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NBA Free Agency: Mitch Kupchak, Lakers ‘Prepared’ To Go ‘All Out’

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With free agency fast approaching and the Los Angeles Lakers far from having a full roster, free agency talks are starting to heat up, though the Lakers cannot contact any player they would want to sign until June 30th at 9:01 PST. If presented with the option, the Lakers have enough cap space to offer a top free agent a max contract. However, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak voiced uncertainty on Thursday with whether the Lakers will be able to seriously compete as a destination spot for the most elite of this year’s free agent class. With certainty though, should the opportunity arise, Kupchak says the Lakers will be ready.

“We’re prepared,” Kupchak said with confidence after the NBA draft. “If any of those players do want to make a move, we’re prepared, and if we get word when we’re allowed to get word, we will go all out.”

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Kupchak also pointed to there being only so much the Lakers can offer financially due to the CBA, and reiterated that for a max player, they’d have to be willing, in some cases to take “$30 [to] $35 million less to make a move.” Both the Miami Heat and New York Knicks can offer their sought after free agents more money and five year deals, as opposed to a four-year deal the Lakers could offer. Because of that, Kupchak also explained that although this year is a good free agency class, there may be better opportunities come next summer or even the following. The Lakers have structured their salary over the next couple years in such a way that they can have flexibility throughout the next couple years.

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

Of course, Kobe Bryant is on a mission to be a championship contender immediately, which would mean big changes this off-season. Kupchak said he wouldn’t be at all surprised if Bryant took it upon himself to start recruiting players. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported Wednesday that Bryant’s already been on the phone with Carmelo Anthony and plans to meet with him in the near future.

Kupchak declined to give up specifics on how the Lakers would be pitching free agents this year. Instead, insisting that a pitch differs for every player. Without mentioning any free agents, Kupchak let it be known that the Lakers door is wide open for both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and expects the upcoming free agency to be “chaos.” It always is.

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  • CORKY CARROLL

    Well it seems like everybody is pleased with what we could do in the draft, now lets hope FO can NAIL IT in free agency. GO LAKERS

    • Stephen A.

      Skip Bayless ✔ @RealSkipBayless

      If Julius Randle stays healthy, he’ll be better than Wiggins, at least as good as Jabari if not better. Very good pick for rebuilding Lakers
      8:19 PM – 26 Jun 2014

      • TheTruthKills

        Skip Bayless also said Tim Tebow would be great

        • Winston

          Amin Elhassan is ripping into Julius Randle calling him just a ok player and saying he has a very low ceiling.The ESPN show Sportscenter is where this all took place and he is a former Suns FO member and a former decision maker and he said he would have traded the pick or he would have swung for the fences and drafted Dario Saric.

          Yea Amin Elhassan he is a friend of Mike D’Antoni and Steve Nash maybe he is just a bitter guy since his buddies are on the outs with the Lakers FO.Jealousy is a bitch.Haters make Julius famous,he will make ya’ll regret it.Low post players that are left handed don’t grow on trees and he faced double and triple teams with Black Mamba and a max free agent they can’t double or triple Julius Randle in the NBA it’s one on one bitches.

          I am a Kentucky guy and Julius Randle will sew shut all the haters once he steps on the court he is a double double machine and a tenacious player full of tenacity and he has a mean streak along with great athletic moves and his game is fluid.Watchout NBA!

          Best Regards
          Winston Kentucky Wildcats

          • Lewis Velazquez

            Amin is a bonafide Laker Hater…BTW What the hell is he doing on Sports Center???

          • hookedonnews

            The Suns FO was inept for years. Don’t know this guy’s history with them, but they allowed their best players to leave during the days D’Antoni was there because they were too stingy to pay them. I doubt that anyone would agree that Saric was a better choice than Randle.

          • jp

            I seen that guy is a moron. Remember before the season started said kobe was the 25th best player in the nba. When someone says something like that they have no credibility and should not even have there opinion voiced

  • Ryu

    I love the Marcus Smart smokescreen stupid ass Danny Ainge actually fell for it what a fucking idiot.A bunch the Lakers people kept hyping up Marcus Smart and saying all these great things about him just so Danny Ainge would pick him so the Lakers could get Julius Randle the head and shoulders better player.And Lakers fans knew all along Marcus Smart couldn’t shoot nor could he handle the ball without turning it over and he has way too much of a bad temper that will be huge trouble down the road also this was the best Smokescreen of all time.Marcus had fallen down the draft board after the fan pushing incident.Just loved it as i knew the Lakers had no intentions of drafting Marcus Smart it was Julius Randle also Elfrid Payton,Aaron Gordon,Zach Lavine that they coveted.

    • courtney harris

      Exactly

    • TheZuluNation

      Mitch doing what Mitch does best. He loves smokescreens lmao.

    • Chrmngblly

      And so many usually-sane fans were taken in by the gag, too. Imagine.

  • Yea Lakers

    How does it work if we keep Pau Gasol?Like is their a huge cap hold if he is not renounced?Can we afford a max player if Pau Gasol is brought back?

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Yes, the Lakers can probably resign Pau and offer a max contract.

      • Yea Lakers

        Oh thank you.I appreciate knowing that it will chase away my fears.

        • Zimmeredge

          Only if they trade or stretch Nash and are willing to over the cap.
          Melo AND lebron very unlikely. My guess: we will go all in for lebron. Propose him the Max, same wage as Kobe. Then if he doesńt well get after melo18-20m.
          Kobe 23
          Bron 23 or melo 20
          Pau 10 (but he can play for less if lebron’s in he knows we will be contending for crowns. Randle plus a vet pg and our 5 is monstruous.
          If bron we dońt need a good pg or a good perimeter defender, lebron will handle the business.

          • Ron

            Sounds about right.

          • Shubham Vyas

            Hey man instead of Bron or melo get two quality guys.
            for SF maybe bataum or Gordan Hayward
            I like Sacre but at centre Gortat makes most sense

          • Zimmeredge

            Batum is 12m and not in the fa.
            No big fa? No problems! Take deng or ariza and lowry and it’s more or less what melo or lebron could make at la.

          • box5

            I rather have monroe than gortat but I been speaking about hayward, people sleeping on that guy yell

          • TheZuluNation

            Only thing is, is that SVG is real high on Monroe and wants to keep him and shop Josh Smith. That’s what I heard.

          • Chrmngblly

            I would rather have Gasol. Get real.

          • Chrmngblly

            We will never get Gortat away from Washington. Wise up.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Don’t even have to stretch Nash. We have about $34.1 million in salary right now if we keep Marshall. Randle and Clarkson push that to around 37. Resign Pau for around 8, renounce the mid-level exception, and cap holds put our cap figure at about 48 million. We don’t have an exact salary cap yet for this season, but Pau may take slightly less, and the cap could end up slightly higher than expected.

            Of course, stretching Nash and keeping the mid-level exception make life much easier.

          • Shubham Vyas

            Even after 48mil there is space for a nice wing

          • Zimmeredge

            It´s 13 players as Mitch said. So we are under the cap but build a bench mob and you are over it with vet and exceptions.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            The question was just whether it is possible to sign a max and Pau. It’s possible. Stretching Nash makes it easier.

          • Zimmeredge

            Yes. We are a yellow submarine. Nobody see us, but we are Exactly where we wanted to be a year ago. Lot of cash and superstars in the fa. It’s a game changing summer. Let´s rock it

          • TheZuluNation

            It’s better the Lakers just keep Nash around for this last season and completely get his contract off the books. If we stretch him, we still have to pay him for another 3 years.

          • Chrmngblly

            Why don’t we just trade him?

          • TheZuluNation

            We should, but it is just a matter of finding a team that wants him.

          • Chrmngblly

            I thought we should have traded him in a sign and trade with Pau for Tyson Chandler and change—but Phil had the same idea and cut a better deal. Lets trade Nash and Meeks to Indiana for Lance Stephenson and move Kobe over. I doubt either Melo or LeBron is coming .

          • TheZuluNation

            I don’t think the Lakers wanted to take on Tyson’s contract since he’s under contract for another year. That’s my guess. I’d love for Lance to come to L.A. but it would be via free agency not trade and knowing Mitch he always has tricks up his sleeve. At this stage of Kobe’s career, he’s better suited to play at SF anyways (SG’s are too quick these days) and Lance would give the Lakers a legit defender + scorer.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yes. And even though he was a little wacky dealing with LBJ, I think Kobe could understand that this is a kid (Lance Stephenson) to go to war with. Then we would need a center and maybe a one guard. We could get by with Pau, but we need a better coach, I want Chip England from the Spurs. We need to play the same way: passing beats dribbling—tell Kobe.

          • Jim2

            You have to be kidding. You have $66M for 3 players and it takes at least 10 good players to win a championship as San Antonio just showed you. Re-think your math and you will see what Mitch has to contend with.

          • Lewis Velazquez

            Starters:Lowry ,Kobe ,Ariza ,Randle and Pau
            Bench:Swaggy P, J-Hill ,Nash, Xavier ,Marshall and Shawne Williams
            Good all-around, affordable and reallistic. Has to be at least top 4 in the West
            What do y’all think???

          • the_lorb

            I think that isn’t a very good team. The Suns and Mavs would be fighting them for the 8th seed and probably win.

            Lowry is solid but not great – he goes from team to team. Ariza just had a career year and has been mediocre for the last few years, and Pau is the 3rd or 4th best player on a team that will go deep in the playoffs.

            Then consider that all of the starting 5 + Nash combined don’t even hit the 63 mil cap and you have recipe for failure.

          • TheZuluNation

            Pretty realistic for the most part. Pau could likely end up coming back for another year or two. Wouldn’t be a top 4 team at all, but they could potentially fight for an 8th seed.

          • Lewis Velazquez

            Yeah I think that’s more like a plan B if we can’t convince LeBron and/or Melo to come…I don’t even wanna think about plan C which would get us nowhere since we gave the pick to Phoenix.

            We gotta stay competitive if we want to even think about the playoff-hungry Kevin Love.He won’t even think about coming if he sees us having another disastrous season.

            Basically, if we suck next season we’re doomed cuz everyone is going to see the Lakers as just another lottery-bound team and it’s even worse cuz we don’t even have the picks to rebuild…

          • TheZuluNation

            Yup, exactly bro. I feel like Mitch is going to shock the world and get a player that no one would have expected.

          • Chrmngblly

            ZU,

            Read this:

            http://thedailysportsheralddotblogspotdotcom/2014/03/jim-buss-timeline-and-decline-of-lakersdothtml

            Replace the [dot]‘s with periods, you know. Tell me what you think.

          • TheZuluNation

            Wow what an insecure idiot. If you ain’t got it, you just ain’t got it. If I were Jim, I’d be trying to absorb as much information as I can from people who clearly know more about front office info than I do. This dude Jim walks in the scene with his nose in the air thinking he knows everything. Jeez, I thought Jerry Jones was bad: Jim is arguably worse and that is saying a lot. Lol. Thanks for this share man.

          • Chrmngblly

            Tempers my enthusiasm, to say the least. I just hope we get a few breaks—except you usually have to make your own breaks in this world. My doubt is if we need our owner to swing a deal, we used to count on the Doc, Jerry Buss. Now who is the man? I don’t see Jimbo as equally impressive. Insiders already know. The player agents know.

          • TheZuluNation

            Just imagine if Mitch ever got fired or was offered a better position for another team, he would have WAY more freedom and would prob turn a bad/mediocre team into a playoff team if you give the man time. So basically Jim would be the GM and VP of basketball operations… SMH.

          • Chrmngblly

            I don’t think he actually wants to work, though–just kibitz.

          • Joe Haeberle

            First of all you should have Randle on the bench and Hill on the floor. Randle needs to develop more. And as for caviar Marshall and Williams those guys are chumps and won’t help us get anywhere. Yes we had a bad coach but they also played horribly. And Nash is old as dirt now. Slow and cannot even co.e close to keeping up with the speedy pgs of the west or the league for that matter. The west is the more difficult division. Top four my ass. So what I think is that this would be bad for the Lakers and fans.

          • Lewis Velazquez

            Yeah I think that’s more like a plan B if we can’t convince LeBron and/or Melo to come…I don’t even wanna think about plan C which would get us nowhere since we gave the pick to Phoenix.

            We gotta stay competitive if we want to even think about the playoff-hungry Kevin Love.He won’t even think about coming if he sees us having another disastrous season.

            Basically, if we suck next season we’re doomed cuz everyone is going to see the Lakers as just another lottery-bound team and it’s even worse cuz we don’t even have the picks to rebuild…

          • Chrmngblly

            Marshall may. Who is Williams?

          • Zimmeredge

            66? 23 +23 + 10= 66? Yeah i’m the one who needs to rethink my math.

          • TheZuluNation

            Hahahaha!

          • hookedonnews

            Seems pretty clear than LeBron is going to stay in Miami. They drafted the PG he wanted. I don’t think they will go for Melo, and in any case they couldn’t offer him the kind of money others can.

          • Zimmeredge

            Yeah lebron is staying in Miami all because of shabazz napier… That makes a lot of sense. Riley is trying to ease and seduce bron that’s all. It’s a normal process. Riley and Jackson do not have the upper hand right now so they have to be convincing about their big project.
            As for melo or lebron or bosh… We are the only appealing team to attract one them because we have the cap Space that others dońt have.
            Knicks, rockets, bulls, clipps cańt offer Max contract. Toronto will try to get bosh back (they are dropping lowry’s 7millions contract to open cap Space in order to get after him). But melo is not going to play for peanuts. He is a superstar he won’t take a huge paycut. He will not get paid under 18m. Knicks can retain him with bird rights but again, wońt take a huge paycut just to make the knicks’ fo happy. It’s a business after all.
            We are in the competition everyone is moving his pawns. Jackson is playing the young card with multiple rookies acquired via different trades and role players.
            Riley is bringing in players that lebron’s like but he might end up loosing bosh and if he do not give bron a good contract it’s a dead end for him.
            Knicks and heat have no other choices or ideas but to go all in after their superstar. If they fail they are done for the coming seasons.
            Meanwhile, LA is quietly putting a team together with multiple ideas, choices and plans. We can go all rookies, all superstars or make a mix of both or just add experienced, talented guys to help push the team through the po.

          • hookedonnews

            No, LeBron is not staying in Miami only because of Napier, but the fact that they went out and got the player he wanted means something to him. Most NBA experts never believed he was leaving in the first place, and I haven’t heard anyone who seriously entertained the idea that he would go to the Lakers. There are many reasons to stay in Miami including Pat Riley and Spoelstra. Of course, it’s not impossible that he will leave and come to LA, but I wouldn’t put any money on that happening. LeBron wants championships. He’s already got more money than he can probably ever spend. It’s harder to get into the Finals in the West than in the East. He makes any team an instant contender, but the West is a lot more competitive & LA is rebuilding.

            I can’t imagine why Toronto would want Bosh back, and I would be surprised to see him going anywhere unless LeBron leaves. As I said, I don’t think money is the most important thing for LeBron. He’s more likely to leave after next season if he thinks they’re not going to put the players around him that are needed.

            Expect Melo to stay in NY and get max money, but I wouldn’t want him in LA regardless because he’s a ballstopper and not a great defender. Would rather have a LeMarcus Aldridge or Kevin Love.

            I imagine the Lakers will have a competitive roster at some point. Just not sure it will be next season unless everyone stays healthy and plays lights out.

          • http://www.myspace.com/LewisSmithJr LewisSmithJr .

            since Lakers are rebuilding I think Lebron has his eye on that seeing how he does have to share the spot light with bosh and wade but he could come to LA and be apart of a amazing franchise play with one of the best for a few years then take over the team in LA and become the full face.
            it would be wiser for him to be a Laker because the heat don’t have that historic track record like the Lakers so career wise and even money wise its better…why take 20.6 mill when you can get 24-25 mill and get revenge on the spurs.
            Kobe Lebron randle and few other pieces if they all stay healthy will easily be a shoe in for top 3 in the west and who would beat us on the east the pacers? the bulls?
            two forsure clutch players is better then being on a team where your the only clutch player.
            if kobe cant be clutch LeBron will and vice versa 2 is always better then 1.
            Lebron isn’t trynna help napier get his first ring Lebron is trynna get more for himself and if he has that mindset it would make sense for him to join the Lakers and play with somebody who not only knows how to handle pressure and is clutch but can also step up anytime…Lebron had/has nobody took look to in those big FINALS game moments on the Lakers he would have Kobe and if we get melo aswell(unlikely)that’s other big helpers cuz bosh and wade are role players not big gamers

          • hookedonnews

            Any team LeBron goes to is going to be LeBron’s team. The Lakers will be Kobe’s team until he retires. I don’t see either one of them playing second fiddle to anyone. I would love to see LeBron come to the Lakers, but I just don’t think it’s likely to happen. LeBron took a lot of flack when he left Cleveland. I think he’ll stay in Miami unless he believes that there’s no chance of winning there. Pat Riley will do whatever is necessary to keep him. He’d be crazy not to.

          • Chrmngblly

            Somebody said LBJ might like the Clippers. He just might since he and CP3 are pals. Also Griffin, Jordon plus Doc Rivers. It could be nasty.

          • hookedonnews

            I heard a discussion about that possibility, but there seemed to be general agreement that it was unlikely. Yes, it would be nasty and hopefully it won’t happen.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yes LA can. The Nicks are way over.

          • hookedonnews

            Yes, LA can what? If you’re talking about having the cap space to get LeBron or Melo I agree that they could swing that, but the question is whether they want Melo & whether LeBron wants to come to LA. I don’t think it’s clear that either one of those things are true.

          • Chrmngblly

            LA can swing Gasol and Melo and we should If we can. Otherwise, Pau and either Stephenson or Parsons. Lets get younger.

      • Spitfire

        Max for Pau?! LMAO..
        You are not watching the Lakers basketball. No one will offer Pau max contract. He is not in the same breath of Lebron nor KD who are the only players that deserves the max. What the heck are yku smoking?!

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          And you are not reading. The question was about signing Pau AND a max player. I said they can probably sign Pau AND offer a max contract [to a max player].

          • Chrmngblly

            I am just glad the Marcus Smart ButtKissing frenzy is finally over.

        • Chrmngblly

          He smokes some really good stuff, huh?

      • Chrmngblly

        Just not in that order.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Pau has to be first. Otherwise he counts over $20 million against the cap.

          • Chrmngblly

            Actually, only about $15M but you still may be correct since I don’t think we ought to go near that to re-sign Pau. Usually you would sign the FA first since you can go over the cap to re-sign your own FAs.

            You being right is really hard to swallow, Josh.

  • Lakers4Life

    LeBron and Melo to Lakers, or at least LeBron. What a summer this is going to be!!!

    • courtney harris

      Don’t want lebron… Let’s beat lebron

      • Lewis Velazquez

        Now THAT is the mindset…Well said

  • Ivan

    Well we have to try to get players to fill out the roster.LeBron and Carmelo is a good start.

    Also some rookie free agents worth picking up to fill out the roster for cheap in case we do land the big time free agents or just to help the bench for cheap we have 15 roster spots and a D-League team to develop them and we currently only have 3 players under contract and 2 draft picks from last night Randle,Clarkson.

    These are the players to hurry up and get a commitment to join the Lakers Summer League team they all went undrafted and their is a big center in the mix.

    Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State

    Patric Young, C, Florida

    James McAdoo, PF, North Carolina

    Jabari Brown, SG, Missouri

    Melvin Ejim, PF, Iowa State

    Deandre Kane,Iowa State

    • Joe

      i like McAdoo, reminds me of Rasheed Wallace.

  • Lamar

    @AdamZagoria:
    Former Iowa State G @King_Kane50 will play summer league with the Lakers, agent Andy Miller tells @SNYtv

    Whoa the Lakers got a commitment from DeAndre Kane that’s dope.

  • Shubham Vyas

    Lure away Gordon hayward, offer him what the jazz wont match. Maybe sign Gortat or bring back Gasol(but it should be economical).
    Nash, Kobe, Gordon, Randle, Gasol/Gortat…..makes sense to me

    • jim2

      Sounds like another losing team.

    • Chrmngblly

      Get Lance Stephenson and move Kobe to the 3. Bring back Pau. Get Kelly on the weights…LOL

  • Polish Hammer Power

    So how about LeBron James?

    • Shubham Vyas

      Unlikely, he wont move out of miami. melo is a long shot too.

      • Polish Hammer Power

        I agree they seem untouchable for the Lakers.Try Lance,Bledsoe.

        • Shubham Vyas

          yeah but Bledsoe is restricted. also Lakers have there guards covered in kobe, nash, young and the rookie they drafted today…..they need a wing whose a good defender

          • Polish Hammer Power

            Luol Deng or Trevor Ariza?

          • Shubham Vyas

            Absolutely….if it can be done
            PS: Bataum too!

  • Ron

    Lakers need to add Patric Young to the squad he is a tough post defender and could get some rebounds also a shot blocker.Defense is needed and a enforcer.

    LeBron and Carmelo is nice but we need cheap vet minimum and undrafted rookies to help fill out the roster.I just want Patric Young that’s good enough for me when it comes to Undrafted rookies also DeAndre Kane can sign up with the 2014-2015 Squad and that’s 2 NBA ready players to join Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.

    • Shubham Vyas

      Patric Young is underrated. He’s as good a steal as kupchak could find

      • Ron

        Patric Young is underrated and a legit tough guy that fights to win.

        • Shubham Vyas

          Sure, but even if he does come in he’s going to come off the bench.

          • Ron

            Of course off the bench in a Draymond Green type role.

        • Chrmngblly

          The Nicks Drafted him, if I am not mistaken. How do we get him off of Phil?

          • Shubham Vyas

            no they didn’t, he’s undrafted

          • Chrmngblly

            It was reported that the Nicks signed him just like you are recommending we should.

  • Wes

    What about this lineup?

    PG Jordan Clarkson+DeAndre Kane+Kendall Marshall
    SG Kobe Bryant+Nick Young+Xavier Henry
    SF LeBron James+Wes Johnson
    PF Julius Randle+Ryan Kelly
    C Pau Gasol+Patric Young+Robert Sacre

    • Shubham Vyas

      Hey that’s super but where’s nash?

      • Wes

        Stretch Provison on Nash for 3 years.Crunch the numbers as Pau comes in for a last run at his third ring and Nick takes the exception and the rest of the guys are playing for peanuts IMO.Kobe gets paid big but the role players not so much.

        • Shubham Vyas

          right, but Nash if fit could still contribute….I understand it is being done to clear space for LeBron, but Bron to Lakers its a super long shot

          • jim2

            LeBron will not be a Laker. Forget fantasy and go after whats real.

          • Chrmngblly

            Like Lance Stevenson. He doesn’t have the LBJ name but he plays both ends of the floor.

          • Chrmngblly

            Sign and trade Meeks and Nash to Pacers for Stephenson, signed and traded back. We could become “bad boys”….:-)

        • jim2

          The problem with this team is that Kobe should take a cut if he wants to win and his ego is too big for that. Also, they need to waive Nash and have Gasol take a big cut. If Kobe takes a cut down to $16M where he really belongs, that leaves room to bring in a max player, then you would have room to round out a TEAM.

          • Chrmngblly

            He can’t take a cut. Don’t you see? C-A-N-’-T legally take a cut under the CBA.

      • LakersOverEverything

        Fuck nash! You do all u can to dump him. It may not happen, but you sure as hell try

        • Shubham Vyas

          hey if they drop nash they got enough room for lowry, ariza, gortat and couple of other vets.
          lowry, kobe, ariza, randle, gortat ….solid

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Dropping Nash frees up about $6 million. That might be enough for one of the guys you named.

          • jim2

            I agree! And you are not chasing a fantasy.

      • Lewis Velazquez

        We should trade Nash for cash or something if that’s even possible

    • Jared

      I like that rosetr actually Kane is gona make the squad i got a feeling Young is p[laying for the pelicans so i doubt that . personally i would get rid of sacre .. keep meeks cuz he can play and he spreads the floor marshall and henry or a toss up keep johnson cuz he defense is a amzing

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    Mitch dropping hints? “There are only a couple, three…” Lebron, Melo, and a third free agent are the Lakers targets. I want to know who he thinks is the third “best of the best” free agent this summer. Tell me, Mitch! What are you up to?

    • Zimmeredge

      Pau or bosh.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        I’ve long suspected that he might go after Bosh. That would be a great move for putting a solid team together for next season. Of course, Bosh would have to opt out of over $20 million for the next two years, so we’ll see.

        • Zimmeredge

          In the same Time, he will make a decent wage in LA. Something like 16m a year because he worth when he has the ability to fully express himself and his game. Like 20/10 minimum.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            True, but that is a lot less than the $42.7 million left on his Miami contract. And state income taxes, too.

          • Zimmeredge

            Depends on the lenght of his contract. 16 or 18 on 3-4 years is very well.

  • TheTruthKills

    It’s not like Mitch has much of a choice here. He knows the consequences of striking out in free agency this year. If LeBron/Melo don’t sign, and Kevin Love is dealt somewhere and agrees to an extension where does that leave the team?

    • Zimmeredge

      Deng/ariza and lowry or someone else. I guess it´s not that bad.

  • LAKERS4LIFE

    Here’s the lineup:

    KOBE-G

    LOWRY/NASH-PG

    RANDLE-PF

    MELO-SF

    GASOL-C

    Coach: Van Gundy or Scott
    Pretty damn good line up to me

    • Lewis Velazquez

      I was thinking of Mark Jackson with Lionel Hollins as top assistant. We need a Defensive-First culture.

      • Shubham Vyas

        Hey man Byron Scott is going to be the coach….

        • Lewis Velazquez

          Do you think he can be a championship coach?

          • Shubham Vyas

            if he’s got a championship team, yes

    • Jared

      PG: Clarkson/Kane/Nash SG: Bryant/Young SF:Melo (His wife works in LA u got remember that)/ Wes Johnson PF:Randle/KElly C:Pau/Hill (Although i think they could go try to find another center i sure wish we could get demarcus cousins :( or monroe Head Coach: Bryon Scott Assistant:Lionel Hollins

  • roseducanna

    First of all you sign a good coach.

  • Andy

    I hope they can bring back my man J.Hill aka Medusa!

  • Lewis Velazquez

    Also heard Amin talk a bunch of crap about how Randle is just an ok player…If y’all want to hear unbiased information ,listen to Stephen Naismith and Chris Broussard. I just change the channel whenever Amin is on, makes me want to gab an aluminum bat and smash the screen. He really knows how to get on my nerves.

  • Kb24

    Kane,farm,nash
    Kobe,baze,clarkson
    Deng,young,xavier
    Randle,pau
    Asik-type center,sacre,Rookie center undrwfted

    • RealisticLakerFan

      I like Deng and Xavier plays hard. Pau could still run center every now and then… so long as we have a guard who won’t let their man blow by them all the time… I’ve heard that the bucks had wanted to get rid of sanders contract. .. could be helpful on our team since we don’t have a great defensive anchor

  • angry3

    What superstar WOULDN’T want to take less money to underwrite the overpaid corpses of Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant?

  • angry3

    Lakers fans are deluded. You realize there is a cap in the NBA, right?

    • RealisticLakerFan

      You do realize this is a lakers fan forum right? Also most people are just throwing out ideas that they wish could happen. Not everyone is an ‘expert’ like you on the new CBA.

      Do us all a favor and go back to your teams forum to troll… but wait that probably changes ever year with whoever is in contention right?

  • box5

    We probably have to get that buster lowry, Tho I think making a play at bledsoe would make LeBron pay more attention, Damn I don’t feel right saying that lol yell

    • Bruce Starks

      Yes Baby Bron and Lebron. They have the same agent no?

  • Bruce Starks

    Will Josh Smith, Bledsoe , Lowry, Lebron, Hayward, Monroe/Gortat make sense? Will the math add up? Simce were talking going all out.

  • Greg

    Devin Harris, Kobe/Stephenson, Deng, Randle, Pau. Then hopefully Lakers can get bigger names next year.

  • Joseph Apohen

    Does that mean, “Damn the luxury tax. Full speed ahead”?

    • Shubham Vyas

      Sure as hell it does or at least i hope so

  • Matt Williams

    One thing we need to stack on are Bigs and SF’s. I just saw this Patric Young. He’s a damn behemoth! I hope the Pelicans look over him when the summer league is over so that we can get him. As far as stars, we need to pass on Melo and Lebron. I used to think Gordon Hayward was the face of the Jazz. Now I see it’s either gonna be Exum or Burke. So we need to get him at SF. Get Pau for two years. Sign Kyle Lowry or Isaiah Thomas, scrap 50% of the roster we had last year that won only 28 games. Keep Young, Farmar and Henry and get all new guys. NASH MUST GO!

    So for starting 5 that’s:
    PG: Lowry or Thomas
    SG: Kobe
    SF: Hayward
    PF: Randle
    C: Pau

    With a better bench and Hollins as our coach.

    • Shubham Vyas

      But Hayward is RFA, that means at least 12 mil….doesn’t leave space for lowry.
      But Ariza and Lowry could be affordable.

  • Adriel Cherreguine

    Maybe LAL should think of a quality player than pushing hard on LBJ or Melo. I mean what are the possibilities that any of those to could join the LAL. LBJ, I think won`t wear purple and gold. He doesn`t want to win rings with KB, he wants to win more than KB. Melo could, but I think coach availability would be a factor for him. There are still a lot of talent in the FA. There`s Gordon Hayward, whose a suit for a 3 spot. There`s also Evan Turner available in FA. If Pau chooses to stay, good, but if not there`s Monroe or Gortat available in the market. LAL should also deepened its bench. I think developing R.Kelly would help LAL in the future. I mean the guy got nice mid-range to perimeter jumpers, he can spread the floor. Lowry for PG will be a hard push for LAL as Raptors I think will consider offering more on him. There`s Shaun Livingston in the market, whose playing this previous season was sometimes often better than Deron in BKN. Jordan Clarkson can also play the 1 spot. He`s a guard in the making. Rebuilding this city i grown up watching will be hard though. But I believe in this FRANCHISE. #PURPandGOLD4EVER

  • RealisticLakerFan

    We should most definitely bring back a lot of the team from last year… AFTER we sign the new FAs. Really one of the only ways we can go over the cap and pay the luxury… which we don’t mind doing

  • Chrmngblly

    Why do we need Chandler Parsons? Is he better than Randle? Where would he play? We still have Kelly & Hill.

    • Shubham Vyas

      SF

      • Chrmngblly

        Maybe. We will have to see how it all shakes out. I was thinking we could slide Kobe over there and grab Lance Stephenson for the 2, if Melo and LBJ don’t happen.

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