doesn’t have any help. Plus the West is loaded. We just might not be good enough to compete next year.

          • Badazztj12

            Well man right now looks like Mitch is going all out like it or not

          • TheTruthKills

            Going all out doesn’t guarantee anyone will actually come. And it’s looking like Mitch is going to strike out on Melo, LeBron, Bosh, And Lowry. Now if potentially over paying for Ariza, Deng, or Monroe sounds like “going all out” to you then you’re in for a good summer. Still won’t get us to the playoffs.

          • Lakers Fan

            Unfortunately, the FO will overpay for someone. If I had to pick two, I think it would be Deng and Lowry.

          • Doug Fuller

            Who will play center?

          • Computer Networking

            I disagree. I think they would be good enough nought to make playoffs. The big thing is getting assets for the trade deadline.

      • LakersOverEverything

        Wtf are you talking about

      • Aaron

        No fucking way will The Lakers rebuild NO WAY IN HELL!!!!!!!!!

        Lakers are the cream of the crop in the NBA they are the spotlight of the NBA and they charge the high prices for tickets and they are on national t.v. all the time no way will they rebuild and suck.They are going to make huge moves in the free agency starting July 1.

        • TheTruthKills

          Hate to break it to you, but if things don’t go as planned this Summer the team won’t have a choice.

        • molly

          and have a billion dollar tv revenue

        • Computer Networking

          I believe that the lakers will make one big move. They will get carmelo. Everyone else will be support other than gasol. He will be in a laker jersey also. Just my prediction.

          • comrade24

            i agree, completely. I do think we’ll land Melo and resign Gasol. Doubtful they’ll make any other big moves like Lowry/Deng/Monroe etc… maybe depending on if/what they sign Melo at they could make a run at Ariza to come back for another run at a title.

      • SportsFanWithCommonSense

        If the Lakers are looking to rebuild, kobes contract extension was dumb as f××k then. They have to build a team that is going to contend these next 2 seasons

      • Argonautix

        Lakers do not have a draft pick for the next two years. I’d say lets go all in this free agency. It would be pretty painful to watch the Suns use our draft pick, if we suck next season and end up with a top 5 pick.

        • TheTruthKills

          Next year’s pick is top 5 protected, which means if it becomes a top 5 pick the Lakers get it back. And the Lakers have their 2016 picks.

          • VillainKing

            Buddy, I have a question if the Lakers will tank this coming season is there a big chance that they can have a top 3 pick??

          • comrade24

            that’s a pretty risky gamble for several reasons.
            1. You risk further damaging the Laker brand
            2. You risk alienating the Black Mamba
            3. You further piss off the fanbase.
            4. The pick is top 5 protected only, so if we land outside of there it was all for nothing and has the added effect of giving our Pacific division rival suns another high lottery pick.

          • VillainKing

            OK Comrade..

    • gerald johnson

      He would be coming off the bench behind randle

    • Dat Boi Drew

      Channing Frye abilities is underrated

    • J Taylor

      The team can be solid if Mitch gets a chance.
      But, waiting a week for Lebron or Melo could close a lot of doors.

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

      He would be a nice back up PF for the team.

  • Badazztj12

    I like Ariza and Lowry but Monroe and Frye…. nah

    • Jim Busst

      Monroe is a solid center, there isn’t anyone better that’s available. And he should be cheap cuz Dertroit wants to get rid of a big man. Frye is a 3 & D guy, good for multiple positions and can play D. Reliable shooters that play defense also, like the Spurs players

      • JP

        I live in Detroit. Huge laker fan. I watch monroe play. He’s a crafty offensive player but a terrible defender. No lateral quickness and bad post defender. He’s a pf naturally that can play center. I wouldn’t prefer it since we just drafted randle. Randle is a perfect pf. We need a true center and the only guy I can see is pau gasol. If gasol sheds some weight to amp his speed and reaction time a little him and randle can be a force down there like Memphis’ bigs. Resign gasol best bet

        • Badazztj12

          Yea man exactly been trying to tell these people he is worser defender. Gasol is decent for us and people keep worrying about his defense but why play any and you know your team not going to the playoffs. Why risk getting a even worser injury. He said at the end of the season that he felt healthy and condition himself for next season

          • Donna Middleton Harwood

            worser,really?

          • Joel Arnold

            His grammar is worse than our team was last year

          • Badazztj12

            Haha man look at this dude trying to be funny

          • Badazztj12

            Haha one word out my whole comment and you got a problem with that on a blog? Hey man just the fuck out of here.

          • molly

            that WAS worser

          • Gregory Gaylen

            just imagine if it were even the worserest!

          • Jake

            Im not worried about gasols defense, im worried about his age. Whats the point in rebuilding if the pieces you get dont have a long term future? I love gasol, but his age and contract size are a problem for a team that is rebuilding. We need some youth, quickness, and explosiveness. Throw in some shooting there too. Parsons is a decent idea for the right price.

          • Badazztj12

            He is not asking for a whole lot and what other options we got? Bosh who might resign with Heat or Monroe which Mike D said he would like to have back

          • Robert Perez

            These comments are getting worser and worser…..

        • comrade24

          that’s true. he’s a great offensive player but his defense is lacking.

        • molly

          1 person post that Gasol should lose weight and like a bunch of sheep everybody follows the lead sheep,get an original thought

      • comrade24

        yeah, Monroe’s legit! Pair him with Randle and we would have two headed beast down low. IMO on the right team, he’s a legit 2nd option on offense.

        • Chrmngblly

          NO

          • VillainKing

            YES!!!

        • Ray-Marcus

          Monroe hardly plays any D

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

        Taking someone now just because you need someone isn’t always the best move, especially when he’s looking for a near max deal. I’d be happy with the Lakers waiting a season, and going hard after M. Gasol or Omer Asik. Both are great interior defenders, which is what we’ll likely need until/unless Randle develops his defense.

        If we can get Ariza/Deng and Lowry, we’ll have good perimeter and wing defense, but we’ll be soft in the middle.

        • Gregory Gaylen

          What about Gortat? anybody have an idea what he’d cost?

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

            I’m reading 10-13, but the Wizards seem pretty high on bringing him back.

        • david

          One of those three right not all three? We don’t have salary cap room and the plan is to get a superstar in FA if not this year then next year. If we don’t get Carmelo Or LBJ then we’d settle on one of those three and that is it, that is the reality.

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

            One of the three? Were you asking about one of Deng/Ariza/Lowry? I think we could get two of em. Lowry and one of Ariza/Deng could each be had for maybe 10 mil? That’d give us a little extra cap space on top.

            I don’t understand the salary cap completely, but aren’t we able to go over when re-signing our own players, just not with other teams FA? If so, we could still re-sign a few of our role players, and then in 2015 when Nash comes off the books, we can have some cap space for someone likelike one of the two Cs I mentioned.

            I never quite understood the salary cap, and haven’t had it explained thoroughly to me.

  • SD

    I’m okay with this list. In fact, I like it a lot. A front court of Monroe/Randle would be formidable for many years to come. Ariza may take a discount. Obviously, this summer doesn’t have the deepest list of FAs…but adding 1-2 pieces would make this team A LOT more competitive going in to the summe of 2015.

    Personally, I can’t see Monroe/Lowry being anywhere near reasonably priced. From the guys we had this year, i could see bazemore/henry/farmar/kelly returning…i don’t think Young/meeks will be at a price we’d like to pay…and marshall will likely be the odd man out with Jordan Clarkson getting drafted…then maybe a guys like laquinton ross is on the roster too plus sacre nash…That’s 8 players (Bazemore/Henry/Farmar/Kelly/Sacre/Nash/Clarkson/Ross)….then add 4 more in Kobe-Randle-Pau-Ariza….then you’ve got 3 spots left to max out the roster at 15…lakers may only go to 14…so that leaves space for at least 2 others guys…I could see the lakers pursuing darren collison/aaron brooks as an upgrade over farmar if a deal trading nash can’t be found.

    Those last 2 guys will be a big and wing player…maybe channing frye can be had for cheap and then you take on another summer league guy like deandre kane…

    • comrade24

      we would also have to compete with the Heat for Lowry. They’re going after him too. If you were in Lowry’s shoes, which team would you want to play for?

      • Badazztj12

        I think Lebron is looking for max from the heat. Wouldn’t be that much for Lowry when you know Wade is coming back also

      • gerald johnson

        I think lowry stays in toronto. No one considers that possibility

        • molly

          lowry had 1 good year in a halfass career

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

        Depends on his goals. If he just wants rings, Miami. But with Miami, you’ll be a name buried amongst LeBron, Wade, Bosh and whatever other guys they’ve got going on. In LA, it’ll be a bit tougher road, but you’re able to make a lot bigger impact on that team, you’ll be more valuable to the Lakers than you will the Heat.

      • Gregory Gaylen

        They just drafted Napier – supposedly Lebron is on hard for him too – so why bring in Lowry too?

        • comrade24

          hey, i’m not Pat Riley. I just know he’s the guy they’re going after. Napier’s got athleticism for days but his game’s not polished. They’re not going to hand him the pg duties from day 1. He’ll need a few years to develop before being a starting pg (on a good team at least)

    • VillainKing

      DeAndre Kane is a good player Lakers need him…

      • Kenneth Simkins

        I agree because he out played Smart in both of their matchuips this year!

  • Lakers be like

    Go after Monroe and Lowry now and see if Ariza could take a small paycut. If they do happen to get in some serious talks with Melo, go after Lowry and bring in Gortat.

    • Jim Busst

      Got tats already staying in Washington he said, wouldn’t be surprised if Ariza does too. The reason he left the Lakers was to get paid, don’t expect it to do it now.

      • John24

        Ariza got traded for a better aggressive player in ron artest in 2009. Not money issues…

        • Jose

          He was not traded he signed with the rockets when arrest came to the lakers.

          • Jose

            I meant Artest

  • AC

    bring any 1 of these guys (although Lowry might be harder to get) and bring back our bench from last season(Young, Farmar, Henry, Hill).. and we got a great team next season, along with a great coach (Lionel Hollins)

    *Also try to bring in Chandler Parsons

    • Jim Busst

      Where did you get parsons from? He’s not leaving Houston, he’s way too expensive for us to get him anyway, and he’s going to take a discount from Houston to stay there. Parsons isn’t going anywhere, they want him to be with Melo and Dwight and Harden. I would want him on the Lakers but he doesn’t like us, he’s why Dwight left, and on Sportsnation they asked him “do you think Lebrons leaving?” And he said “I don’t think so but maybe if they don’t get him some help, but I don’t see him going to the Lakers anyway” and they didn’t even ask him about the Lakers

      • comrade24

        Parsons is an RFA and Houston is trying to clear cap room for Melo, so they probably won’t match the offers he’s going to get.

  • Jim Busst

    I like this list, of course they’d each have to take a minor pay cut to get each guy, and honestly I think these guys would take the cut, maybe not Ariza, cuz the reason he left the Lakers was for more money, but Lowry and Monroe would like being a starter in a big market, along with Kobe, who Lowry witnessed first hand Kobe drop dagger after dagger even on double teams to win the game. They know Lebron and them are doing it and would want to team up also. Ariza might just want to stay where he is, better team and a starting position

  • matt mauro

    Plan b is better than plan a

  • Swaggy C

    I wouldn’t mind a Monroe/Julius combo. They aren’t the tallest out there, but I’m sure they can be one of the toughest out there. Then of course if Melo can’t come I would love to see Ariza and/or Deng to fill out the 3 spot. And of course Lowry to definitely be at the guard spot.

    • R.G.

      Speaking of being tall, Lakers should definitely try to sign Jordan Hill. He has length, hustle and can legitimately play both C and PF. He could start next to Randle or come off the bench. Great team guy. I’d love to see him back.

  • They call me Pringles

    Channing Frye?? Might as well bring back Brian Cook.

  • TheTruthKills

    Monroe would be solid, but no to the rest.

  • Fabian

    If Lakers can make this team happen that would be dope.Stretch Nashty.

    PG Eric Bledsoe+Jordan Clarkson+DeAndre Kane
    SG Kobe Bryant+Nick Young
    SF Trevor Ariza+Luol Deng
    PF Julius Randle+Carlos Boozer+Ryan Kelly
    C Spencer Hawes+Emeka Okafor+Robert Sacre

    Coach Byron Scott

    • Southcidal

      Nice Fabian! But we don’t need Ariza and Deng. That’s basically paying for the same player. Sign one of them and let Kobe spend time at that spot when they’re resting.
      Hawes and Okafor would be a solid offense/defense center combo.
      I like Boozer w/ Randle too.
      Bledsoe is far-fetched. Put Avery Bradley in that spot and what you get is a lock down on the ball defender that doesn’t take the ball out of Kobe and Randle’s hands and can knock down that corner 3 with ease.

      • Fabian

        Also Woj is saying the Suns are going all out to lure in LeBron and Carmelo and that would make Eric Bledsoe expendable since they already have Goran Dragic and Tyler Ennis and Ish Smith at point guard and then they have Gerald Green and T.J. Warren at shooting guard also we have been said to have interest in signing Eric Bledsoe for a long time it seems.

        Oh well give me Avery Bradley and we are good i like the other players i listed and you agree those choices which makes us a very good competitive team and you;’re right it’s not a must to have Ariza and Deng i was just thinking back to 2009 it seemed like Lamar and Ariza really did well as our small forward interchangeable combo we won the championship with that recipe and also when we had Artest and Lamar we won a championship sometimes 2 good small forwards helps the team be more dangerous and fresh well rested and more creative lineups.

        • Zimmeredge

          Melo and lebron in a suns uniform… Lol wojnarowski is talking crap. No way this is going to happen

          • Luis

            Exactly but the Suns are delusional enough to allow Bledsoe to leave in hopes of landing those 2 just trust me on this lol they are stupid people in this world.And then on top of that they will not get either of them no way in hell and Arizona is hell very hot place.Anyways they are prepared to lose Bledsoe that’s why they drafted Tyler Ennis and T.J. Warren and they will just go the cheap route as always.It’s not far fetched as the Diomandbacks tried getting the pitcher Tanaka and the Yankees got him at the end the Arizona terams are delusional especially the Suns remember when they paid all that money and traded for a washed up fat Shaq?They let others that were promising young players leave they are delusional lol ha ha.

          • Zimmeredge

            It’s a small market. Phoenix is too small for them.
            Melo was too big for Denver and that’s why he did not stay out there. Even rockets and bulls are not big enough to contend against the celtics the Lakers the knicks Those three franchise have a huge fan base. They won’t be able to contend. Even if they propose more than the Lakers they won’t be able to lure them.

    • gerald johnson

      1. Bledsoe- 4 years 53mill (13 per)
      2. Kobe (23.5 mill)
      3. Deng- 3 years 33mill (11 per)
      4. Randle (2 mill)
      5. Hawes- 2 years 13 mill- (6.5 per)

      Bench- farmar( 1.5 mill), bazemoore( 1.5mill), young( 2 years 6 mill), wesley johnson( good defender)- 1.5 mill, frye( 1 year – 3 mill), bernard james( good defender)- 1.5 mill

      • comrade24

        This would be a pretty great team. Doubt Bledsoe would sign for that, and i don’t think Swaggy would go for that either. he’s willing to take a hometown discount, but wants a long term deal. i say 4yr, 16 mil for Young.

        • gerald johnson

          I really dont like young. Hes a great scorer, but his defense is complete shit. iSeriously know i could play better D than him against 2 guards throughout the Nba

          • comrade24

            idk about that. I remember him taking a game winning charge and playing great d on Lebron Christmas day. With a defensive minded coach, i think he would do a lot better IMO. Also, you need guys like Young. You need people who can score and are willing to do it in a reserve role. He’s also a glue guy, a great locker room presence. Young has lots of intangibles and he’s loyal to the brand. He wants to be a Laker for life.

      • SD

        you guys have xavier who’s better than wesley johnson and young…and he has more upside…i’d upgrade farmar…too injury prone…for a guy like aaron brooks…Frye/Hawes will be asking for a lot more than that.

    • wardrobe99

      boozer contract to high but if he gets amnesty then we could get him.but the rest could work proubly not deng but someone like granger beasly

      • Fabian

        Yes i have been assured by the media Carlos Boozer is getting the amnesty provision used on him,many news outlets assume it will happen and we will be the team that gets him i think.Deng is a good defensive player and we need wing stoppers to compete with Durant and LeBron,Carmelo and James Harden also Leonard,Paul George,Gay,Batum.But Ariza can do that defensive work by himself.

        • wardrobe99

          well thats cool i like Ariza i think he is perfect for lakers i agree his d could lock down many maybe all them players

        • comrade24

          we don’t really have a need for Boozer now that we drafted Randle. He can do what Boozer does, except that Randle plays defense.

    • comrade24

      there’s this thing called a salary cap that makes this impossible. Beyond impossible.

      • Badazztj12

        I like everything but no boozer and Emeka Okafor. That’s where the cap hits

        • Bruce

          What if Boozer gets amnestied? then we can sign him to veteran’s minimum or use the tax payer mid level on him, I think he can still be productive. No Emeka Okafor, he’s washed up. Spencer Hawes would be a nice pick up. No Eric Bledsoe.

          • Badazztj12

            good for bench but not starting line up. He lost a whole lot of his touch plus he is much slower

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

      Bledsoe is a dream right now, Lowry is more likely. Also, why would Deng take a back up role when he can most likely get a starting role with a solid number of teams? Hawes/Okafor, sure for a year, but I’m a fan of going after Asik or M. Gasol in 2015.

    • SD

      you must be smoking. it’s torture to entertain an idea like this…an idea that is impossible.

  • Southcidal

    Okafor, Deng, and Avery Bradley. To pair with Kobe, Gasol, Randle and Young.
    24 per for Kobe
    17 per for Pau
    15 per for Randle
    14 per for Deng + stops
    10 for Bradley + stops
    16 for Young (off bench)
    8 for Okafor + stops (off bench)

    Add Steve Blake, Kent Bazemore, Robert Sacre, Deandre Kane, and Ryan Kelly to the top group and you’re already competitive.
    Believe it or not, Luol Deng is a better fit for Kobe and Randle than Carmelo Anthony is.
    Nash, Marshall, Hill and Kaman are replaced by Avery Bradley, D. Kane, Okafor and Deng in the rotation. The team is instantly tougher.

    • gerald johnson

      15 mill for randle, his rookie contract is set for his first season at 2.5 mill

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

        Like Comrade said above, I think he might be talking PPG instead of contract.

    • LakersOverEverything

      Dude, you’re obviously trolling with those contract numbers

      • comrade24

        i thiink maybe he’s talking about ppg. Either that or lead paint’s still around.

  • Luis

    Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA 1m

    Yahoo Sources: Armed with young talent, assets and max contract space, Suns will pursue a LeBron-Carmelo partnership.

    Maybe they will let us take Eric Bledsoe with a max offer since the Suns need all the cap space to lure the big superstar free agents.Perhaps even less than max gets us Eric Bledsoe a perfect fit for the Lakers especially with Julius Randle here and Byron Scott coaching.Thoughts?

    • comrade24

      i wouldn’t pay Bledsoe max money but somewhere in the 10 mil range i would go for it.

  • wardrobe99

    i like monroe,lowry,Ariza,Ariza been stated he would love to play for lakers and kobe,he earned a little over 7mil last season he will take anywhere between 5.5/6.5 mil then get someone like granger he would take the same or less two for one forget melo.Monroe/Randle i like that they are both young and would complement each other monroe will take 10 mil/12 but he is a good trading tool next season if he doesnt work out . Hill is not coming back we can get okafor/Elton brand cheap they can ment

  • Zimmeredge

    Even if we dump Nash we wońt be able to take both melo and lebron.

    • comrade24

      agreed. sick of the rumor mill getting peoples hopes up. it’s just ridiculous. Lebron is declining to talk to other teams, he will go back to Miami. It could be a great free agent summer for us but we need to be realistic. Melo is our best option, if that doesn’t happen the other people mentioned here would be great additions and may even get us into the playoffs. People need to stop talking about Lebron though, seriously.

      • Zimmeredge

        Yes imho
        Plan a: Pau and melo (stretch Nash) means contender
        Plan b: ariza/deng, lowry, frye, okafor/Monroe means po
        Plan c: we suck again and get guys on the cheap like last season and sit on our pile of money for 15/16 fa’s. Means lottery again.

        I like plan b. We will run a lot with those guys. A is basically half court team Ready to complète for the po. Plan c, if we are positive, will give us the ability to groom our young lads a bit more.

        • kookiebuger

          Plan A is hardly a contender with Gasol frequently getting hurt and poor defense.
          Plan B is just a 1st round exit, I don’t see how the will push the Lakers that far over the top.
          Plan C is the more reasonable smarter decision but most Laker fans/management won’t pick this is option unless the team strikes out this offseason.

          • Zimmeredge

            Plan a is definitely a contending team with 2 superstars and Pau. Then you have to go for vet and young guys out of the bench.
            Kane/clarkson-Kobe-melo-randle-Pau it´s definitely contending. How it is not possible to see this team Thrive for chips?
            Lowry-Kobe-ariza-randle-Monroe/Pau it’s a great team with frye coming off the bench.
            Then the third option would be farmar-Bryant-Johnson-randle-Monroe.

            In any case the bench will be important. Marshall-kane/clarkson-young-Kelly-Hill that’s a great bench mob.

          • kookiebuger

            Plan A just doesn’t sound like a contender the Mavs barely made the playoffs with 49 wins last season I don’t see how PG-Kobe- Melo-Randle-Gasol and a questionable bench (outside of Young who can score), an aging injury prone center, and a poor defensive team will be considered contenders.

            I doubt Lowry pushes the Lakers over the top he helped lead the Raptors to 48 wins (8th in the West) in a weaker division, Kobe is coming off a major injury who’s been out for a 1 1/2, Monroe who isn’t a great defender and is just an above average big man, I’m fine with Ariza but the Wizards will want to keep him so they might overspend to keep him.

          • Zimmeredge

            You are taking individuals performances and make conclusion out of it. It doesn’t work like this you have think about How all those guys could play together.
            Excuse me but kane-Bryant-melo-randle-Pau are much better than calderon-ellis-Marion-nowitzki-dalembert.

            And we could still have a productive bench with young guys and vets coming off the bench.
            Marshall, Kelly, Johnson, clarkson, Hill, sacre, young, farmar. That’s a good bench mob.

          • kookiebuger

            Okay,
            1.Deandre Kane isn’t even apart of the team he was just invited to the summer league he’s not on the roster let alone a starter, yet.
            2. We don’t know how Kobe will play when he returns
            3. We don’t know how Kobe and Melo will play together
            4. Defensively this team is bad Melo, Randle, and Gasol isn’t a great defensive frontcourt plus Marshall, Kelly, and Young on the bench isn’t all that great defensively
            5. We don’t know if this team will stay healthy, Gasol is starting to become injury prone, we don’t if Kobe will stay healthy, we don’t know if the bench will stay healthy either (Farmar, Hill).
            6. The Mavs have chemistry established and will only get better especially with Chandler returning compared to this team that hasn’t played a single minute together with a lot of question marks.

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

            Points 1-5 were spot on, especially #4. +1 from me.

          • Zimmeredge

            Okay so we have a lot of question… Let’s just suck again for a year. Let’s be afraid for another year. I mean are the Lakers really afraid by the mavs now? Woah. Not only that the teams has lowered than the fans too.
            Melo was playing with one and a half defensive player chandler and shumpert. I’m sûre he can play better d during the po.
            Bryant and melo played with each other during the olympics.
            So we are scared about our team’s health what are supposed to do? Kobe it was no Luck. Pau is guy you need to keep starving and motivated that wasńt the case during Brown and d’antoni tenure.
            There is no team out there that will make us win asap but you do have to have the mentality to make winning choices. I said serions contender. We should end up in the po and if everybody’s okay then, because we are likely to be more of a half court team we will get better. Dońt expect to win next season but the season after because of the chemistry thing. Luckily with melo, Bryant, Pau we have players with great feel for the game. Randle will be a work in progress next season. He will play 25-30 minutes of the bench and finish as a starter by po Time. Johnson will play the sf position during the season to bring défense and shooting in the corner. Melo at four. He is one of the best rebounder for his size.

          • Zimmeredge

            Randle will start on the bench and have 25-30mpg and he might start against griffin, love and pf like that.

        • comrade24

          agreed. i’m fine with plan a/b. Plan C, i don’t think Kobe, or the fanbase has the patience to put up with.

        • Bruce

          Plan A: We can at least have a chance to contend for the championship, Plan B is also nice, but maybe a 1st or 2nd round exit, plan C nobody would put up with so we can just throw this crap out the window.

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

          I like Plan B: Lowry, Bryant, Ariza/Deng, Randle, Okafor (1 year deal) with a bench of Marshall, Bazemore?, Young, Kelly, Hill, Sacre. We could look into Bynum’s health, see if he can handle 10 minutes/game off the bench. This could be a team competing for a low playoff seed in the first year, and would get better the second. Especially with a guy like Hollins at the helm.

          Then, in 2015, we could fill our C spot with M Gasol or Omer Asik. Both tremendous interior defenders, which we’re going to need to cover for Randle until/if he can develop a good interior defensive game.

          • Zimmeredge

            I like every situation. C is the less appealing but it opens a lot of doorśfor 15 and 16 summer.
            Hollins is a great coach on defense but he relies too much on the “role player approach”. You are not a superstar then you obviouly have a role. That could be a problem with our young lads. I don’t Know what’s his record with rookies.

  • AC

    man I really hope we can get Bledsoe

    • Luis

      Me too man.Did you read my post Suns are luring LBJ and Carmelo.That might open up a quick sign up for the Lakers on July 1 at midnight for Bledsoe and Suns won’t match within 3 days since they need all the cap space possible to try landing LBJ,Melo and the funny thing is the stupid Suns will lose Eric Bledsoe to the Lakers and end up with egg on their face as LeBron and Carmelo will never sign with that stupid team.Go Lakers!

    • nash gots to go

      bledsoe is injury prone

    • TheZuluNation

      Those knee surgeries seem like red flags to me. Great player, but he can stay in PHX lol.

  • jay

    one player I never wanted to leave the Lakers, I hope Ariza comes back home this summer.

    • Fabian

      Yup i was devastated when Ariza left,hope he comes back and retires here.

    • TheZuluNation

      SMH, Lakers didn’t put much effort in trying to retain him. Sure we were able to sign Metta and he helped win titles, but Ariza was way younger w/ more upside.

  • Cassandra Marino

    lakers lineup coach: scott
    PG Lowry/,marshall/,Clarkson/farmar
    SG Kobe/Young
    SF Melo/AL Forque Aminu( if melo doesn’t come then ariza)
    PF Randle/kelly
    C Monroe/gasol/Bynum/sacre( I would rather want gortat)
    I want the lakers to go after ed davis and al forque aminu
    sg not a problem our problem is the frontcourt that’s what wins championships theres always room for size in a team sign as many big boys u can I would like them to sign and trade pau for Randolph that would help us a lot. Randolph and randle would be crazy for us and if you keep hill do u realize how much energy we would have we would have the best frontcourt in the nba those guys would dominate anybody

    • nash gots to go

      no cap to get lowry, melo, and monroe or gortat fool

      • Cassandra Marino

        lakers have plenty of cap u retard and they will have even more after nash is gone so ur the fool bring in Randolph keep hill plus ed davis with randle that’s a deep frontcourt try and get lowry and ariza and aminu and monroe

        • independentbynature

          Randle is a younger version of Randolph.Why would you want 2 players that do the same things?Besides,he’s not available.

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

          They have something like 26 million in cap space. If somehow they move Nash, they have 36. Let’s assume a miracle happens and they can move Nash.

          Monroe is seeking a max/near max contract. I don’t know the #’s, but let’s assume he gets 15 mil/yr.
          Melo is seeking max or near max. Let’s assume he takes a little less and we can get him for 20 mill. There’s 35 mil right there.
          Lowry is expected to get around 10-12 million, putting our spending on three free agents up at 45-47 million, on a 26-36 million dollar cap.

          If we can’t move Nash? We’re definitely not making that work.

    • TheZuluNation

      Randolph just signed an extension with Memphis so he will retire with Memphis.

      • comrade24

        Speaking of Nash, we should try to find a way to trade him back to PHX and acquire Bledsoe in the process. They can shed cap, nash can have a homecoming farewell tour with the suns.

        • independentbynature

          Or Toronto for Lowry.

          • TheZuluNation

            I think that could be more likely. Toronto’s GM wants as much cap flexibility as possible which is why he traded Bargnani and Rudy Gay as soon as he got to Toronto.

          • independentbynature

            And they still have Vasquez at PG,too.

          • TheZuluNation

            Yeah they gave him a QO yesterday and they also acquired Lou Williams from Atlanta so they have options at PG.

        • Bruce

          So Nash for Bledsoe huh, hmm sounds like a fair trade…

          • comrade24

            is that what i said? no, it’s not.

        • TheZuluNation

          PHX has tons of cap, but if PHX is willing to trade us Bledsoe that would be amazing. I can’t see it happening tho. They didn’t even wanna take Pau during the deadline who could have got them into the playoffs.

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

      I don’t think Gasol will come back to the Lakers just to take a backup role. Not to mention, that’s a lot of salary. Monroe and Melo are both seeking max or near-max contracts. Lowry is expected to be at least 10 mill/year, all to pair along side the salary’s of Gasol (5? 10? 12?) and Kobe (23)? I’m not sure we can do that.

      • GURNDOGG

        wE CAN GO OVER CAP TO SIGN OUR OWN PLAYERS SO SAY THEY GET Melo & Lowry then we can go over to resign Pau, Hill ETC. would be a very nice team if they could put this team together:
        Pg:Lowry, Marshall, & Nash (hoping we can get rid of)
        SG:Kobe, Young, & Clarkson
        SF:Melo, Bazmore, & Johnson
        PF:Randle, Hill & Kelly
        C:Gasol, Sarce & here I’m hoping to add any of Hawes, Gortat, Monroe, Frye, or Blache(sp?)
        My thinking is if the Lakers can get rid of Nash & bring in another good C/PF they could win a series in the Playoff’s.

  • gg

    lakers need more thugs in the starting lineup.
    bledsoe or lowry/ j farmar/ clarkson
    kobe/ bazemore/clarkson
    wes johnson/ young
    randle/kelly
    monroe/sacre

    • nash gots to go

      bazemore, johnson, and farmer gots to go they suck

    • comrade24

      Bazemore is not coming back. Team already announced that. They’re also not interested in bringing Johnson back.

      • independentbynature

        Lakers are still interested in Bazemore,but only for the minimum.Johnson is gone.

  • DROPPNBOMBZ

    Yuuuup to Ariza & Lowry but Frye & Monroe is weak & garbage.
    Why is Sacre still a Laker?
    Sign Carmelo & Parsons?
    Pau?
    Wait for 2015 free agents?
    Trade Nash contract if possible
    Resign Xavier, Bazemore, Meeks& Swaggy
    Hire Mark Jackson as head coach.
    Byron Scott & Kobe’s hard nosed mentality & ego’s will
    clash

    • TheZuluNation

      Sacre might be on his last straw this season. We’ll see.

    • comrade24

      Don’t hate on Sacre. He’s still a young pup. you would have said the same thing about Bynum a few years after he got drafted. Sometimes big men are long term projects. Bynum was trash when he came in to, but he ended up being an all star.

      also, come on people. stay up to date. Team is not picking up Bazemore’s option, per this very website.

      • DROPPNBOMBZ

        Yeah I know Bazemore option wasn’t picked being Lakers trying to lure Melo & Bron(another Dwight who will never play for the Lakers cause he can’t withstand the pressure)
        Hoping Lakers will reconsider if another team don’t pick up Bazemore. Good athletic talent on the rise.

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

        Bazemore doesn’t have an option. The Lakers aren’t extending a qualifying offer, making him a UFA instead of RFA. That can be a smart move, even if we want to bring him back. This way, he can decide to accept whatever offer he wants instead of this “matching” game. Both player and team can decide what they want to do.

      • GURNDOGG

        Just cause they didn’t pick up option doesn’t mean they don’t want him or he won’t be a Laker they just want cap space to try & get top FA’s I bet they sign him after all the FA signing they do!

  • David Ojeda

    Other than Ariza, not really interested in any of those

  • the swagmeister

    I like ariza but i would rather have deng.

    • GURNDOGG

      Deng to injury prone Ariza is just as good problem is he will want & command to much money. IMHO.

  • Clarkkent113

    I like Monroe, dude’s productive, young, and solid big men like that are not easy to find in today’s league. And he’ll be cheaper than Lowry. Parsons would also be a solid pickup and hopefully we could get him cheap too.

    • GURNDOGG

      He will not be cheap as the Pistons will match offers so he will at least be getting 10-12 mil.

      • Clarkkent113

        I’d be fine with that. Much more comfortable acquiring Monroe for that price than Lowry.

  • nash gots to go

    all B and C grade players…

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

      AKA Role players, which are necessary for a championship contender.

  • TheZuluNation

    Lowry and Ariza are the best options. We need starters and those guys desperately fill the need at PG and SF for a good 4-5 years. Channing Frye would be a bad fit since Randle will be at the 4 and that is Frye’s natural position. Monroe is a good offensive player, but defense is a big question mark. Would rather have Jordan Hill at C over Monroe. Hill could serve as a short-term option and maybe in 2016 the Lakers could pursue Brook Lopez if Brooklyn chooses to blow up that team? This is only if he proves to stay healthy from here on out.

  • independentbynature

    These are realistic options for the Lakers.The priority should be Lowry and Ariza or Deng.Monroe would be OK,but why would we need Frye?LeBron is not leaving Miami and Melo is most likely going to the Bulls.

    • comrade24

      Frye would be a great pickup if he didn’t break the bank. Plays good defense and can stretch the floor.

      • independentbynature

        Serious health concerns there,comrade.

        • comrade24

          yeah, might be right. I know he had the heart issue but i think he played all season this year without any issues. idk

  • Bruce

    We need Kyle Lowry up in here, and Luol Deng is another great option that can take the scoring loads off of Kobe. Lebron, Bosh ain’t coming, Melo either resign with Knicks or going someplace else, so get over it.

  • Gory E. Sanders

    I don’t see Melo accepting less money to sign with the Lakers. And then they are considering resigning Gasol for less money as well. All the pieces don’t add up or trying to run an offence for them. I like Melo as a player. But I don’t think. He is a right fit for the Lakers anyhow. Lowry, Ariza, Parson, Frye, Deng, and Monroe, they seem more realistic. Because the Lakers shouldn’t have to pay tons of money. And they will strengthen their rosters like the Spurs. Instead of forming a Big 3 or 4, then they try to find cheap role players to fill the roster. You probably won’t see some of these players showing up in big moments. One more thing, I don’t understand this fascination with Bryon Scott. His coaching career has been up and down but mostly down. Leonel Hollis is the guy

    • GOD Chri$$$

      melo has said he is willing to take less money to contend for a championship

    • GURNDOGG

      Most the guys you mention won’t be cheap I like Ariza, Lowry, Monroe Parson, but most are going to get $10-$12 mil Deng gets injured to much for the Money unless we get him at 5-6 mil. Frye I like but he opted out of 6.25 mil. with Phx. so he’ll want more than I would want to pay.

  • thomas rickard

    Wondering if Ariza will even want to come back, he left to become a star, obviously he didn’t

    • TheTruthKills

      He played well last season for the Wizards. He might have even played himself into a pretty decent sized contract.

      • thomas rickard

        He should, he’s finally playing up to what he showed in 09 with lakers, even though lakers won in 10 with MWP, I think that if Ariza had stayed instead, the last few years for lakers might have turned out better, I certainly think the year with Howard might of worked out

  • GOD Chri$$$

    i would much rather have gasol short term than monroe long term w/ us having a shot at signing kevin love next season. Kyle and ariza would be great pick ups if we could get them at the right price

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

      Even if we don’t get Love, M. Gasol and Asik will be available next season as well. Both are tremendous interior defenders.

      • GURNDOGG

        I strongly agree with you both!

  • Ray-Marcus

    Eric Bledsoe anyone?

  • CantHandleTheRandle

    lakers should go after rondo! steve nash plus cash considerations maybe future draft picks would line up perfectly..celtics get salary cap relief at the end of the season and lakers get a great point guard and that would convince carmelo to come…everyones happy

  • gerry

    monroe!!

  • wardrobe99

    melo is not coming his wife is in that series power on starz its filmed in new york lowry is good but how much better is he going to be then some cheaper pg on the market or the rookies we got.i feel we need to go after Ariza/granger we could get both those guys for what well pay for deng.i like Deng but Ariza could do what he can Granger can play the 3/4 spot monroe we can get for 10/12 mil he is young and a piece we could move later maybe next season if he dont workout.frye he played decent last season he would be ok if the bench but. i would rather have beasly/ okafor/or brand he could mentor Randle

    • Jim213

      Although Frye is a good role player he was diagnosed with a heart a few years back that forced him to sit out the 2012/13 season. However, he did return this past season (medical clearance) but his over all health should be a concern for FO.

      Who’ll do their due diligence before seriously considering Frye to the team. IMO, risk here as Nuns players haven’t fared out too good in the purple and gold as of late.

      • wardrobe99

        thats why i would pass on him i like gordon hayward with ariza also we could get the both cheaper than melo/deng

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

    Ariza and Lowry would be sick. Could you imagine the toughness with Randle, Kobe, Lowry, and Ariza? It would be insane.

  • quickster007

    Greg Monroe, Kyle Lowry, Trevor Ariza. Greg Monroe is a decent center, Lowry is above average point guard. Ariza can still play. Greg Monroe should be making 4 millions a season. Lowry around 6 million and Ariza around 6 millions. Kobe’s contract really limit the Lakers of what it can do like assembling a better team. Tim Duncan took a paycut to make the Spurs better while Kobe still get paid higher than Lebron and Kobe is in his downside of his career.and to top it all off, he still want a championship ring. It ain’t happening.

    • GURNDOGG

      There is NO WAY in HELL that any of those guys go for that little bit of money if so the Lakers would be crazy not to get them at that price its like stealing!

  • Aaron

    Monroe is intriguing.

    • BULL

      already have Randal do not want an undersized Center at 6 9 or 6 10

  • Lakers4Life

    “All out” we are to go after LeBron and Melo! Can’t wait to see them in golden armor. Then we can worry about the rest of the roster.

    • independentbynature

      Talk about Pipe Dreams……….

  • Ken Cheng

    Come to think of it, getting all those guys would be better than getting ONE Lebron or ONE ‘Melo.

  • http://www.sportsblog.com/profile/Wytols Wytols

    None of these players feel right for me, we don’t need Lowry, our Summer league has some good candidates for that spot. Ariza might be useful ,but other than that, I don’t like these players.Just my opinion.

  • ico

    no love?

    • BULL

      no we good. unless we can wait for free agency next year I do not see that man heading over here.. but unlike a lot of people I know Randal will contribute in ways we cant imagine. im just worried about his foot

  • BULL

    pursue small fwrds Ariza, Melo, Deng , pursue point gaurds Lowry, Lance Stephson, and Bledoe and resign Hill, Wesly, Farmar and ither Young or Meeks

  • comrade24

    I don’t trust this report. Mitch himself said that if they miss the Top FA’s, they wouldn’t pursue the 2nd tier guys so they could preserve cap room. I hope this report is true and if we miss the big fish we can at least get some solid rotation players like Deng/Ariza/Lowry/Monroe etc.. (not all of them, i DO realize there’s a salary cap.) It doesn’t really matter how much cap room you have if FA’s don’t want to come to play here. The Lakers brand has been tarnished with the last two seasons, and we need to be competitive for FA’s to want to join us.

  • Richard

    Hopefully the Lakers are looking to get the best available talent at each position, (starters and bench). Players that will provide the chemistry and give the best chance to match up and win against any team in the League.

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