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Lakers Rumors: Warriors Not Trading Klay Thompson To Los Angeles

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On Friday, it was reported the Los Angeles Lakers were attempting to trade the seventh pick in the 2014 NBA Draft in exchange for Klay Thompson as part of a blockbuster three-team trade involving Kevin Love.

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While talks have since stalled due to the Golden State Warriors’ reluctance to part with Thompson, it appears they will not be trading him to Los Angeles or Minnesota according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard:

With the NBA Draft just days away, the Lakers have been in numerous trade rumors as they attempt to quickly rebuild from the worst season in franchise history since moving to Los Angeles. While the rumors will continue, the team is pondering whether to draft a power forward or point guard should they ultimately decide to keep it.

With just three players under contract and the Lakers still looking to fill their vacant head coaching position, it will be interesting to see what direction the team takes as the NBA draft and free agency quickly approaches.
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  • nash gots to go

    so i take it gstate wants to be mediocre again with the same old shit line up. figures why they never got a championship. they have no fucking guts.

    • TheTruthKills

      Actually they do have a championship (1975)

    • This Person

      Yup, that shit lineup that got them to playoffs when we couldn’t.

    • gerald johnson

      Yah dumbass 1975. U Sound like a fuckin chode

    • Mister Palmer

      Warriors have 3 championships.You can calm down now.Lets respect GSW.ChampionshipsBAA: 1 (1947)
      NBA: 2 (1956, 1975)

    • justsaying

      I really love your name. he gots to go.

      for me with him we would be lucky if just reached the playoff. without him playoff is almost guaranteed.

  • LAL

    I don’t feel bad at all. I think the Lakers should only pull the trigger if 76ers offer MCW + 10 pick for our 7th pick + Nash. Klay is great but we need someone who can offer more like MCW – score, assist, rebount & steal.

    • lakerfan

      If that were to happen which i think wont, who would the Lakers draft at 10th?

      • dencio

        Either Aaron Gordon or Julius Randle could slide to #10.

        • Nguyễn Nam Thành

          Actually I think Peyton, Doug McDermott, Zach Lavine would be available at 10 and it’s freaking awesome. They might be a steal and we may get the ROY in Zach Lavine. :D

          • comrade24

            Chicago is looking to trade their 19th pick for a future first rounder. we need to jump on this!

          • Chrmngblly

            I am very intrigued with Lavine.

        • Zimmeredge

          impossible. randle and gordon are top 10 probably top 8 candidate.

    • dencio

      I thought it was one of two deals that Philly offered:

      1) Thaddeus Young and #10 for LAL’s # 7
      2) Thaddeus Young and MCW for Nash and #7 pick

      • Jack

        The problem is that we don’t need Thaddeus Young. Lol

        • dencio

          ……and you’re satisfied with Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly at PF?

          • Jack

            Of course; tell me who needs a undersized PF like him; when you have two power forwards of 6.10 that they do a very good job? it’s simply ridiculous to bring Thaddeus Young; we do not need him.

          • dencio

            I dunno, Jack. Hill is best suited off the bench as an energizer. Ryan Kelly was perfect for D’Antoni’s system but he’s gone. Thaddy might only be 6’8″ or 6’9″ but he’s a good player. You get points, solid D, athleticism. He needs to work on his rebounding but he’s a good player. I guess we can agree to disagree.

          • dollarbill4life

            The problem with Young is that he’s solid, but not a difference-maker. We need difference-makers. We have enough middle-of-the-pack guys right now.

          • dollarbill4life

            Jordan Hill does work at PF. The key is limiting his minutes to 26-28/game.

          • Chris Park

            You are expecting way to much out of a 7th pick.

          • dollarbill4life

            Maybe we should draft another sand bag like Ryan Kelly, eh? We don’t play our draft picks, anyway. If Randle isn’t there at #7, package the pick with someone like Kelly or Meeks for a good perimeter defender or PG and someone’s 10-15 pick.

          • Al Haldie

            We don’t have Kelly or MEEKS to trade they have not signed them as yet—everybody is living in a smoke world —if if if if if ..

          • Chrmngblly

            I like a smoke world. It makes me feel like I am in a night club. The point is, I think we could sign most of these guys to make a deal work if we needed to. The rest of the story is, as you say, if, if, if. Under the CBA, not every team can do a sign and trade. If a team is over the apron on the cap for 3 straight years, I think you are prevented from doing practically anything, etc.
            I am not taking bets on my knowledge of the CBA…:-)

          • Chrmngblly

            And if Randle is there at 7 we need to pass him by.

          • dollarbill4life

            I like Randle a lot, but I don’t know if he has the size at PF I would prefer. Personally, I would package the #7 with another player of value, but the problem for us is that we have virtually no assets to trade currently under contract. Nice job, Mitch!

          • Chrmngblly

            More like thanks, Jimbo…

      • VillainKing

        The problem is Sixers will not agree in that trades so its better for the Lakers to keep the 7th pick and hopefully draft Marcus Smart..

        • Chrmngblly

          Smart has an attitude problem–like someone we both know, VanillaKling. Why do people with small dicks always choose redicules, ferocious-sounding screen names?

          • VillainKing

            hahahah.. Smart attitude can be fixed he will mature playing in the NBA..Why do you always offend yourself?/Do you hate yourself that much Chrmngay?? I know that your the one that having small dick or do you have a dick Chrmngay?? or did you undergo transplant operation to have female sex organ??heheheh..

          • Chrmngblly

            You are ashamed to answer the question because I was right, VanillaKling, wasn’t I? Little men with small penises always dream of being hung like the rest of us and so they try to get really fierce sounding names to compensate. You have a tiny pecker, live with it.

          • VillainKing

            No your wrong but I’m right in telling you that you have the one having small dick here Chrmngay..Remember that your whore Mother become addicted on my large dick Chrmngay..

          • VillainKing

            How’s your new sex organ Chrmngay??your glad that you are having a vagina right now??heheh..

      • Showtime

        If Lakers are offered MCW and Young for Nash and the #7 pick then they should pull the trigger before 76ers back out of it. MCW is going to be a superstar. The dude is 6’6, a monster defender, can orchestrate, and has limitless potential. Young is an excellent player and will fill some holes in the paint but I think MCW is what makes this trade an eye catcher. But then again I don’t know why 76ers would trade him. Drafting Exum is quite a risk because we don’t know how his game will translate into the NBA so it would be smart for the 76ers to keep MCW

    • on one

      Actually the Lakers should move up and draft Joel Embiid.Dr. Jerry Buss would draft Joel Embiid no matter what it would take and most insiders know this to be true.But their is no but when a player this talented is in a draft.

  • JohnSmith00

    It was always a win win scenario for the Lakers all this does is eliminates the Warriors as the biggest threat to acquire Love. No other teams mentioned in Love rumors have the assets to trade for him and those who do simply do not have an appealing enough roster to make him stay.

  • lakerfan

    I WOULD NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS TRADE A 7TH PICK FOR KLAYTHOMPSON

    • Cameron Jackson

      You are ignorant for your comment. Klay Thompson can ball. I would give up my 7th pick in a heartbeat for Klay Thompson

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I knew as soon as the Klay Thompson leaked it wouldn’t happen.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I knew once the Klay Lakers rumor leaked it was a no go.

  • lakerfan

    Draft Marcus smart, and Sign Greg Monroe!

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I am super high on Marcus Smart and it’s the fact he is a shark on defense.

      • Chrmngblly

        Why isn’t this news to anyone?

    • lakerfan

      PG Marcus Smart,Farmar,Marshall
      SG Kobe Bryant, Meeks, Bazemore
      SF ?, Nick Young
      PF Jordan Hill , , R kelly
      C Greg Monroe, Sacre

      • vdogg

        wesley needs to move on. and where is bazemore? i also don’t think X is a starting SF in the league.

        • Chrmngblly

          I am pretty sure they are moving Kobe to the 3. Henry may play the 2 with Bazemore. We may lose Meeks, although I hope not.

      • VillainKing

        Luol Deng at SF..

      • Mark Anthony Jones

        Lou Deng…starting small forward

      • Cameron Jackson

        That lineup is weak bro…Nick Young is no starter for a championship team. Jordan Hill is no starter on a championship team unless hes teamed up with a very good Center. The only thing i like on your lineup is Marcus Smart

        • Chrmngblly

          And I don’t like Smart so let’s just shit-can the whole team and start over…:-)

      • numb1lakefan

        melo

    • Chrmngblly

      They are going to match Monroe. Stan said so. And Smart? I dunno. I prefer Gordon or Embiid.

  • vdogg

    i’m glad. the lakers need to keep the pick and take aaron gordon!

    • Chrmngblly

      Absolutely. Unless Embiid is on the board. In a way, I want Boston to have to agonize over Embiid vs. Gordon…LOL

  • Thomas Mitchell

    Every owner in the league now days are chicken s………

  • RUDY T.

    Those pussies in Golden State FO should be ashamed of themselves.NO GUTS!

    • dencio

      I hope you’re not calling Jerry West a P* word because he was one of the voices AGAINST trading Klay in any package.

      • RUDY T.

        Not in a good mood right now sir,i am going to reserve comment.We had a agreement in place until the media got hold of it and some people in the Warriors FO just double crossed the Lakers and that’s not very good business dealings.They had Kevin Love in their hands and lost him do to not trading Klay to the Lakers.

        They spit in our teams face by doing that crap but it happens in this business.BTW i respect Jerry West but not everyone in the Warrior organization.

        Jerry West is tough to deal with according to some people but he is not a problem at all.Ryan West works for us that’s his son and the Lakers just lost out on a deal that’s all.The Lakers will not be hurt like the Chris Paul veto in this case but it hurts the team regardless in a few ways.

        • dencio

          Mychal Thompson opened his big mouth too by saying his son was coming to the Lakers. I can’t say I’m too disappointed. Klay would’ve been a tough fit with him and Kobe playing the same position. I’d be perfectly satisfied if the Lakers drafted Marcus Smart or Elfrid Payton with that # 7 pick.

  • Lakeshow24

    The only reason I wanted Lakers to trade the pick is because I feel like smart will go before Lakers can get him. I hope I am wrong.

    PG smart
    SG kobe
    SF ariza
    Pf Jordan
    C Monroe

    Add some bench players we are good 2 go

    • Jack

      Well; I regret to tell you that you are right or your hunch is on the right; Marcus Smart is not going to go down to the 7th position.

      • lakeshow24

        Very sad but true

        • Jack

          Tell me about it; i had even dreamed that we had drafted him. Lol

          • lakeshow24

            lol well maybe your dream can come true. We will have to wait and see. If lakers don’t trade the pick and draft a player I hope gordan is on the board. Lockdown defense and I truly believe his offense will grow with his work ethic.

          • vdogg

            agreed. the kid led the nation in defensive win shares as a freshman!! loads of potential and works his ass off.

          • lakeshow24

            Offense can be taught, however, lockdown defense comes within. I think Gordon is underrated.

          • lakeshow24

            from within*

          • Jack

            Yeah; you are right; the kid is a great player; but I think we should make him a small forward; no use him at power forward position; I think that he would have a more successful career; if we do with Gordon; what Pop did with Leonard.

          • Jack

            Perhaps so God willing. Lol I would be very happy. Lol

    • lakerfan

      1. Parker
      2. Wiggins
      3. Dante
      4. Embiid
      5 Vonleh
      6 Aaron Gordon
      7. Marcus Smart
      8 Julius Randle

      • lakeshow24

        Why would Orlando pick embiid?

        • VillainKing

          Orlando Magic taking Embiid in there 4 pick and Payton in there 12 pick ..that’s the rumors about them..

          • lakeshow24

            I have to check that out.

      • TheTruthKills

        Rumor has it that Exum is going 2, Smart is going 4 and Embiid is going 6. Just rumors though.

  • Derwin Davis

    PG Smart, Grevis Vasquez (3yr $9 Mil) & Marshall
    SG Kobe, Meeks, Bazemore
    SF Melo (4yrs $76Mil), Shawn Marion, Nick Young (3yr $12 Mil)
    PF Boozer (Via Amnesty), Mike Beasley, Ryan Kelly
    C- Gortart (3yrs $25 Mil), Jordan Hill, Sacre
    something along these lines
    We need a dominant scorer and A dominant defensive Big, but Kobe’s big extension will definately hurt us while trying to sign all these players.

    • vdogg

      and where did nash go in this scenario?

      • Derwin Davis

        buyout, trade etc.. the 76ers will always be under the cap and they could use nash to mentor MCW for a yr.

        • VillainKing

          Hope the Sixers will package Thad Young to the Lakers in that deal too..

    • lakeshow24

      We dont need melo!

      • Derwin Davis

        we dont need melo, but if we want to contend starting this yr, Melo is our only choice. Kobe is set to make 23 Mil and 25 Mil the next two yrs. We gonna have to go with the one other superstar & the rest role players approach. I mean why should other super stars in their prime want to take a pay cut when kobe making all that money in his 19th and 20th season. Ariza would make sense if we had another superstar like kevin Love, but we dont have the assets to acquire him this season.

        • lakeshow24

          I believe Trevor Ariza is a free agent this year.

          • Derwin Davis

            he is a free agent, but he”s a role player. He was great on the wizards because of john wall. John wall got him open threes. Ariza does not create for himself, so he’s only as good as the person passing him the ball. Therefore he needs to play with a great point gaurd or a big man that gets double teamed. When he was in houston and new orleans, he didn’t have that, hence why his numbers sucked.

    • kookiebuger

      You realize the Mavs barely made the playoffs with 49 wins, I’m not sure this squad (Kobe-Melo) will be enough to push them over the hump.

      • Derwin Davis

        you underestimate Marcin Gortat. He is a defensive monster. He rebounds, blocks and protects the rim. And he plays every game. And Grevis vasquez is another underated guy. Him and Swaggy P will be a lethal bench duo lol

        • kookiebuger

          That would be a nice bench but we don’t know how well Kobe will play when he returns, we don’t know how well Kobe and Melo will fit in together, and if Smart can’t make jumpshots consistently then the Lakers will have spacing problems.

          • Derwin Davis

            Melo has played with Allen Iverson. Kobe has played with shaq. The rest of those guys can focus on defense, Boozer can focus on rebounding. Thats where coaching comes in. Doc Rivers literally turned DeAndre Jordan into a defensive beast in one season. Coaching is underrated in that regards. Guys need to know their roles and play it well. I know Gortat will def fit in as a defensive guy. But Kobe is the key, his pride/ego. He has to be willing to share the spotlight.

  • TheTruthKills

    Klay wasn’t worth the 7th pick, especially if he was just going to come off the bench.

    • lakeshow24

      Klay was not going to come off the bench, kobe or klay would shift to the 3 spot. Common its pretty obvious.

      • vdogg

        true, but there are plenty of SFs to be had via free agency… WITHOUT giving up the pick.

        • lakeshow24

          Yes i agree.

      • TheTruthKills

        Yeah I know. I wasn’t big on either of them playing the 3, but it’s moot now.

  • lakeshow24

    If we don’t get smart and end up with gordon I think this lineup would also be great for us

    PG Lowry/ marshall
    SG Kobe/ bazemore
    SF Ariza/ young
    PF Gordon/ Hill
    C Monroe /Sacre

    waive nash to make room for lowry.

    • vdogg

      i like that a lot, actually. well done. part of me also hopes the lakers can somehow pry larry sanders away from MIL, but it’s probably a pipe dream.

      • lakeshow24

        larry sanders is a pipe dream unless MIL does not want to pay the big bucks to sanders and Lakers do a trade nash for sanders. Lakers take the contract and nash is a expiring one.

        • vdogg

          if the bucks take embiid, it becomes more of a reality.

          • lakeshow24

            I doubt bucks will take embiid.

          • vdogg

            i think there’s a better chance they take embiid as opposed to dante exum… but time will tell.

          • lakeshow24

            yes I cant wait lol.

          • vdogg

            agreed. as terrible as the lakers have been of late, it’s kind of exciting to see what direction the team goes in. go lakers!!

          • lakeshow24

            This is the first time I am very interested in the draft lol. It is weird but exciting at the same time.

    • DDub

      How do you get Lowry, ariza, and Monroe? Maybe you can 2 of them , 3 unlikely?

      • lakeshow

        If you waive nash you can get all 3. I am assuming lowry and ariza take about 8 million. Monroe on 10.

        • DDub

          Maybe, but lowry is going to want more than 8 and I think the same for ariza, but we will see?

    • justsaying

      waive Nash?? with our magical wand??

      • lakeshow24

        Stretch provision

  • LakersFan12

    Since the Lakers can’t trade the pick until they are on the clock, I think the Lakers should agree on one of the two trades with Philly going into the draft. However, I think this trade should only be preliminary, so the Lakers can see what kind of talent they can get with the 7th pick. I would really only consider drafting two guys: Emiid (who I doubt will fall past Boston, who could use depth at center) and Smart (I like Smart’s tenacity, and I think he will fit in well with Kobe).
    I also don’t get why Golden State would need to involve the Lakers. Golden State could just trade Harrison Barnes and David Lee and a first round pick. I do not think the Wolves wouldn’t get a better trade offer than this one.

    • Derwin Davis

      Boston can give the wolves two first rd picks and jeff green or sulinger. Boston has tons of assets. Now if GSW trades klay thompson, then their asset is the most appealing.

  • lakeshow24

    The 3 more important things to look for in the draft are

    1) Work ethic 2) heart 3) defense ( no particularly order)

    I believe Smart will terrorize the league

    This should be the lakers draft board

    1) Smart
    2) Gordon
    3) if gordon and smart are not available trade the pick with philly for young and 10th pick and draft payton.

    • vdogg

      not bad, but i doubt payton is there at 10. why not take a flier on zach lavine at that point? what the hell… the lakers invited him back for a second, closed-door workout… they must be somewhat intrigued at least. if you hire byron scott (who is good a developing PGs), it could work out really, really well.

      • lakeshow24

        I just get this feeling that Zach Lavine is going to be a bust.

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

      I agree with the things we need. Smart and Gordon both have their offensive issues, but both are guys who you know will bring the effort in games, practice and workouts. Listening to Gordon during interviews, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see tremendous leaps in his development in the first couple seasons. Smart has jumper issues, mainly due to garbage mechanics, but nobody can deny the animalistic intensity he brings.

      Kobe would LOVE these guys, and if the Lakers could get a guy like Hollins to coach them, I’d feel pretty damn good about those picks.

      Don’t forget the POSSIBILITY of Embiid, though. He has his issues, but one has to at least consider him if he happens to fall that far.

  • dollarbill4life

    It’s for the best. We need perimeter defenders. Klay is allergic to defense.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Everything I’ve read pegs him as one of the league’s better perimeter defenders.

      • dollarbill4life

        You’re joking, right? Klay is one of the very worst perimeter defenders in basketball. There’s a reason why the Warriors have one of the worst defenses in the league year after year.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          I haven’t watched many Warriors games; I just know what I’ve read…

          “…is regarded as a top-notch perimeter defender”…ability to .” – Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein, ESPN

          “…atone for his backcourt-mate’s defensive liabilities by occasionally guarding opposing point guards…” – Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report

          “…Thompson helps Curry by defending the league’s better point guards… On defense, he’s physical on the ball, and he made Chris Paul look human over a seven-game playoff series… Warriors coaches from last season were emphatic in their support of his defense, some even feeling that Andre Iguodala drew first-team all-defense status from a lot of Thompson’s work. Thompson did a fantastic job of forcing guards away from the middle of the court and executing Golden State’s scheme. He sticks to the game plan, doesn’t freelance and doggedly pursues his mark.” – Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN

          • dollarbill4life

            If Klay is your “lockdown” defender, then your entire team defense is in dire straits. I wouldn’t put too much credence into what ESPN writers posit, especially Ramona Shelbourne.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Doing a little more research on the matter…
            This past season, Klay Thompson recorded 3.2 defensive win shares. To compare him as fairly as possible to other players, I looked at other teams with similar win/loss records, players at the PG, SG, and SF positions who played at least 1/2 of their team’s minutes last season. That gave me a list of 24 players on nine teams, and Klay’s 3.2 ranks 7th best. Not elite, but top 30%, which by no means would count him as “one of the very worst perimeter defenders in basketball.”

            1. Jimmy Butler, 4.6
            2. Mike Dunleavy, 4.1
            3. Stephen Curry, 4.0
            4. Draymond Green, 3.8
            5. Kyle Lowry, 3.3
            Kirk Hinrich, 3.3
            7. Klay Thompson, 3.2

          • dollarbill4life

            I respect your research, but it misses a larger point. Is Klay a good one-on-one perimeter defender or a good team help defender? Larry Bird was a horrible on-the-ball defender, but one of the better weak side help defenders of his era. What I’m getting at is that in my mind (and in the minds of most good GMs) is that you have to be able to put a player on an “island” with no help and get good results from that isolation more often than not. Kinda like what teams in the NFL do with elite CBs like Revis, Sherman and Haden.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            There’s almost no such thing as an “island” in today’s NBA. There is way too much pick-and-roll for that. A bad one-on-one defender will get picked on and abused by the league’s superstars, but for the most part, you have to be able to play within a team concept to succeed, and his coaches apparently think he is very good at being in position and doing his job at that end. Again, I haven’t watched him much, but you are the very first person I have ever heard call him one of the worst defenders in basketball…or even below-average.

          • dollarbill4life

            If I had to hang my hat on establishing a defensive team identity, Klay would be one of the very last guys in his size range I’d look at. Think about this way — if G-State was so satisfied with Thompson’s defensive prowess, would they have pulled out all stops to get Iguodala??? Why is Iggy even necessary (takes mins from Barnes) if Klay is above-average on the defensive end?

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Why pursue Iggy? He’s widely regarded as the best perimeter defensive player in the league, all-star, Olympic gold medalist, in his prime. Klay just finished his second season in the league, and they could (and do) play together. That seems like a no-brainer to me. Who cares about Barnes? The Warriors don’t.

            Maybe you watch a ton of Warriors games. I don’t know. After reading what others have said about Klay, and looking at the numbers, I’m interested in watching him for myself.

          • dollarbill4life

            The fact that you admit to not watching a ton of Warriors’ games and then turning around and saying “Who care about Barnes?” contradicts itself. Barnes was coming into his own during that 2013 playoffs. To go out and get an overrated perimeter defender like Iggy and letting Jack and Landry walk signaled the end of any momentum they had going from that playoff run.

            Barnes is a player who was coming along nicely. The Warriors killed that by picking up Iggy. That’s three teams in as many years for Iggy. Washed out in Philly. Washed out in Denver. Now he’s with an organization that couldn’t spell “defense” if you gave them every letter in the word.

            Tony Allen is widely-regarded as the best perimeter defender in the league, and Kawhi Leonard is rapidly catching up to him. I’m not sure what “circles” you frequent, but the folks you talk sports with are feeding you some bad intel.

  • kiko

    LA Lakers Should Get Sign carmelo anthony and bosh or lbj

  • Pelon

    Trade his ass!

  • Pelon

    Senor West saved the Lakers from making a mistake mucho gracias mi amigo JW.

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

    Warning: This is a little long winded lol

    I understand a lot of us want the Lakers to turn this ship around in one season, but should we show a little patience for a better long term product? For example:

    Draft night we select Marcus Smart (if Embiid is there, obviously it changes things, but let’s assume he isn’t). Whether he starts or comes off the bench, we have a player who can make an immediate defensive impact AND can get into the lane. That’s great for players like Kobe, Nick Young, maybe even Meeks, Bazemore.

    Then, come free agency, we can look at one of Trevor Ariza or Luol Deng. Both provide defense on the wing. I used to feel Deng was the man for the job, but I’m beginning to think (AKA actually read) that Ariza is right there with him. Deng is a year older, and may ask for a bigger contract, and is also coming off a season with some nagging injuries. Ariza had probably the best season of his career, performance wise, last season. I’d be happy with either one.

    So, with just those two moves, and some re-signing of a few of our key role players, we could be looking at a roster of:

    PG: Steven Nash, Marcus Smart, Kendall Marshall
    SG: Kobe Bryant, Kent Bazemore or Jodie Meeks
    SF: Trevor Ariza/Luol Deng, Nick Young
    PF: Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill
    *C: Robert Sacre

    Right now, our front court looks a little weak. Kelly and Hill are good roles players, good guys to bring off the bench. Sacre doesn’t strike me as a long term option at C, at all lol. So, why don’t we look into bringing aboard someone like Emeka Okafor for a 1-2 year deal, if healthy. Speaking of healthy, if (and this is a huge if, I know, I know) Andrew Bynum checks out and can handle 10-15 minutes a night off the bench, perhaps bring him aboard. When he can, the man is still a force. The problem is just keeping him on the floor. Ten, fifteen minutes, rest him on the second night of back to backs, and you’ve got a good role player. That could turn our C depth chart into: Emeka Okafor, Andrew Bynum, Robert Sacre. Without crunching the numbers, that might even let us get under the luxury threshold and avoid a repeater tax. Save the team a little money. With a healthy Kobe, much improved defense at the point and wing, and a consistent rotation, that could push the Lakers from 27 wins into the 40s. I’d say something like 45, 46 wins? Maybe? Especially if we can bring on a guy like Hollins to unite this squad, slow the pace down get the most out of what we’ve got.

    Then, in 2015, we can keep our fingers crossed that Love becomes a free agent. At that point, we pursue Kevin Love, and upgrade our interior defense by going after a guy like Omer Asik. Our 2015 lineup could easily look like:

    PG: Marcus Smart
    SG: Kobe Bryant, Kent Bazemore/Jodie Meeks
    SF: Trevor Ariza/Luol Deng, Nick Young
    PF: Kevin Love, Ryan Kelly/Jordan Hill
    C: Omer Asik, and maybe Okafor or Bynum.

    Think that could be a team that can contend in the West? (If we were able to draft Embiid, we could skip the Okafor/Asik business, and we could pursue Lowry in 2014, or Rondo/Irving in 2015.

    • gerald johnson

      Could draft randle or vonleh then sign either monroe or gortat, collison or chalmers, ariza, deng, ,draymond green, or lance stephenson. Pg: collison sg: kobe sf: ariza pf:vonleh/randle Center: gortat

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

        1. I don’t know much about Collison. Just peeking over his stats, I’m not impressed much. Looks like he’s been a backup on 3 of the 4 teams he’s been to in 5 seasons. Again, I don’t know enough about him to say much, but the idea of Lowry (yay defense!), Smart (yay defense!) or Rondo/Irving is far more appealing to me from what little I know.

        2. Would picking a PF in the draft mean we stopped looking to pick up Love in 2015? Vonleh is my favorite of the two (I love defense, can ya tell? Lol), but I assume he’ll be off the board. Again, if we pick up a PF, I don’t see us pursuing the scoring and rebounding talent known as Kevin Love. While Love’s defense leaves much to be desired, his scoring and rebounding is a welcome asset to just about any team.

        3. I’d be okay with bringing in Stephenson (backup at the 2) if he can be signed for a good price, but Monroe seems to be asking for a pretty hefty deal. If we can’t get a guy like Embiid, I’d rather have some high end role players or “glue guys” like Asik to man the middle. Not a fan of paying that much money (12-15 million) for a 15/9 guy. Also, I think Washington is going to make a push for Gortat. From what I’ve read (rumors, of course), he seems to be one guy the Wizards will push hard to bring back.

        Then again, all of my opinions are based on what I’ve read. So, take it with a grain of salt.

        • gerald johnson

          Yah stephenson would be at the 2 with kobe at the 3. Yes collison has been a backup on 3of the 4 teams hes been on only because hes been playing behind chris paul most of the time. Hes actually a quick pg on d who is extremely fast, can shoot, and is really good at pick and roll.

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    ESPN Sportscenter has a new cool looking set and new theme.New layout.

  • Coach ‘em Up

    it doesn’t matter we will get Klay Thompson now or later when he becomes a free agent him and his dad been angling for him to be a Laker.

  • Coach ‘em Up

    I wouldn’t draft a PG with the 7th pick and that’s my only pick in a talented draft…
    there’s a lot of talented PG’s in free agency that are proven and knows the rigors of the NBA and running a team, that’s to much to ask for a rookie… so they need to draft an athletic big with buildable skill with decent size. and if a trade like 76r’s come up with MCW and a 10th over all pick is a no brainer and k Thomson trade no brainer if that was on the table.

    • justsaying

      I only would accept a trade that allow us to get rid of Nash. at least we would get a trade-able assets out of it.

      with nash on our roster then I would prefer another tanking season next season, because we are going nowhere with him on our team.

  • Lakers4Life

    Totally expected. Anyone with common sense would have known this trade would never happen and it’s just one of the zillion rumors flying around for media gossip. Nothing new here.

  • kiko

    LA Lakers make decision if who head coach make my choose Hire George Karl or Jeff Van Gundy and mike woodson and lionel hollins or Mark Jackson and try to interview i consider Doug Collins for as Next Head Coach LA Lakers right now please

  • KB24

    Monroe,meeks,2019,2021picks for love and martin KEEEP 7th pick

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I think you have to wait six months before you can trade a newly signed player.

  • KB24

    Lakers top candidates for 7th pick EMBIID,SMART,RANDLE,GORDON,VONLEH,trade the pick if none of the above

    • LAK3R4LIF3

      Yes but only for MCW

  • KB24

    That LAL-PHI TRADE TALKS ARE PLAN B FOR BOTH TEAMS,PHI

  • Dexter

    More like the sissy Golden State team doesn’t want to trade Klay to the Lakers.But they will trade him to Minnesota for Kevin Love eventually they are just bargaining at the table right now seeing who will budge first.

  • optimist not ignorant

    But wait we got Kobe Bryant.

  • optimist not ignorant

    The Lakers are going to have a hard time in free agency from the sounds of it.I mean so hard of a time the team will be begging scrubs to play for them.It seems nobody important wants to play for the Lakers at this moment.How do you guys feel about the Lakers tanking again?Just signing a bunch of D-League players and re-signing the guys from last season?Ya this team will be ass for a long time.

  • Edgar

    I feel uneasy about Julius Randle being the possible selection.If he was so good he would never slip to #7.Also he seems overweight and undersized.Also he just seems like a idiot like Derrick Coleman or Billy Owens type of punk that just doesn’t give a crap about what happens to stupid for my taste.Syracuse should have signed Julius Randle he seemed like a perfect fit for the Orangemen.Lakers must steer clear of Julius Randle he has the foot injury and short T-Rex arms and just no real athletic ability that he displays and he is too reliant on the left side of the post and he has no jumper and no right handed moves also he is a horrific defender.HELL NO TO JULIUS RANDLE!

  • BULL

    duhhhH!!!

  • numb1lakefan

    marcus smart and melo to the lakers

  • Anthony Ridley

    The lakers would be fools to trade that pick for thompson. 76ers would never trade williams. Not for #7. They will offer thaddeus young because he’s garbage. Straight Gaabage!!

  • James Dantes

    What did I miss

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