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Lakers Rumors: Team Looking To Pursue Greg Monroe This Offseason?

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The Lakers have a large chunk of cap space this off-season and while they have a long-term plan to get this team back to championship contention, there could be some intriguing young free agents this season that the team could pursue.

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One of those is Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe. With Stan Van Gundy now in control of all basketball decisions, many around the league expect the team to allow Monroe to leave. According to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, one of the biggest pursuers of the restricted free agent could be the Lakers:

The Lakers are the other team most frequently mentioned among league executives when it comes to Monroe. If L.A. does not make any splashy moves around the draft, and if the Lakers are ready to concede that Carmelo Anthony is not coming, then they figure to target young, second-tier free agents—and Monroe is at the head of that list

The Lakers will obviously go after the big-name players should they become free agents like Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh. However, the likelihood of one of those guys coming to L.A. is slim at best.

Someone like Greg Monroe would be an excellent addition to the team. With the team having very few options in the front court, Monroe would fit in perfectly and he could become what Pau Gasol has been for this team for years.

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The worrisome part is that he will be looking for a max contract, and the Lakers can’t afford to give him that kind of money, especially if they expect to go after Kevin Love next off-season.

This will be an interesting thing to watch this off-season. If the Lakers are trying to win immediately and bring in good young players for the future, there are few better than Monroe.
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  • Michael D’Angelo

    Monroe and a pg in this years draft. We could look good

    • Al Haldie

      Yes that would make it 5 players the LAKERS HAVE IF IF IF IF ….Three under contract now and those two…..

    • deemsnyc

      Thats Good with a Pg (farmer or a New one) Kobe and young,monroe. The start of a good future

    • lakermatt84

      I think picking up Monroe, JVG, and Smart in the draft is a realistic scenario and oh my days that would make a good start for a beastly defense!

  • Nalin Shukla

    Monroe would be good fit with the starters..Nash Kobe gasol play one side of the court…need some toughness and defense hopefully we can get a sf that’s defense oriented and hopefully exum or smart if we pick top 4-6

    • Amadordiego

      Everybody wants Exum as do I, but if we land in 6th spot to pick im very happy if we can get Marcus Smart or Maybe even Aaron Gordon. Exum should be pciked if we get lucky enough to move up in slot. Am i the only one who cant wait for May 20th ????

      • comrade24

        There is still a chance to get Exum at 6th. If you look at the top draft prospects you have Parker, Wiggins, Embiid, Randle, Vonleh, Gordon, Exum, and Smart that i would say round out the top 8 prospects. A lot of it depends on individual team needs. Boston, for example has better odds of landing in the top 3 and if doesn’t hit the lottery will pick ahead of us anyways. It’s very unlikely they would draft a point guard considering they already have Rondo, and would likely opt for frontcourt help. I’m fine with Smart or Exum though. I went to school at OSU and have seen Marcus Smart play quite a bit. He would be a great addition to the Lakers, but like most others i’m intrigued by Exum’s potential.

        • cyborgspider

          Good point about Exum’s possibility at six, along with some agent posturing and maneuvering. Assuming things go chalk, it can be:
          1. Embiid Mil
          2. Parker Phi
          3. Wiggins Orlando
          4. Randle Utah
          5. Vonleh Boston
          6. EXUM LAL OMG?

          Biggest threat is Orlando IMO, their fans want him too. Smart is a nice second option, I like his intensity and attention to defense.

          • comrade24

            I’m just hoping that Orlando drafts Embiid so they can check him out, let him play his rookie contract out, and then we can continue the grand Laker tradition of stealing talented big men from them.

          • KB24

            Mil will pick parker not embiid especially that kohl is out of milwaukee coz he wants embiid,phi will choose wigg,orl will likely choose exum becoz of fans and vucevic,jazz will go for embiid with 4th pick which is VERY LUCKY considering embiid has the highest ceiling not wiggins or parker,cel will likely choose vonleh since he has longer wingspan than randle who is a laker fan(same as embiid,exum) and kg can mentor vonleh with swap of g.wallace and 2nd rd pick for kg lalers will land randle which can be a trade asset but may keep him coz laker fan and best backup for love then sac is high on smart det needs sg which will be g.harris cle will draft gordon or saric

          • Chrmngblly

            NO, no, no. We can’t take Randle. He can’t jump. Has anybody watched him? He will have a lot more trouble in the NBA where 4s are much bigger, stronger and faster. Better Aaron Gordon. Gordon is a much better athlete.

    • Jedi Mamba

      I smell Luol Deng at the small forward!

      • cyborgspider

        Sure, if he comes cheap. Doubt that happens though.

      • Nalin Shukla

        Oh god no..he’s not worth more then 10m a year and he mocked the bulls for offering that…he wants rashard Lewis money

        • comrade24

          lol Rashard Lewis, riding the pine and collecting the rings

      • wangkon936

        Deng is 30. Too old for a team that’s rebuilding.

      • borsalino12

        He has turned down $ 10 mil. per offer from the Bulls, to get more $$$ somewhere else. His agent is asking for $ 13 mil. per year and 4 years deal. I don’t think we should pay that much money for soon to be 30 veteran.We have to STOP with that strategy once for ever.

      • Chrmngblly

        Bullshit. They need to move Kobe to the 3 if they want to extend his career. He is just getting too slow to defend quick 2-guards.

      • Matt Williams

        Really? I smell Trevor Ariza coming back.

  • Nalin Shukla

    Lowry and monroe

    • borsalino12

      Now that is a serious talk. Lowry is UFA and he can choose to play for us, even for less money, but for the opportunity to became a star in a championship team. Then, we have to go all the way after Monroe and convince him to accept a little less, for the same reasons as Lowry. These two are very possible targets for this offseason. Then we can sign SF Evan Turner from Indy or manage a trade for him, as he does not get much playing time there. Here, he can be a starter on the wing.

      PG – K.Lowry (Farmar)
      SG – K.Bryant (Meeks)
      SF – E.Turner (Young)
      PF – J.Hill (Kelly)
      C – G.Monroe (Okafor)

  • J Taylor

    Not sure if SVG will let Monroe go. I don’t know the internals, but I’d guess that Monroe and Drummond are two big factors for Stan. J.Smith not so much…

    I’d be ecstatic if it happened. With this year’s bench mob, and a draft pick, the team is staring a youth movement that could push to the next dynasty.

    But, I doubt it happens without a sign-and-trade as Detroit will (presumably) match any offer and keep him for trade assets in return. Letting him walk without incoming compensation seems foolish. (Bledsoe is the same!)

    • comrade24

      i really haven’t seen Monroe play but maybe once. Who the hell watches Detroit games? lol

      • cyborgspider

        Me neither dude. A part of me thinks the cat might be overrated considering how lousy they’ve been since he’s been there.

        • comrade24

          I think they had a pretty lousy coaching staff. Looking at their numbers they should have had one of the best front lines in the league and should have been a lock to make the playoffs in the weak eastern conference.

      • Computer Networking

        Monroe is an excellent power forward not to mention he is 24. He is a good rebounder, a mediocre shot blocker, has good footwork with his post game. He is a double double player as long as he gets the minutes. When detroit got Josh smith, they started playing him at sf which took minutes away from monroe, but he still averaged 15 and 8 per game. I like the idea of the lakers getting him. I say get him but don’t pay anymore than 10 million. Let’s be honest, the Lakers are going to most likely trade the 1st round pick. So do a sign and trade on jordan hill and send nash with the 1st round pick for love. Do a sign and trade and send gasol to Phoenix for the 10 – 15 pick. Then use it to get rudy gay. Lastly, they would still have enough to land lowry. Here is a recount.

        10 to monroe
        15 to love
        14 to gay
        Minus 9 million getting rid of nash plus the money return for the trade exception.

        Lowry/farmar/marshall
        Kobe/bazemore
        Gay/Kelly (he can play 3 or 4)
        Monroe/kaman
        Love/sacre

        • Chrmngblly

          No. Move Kobe to the 3 and then reload. Keep Meeks and Young. Monroe is no all-star. What’s wrong with you guys? Just get Pau back at the right price.

          • Computer Networking

            I understand what you are saying. I like pau and I want him to stay, but regardless, you need trade assets. Pau is probably going to want a no trade clause. If you keep him and he gets a no trade clause, knowing that the Lakers is coveting love, who do you trade to get love? You would have no trade assets at all to get him. You aren’t going to trade kobe. That’s what I’m trying to tell all of you. What has kept the lakers loaded for so long is trade assets. The Lakers don’t rebuild, they revamp. What I mean by that is the lakers takes players from other teams who are already seasoned to make runs at the crown. It has been working for a long time. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Monroe may not be an all star, but he is an above average role player. Everybody on the team can’t be all stars. If you want to keep pau and team him up with love, you are going to need a trade asset. You can’t say jordan hill because he is not going to get a contract big enough to make the trade work. Minnesota is not stupid. The Lakers will offer them the first round pick, but they are going to want a player also. Perfect scenario that won’t happen is that minnesota takes nash off the books and picks a center with the lakers pick. If you keep pau, then take monroe and love love alone. That’s my opinion. Pick up rudy gay and role with that. Rudy, kobe , pau, and monroe could do some serious damage. Only problem is now you don’t have a point guard to trade for irving who the lakers also covets. Do you see what I’m trying to say? Trade pau to Phoenix for one of their first round picks and throw nash in there with him. Phoenix will go for it. Now you have 37 million to play with. Send both picks with Jordan hill to minnesota for love. They will go for it. Now you have 22 Million left. You need someone to play down low with love. There aren’t many true shot blockers so you go with true rebounding. That’s why you get monroe to play with love. Now you have at least 12 million left. Go after Kyle lowry. Resign young, meeks, farmar, and Johnson, and kelly. They have played all season together so they already have chemistry. Team is set and you have trade assets to upgrade.

            Lowry/farmar/marshall
            Kobe/meeks
            Young/Johnson
            Monroe/Kelly
            Love/sacre

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah, I get it. I was thinking along the same lines until I listened to Mitch talk about his FA theory. He won’t pay what Monroe will want. I see it as unlikely we get Monroe at all. He’s barely good enough for us to even be interested in. It’s not like he’s an all-star or borderline all-star. He’s just the best of a poor crop. Mitch wants impact players only.

            If they bring back Pau, the most they should do is let him approve limited trade destinations–but not give any more “no trade” clauses. Nobody should have that except your star. I would try to engineer a trade with NY for Tyson Chandler and Tim Hardway with Nash and Pau as our trade bait. That should be good for them and us. Either Pau or TC is better than Monroe, by far. If we draft 6th, I think Aaron Gordon would be the best athlete and can play off the bench behind Kobe at the 3 and Kelly at the 4.

            I hope the Lakers have learned from the D12 fiasco not to trade for anyone on the last year of their contract–if you do that, the player is just a rental. Forget Love. If he wants to play in LA, he will finish his contract and sign with us.

            You are right about how it used to work in the old days. And LA has no trade chips–maybe. If they resign Meeks, Young and Bazemore and these guys grow and play even better, as they should, we may have a crop of homegrown talent to play or trade. I also really like Marshall and am dying to see what he learns over the summer. I hope Meeks and Nash take him under their wing—like I ‘ve taken you under my wing…:-)

          • Computer Networking

            I think you are being too hard on monroe. I think that monroe is a good and we’ll disciplined player in a bad position in detroit. His stats have been consistent in detroit. When Josh smith came in, his stats barely went down in spite of less minutes on the floor. You have to give him some credit. What is it that you want from a big man. Play good defense, control the boards, decent or above decent post game. With monroe you get all of this (good defense debatble), but he is also just 24 with his best years still in front of him and he can run the floor. Paired with the right player, he could be a big help. The chandler deal is not a bad idea, but that’s only if pau comes back and they take nash off of the books. The problem is, new york doesn’t have the cap space to take nash and Hardaway doesn’t get paid enough to make that happen. They would have to do something like smith and chandler for gasol and nash. That would possibly get it done. I would love for the lakers to get hardaway, but the knicks are not that stupid. Hardaway is a rising star. The other problem is that the Lakers will still have no trade assets. Chandler is only on the books for one more year. Good thing is I would love to see nick young and Jr Smith play side by side. That would be an awesome spark off the bench. Also, chandler takes a lot from your offense, so how would you balance that off?

          • Chrmngblly

            The Nicks are in salary cap hell, which is why they would want to do a deal that drops them about $14M at the end of next year and they end up with a big man that can help Phil install the triangle. You send Nash to NY as part of the trade because of his expiring contract. So Nash comes off our books but we have to take back an extra player or two.
            Losing Pau is a big loss but we have to be able to make stops. We need rim protection and defense–which TC is good at. We will get defense, some offense, decent passing and a younger center out of TC. That’s a better plan than Monroe in my eyes. Or we can just re-sign Pau and leave it at that. If you still want Monroe, pay the money he will want on the open market.
            I think they can either extend Hardaway to make the numbers work or throw in a draft pick or maybe Shannon Brown. Mitch can figure this out.

          • Computer Networking

            The knicks would be taking In more money. Gasol is gonna get about 10 million. Throw in nash, that’s 19. Chandler is 14. That why I said it would have to be smith. Hardaway barely gets 1 million, but you are right. They could make it work, but if it did happen, it wouldn’t happen until carmelo figures out what he is going to do and you know the lakers plan to be in on that. If they do go after anthony and by some twist of fate, the get him, that move will literally eat up the money so you would have to resign gasol. Problem is, I don’t think gasol will still be around by that time. What do you do? We will have to wait and see what happens. Too many possibilities

          • Chrmngblly

            First, we must re-sign Pau regardless, since the Nicks are over the apron and can’t receive a sign and trade anyway. We have to sign Pau to be able to trade him or play him. I would not mind keeping Pau, though.

            I am not a Carmelo fan, particularly.

          • Computer Networking

            I think I have worked out the perfect solution. The Lakers wants to be competitive next season without throwing away their cap space for 15/16. Kobe wants a chance at winning another championship. The fans don’t want to see another season like this one pass season. Well this should make everyone happy. Houston wants to go after carmelo anthony, but to do it they have to move lin and asik. The Lakers can take both contracts. That’s 29 million, but only if they take nash’s contract. They will definitely go for this because it puts them under the salary cap. The Lakers would still have about 17 million remaining. What’s good about this deal is that lin and asik only Has one year left on their deals so they are the perfect loaners. The Lakers can lock down gasol and possibly make a move for a sf that would bring some defense to the team. That’s the part I haven’t figured out. I think they should make a move for rudy gay. Yes it would put the lakers a little over the salary cap, but this plan frees up 29 million at the end of the season plus the cap goes up again in 15/16. Rudy gay would be a solid contract and the lin asik duo gives the Lakers trade assets in case they want an upgrade somewhere. Lin gives a good three point stroke plus good penetration through defenses. Asik gives you good physical defense and he can run the floor and shoot free throws. Gasol would pair well with asik. Rudy gay gives the Lakers a second or third option and a young player that the Lakers could sign to a 5 year deal without killing the cap space in the future. Gay is athletic and a little above average shooter. This could work. Many have stated to move kobe to the 3. I disagree because I believe that moving kobe to the 3 could tear him down. Sf players are usually stronger and heavier. We want kobe for the full season. What do you think about this idea?

          • Chrmngblly

            Hmmm. Not bad. I like it a lot. A solid alternative. I like Asik. Would Houston do this trade if Carmelo stays in NY?

            Who else besides Nash to we send them to make the numbers match? I don’t see the numbers. The trade has to be approximately equal.

            Also, I am pretty sure you are wrong about moving Kobe to the 3. He is a 6-7 bruiser at the 2 right now. Kobe can get big enough and strong enough but he will never be as fast as he was or as fast as the young guards of today are. He can bulk up but he can never speed up.
            Many think Meeks is already good enough at the 2 to hold it down–he played the 3 some in the past under MDA, too, btw.

            Remember, it is crucial for us to be under the cap THIS coming year or bad shit happens for a rebuilding team. A team has to be under 1 out of every three years or they can’t add any free agents.

            The original trade doesn’t add up. What am I missing?

          • Computer Networking

            The trade doesn’t have to be equal if both teams have the cap space, but to keep us under the cap, we would have to send sacre…..maybe not because of the trade exception that the Lakers have. That should take care of any extra space and yes, Houston would still do the deal. They would need to clear the space before the could get carmelo. The knicks can’t trade with them because the contracts that both teams have are so massive that they would still be over the cap. The knicks are over the cap by over 20 million. The rockets are only over about 10 million.

          • Chrmngblly

            [Asik + Lin] – Nash > 0 By about 20 million. That’s not a legal trade as far as I know.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah, trade machine fails it by $5M+. I prefer Tyson Chandler, anyway—or Embiid…:-)

          • Computer Networking

            That’s incorrect. The Lakers is starting the season with 22 million to spend. The league raised the cap by 6 million 2 weeks ago. That’s 28 million. If the rockets take nash, that’s 37 million – lin and asik’s 29 million leaves 8 million. By cba rules, the only way to go over the salary cap is resigning players or through the draft. Forget what I said about rudy gay. They can’t afford him. Therefore, take the 8 million and go after beasley, granger, or, I know it’s a long shot, but deng. I know that you could possibly start Jodi meeks at the sg position but he would get beat down against many starting shooting guards in the playoffs. The only other solution I would look at is bringing Trevor ariza back, or start bazemore at the 2 or 3, or bring back Manny harris. That guy was really good. He could make a big impact especially playing beside kobe.

          • Chrmngblly

            Regardless of the cap numbers, the trade is illegal by about $5M+ as a trade. You cannot make an unequal trade beyond 125% +$100K. Serious. Try it on the NBA trade machine (ESPN). You are missing something or other or you know something I don’t know.

          • Computer Networking

            It was just the base work. The biggest thing would be to get asik. That’s the defensive guy. The Lakers don’t need lin. It was just a base thought. Asik and gasol pairing and you have enough to sign another player of high standards or two if you play your cards right. Maybe you do revisit the rudy gay thought or Kyle lowry. The original trade can work if you get a third team involved. I would take asik and lin together. How it would work. I don’t know, but it’s a trade that would make all parties happy and the lakers fans will be happy about this also.

          • Chrmngblly

            Right. I agree with your thought. Asik is better than Monroe, I think. First, let’s get Pau back on board, at the very least. I would actually like to see how Pau plays with a decent defensive coach. Last year no one knew what they were doing on defense at any time.
            Also, if we abandon all hope of snagging Embiid, Wiggins, Parker or Exum, we may do alright with Gordon. He is extremely athletic and defensive-minded.

          • Computer Networking

            I wouldn’t take gordon. I would look for someone who could learn from gasol for the next couple of years and take his place moving forward. The center from indiana. I think his name is vonlah or something like that. He has crazy potential and he is a defensive minded guy. With gasol’s and kobe’s help, this guy could take over the franchise.

          • Chrmngblly

            I like Vonleh. He is only an inch taller than Gordon, though, and is not rated as good of an athlete. Vonleh is not really a center, either, is he? I would rather have a freak that can play the 3 or 4 than a guy that can who is only pretty good at the 4. What if we get Love?

          • Computer Networking

            Good point. There is nothing I can say about that, but I like Randall better than I like gordon. If Randall is around, I hope they get him. A power forward with ball handling skills that can create his own shot and shots for teammates, can run the floor and has a midrange jumper. He is confident and physical.

          • Chrmngblly

            I dunno. Randle can’t jump and D is a weakness. I rather have Vonleh, I think.

    • Sal

      SVG isn’t expected to match to keep Monroe. It’s been said he wants to do the whole 1 post player with 4 outside shooters in Detroit like he did in Orlando with Howard. And the guy in the middle he wants is Drummond.
      Lakers potential lineup could be:
      Exum/Smart
      Kobe
      Deng
      Love
      Monroe
      by start of next season, with Kobe coming off the books the next season I don’t see KD moving but I can seriously see Westbrook coming and playing the 2 or Irving coming playing the 1 and smart/exum moving to the 2.
      Look first things first you need to set the foundation starting inside out. And that begins with a tough hopefully defensive minded coach. If you get Byron, and sign Deng / Monroe to potential $11M / $7M contracts respectively that’s showing your ready to play some damn defense.
      I know its a pipe dream but we are in a critical point right now in laker land. I’m hoping we get Byron and sign Deng or/and Monroe. That alone will push our defense up the board so fast. Along with Kobe and a draft pick we’ll actually look attractive to Love. It’s so far off but with the right moves:
      Exum/Smart
      Westbrook
      Deng
      Love
      Monroe
      doesn’t look so completely out of the question.

      • EazyLakersFan

        Dude, exum, Deng, Bryant, Live and Monroe? How are they getting Love before next season without trading their draft pick? Plus Lakers only have 20+ mil to spend in free agency. You actually think that is enough cap space to land Monroe, Deng and Love (if in a fantasy world he was available). Not going to happen so come back to reality.

        • Sal

          LOL okay let me break it down for you. I didn’t say we get love this summer. We wait 1 year.
          This offseason we sign Monroe and Deng to lets say about $7M and $10-11M respectively. That’s $18M on those 2 new players. + $24M for kobe + $9M for Nash. That totals $51M plus some 1 year contracts to fill it in.
          Exum/Smart
          Kobe
          Deng
          (whoever plays PF)
          Monroe
          That is a very decent lineup that will improve drastically on D with Deng/Monroe. And if Kobe can still hit 20-24 we’ll be in good shape. Decent shot to make the playoffs. Say we get in at 6-8, challenge the 1 of the top seeds then it’s a first round bounce. All while our Rookie PG matures more. Now 2014-15 season is over. Nash is off the books so we have, Kobe $24M again on the final year of his 2 yr contract, we have Deng making $10M, Monroe making $7-8M and the rookie pick locked in. So projected salary hit for the 2015-16 season is so far $42M plus the draft pick. And some role players off the bench. Don’t forget you can break the $62M salary cap barrier if you get decent bench players and we would have the mid level exception.
          So $42M that lets us sign Love to a 4 year max deal. Our salary cap would just about break hitting the $60M range but very doable.
          Our lineup in 2015-16 can now be
          Rookie PG (Smart or Exum)
          Kobe (final year)
          Deng
          Love
          Monroe
          Ahhh now that is a perfect balance of scoring with love and kobe and some D with Monroe and deng, all while our PG gets an extra year of experience under his belt. Say we get the 4-5 seed (hopefully Spurs have declined by now and were competing with Houston/LAC etc.) Very very likely we get to the 2nd round maybe conference finals with this line up. But we get bounced again.
          2015-16 season over.
          Now our payroll is looking like (Kobe is off the books)
          Smart or Exum – $5M
          Deng – $10M
          Love – $19-20M
          Monroe $7-8M
          That’s $43M locked in. Leaving enough to sign KD or Westbrook. Now I don’t think KD leaves OKC but westbrook reuniting with Love in LA seems possible. Westbrook would absolutely be entering his prime at this point with Love. Along with Deng possibly in the last year of his contract still playing D and solid scoring. Monroe becomes an even better defender and our 2014 draft pick has gelled to a current Kyrie Irving by now.
          Imagine
          Smart or Exum
          Westbrook
          Deng
          Love
          Monroe
          Absolutely ridiculous. Im not saying its going to happen but everything I spit out right now is not out of the question at all. Obviously key is getting a defensive minded head coach. Improve our D this year. Drafting a good PG, and being attractive for Love next year and it will all form itself.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Sources: With Stan Van Gundy in, Greg Monroe out in Detroit

    PER Sporting News
    Sean Deveney

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I am all for the Lakers getting Greg Monroe we need a great young big man.

    • Chrmngblly

      Monroe is not a great young big man. Geez. He is a second tier journeyman that Mitch will never go for, especially for the money he wants.

  • Perry

    This is pure speculation and guessing as we all know this is a opinion no facts.The Lakers are going all in for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony or bust.No way in hell will the Lakers tie up money into a dude like Greg Monroe.Not happening.

    • Nalin Shukla

      Or maybe both and Durant? Too much nba 2k huh?

  • TheTruthKills

    I don’t think Monroe is worth the max, but he’d be a solid addition to the team.

    • L.A BU11Y

      I AGREE.. BIG BODY AND WOULD DEF WORK WITH PAU, BUT HE’S DEF NOT WORTH THE MAXX.

      • wangkon936

        The max for players his age is different than the max for vets. $15.8M vs. $24M.

    • comrade24

      why this guy would command a max contract i don’t know. No playoff experience, no all star selections, no accolades whatsoever. If the price is high, pass.

      • Chrmngblly

        Finally a sane comment on Monroe.

  • L.A BU11Y

    EMBIID TO LAKERS.. I HOPE WE GET INTO THE TOP 2 AND GET EMBIID.. MAN JUST IMAGINE HIM AND GASOL PLAYING TOGETHER.. IF NOT TRADE OUR 6 FOR IRVING..

    • cyborgspider

      Joel’s too young and inexperienced to be thrust into the starting lineup playing alongside Pau. If they do pick up Embiid, have him come off the bench, bring Kareem along to mentor him, and develop him over the year. Plus, if he turns out to be a back-to-the-basket big, how will that affect Pau? Didn’t work with Howard, you think he’d be okay with a rookie taking his post touches?

      • Chrmngblly

        Yes. If Pau could be the father of this child, his mentor, Pau would accept switching roles when the time is right. Pau is a really great player in his heart, too. Remember that. We just need a coach who can also see what is going on and give credit where it is due. I could see Pau starting and finishing games and Embiid running our competition’s balls off during the middle of the game. :-)

  • MikeyPipez

    We should try to get Monroe & Bradley, and either bledsoe or Thomas, if the price is right for all of them. Monroe is someone that can command a double down low and bradley is as lock down as it gets. Bledsoe and Thomas are players that can get their own shot from the perimeter or set up someone else. Vasquez might also be an interesting choice. I also hope we resign Swaggy P but everything depends on the price tag.

    • cyborgspider

      Sorry, who’s Bradley? Bradley Beal? He’s under contract and the Lakers have nothing to offer to trade for him, plus he’s also the Wizards next star.

      • kookiebuger

        He means Avery Bradley but he is an average player, not worth the price he is demanding.

        • cyborgspider

          Oh, ok, thanks for clearing that up!

  • MRBIGGK70

    You heard it here 1st The Lakers will shock The NBA and receive the number 1 pick in this years draft !!!!!!!

    • wangkon936

      You’ll hear a lot of chants of “rigged” if that happens…

      • Nalin Shukla

        I would buy a Adam silver jersey if that happens

        • MRBIGGK70

          Put your order in then I’m serious !!!!

      • MRBIGGK70

        Well you might as well start chanting right now !!!!!

      • Chrmngblly

        We just heard that from Doc Rivers and see what it got him?

  • California King

    I like Monroe. Solid player

  • Ryan

    If I had to choose one defense-deficient power forward to lead me into the future, I’d choose Kevin Love. At least he stretches the floor.

  • LegendInMyMind

    Both Monroe and Pau are better at the 5, so that’ll be interesting to see. If they sign Greg Monroe, it gives me doubt about whether they’ll still look to keep Pau given that Monroe is out, apparently, because of his inability to make for an effective tandem with Andre Drummond, another strong inside presence. IMO, the best way to utilize both of them would be to use Pau’s versatility in a ’6th Man with Starter’s minutes’ type of role coming off the bench where he gets a lot of time at the C spot backing up Monroe but also the primary backup for a stretch 4 at the PF position, which allows both Monroe and Gasol space underneath when they’re on the court (at separate times), but also the option to clog the lane and draw defenders away from the perimeter with the two of them in at the same time.

    Problem with that is that Pau wants to start, and he wants to finish. But he’s not at his best at the 4 playing alongside another big man. He’s good, but it also seems to bring down the game of the other guy in that situation. Pau’s more naturally a C, as both a scorer and a post-playmaker. I think the Lakers need to find a coach first. Someone who will provide input on their vision for the team. Not a fan of putting the team together and just throwing some random coach at it…

  • M T

    Monroe can’t play good defense. Why can’t you guys understand this simple fact? He is overrated. Forget about him and let some other team overpay him to hurt their cap space.

  • Jack

    If we can not select Embiid; I think Monroe would be a good addition; plus a good point; and also good bench; would appear on the radar again.

    Well as I have been told that dreaming is free. Lol these are those who would expect to see:

    1:
    PG: Marcus Smart/Dante Exum
    SG: Kobe Bryant
    SF: Luol Deng
    PF: Pau Gasol
    C: Greg Monroe

    2:
    PG: Kyle Lowry
    SG: Kobe Bryant
    SF: Luol Deng
    PF: Pau Gasol
    C: Joel Embiid

    Bench:
    PG: Jordan Farmar/ Steve Nash/ Kendall Marshall
    SG: Xavier Henry/ Kent Bazemore
    SF: Evan Turner/ Wesley Johnson
    PF: Jordan Hill/ Ryan Kelly
    C: Robert Sacre

    Coach: Lionel Hollins.

  • Joshua Duenas

    PG: Exum, Nash, Farmar
    SG: Kobe, Meeks, Henry
    SF: Ariza, Young, Wesley
    PF: Monroe, Hill, Kelly
    C: Pau, Sacre

    Coach: Jeff Van Gundy or Lionel Hollins
    Assistant: Alvin Gentry and Derek Fisher

    • wangkon936

      At least w/Jeff Van Gundy they WILL play some defense. It was horrible and frustrating seeing a Lakers team play no defense while D’Antoni was coach.

      However, your lineup is impossible with the CBA and the new hard salary cap.

  • wangkon936

    Monroe is no Shaq. Reminds me of an “in his prime” Isaac Austin type. A little less than ideal sized for the position, but active, mobile and better than average. However, good centers are rare in this league and this is a good place to start. Also, a max contract for Monroe isn’t expensive: $15.8M for the first year given that he’s only been in the league for four years. Given that Nash’s $9.7M contract comes off the books in 2015, we will still have enough dry powder for a big name in the real free agent bonanza year: 2015-16 season.

    • Nalin Shukla

      Brb gonna google Isaac Austin

      • wangkon936

        In the 90′s, Isaac Austin was a poor man’s version of Alonzo Mourning. A little undersized, but a mobile, well scoring and bull dogish center.

  • sal

    SVG isn’t expected to match to keep Monroe. It’s been said he wants to do the whole 1 post player with 4 outside shooters in Detroit like he did in Orlando with Howard. And the guy in the middle he wants is Drummond.

    Lakers potential lineup could be:

    Exum/Smart

    Kobe

    Deng

    Love

    Monroe

    by start of next season, with Kobe coming off the books the next season I don’t see KD moving but I can seriously see Westbrook coming and playing the 2 or Irving coming playing the 1 and smart/exum moving to the 2.

    Look first things first you need to set the foundation starting inside out. And that begins with a tough hopefully defensive minded coach. If you get Byron, and sign Deng / Monroe to potential $11M / $7M contracts respectively that’s showing your ready to play some damn defense.

    I know its a pipe dream but we are in a critical point right now in laker land. I’m hoping we get Byron and sign Deng or/and Monroe. That alone will push our defense up the board so fast. Along with Kobe and a draft pick we’ll actually look attractive to Love. It’s so far off but with the right moves:

    Exum/Smart

    Westbrook

    Deng

    Love

    Monroe

    doesn’t look so completely out of the question.
    LETS GO!!!

  • wangkon936

    Let’s put on our Detroit Pistons hat on for a minute. An embarrassment of riches at center with both Monroe and Drummond. You probably can’t keep both. However, why in the world would you give away Monroe for nothing? He is a restricted FA after all. If I were the Pistons, I would match any over (the max being $15.8M) and then trade him for something. Draft picks, a good vet or two and an expiring contracts, or two.

  • wangkon936

    Greg Monroe disturbing stat: odd when a center steals the ball more often (1.1 steals per game) then he blocks the ball (0.6 blocks per game). Methinks his defense must be matadorish, to say the least.

  • EmperorKing

    monroe is a very good center..

  • John Z Prosise

    LA Lakers already have Love and Deng and Greg Monroe , that should load up the bases if we can keep Gasol

    • vdogg

      what? they don’t already have those guys. stay in the present!

      • wangkon936

        “… stay in the present!”

        Something that the regular rank-and-file Lakers fan have trouble doing.

  • KB24

    If we land embiid,sign love nxt year,and keep pau on a discount 8mil per yr then dont sign monroe but if gasol leaves then sign monroe draft embiid sign love nxt year though i will choose pau over monroe. I have a feeling that we will get exum via trade and draft another player(wiggins,embiid,parker) if we dont have trade assets for exum then go for lowry this year or rondo next yEar…..i choose the latter(rondo) imagine KOBE-LOVE-RONDO ala spurs duncan,parker and ginobili but we are BETTER…CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER #17

  • KB24

    Add deng 30mil/4yr deal,he will accept it becoz b4 he was traded,his stocks are high and it goes down with the cavs unless ariza accepts this offer ariza or deng at 3 keep pau or sign monroe at 4 embiid or hill at 5 kobe,young,xavier,baze and possibly pj tucker as backup 3 exum nash farmar freddete at 1

  • Marcus

    Really no way should the Lakers pay Greg Monroe anymore than $11 million per season as Al Jefferson a better big man is only getting paid $13,500,000 contract signed last season with Bobcats.Lakers gotta try to make a huge splash by signing LeBron James or maybe Carmelo Anthony but if they fail to get one of those main guys then yes a b list player like Greg Monroe is a possibility.Use stretch provision on Steve Nash to create additional $6 million dollars in cap space.

    Lakers might need to do this to win a championship.

    PG Marcus Smart+Jordan Farmar+Kendall Marshall
    SG Kobe Bryant $23 million+Kent Bazemore
    SF LeBron James $20 million+Xavier Henry
    PF Ed Davis $3 million per+Ryan Kelly+Earl Clark
    C Greg Monroe $11 million per+Robert Sacre

    Main salaries combined the rest veteran minimum players
    Kobe $23 million
    LeBron $20 million
    Monroe $11 million
    Ed Davis $3 million

    Grand total $57 million dollars

    This is my best case scenario for the Lakers off-season i will do cartwheels if we can pull this off.Also keep in mind the Lakers will finally have the full mid level exception to use and that means the Lakers can sign another good player to the roster additionally to the players above.

  • Marcus

    Greg Monroe is a Lamar Odom type of big man.Good low post scorer and he can hit the mid range baseline jumper also a excellent rebounder.Not the best on defense actually needs to improve on defense but he is not a shot blocker.

  • borsalino12

    Here we come again. Who will draft who!
    Nick Young killed our chances of drafting in the top 4, when he decided to raise his market value at the very wrong time. If the Lakers were to lose the last two games of the season, they could have Dante Exum or Joel Embiid. Now, all we have to do is to wait and see what the ping-pong balls will decide for us. I am very sure, that Orlando and Utah will take the Australian phenomenon and he won’t be available when our turn comes.As of Marcus Smart, there is no question that he posses some rough talent and is hard nosed defense oriented player, but… there is big BUT. The guy has mental issues, just like Ron Artest and at this point of his career, he is very inconsistent.One night he can be briliant on the floor and make some very flashy plays, then, he can totaly disapear in the next few games.All of that comes from his mental state, which is very well visible on his face.

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