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NBA News: Kyle Lowry Agrees To Four Year Contract With Toronto Raptors

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One of free agency’s biggest targets, point guard Kyle Lowry, is off the market as he has agreed to stay in Toronto with a four-year contract according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

After the big stars like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, many viewed Lowry as the next best player available. The fact that he was an unrestricted free agent made getting him even more attainable.

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With the Lakers struggling at the point guard position for a number of years now, many believed Lowry was a top target of the team, and the Lakers had been linked to him, but never met with him face-to-face.

Lowry enjoyed a career year last season with the Raptors, posting career highs in points, rebounds, and assists while leading the Raptors to an Atlantic Division title and the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

With Lowry now off the market, the Lakers will have to turn elsewhere in free agency as far as point guards are concerned. The best available are Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas, but both of them are restricted, making them more difficult to attain.

Other options for the Lakers include Jameer Nelson, Darren Collison, and Steve Blake, but basically all moves for the Lakers will be put on hold until a decision is made by both Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. The Lakers are set to meet with Anthony tomorrow and a decision is expected next week.
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  • DKWTTY

    Another one bites the dust but don’t you worry fellow Lakers fans, we still have Steve Nash and Kendall Marshall!

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  • kookiebuger

    It’s the beginning of the end.

    • Jim213

      Isaiah Thomas (Laker fanatic) still available tho FO best make sure to set something up soon. Twelve mil for Lowry is over priced but given Jameer nelson is still available I’d give him a shot. Waived by the magic saving them $2 mil. Need veteran leadership at the 1 too aside of fresher legs.

      • kookiebuger

        That’s if he chooses the Lakers he is kind of up there in age and might want to go to a contender like OKC for minimum.

        • Jim213

          Didn’t say for the future but if he’s looking to revamp his career (tho age factor) he should consider it.

          • Jim213

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            “Carlos Boozer’s time with Bulls all but over” will be amnestied.

          • Marcus Franco

            Would you bet on Randle or get Boozer for a cheap price ? I don’t think he’ll be that cheap, at least 9m.

          • Jim213

            Randle joined the team to contribute of the bat and given they both play the same position I’d pass on him. FO (SMH) should spend their salary wisely.

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  • Redemption Rain

    Isahia Thomas HURRY UP and stop waiting for Lebron and Melo “to think about it,” and then tell you 2 weeks later “no,” with all the good free agents out of the picture.

    • BULL

      True.. stop waiting for Melo I have not heard anything inside the org uon us waiting on lebron that’s other people saying that .. But its not jus us waiting on melo alot other teams r too ..soon melo pick then everyone will go plan b

      • Redemption Rain

        I bet you two days from now at least 10 teams woke up and said we not getting Melo or Lebron, they pick up Parson, Deng, Monroe, an etc. Lakers go from Plan A (Melo and Lebron) to Plan D, D as in D-league players with one year contracts because they miss out on mid-level guys and try too hard for the all-star free agents

        • BULL

          That I will agree with u .. U are absolutely correct

          • Redemption Rain

            At least if the Lakers suck hard enough they get back their draft pack for next season, top 5 protected. So we got that going for us?

          • Badazztj12

            Wow just wow. All you fans just giving up in two days I mean like damn be patient we are talking to Melo and then after that we start moving

          • BULL

            One thing rain has a point is moving where? Bout time we move there will be no one there we might not be the only team waiting on melo answer but if Deng or ariza or bledsoe or lance get PUC up all hell going to happen

          • Badazztj12

            Lol cant wait to a maximum of 15 to 16 hours until meeting over with? Shit the contracts cant even be signed until july 10

          • BULL

            Lmao man I can wait til Thursday jus how long is it going to take til he decide that’s the real question

          • Badazztj12

            That’s what they gonna talk about tomorrow so man chill

          • Redemption Rain

            Lowry is gone, and who said I was giving up? Just telling you that the Lakers can’t play the waiting game for Lebron and Melo while teams are signing other free agents. But hay I am a true LA fan that thinks positive, the positive is that if we suck hard enough we get our top 5 protected draft pick back :)

          • Badazztj12

            With Kobe coming back 100% sure….

          • kookiebuger

            Well it’s not good for a franchise to put all their stock onto one player especially when I read the Bulls just amnestied Boozer. Ariza,Stephenson, Monroe,Bledsoe might not be available by the time Melo makes up his decision which probably won’t be the Lakers with no coach and no key pieces to help them contend.

          • Badazztj12

            I am not saying that but dude we already knew guys like Lowry and Gortat was gonna resign with there teams. They had a great season last year. I mean the meeting is tomorrow

          • kookiebuger

            It’s a longshot homie unless Nash and Kobe go back in time and play like their primes selves, I doubt he will chose the Lakers. The Bulls are basically the perfect fit for him great defensive team, great coach,weaker conference compared to the Lakers who don’t have any of that with little to no pieces and a 35 year old, going on 36, Kobe with a lot of question marks.

          • Badazztj12

            Rose also has a lot of questions about his health. James Harden is ball dominate and Howard would be crying for the ball in the post. Kobe already said he is 100%. Hell the nigga was playing street soccer

          • kookiebuger

            Rose also practiced in front of Melo when he visited them to prove that he was healthy, will Kobe do the same? The Rockets I doubt he will chose their but Howard reportedly would be excited to play with him and was apart of the pitch.

          • Badazztj12

            Nothing right now don’t mean shit, until the ball is on the court

          • kookiebuger

            You can say the same thing about your above comment about Kobe.

          • Badazztj12

            Exactly so why you trying to make a clam?

          • kookiebuger

            I wasn’t claiming anything, I’m just stating the facts Rose played in front of Melo and is 10 years younger then Kobe. Rose may never be the same but they have a nice foundation with or without him, the Lakers finished with the 6th worst record without Kobe and his current supporting cast is Nash who can barely play 15 games, Sacre, Clarkson, and Randle

          • Badazztj12

            Ok but Bulls cant offer him a max like we can (96 mil), plus who’s family wouldn’t want to live in LA?

          • kookiebuger

            That’s the Lakers only advantage but Melo claims that he doesn’t care about the money.

          • Badazztj12

            Why would he be having a meeting with Lakers tomorrow then?

          • kookiebuger

            It doesn’t mean anything Howard had a meeting with the Lakers,Mavs, Warriors, and the Hawks before choosing the Rockets. He might be looking at all his options before coming to a decision.

          • Badazztj12

            You speaking of what happen last year am talking about now

          • kookiebuger

            Um, okay this years team is worse then last years with 1/3 of the cap already going to Kobe,Nash,Randle,and Clarkson if Melo signs for a max that’s 1/3 going to Melo with no bench and no big men.

  • BULL

    4years 48mill , roughly 12 a yr oh noooo ..bye Kyrie too much for our blood thats more suitable for bledsoe

  • Swaggy C

    The only other top PGs are Bledsoe, Thomas, Collison, and Augustin IMO. I’m hoping we can start off with our own splash tomorrow with Melo signing.

    • Badazztj12

      Chalmers decent

      • BULL

        Wen playing w the king lol oh and wade oh wait and bitch boy bosh he’s no better then marshal

        • Badazztj12

          I like marshall but dude you are underrating Chalmers defense and his 3 point shooting

          • BULL

            Bad azz we usually see eye to eye but where was this dude last month?

          • Badazztj12

            You think I mean we chase after him? Hell nah…but wouldn’t hurt if he was a last resort

          • Redemption Rain

            Marshall SUCKS please don’t put him as a starter, Bledsoe, Lillard, Paul, Parker, Westbrook, and etc. would kill him, maybe he is better then Rose, due to the fact that Rose has been out of the game for 2 years and has to adjust to the game this season.

          • Badazztj12

            Never said starter start reading before you reply I just said I like Marshall get some glasses

          • Redemption Rain

            You should take your own advice and learn to read, I said please don’t put him as a starter, you misinterpret my comment.

          • Badazztj12

            Then why the fuck are you replying to me when I just said I liked him? Doesn’t make since me.

          • Redemption Rain

            I reply to you because you brought up his name, and thinking about his shit ass shooting with no defense pisses me off.

          • Badazztj12

            Wow

          • Redemption Rain

            He is a good play-maker, but other than that he is useless

          • BULL

            wouldn’t hurt u right.. what am i saying hell yea it would lmao .. i like Clarkson .. taller, more athletic and that jumper is looking nice

          • VillainKing

            yeah Marshall sucks!!!

  • Redemption Rain

    Start Calling other agents and screw Lebron and Melo, find others and COMMIT to a deal

    Pg. Isaiah Thomas
    Sg. Lance Stephenson
    Sf. move Kobe
    PF Randle
    C Pau or Monroe

    GO DO IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! TIME IS TICKING, stop waiting for Lebron and Melo

    • BULL

      Sorry now u wishing stop it already … Only can afford one impact player u have three and two that are restricted u think the league is going to hand us over players ha!

      • Redemption Rain

        The league can not veto a free agent, they can veto trades, but if players agree to contracts that we offer then we can get them. I would stop watching basketball if they tell a player “no you can’t sign with the Lakers, they won too many chips” We have enough money to sign one max free agent and one mid-level player, so we sign 3 mid-level players like Thomas and Stephenson

        • BULL

          What?? I don’t think u know what u are talking about lol

          • Redemption Rain

            What part confuses you? Explain

          • BULL

            Veto? Y u mention that? Mid level for restricted Eric bledsoe , monroe or isiah times lol sorry can’t get those guys with no mid level $$, lance turn down roughly 9 mill a year w indie n u think we can get him cheaper lol no pal .. Try one of the players I mention above then add role players like Ariza or Deng now wewe getting some where 22mil bro we have 22-24 mil to work with think bout it

          • Redemption Rain

            Didn’t mention Bledsoe, he is going to be with the Suns, but no way in hell anyone is dumb enough to pay Thomas or Monroe Lebron or Melo type of money, that’s a rip-off. They are mid-level guys, NOT ALL-STARS. They are not getting max contract deals from us, Rockets, Mavs, or ANY OTHER TEAM. I like Ariza or Deng too, they are also consider to be mid-level guys, right now I think we have different definitions on mid-level free agents and super star free agents

          • BULL

            Yes we do… In order to get bledsoe, or Thomas or Monroe we will have to offer a price their team wouldn’t want to match that’s a high amount

          • Redemption Rain

            So you saying that they are at the same price range as Lebron and Melo? I find that VERY hard to believe, how much are those guys making per year right now.

          • BULL

            not that high, but i’am saying if we do not put out a number high enough so where that team do not want to match it.. then we will lose that player.. you get what im saying.. we have 22mill bro.. 22 mill.. if Lance a non restricted agent want more than 9 mill what do you think Bledsoe would want? im hoping less also but i doubt it ..

          • Redemption Rain

            How much do we have if we stretch Nash

          • BULL

            we have 22.5 mill if we stretch Nash, it would be like 3 mill for 3 years (DAMN) you add his 6 mill remaining that would be 28 mill .. still aint shit lol

          • Badazztj12

            That 6 mil alone can sign a bench

          • BULL

            who young? you think he will take 3 mill a year and giv Farmar a mill , then x a mill, and probably Wes.. man that’s 6 there lol

          • Badazztj12

            Don’t want Wesley back. We can get Kelly with that mill

          • BULL

            we did .. hes a restricted agent due to that

          • Badazztj12

            Then we are good then lol

          • BULL

            honestly we good no matter what we are the lakers .. but i wouldnt mind using our money on Lance/Bledsoe or ariza/deng.. or just get Melo lol

          • Badazztj12

            That 6 mil for the bench is great and rest of cap is for talent. I like it

          • BULL

            a bro what thats u said about a 96 mill sheet? whats that

          • Badazztj12

            LakersNation said on one of these articles that we can offer a max deal of 96 mil and still be on shape. That’s about 19 point something a year

          • BULL

            word? damn .. that bomb imma have to look into that… if so then we might be good in getting two franchise players

          • Badazztj12

            Exactly and we can get Gasol because of his birdrights so we can go over the cap to keep him

          • BULL

            i just read up on it .. we can offer Melo to a max deal of 96 for four year .. damn now you tell me thats a fukin lot for one player let alone Melo .. got damn bro hell nah cant see that happening whats is that like 48 mill a year man.. kiss every other season good bye

          • Badazztj12

            I heard someone else say on here that he could go for 4 year 80 mil deal

          • BULL

            wayyy better but i dont think we can use that extra 16mill not used on his max deal.. imma have to look into that .. but if he comes great its like an overnight rebuild for our lakers if not we have to add good role players.. idk kobe back might make Wesley better.. he can hit the 3 longs, athletic and cheap .. you add gasol and randal to the mix you will have alot of open shots

          • Badazztj12

            I still don’t trust Wesley, he doesn’t like contact on defense that much and gets lost of screens. he has the tools to be a defensive stopper though

          • BULL

            thats why im hoping Kobe is teaching that young man something while they train in El Segundo

          • Redemption Rain

            Wesley is a bust plain and simple, he was drafted top 5 ahead of Monroe and Lillard

          • Redemption Rain

            That is going to kill our cap space….we won’t be able to sign other good mid-level guys then….BULL just said we have 22 mill left and I hope he is wrong LOL

          • Badazztj12

            What they gonna do when Noah and Gibson contract is up? Got to also think about the future not just now

          • Redemption Rain

            Exactly!!! So how does overpaying a super star in the middle of his career going to help us?

            Sign mid-level guys, build a attractive team, super-stars will be interested in us if we WIN. I mean look at it this way, who would you rather have right now? Melo (1player) or Ariza and Thomas (2 players), I think Melo’s contract can cover both those guys

          • BULL

            i agree but thomas is a restricted free agent.. i hope Sac do not match our offer thats the point i was trying to get at.. i see where u going and i agree but if we are going to put alot up i would rather have Bledsoe and try and get Ariza .. that killin two birds with one stone and im pretty sure Gasol would take a cut to come back to play with a team like that ..
            Bledsoe
            kobe
            ariza
            randal
            gasol
            man now thats more of a realistic dream but Dallas said as soon as Melo makes his mind up they are chasing down Ariza or Deng .. so we gotta be fast on our toes

          • Redemption Rain

            I like your plan WAY more than Badazz, when Kobe’s contract is done, we can replace it with a YOUNGER super star instead of Melo, hell Pau’s contract (if we sign him) would go out too. Right now I’m thinking about Durant or Davis, this is going to be awesome, young talented superstar with reliable teammates to depend on. Sorry no room for D-league players like Kendell. But do you think Bledsoe would sign with us? I said Thomas because he actually showed interest in the Lakers idk about Bledsoe

          • BULL

            i like thomas but hes just too small.. remind me of a fiesty Nate robinson all heart but at the end just too small… and my bro said the same thing he see Durant coming here when hes available lol i said Westbrook from here not if he beat Durant here first lol Durant frm texas might join howard and harden

          • Redemption Rain

            But in terms of being realist, who do we have a better chance in signing? Thomas said he was a LA fan and would be happy if the LA is interested in him, and Bledsoe?

            “Ummm hello, you there? This is Mitch, could you please answer your phone or text message.”

          • Badazztj12

            Kobe contract is up in 2 years gving up damn good load of money to spend giving Melo another partner in crime during 2016 FA. We have flexability

          • BULL

            96 is what we can offer Melo .. the max .. i assuming we will still have the 22 that i don not know

          • Redemption Rain

            Ok just did some quick research and we $28,168,514 left on our cap space, that does not include the option of stretching Nash’s contract.

          • BULL

            we have 28 mill are you sure? thats what i thought at first but then yahoo came up with 22.5

          • Redemption Rain

            Right now the luxury tax threshold is $77,000,000. Assuming LA gives no shit about the $63,200,000 cap space. We can spend $41,968,514. The total amount that we have spent is $35,031,486

          • BULL

            ohhh we soo good then ..

          • Redemption Rain

            Yeah pal, we got to act FAST. Mitch and JIm call Lance and Bledsoe right NOW. Besides Monroe and Pau, do you know any Cs that is heavy on the defense. What about Andrew Bogut?

          • Badazztj12

            The people on Espn didn’t do there homework. This means we can go over the cap with Gasol and Jordan Hill because they have Birdrights. If we do get Melo with the 20 – 18 mil deal, we could sign the bench players and still can go over the cap for Gasol and Hill

          • Redemption Rain

            I know, but here is the problem with your suggestion, first of all how old are those guys (Melo and Pau), and how many of them can play defense? Hill only? Lance can play both ends on the court, Bledsoe can play both ends on the court sign them and get Pau back since as you said we have his bird rights. Yes we can go over the cap space and pay some taxes, but we need to get younger and we need more talented mid-level guys. Do you want Melo and Kobe to get piss off at Johnson, Kendell, and Henry all day long? If we have young talented players we will grab a super star in next years free agency.

          • Badazztj12

            Lets just hope the meeting foes great. Chat with guys tomorrow

          • Redemption Rain

            Sorry to say this but I hate you LOL, but thanks for the info. So do you think we can sign Thomas and Ariza instead of Lance? Also is Pau willing to come back with a discount?

          • BULL

            put it like this .. Lance or Bledsoe that would be my two or one of them and try and get like Ariza or Deng and that if they want to come here .. you see where im gettting at.. Lance turn down 9 mill a year.. i do not know if its something at Indie he didnt like or if the fool really think hes worth more than 10 mill a year either way thats alot .. Bledsoe might not be that high probably can get him for 7 mill but shit Meeks is almost getting that .. idk man it looks like one good player and with Kobe and Randal and a bunch of scrubs thats why Lakers are soo into this melo thing now .. it kind of save us over night u know what i mean.. the franchise will be back in shape if Melo comes here..

          • Redemption Rain

            Melo’s contract should be equal to Lance or Eric’s contract with Ariza’s contract. I see Melo’s contract=2 mid-level guys so idk. And hopefully a little left to sign Pau for a discount and fill out the rest of the bench. FYI don’t bring back Wesley Johnson or Kendelle Marshall

          • Badazztj12

            Sources say we can offer a 96 mil max and still will be in shape

          • Redemption Rain

            96 mil max deal? So how much is that per year? Remember I am trying to tell the Lakers to build a team, not throw money at super stars in the middle of their careers and then surround them with D-League Smush Parker scrubs because they hit the cap room.

          • Badazztj12

            Lakers haven’t put Marshall contract down so you out of luck onthat

          • BULL

            haha pau askin for 10 mill .. u still see that

          • Redemption Rain

            Asik is with the Pelicans now….I like his defense and he wouldn’t be too expensive.

          • BULL

            shit .. why u think Houston traded him.. too much money

          • Redemption Rain

            On the same boat as us pal, free up cap space for the “hopes” of Lebron and Melo. The way I see it is Lebron signs back with the Heat and Melo goes to the Bulls

          • BULL

            Rain, please do not say LBJ name please.. ther is no way hes leaving to come to L.A .. just not going to happen

          • Redemption Rain

            Dude, I just answered your comment, the Rockets are on the SAME boat as us, they free Asik for cap space in hopes of Lebron or Melo, making any sense to you now? And did you not read my second sentence????

          • BULL

            got lost in communication my bad .. but that 96 is offer we can giv Melo for four years

          • Redemption Rain

            You said 22 mill left, Badazz said we can offer max 19 mill, you got 3 mill left……..good luck with the rest of the roster. Screw this, I’m going to look at the cap space for this year and see what players are on the books and how much we already spent on Kobe, Nash, Randle, and Socra

          • Badazztj12

            I was thinking 5 years but 80 mil 4 years sounds great. That’s 20 mil and stretch nash contract then we have 10 mil to sign rest

          • Redemption Rain

            10 mill to sign the rest isn’t going to give you Monroe, Thomas, Parson, and etc. Nick Young would at least demand 5 mill per year for the production he put up. Point blank Melo is bad for the future unless he agrees to pay cuts

          • Badazztj12

            Really I think he may want is between 20 – 18 mil and nick young said he is willing to take a paycut but wants more years

          • Redemption Rain

            How much of a pay cut? 5 mill is a pay cup he deserves more. He only made lie 1 mill last season. You sign Melo and the team is going to sign scrubs.

          • Badazztj12

            We dont know how much the FO willing to offer him but we do know the FO is trying to sign Melo long term

          • Redemption Rain

            The FO is stupid, I do not agree with signing Melo, its going to be too much money spent on one guy for one position. This would not be a problem if we have a team intact already. We don’t have a team right now, only 4 players are on the books. Instead of Melo we should build a team with mid-level guys

          • RealisticLakerFan

            Yea but we have bird rights to Pau. If we can sign Lance and ariza or Deng before we sign Pau then we can go over the cap and pay the luxury tax. We would just have to make those 2 contracts fit before resigning our guys. Also if we use up all our cap we have one mid level exception we could use on an impact guy then start filling out the roster with minimum contracts. … we can also use early bird rights on some of our guys I think. .. depends on how long they have been with us or if they have ever been claimed off waivers

          • BULL

            i want wesley back .. idk why but hes with kobe now working out .. that has to be good

  • BULL

    Ariza Deng bledsoe and lance all I care about

  • joe23

    we have DeAndre Kane and Jordan Clarkson this guys will do great in the team…
    Now LBJ is out in Miami, that’s Miami top FA they want to bring it in.

  • Tags

    Sign Ed Davis PF/C before the Clippers attracts him….

  • Daniel A

    Forget about Melo, totally overrated player, has no balls and plays whenever he wants, great lack of character.
    Forget about Lebron, even if he comes to the Lakers, which is very, very difficult to believe, he is a one men guy, that wants a max, with KObe at 23 million, then you would have to have a bunch of nobodies to complete the roster.
    Lakers, stop chasing ghosts, and get down to business. At 12 Million we could have had Kyle at the base for years to come. With Kobe at SF and Randle at 4PF, you could have 3 solid players.

    • laker4life

      Yeah but Melo helps pull other FA here. Our problem now is we have nothing to offer. Guys want to win and there is like 10 teams better in the west. And no 1st round picks in 2015 and 2017.

      • Redemption Rain

        If we suck hard enough our top 5 draft pick is protected in 2015.

        • laker4life

          True. But the way the league screwed us out of CP3 and with Cleveland getting #1′s every year, you know we would be locked in at 6 even if we had the worst record.

  • VillainKing

    its time for the Lakers young PG to Step-up Deandre Kane and Jordan Clarkson!!

    • Badazztj12

      What if marshall improved his defense and foot speed?

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

        Both are very difficult to do. Marshall lacks athleticism, and there is only so much a person can do to improve that.

        • Badazztj12

          We will find out in summer league

      • BULL

        No lol

      • laker4life

        Marshall took advantage of MDA’s system like Lin did in NY. Meeks did the same. They are end of the bench guys not the role players or starters we need.

        • Badazztj12

          Like I said before we will find out in summer league

          • Redemption Rain

            The summer league is for D-league players, they are not going to play as our starters, NOT AGAIN. They could come off the bench but give me Parson, Stephenson, Thomas, Monroe, and Deng ANY DAY then Henry, Johnson, and Kendell

          • Badazztj12

            Its also for rookies like Wiggins and Parker

          • Redemption Rain

            True but rookies who are projected to be super stars. Now their is always a bust here and there, and the D-League is going to be like purgatory for those scrubs

      • VillainKing

        No for Marshall..

  • kookiebuger

    The Bulls just amnestied Boozer, yep it’s the beginning of the end.

    • arsenal

      LOL!

  • JohnSmith00

    So long as Carmelo is still in play there is nothing to worry about, after all the Lakers don’t need an elite PG. Fisher was the Lakers PG through the last 5 championships so if sign Melo all they’ll need from a PG is someone that’s not too old and or has adequate skills like Collison, Thomas, Farmar, Sessions, Vasquez Mo Williams, or DJ Augustin. Not to mention Bledsoe is still very much in play too.

    • BULL

      Depends on the system and if we r taking SCott as coach we will need a pg

      • Redemption Rain

        The problem that I see is that we don’t have a lot of players that understands the concept of team defense, we got to go for guys who can play on BOTH ends of the floor. Melo is ummm ok on defense…..

  • COME ON MITCH

    If we don’t strike tomorrow by landing Melo, then this will be another disappointing season in the making. If we sign Melo tomorrow, I am 100% sure other players will come cheaper. But no Melo, means we sign lame duck players like McBob, Kaman, Humphries

    • laker4life

      Exactly. Melo, even with his ball stopper label and lack of D still helps bring relevance back to the Lakers. Need him to sign.

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

      Melo has said he won’t decide until next week.

  • p1noyako

    How can they sign with the Lakers if they only have Kobe, Nash & Sacre on contract?Stop waiting for Melo & James!! Its not even close to 50% chance signing neither one of them. Try to get Ariza, Bledsoe, Thomas, Monroe, or Deng as they’re still available right now!!!

    • Nexzen

      Miami only has nole on contract.

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

    Bummer, but we kind of guessed this would happen. Now we cross one off the list.

    People want us to forget about Melo, but we haven’t even met with him yet. I think we need more than just one big name, so I’m on the fence about Melo. His salary would hurt our chances of filling out the roster, as we’d have two players bringing in nearly 50 mill a year.

    What’s better: Kobe, Melo, Randle and some low level role players -or- Kobe, Randle, and guys like Ariza/Deng, and Asik/M Gasol next year?

    It could really go either way, but I’d hate to miss on Melo, and have the others be gone because we waited too long (Just like the Dwight deal)

    • laker4life

      Melo because he helps pull players our way for the future.

    • Bruce

      I’d take Kobe, Randle, Gasol, Deng, and decent role players any day. Not saying Melo is a pipe dream, there’s a slim chance he coming to Lakers, but
      it’s not a 2 man team, we need to fill out our roster. And oh by the way, just heard rumor going around Bulls going to amnesty Carlos Boozer, making room for Melo, so he might be headed to Bulls.

  • rajap

    I will boycott if Steve Nash is our starting PG at the beginning of the season.

    • VillainKing

      Me too!!

  • TheTruthKills

    There goes Lowry.

    • BULL

      for that much let him gooo

      • Nexzen

        You clearly haven’t watched the raptors games last year. He is worth every penny.

  • kiko

    jeff van gundy or george karl and mike woodson next new head coach LA Lakers

    • Bruce

      Mike Woodson?? give me a break. We just lost Lionel Hollins to the Nets, looks like Byron Scott is our next coach.

      • Redemption Rain

        Call Mark Jackson please….

    • Ray-Marcus

      Anybody but Woodson lol

  • LAK3R4LIF3

    That’s seems to be the trend right now, Teams that has Zero chance of landing either Lebron or Melo are signing highly sought after FA with ridiculous contracts.
    These FA are cashing in……I don’t blame ‘em.
    I still have faith on the Lakers and watch the Lakers games even if they suck this year and the next and so on.

  • DKWTTY

    Lakers REALLY need to go after Isaiah Thomas. He grew up a fan and wants to be a Laker. He’s also a hard worker, no one expected him to be as good as he is. We need those types of players. He’s only 25 too.

  • laker4life

    The problem with Thomas and Bledsoe is both are RFA meaning Sac and Phx most likely to match. Same with Monroe. I guess the big thing is what good is cap room if no one wants it. Hopefully Mitch can pull it off.

  • RealisticLakerFan

    I’d like to have Stephenson and ariza or Deng rather than Melo to be honest. Now if we could get melo for 18 and Stephenson for 10 and trade Nash expiring contract for cash (to a team that is going to struggle to meet the minimum cap) or stretch him… then we would be in business. Resign young and Pau because we have rights to them and then use a mid level exception on a big and we could be in business

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

    You people are forgeting that we have DeAndre Kane and Jordan Clarkson as PG in the Summer league. Good prospects. And Kane has experience on the floor. If we can’t sign Thomas,then I think we don’t need any other PG as these guys.

    • jeremy

      but people want star power names not rookies. im all for giving rookies a shot if they can show they will help improve the team

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  • KB24

    Trade marshall and clarkson for jerami granT

    • VillainKing

      Trade Marshall YES but Jordan Clarkson BIG NO..he is a very important player for the Lakers he was called the “Ninja Blender” because of his amazing skill and talent in basketball..

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