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Once the San Antonio Spurs exacted their revenge on the Miami Heat by defeating them in the NBA Finals to capture their fifth title in franchise history, the off-season officially began.

After suffering an embarrassing loss in five games, the Heat have plenty of questions facing them in regards to their roster going into next season. The most important one currently facing the team is whether or not LeBron James, along with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will re-sign with the team after opting out of their contracts to become unrestricted free agents. As of right now, James is not scheduled to meet with any potential suitors, although his camp is fielding calls.

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James reportedly wants a max contract from the Heat while Bosh is rumored to want around $15 million per season, which could make it difficult for the team to sign them both along with Wade and other talent to improve the roster from last season. If they are unable to achieve all of that, James may start meeting with representatives from other organizations. If he does, teams with an ample amount of salary cap space will be lining up for his services.

One of those teams of course, is the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers currently have only Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre and seventh-overall pick Julius Randle under contract for next season, giving them enough cap space to offer a max contract if they so choose. They could create even more room if they elect to use the Stretch Provision on Nash’s contract, but that would mean that around three million dollars would count against them for the next few seasons, as opposed to the $9.7 million coming off the books entirely next summer. Another option would be to offload Nash’s contract to a team willing to take on that money for a season before it would come off their books.

melo3A plan the Lakers are rumored to be pursuing is to add both James and Carmelo Anthony to the roster this summer. However, even if the team is unable to dump Nash’s contract in a trade, both players would need to sign for less than the maximum amount of money they could each receive. This could prove to be problematic as James seemingly has no desire to do so.

Los Angeles has also been reported to be stalling their coaching search in order to use it as a recruiting chip in free agency, giving a big name such as James or Anthony a say in who the next head coach will be.

If James starts meeting with other teams, the Lakers would be absolutely foolish not to pursue the two-time NBA champion. You could put him on virtually any team in the NBA, and his presence alone would make them a playoff team at the very least. In some cases, his addition would make a team an instant title contender. James is the best player on the planet right now and if you have an opportunity to go after the player that carries that title, you do it.

Kobe BryantLos Angeles is currently caught in the crossroads of trying to win now in Kobe Bryant’s final years and building for a future after the Laker legend. James would be a rare solution that could help the team in both of those situations.

James is in the prime of his career at the age of 29 (He turns 30 in December), coming off a season where he averaged 27.1 points, 6.4 assists and 6.9 rebounds while shooting an astonishing 56.7 percent from the field. His field goal percentage has increased every season since his 2006-2007 campaign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. If the Lakers were able to land James in free agency, he would undoubtedly carry the torch once Bryant retires.

His age combined with his continuous rise in efficiency would make LeBron a wise investment not only for the Lakers, but any team on the market.

For example, if a team signed James to a deal similar to the four-year, 88 million dollar contract that Dwight Howard signed last summer with the Houston Rockets, they would be getting him while he is in his prime and the contract would end when he is just 33 years old. This would mean that if his production has declined by then due to age and mileage on his body, that said team would be able to move in a different direction without having to pay him a substantial amount during his down years.

Now, if James is still performing at an extremely high level at the end of his next contract, the team would have his Bird rights and would have the financial edge over teams trying to acquire him in free agency.

If the Lakers somehow manage to lure James to Los Angeles, by the time his first contract would be up, Bryant’s two-year, $48.5 million extension would no longer limit the team’s cap flexibility, thus making it easier to bolster the roster with talent around James after number 24 retires.

mike-lebron-650x487Fans and the media have created the Kobe-LeBron “rivalry” throughout the years, despite it carrying no merit. The two future Hall of Famers have tremendous respect for one another and are good friends off the court. Bryant’s scoring mentality combined with James’ playmaker approach leads some to believe that the duo could coexist, although that obviously would be a question mark if the two joined forces.

Even though signing James this summer would devour most of the Lakers’ salary cap space, a duo of him and Bryant would certainly be a major incentive for players to join them in purple and gold while taking a considerable pay cut. This has been the case in years past with teams signing quality role players who are hungry for a championship.

A one-two punch of Bryant and James would also relieve a lot of pressure that might be placed on the shoulders of the aforementioned Randle – making it easier for him to develop without being rushed.

The Lakers fan base as a whole seems relatively split on the idea of pursuing LeBron, with those against the idea being understandably partial to the Black Mamba.

James has always been despised by many Los Angeles fans. Whether it is due to his off-court antics such as “The Decision”, his “Not one, not two, not three, etc.” charade after signing with Miami or on-court trends of flopping or complaining about foul calls, Laker fans have never been fond of him.

However, a similar scenario faced the fan base back in 2009.

Kobe+Bryant+Denver+Nuggets+v+Los+Angeles+Lakers+WrmvfrObPhrlAfter it was determined the Lakers would not re-sign Trevor Ariza, the team turned its focus to acquiring Ron Artest, now known as Metta World Peace. This was two months after a seven-game series against the Rockets that saw Artest get in Bryant’s face, leading to his ejection from the game. This incident made him one of the most hated players in Laker land. Fast forward five years later and now Metta is one of the most beloved former players in recent memory to put on a Laker uniform.

The moral of the story is that the most important name resides on the front of the jersey, not on the back. If a James acquisition resulted in wins, all Laker fans would certainly learn to love him.

Although landing the four-time MVP via free agency is merely a pipe dream at this point, Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss and company need to at least give it their best shot. In the end, you never know for sure until you try.
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Gary Kester is a writer for Lakers Nation and standingosports.com. He was born and raised in Idaho and currently lives in Boise. Follow Gary on twitter: @garykester

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  • Jim213

    Best if FO concentrated on signing some SOLID ROLE PLAYERS for the starting rotation rather than wasting too much time on Lebron to make his decision to return to the Heat. Otherwise, expect a dismal off season being same as last off season (DH) smh..

    • independentbynature

      This plan SUCKS,Jim.No one worth having will be left.

      • jeremy

        Wiz just reason gortat

        • Jim213

          Thanks, for the update but just shows that players are willing to take more $$ to remain with their prospective team’s.

          • Badazztj12

            Exactly so right now we need to offer Bledsoe a max and lure him away from the suns

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          • Redemption Rain

            I suggest you put Lance up there, he and the Pacers are having a hard time negotiating a deal together, Kobe can play as a SF

      • Redemption Rain

        Think of a better plan you fool. Assuming the Lakers do the impossible and signs Lebron and Melo who is going to be in our bench? A bunch of no name D-league players who are on one year deals because we wen’t broke on Melo and Lebron? Wow good plan and then we get owned by the Spurs because we can only rely on 3 players. Oh and what is your plan after Lebron and Melo? Exactly…NOTHING

        Get young cheap talent, such as Deng, Ariza, Lance, Parson, Thomas, Lowry, and etc… after Kobe’s contract comes off then we can aim big at a All-star free agent and put him in a squad where we have developed talented role players like Lowry, Ariza, and Randle would be will experienced NBA player.

        • independentbynature

          You know what? Go EFF yourself,AHOLE.Deng and Ariza aren’t young and none of them will be cheap.What are you even talking about?Did you even read my comment?I’m not for wasting time on LBJ or Melo.I’m all for signing Deng,Ariza,Lowry or Stevenson.Next time read the comment you reply to before talking out your ass.

          • Redemption Rain

            “This plan SUCKS,Jim.No one worth having will be left.” Who are you replying to UNDER Jim’s comment? What do you mean “this plan SUCKS,” LOL looks like a pushed a button with one word, I take that back considering it seems that I had hurt your precious feelings, anyways Ariza, Lowry, Parson, and etc. are talented mid-level guys and they will be CHEAPER compare to Lebron or Melo. Problem? Think of a better plan or go cry about it in the corner like what you are doing right now.

          • independentbynature

            I said the plan to wait for LeBron and Melo SUCKS.They aren’t coming.It’s delusional.When you take text out of context,you’re left with a pretext.I agree with Jim.I didn’t say his plan sucks.Duh?So go EFF yourself idiot.

          • Redemption Rain

            Seriously you are the idiot here, when people read Jim’s comment and sees you posting “this plan sucks” UNDER his comment, any logical human being would assume that you are implying that Jim’s plan sucks, if you wanted to state how Melo and Lebron duo plan sucks DON’T POST it under Jim’s comment or CLARIFY what you sated. Seriously go EFF yourself idiot. Any English teacher would not have understand wtf you were trying to say…..

          • independentbynature

            Jim knew what I was talking about.If you read the other comments I made,you would’ve known.I wasn’t talking to you AHOLE.You lack comprehension.Not my problem.CLEAR ENOUGH for you now?

          • Redemption Rain

            Why would I read other comments, I’m reading this comment and I liked what Jim has stated, then you say “This plan SUCKS,Jim.No one worth having will be left.”

            1. Under HIS comment, the only logically conclusion is you saying his plan sucks
            2. “Jim. No one worth having will be left,” Are you implying these guys aren’t worth having? See how confusion your comment is?

            Yeah your intentions are clear, maybe you should have clarified it in the begging instead of acting like a child. Thanks……

          • independentbynature

            I liked Jim’s plan,too.When I made that reply no one else was even here.Ours were the only comments and everyone knew I meant the Lakers plan sucks.Sorry you didn’t get it.We are actually in agreement,but I don’t like being called a fool.Check your attitude next time until you know.I don’t take crap from anyone here or anywhere else.

          • Redemption Rain

            That’s probably the problem in this miss-communication. I only saw this comment (assuming this was your first comment) and you said “this plan SUCKS” under Jim’s name. Sorry for the hassle but make sure you clarify your statement when you say “this plan SUCKS” that is a very broad, I would not have thought that you were referring to the Melo and Lebron duo plan since it was posted under JIm’s idea on how he thinks the Lakers should rebuilt.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            We are Carmelo Anthonys #1 option by far. It’s not definite but it is a possibility and we meet with him on Thursday, in one day so chill out

          • Kurt Vonnegut

            Carmelo’s #1 option by far? We are talking about NBA basketball right? Kind of confused how you’re so confident the Lakers are his #1 option. They’re not even on his radar. I feel for Lakers fans, the team really is in the dumps and you guys have been spoiled for a long time. But don’t delude yourself, man. You’re only setting yourself up for disappointment.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            You underestimate many aspects, kobe and Carmelo relationship, their wives relationship, living in la, playing for a winning franchise, playing for a franchise that rewards it’s superstars with loyalty and seemingly unnecessary 45million dollar contracts toward their ending career, lakers having more cap space to offer than any other teams he is going to visit, playing with Kobe for 2 years and maybe Pau gasol, taking over for kobe in 2 years, to start. Now, you say Lakers are not even on his radar. Who is delusional?

          • rival almighty

            Ooooooo

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Lets keep believing.In Mitch We Trust!Go Lakers!

          • independentbynature

            I really don’t think so,but we’ll see.I’ve got to go to the fridge and chill now.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Rival Teams Unable To Get In Touch With LeBron, Essentially Moving On

      Jul 01, 2014 11:29 PM EDT

      Teams that were hoping to be in contact with LeBron James have been shut out after the first day of free agency.

      The Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers were among the most prominent teams hoping to engage with James on free agency discussions.

      While there are no doors close to James at this point, some of those teams are moving on with the expectation that he re-signs with the Miami Heat.

      Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

      PER REALGM

      • Jim213

        Sources say the Nuns have secured a meeting with Lebron.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          From what i read his agent is going to meet with the Suns,Rockets,Mavericks which is understandable they are trying to get a feel for the market and see if those teams trump his old situation in Miami.Surprisingly the Lakers didn’t secure a meeting with agent Rich Paul.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      If the Lakers come out of free agency with Carmelo Anthony and Kyle Lowry that will be the best free agency any Lakers team has had since Shaq.

      I will go to war with these players anytime.PG Kyle Lowry,SG Kobe Bryant,SF Carmelo Anthony,PF Julius Randle,C Mid Level Exception

      • Swaggy C

        I to like that idea. I think the FO should look at Melo/Pau and or Melo/Lowry. They can shoot for Bron, but I think he doesn’t start talking to teams unless he sees what the Heat do, which could take awhile. But if the Lakers can just focus on the players that are actually looking around like Pau, Ariza, Deng, Melo, Lowry, and not just wait on Bron, then at least we come out with a team and not a blank team and no one signed.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Well i figure Carmelo Anthony and Kyle Lowry are about as good as a team can do in free agency unless you’re getting LeBron James then Carmelo is the next best thing.As for Kyle Lowry he is #1 on my board for Point Guards that are unrestricted free agents.Restricted free agents are harder to get and the odds are better going after unrestricted free agents IMO.Also the Lakers are said to have interest in Lance Stephenson after he reached impasse with the Pacers on a contract talks hit a snag.

          • comrade24

            Pacers offered 4 year 55 mil and he wants more. i’d pass on him for that much

    • jim2

      I agree. Mello nor Le Bron are going to sign with the Lakers. All of the good players for the Lakers last year and all other free agents will be signed by the time the Lakers are ready to try for someone that they could have had.

  • Lakers Fan

    As much as some fans and the FO want LeBron, he is not coming to the Lakers. I wish the FO would realize that and go after solid players that can contribute and help the Lakers compete. We will be stuck with a bunch of thrown away players if the Lakers keep trying to pursue someone who has a 0% chance of coming. There are a lot of good players out there who can come in and contribute right away. We don’t need another superstar in order to win. Although it would be great to get LeBron, it’s not happening. I can’t say for sure we won’t get Melo, because there is a good possibility we can. But I do know we WILL NOT get LeBron! I wish they would wake up and face reality.

    • independentbynature

      I absolutely agree.This plan SUCKS !!!

      • Lakers Fan

        At this pace, we will be a lottery team and once again the laughing stock of the NBA. This plan will result in complete failure.

    • Jim213

      Now that Meeks isn’t returning they should focus more on reacquiring a few players from last year’s roster (UFAs). However, just shows certain players from last season capitalized on the opportunity in playing for one of the biggest team’s in the league even for vets minimum.

      • Lakers Fan

        Henry and Bazemore should be their top priority to bring back for the backup SG/SF positions. We can offer both of them 2-yr/$2 million deals. Kelly is another player they should bring back. Although people might look at MDA’s system as the reason he played well as a rookie, he was a good player at Duke and if it had not been for that foot injury he could have gone first round last year.

        I agree with you 100% on these players using last year as an opportunity to capitalize on the situation they were in. I wish them the best, but this just means the FO will have to go even harder during free agency.

        • Jim213

          Given Meeks verbally accepted a $19 mil deal doubt both of them would sign for cheap now. Best to get a few players to agree as opposed to wait after Lebron or Melo.

          • Marcus Franco

            Meeks played as a starter the entire season, that’s why his stats were so high.. Henry should be grateful with a 6 mi deal for two years.. My biggest concern is about Nick Young, he played extremely well as a bench and surely deserve a good contract..
            I just don’t get why people are criticizim him now.

          • Badazztj12

            6 mil? Hell nah. I say 2 mil for 2 years

          • Jim213

            That’s the hometown discount Young’s been talking about lol.

          • Thomas Klein

            That’s what he WAS making, you don’t think his agent is going to demand a raise based on his last season stat increase? If we don’t pay these guys at least double for two years, there walking. The good news is double isn’t that much, except for Jordan Hill, he’s going to be more expensive, I’d say 15 mill over three years should make him resign. Nick young is going to want 12mill over 3 yrs.
            That still gives us 20 mill per year for Melo AND 8 mill per year for Lowery, or Bledsloe

          • Jim213

            Given Meeks is going elsewhere and other likely to follow (Pacers showing interest in X) I’d rather FO try to reacquire some of the bench players from last season.

          • Badazztj12

            X is staying with Lakers. He been teaching some kids at Lakers Camp

          • Thomas Klein

            Relax, today is only the FIRST day of F/A, the Lakers knew Meeks was most likely gone do to his high demand, they also know Bazemore and Xavier will fill in nicely. Everything is fluid right now, but pieces will start locking in in the next two weeks.

          • Jim213

            Players can sigh contracts as of 7/10/144 once the cap has been set by the NBA. At best several UFA may return but given these players are making minimum they’d accept better offers elsewhere.

          • Lakers Fan

            I think they will. That’s $1 million a year for the next two years. That’s more than enough for two backup role players who won’t be playing any more than 17-20 minutes a night. If they feel they are worth more, then they can leave just like Meeks did. Looking at the route we are going, we might end up in the lottery once again. This FO is giving nobody any reason to believe they can pull off some miracle that would land use either LeBron or Melo.

          • Jim213

            Disagree if going for solid role players. Not D-leaguers or players that want a second crack at the league and since they don’t have nothing going currently to contend doubt a top vet role player would take a vet contract to sign with the Lakers given their current status.

          • Lakers Fan

            I doubt another other team would pay Henry and Bazemore more than $2 million. Henry has injury concerns, and Bazemore hasn’t proven why he should be given a bigger pay day. Maybe down the road when they become more established, but right now I don’t see them making more than 2 mil.

          • Jim213

            They will IMO, also hearing that X is getting serious consideration from the pacers to replace Evan Turner who made over $6.6 mil last season. Although, if X is signed it’ll be for no more than $4 mil w/pacers IMO.

          • Lakers Fan

            I guess, but I just don’t see it. I’m sure Larry Bird is smarter than that. They also need the money to resign Stephenson. So Idk. Maybe you are right. I just don’t see it happening, and if it do I will gladly eat my words lol.

          • independentbynature

            I can guarantee you they will both get bigger offers.

          • Lakers Fan

            Well lets say they do get bigger offers. Then we are screwed even more. Like I said, I don’t see this ending well for us.

          • Jim213

            No point is waiting for FOs future plan of going all out for 2015 given Bosh, Melo, LJ, won’t be around in FA. smh this may end up being a long rebuild tho Jim would be on his way out.

          • Lakers Fan

            What do you say about this? If we have a losing record by the time all-star break roll around, we let the rest of the season go. This way we have another lottery pick(has to be top 5 or otherwise goes to Phoenix) and cap space to go all out in free agency(depending on who we sign this offseason and at the 2015 trade deadline). If we look at the team then, we have two young players to build around plus whoever we bring in from free agency this year and next. I’m not trying to imply we tank the season like I was implying this season. Honestly, I can’t take another season like the one we just had. I’m just simply throwing out a scenario. How you feel about that?

          • Jim213

            Doubtful, unless Kobe experiences another injury (knock on wood). With an average roster they won’t win more than 40 games next season IMO.

          • Lakers Fan

            I thought I was the only one who felt that way. As I look at all the free agents at our disposal, we are severally limited. We are not an attractable place right now, and it will be hard to get free agents to come play for us. Players are staying with their teams(and going to others) due to teams throwing out big bucks. I’m looking at a 4-5 year rebuild for the Lakers and no 6th ring for Kobe.

          • Jim213

            Looks that way but FO best get it done before Kobe retires otherwise it may take longer.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            The Lakers just need a breakthrough like a major free agent signing or the LeBron+Carmelo pipe dream to become reality just something huge and unexpected for The Lakers.

            It’s still early in the process of free agency and Mitch has surprised us before like when he got Nash out of nowhere or when he traded for Dwight Howard or when he got Pau Gasol in a trade for rookies and Kwame Brown yeah Mitch has a rabbit out of the hat signing in him and also a magic wand he will pull out and magically add a star player or two.Not one but two star free agents are possible with all our cap room if we stretch out the contract of Steve Nash.

          • independentbynature

            You got that right.It doesn’t look promising.

  • independentbynature

    This article is pure BS.We don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of signing LeBron and only a slim chance of signing Melo.After we’re done waiting on the sure to come “no way,”what will we be left with?Not much……This plan is delusional.

    • Badazztj12

      Exactly man, we need to start hunting. I could offer Bledsoe a max right now rather than Lebron because we would have a better chance of getting him.

      • independentbynature

        I know.We need to move on some realistic targets before they’re all gone.Forget about LeBron and don’t count on Melo,either.Bledsoe,Lowry,Parsons,Monroe will all be gone before Jimmy wakes up.

        • Badazztj12

          Espn and other articles on the internet are bashing the shit out us. Calling us stupid because we think we have a better chance to get Lebron or Melo than other teams

          • independentbynature

            I hate ESPN,but they’re right.Jimmy is an idiot.

          • Lakers Fan

            It’s not like they are lying. I don’t know what the FO think is so attractive about our team that will appeal to these top FAs. We need to forget about LeBron and Melo and put together a solid team that will compete day-in and day-out. This fantasy they have involving Melo and LeBron will result in us being a lottery team once again.

      • Jim213

        Yes, also hear Wade and Bosh will likely take lower deals ($10 mil +$12 mil) to let LJ be payed the max with the heat. Resulting in bigger savings for Miami given if the #s add up they’d only be at $45 mil in salary while having more dough to sign another solid player or two.

        Almost sounds like the rich get richer (talent wise) and the poorer get poorer lol. This will take longer to fix if FO fails to act this off season tho Jim would be out in 3 years.

    • Fernando_85

      I’m really afraid that this season will be even worse

      • independentbynature

        That would be hard to do,but Jimmy’s working on it.How can they be so stupid?

      • JohnSmith00

        Well look on the bright side if that does happen, which I don’t think it will but if it does they could more than likely end up with a record that falls within the worst 3. If that happens the Lakers are extremely unlikely to draft outside of the top 5, which means they would get their 1st round pick back from the Nash trade.

        • independentbynature

          Unless Cleveland is in the lottery.They get all the top picks.

        • Lakers Fan

          I was thinking about this. In an odd type of way, maybe it will be for the best being able to draft in the lottery 2 years in a row. I just don’t think I can handle seeing the Lakers be as awful as they were last year. That shit is nerve wrecking lol.

          • Kobe Gagnon

            If kobe stays healthy for even half the season, there is utterly no chance, 0% of us being a top 5 worst team, and maybe 5-10% chance we don’t make the playoffs. Stop panicking so much people, believe that the lakers are contacting anyone and everyone they have interest in, and we will find out if Carmelo is coming soon enough

          • Lakers Fan

            Even if Kobe is healthy, who outside of Randle will he have to work with? There is a possibilty they can get Melo, but what if that dont happen? How long will it take for Melo to come to his decision? They are zoned in on tryin to get melo, and if that plan fails it may be too late to get any good players. They can contact people all they want, but its obvious they only care about tryin to get melo seeing as tho he is the only player that have shown significant interest in. And you are fooling yourself if you think we have a 5-10% chance of not making the playoffs. More like a 50-75% chance of not making the playoffs. Stop thinkin kobe will come back and save us. He needs a TEAM, especially in the Western Conference.

    • Zimmeredge

      Deng lowry, ariza, parsons, hayward, Monroe, frye, bledsoe, Hill, young none of these guys will make a move or sign elsewhere. They are plan c to plan b melo and plan a lebron. We are in no hurry. Because when lebron and melo give their answers we will have an edge because we will have the last call and the last meeting with those guys.
      If we cańt have those guys then sign guys that we will able to get trade along the year to get as much first rounder as you can and buckle up for 15-16. Future is bright. With Bryant, randle and Pau we can do things. Young and some rocks and vêts coming off the bench it’s gonna roll. Out of the po for sure but it will help us give some meaningful minutes to our young lads.

      • independentbynature

        You are as delusional as Jimmy and Mitch.Wake up.LeBron is not coming….Melo is not coming,either.By that time,not much will be left.July is NOT the time to not be in a hurry.Other teams are making moves and will over pay for what they want.You couldn’t be more wrong.Pau and Young are the only ones who will wait. Every one of those players will get paid before the roster slots get taken and before jimmy and Mitch get off their ass.

        • Zimmeredge

          Then let them over pay bledsoe who can barely play a full season. I’m telling you that for the same roster spot, same teams are targeting the same players. Until melo and bron haven’t take a decision all those guys wońt move.
          What? Because meeks is gone, gortat is gone and subpar players are gonna we should go crazy and run fast. Mitch said it, we will go all out for a marquee fa or we might bring in one or two players or we might sit for a year interview guys for a year, groom young players and use effective vet as trade asset to acquire picks or players. Then fa 15 rolls up.
          As for the coach it’s clear that we are waiting on whether we will have a big name or role players.
          We are loosing Time because teams are suspended on our last call and meeting with melo. And if the rocket, the bulls and all have a change of heard and décide to after other guys then it will make it easier.
          It’s a rebuilding process, it’s normal,to have a lot of uncertainty.

          • independentbynature

            You are really buying the FO BS.Uncertainty does not get it done.It’s normal to be uncertain only if you’re incompetent.I don’t care if they have to pay market price for players.It’s not my money.Just put together a decent team.You can’t do that on the cheap when you won 27 games last year.I couldn’t care less what the billionaire Buss kids have to pay for it.Just make it happen.

          • Badazztj12

            Cant we use money from TWC network?

          • independentbynature

            I guess Jimmy needs it.

          • Jim213

            It’s being shared with through revenue sharing, but yes tho cap tax will hurt more than last year.

          • Zimmeredge

            No it won’t happen because their strategy is well thought. They won’t hurry splash the cash on some guys and always not be able to make the po or fall short in semi or final. Ain’t gonna work like this. We wanna compete and we wanna contend. We are not about just making good illusions. We want to build a team that will win. I’m not buy ont anything i’m just watching things and reading stuff. Fo is coherent to their plan. If they can’t go all in they won’t go too far in the middle because it will mess with our future free agency.

          • independentbynature

            The absolute LAST thing this strategy is is “well thought.”What are you smoking?You are so far off from the reality here,I don’t even know what to say.

          • Zimmeredge

            You act and speak like one child loosing his temper because we stole him is favorite toy. Calm down Man. Just chill. You doubt the Lakers get away from them. Just relax be patient or take your crazy pills Mugatu!

          • independentbynature

            I need some of what you’re smoking.Must be some real strong stuff.

        • Zimmeredge

          We are not loosing Time.

          • Jim213

            Yes and no. Officially no given contract’s can’t be signed until 7/10/14 once the cap has been set. However, business dealings are still going with player verbal agreements for those willing to accept deals before 7/10/14.

          • Zimmeredge

            If i read independantbýature it’s like we are doing nothing… Meeks and gortat are gone it’s already panic on board. You can’t trust emotional fans who go will about that type of thing. We should really give the Max to bledsoe knowing that guy can’t play a full season? Common we are better than that….

          • Jim213

            Myself, not panicking but seeing the same thing that resulted last off season (DH). Being paying the most attention to a specific player rather than finding reliable role players to help the starting rotation which doesn’t involve overpaying.

  • JohnSmith00

    Didn’t bother reading…. here’s why the Lakers SHOULDN’T pursue LeNeedsAirConditioningtoSurvive, he is a cancer, that is all. Best case scenario in free agency for the Lakers: Carmelo, Pau and Swaggy P. Second best case scenario Monroe or Bledsoe and Luol Deng.

  • Mark

    Gortat resigns with washington 60 million 5 years

    • Greg

      Man u on fire with the info. The site is way behind

      • JohnSmith00

        Twitter feeds man, twitter feeds…. it’s all there.

      • Badazztj12

        Dude on espn said he might wanted 50 mil 5 year deal lol

    • JohnSmith00

      10 mil a year, damn near pissed myself from laughing so hard. It seems teams are hell bent on overpaying mediocre players.

    • Antonio Garcia

      Should’ve been 3 years. Dude is 30 years old.

    • Mark

      Mitch met with Gasol face to face for a couple of hours today.

      • 3339

        Mitch: hey buddy we appreciate everything you did here and we want to keep you here. It means a lot

        Pau: then why was I almost traded ever since the mavs loss? If I resign will the same stuff take place?
        Mitch: no way (fingers crossed)
        That must have been an interesting meeting.

    • Mark

      Shaun Livingston to the Golden State Warriors 3 year deal. Free Agency seems to be picking up

  • Antonio Garcia

    Although lebron is a great player, I don’t want us to miss out on other good free agents if we fail to get him. If we learned anything from the finals, teams win titles not a few players. Hopefully we can pick up several good players.

  • 3339

    Lebron’s not coming here. He’s going to get a max deal to stay with his friends in miami who will take a discount and allow another All-Star or near All-Star (Kyle Lowry) to join in.
    maybe Carmelo because he loves LA but I doubt it.
    Lakers added their most important piece in Randle who I think will develop into a great player and together with Kobe restore the competitive environment that will make players line up to play here because they’ll see us as a legit team not one stuck in mediocrity in a very very tough conference.

    • independentbynature

      That may never happen with Jimmy running the show.He still thinks we’re relevant.He’s in denial about the massive damage he’s done to our winning culture.FAs know it.

      • 3339

        Ya, I will say if Dr. Buss was still alive, there is no doubt in my mind that we get Carmelo or LeBron, or even both. Dr. Buss knew how to handle things and his players loved him. Jimmy seems to think he is above all the players.
        I don’t think they Lakers are as attractive to players as they think they are right now. Only way to change that is on the court and with coaching. The name Lakers just doesn’t do it right now without Dr. Buss

  • Mark

    Shaun Livingston to the warriors 3 year deal

    • Badazztj12

      Damn you fast with these reports

  • Badazztj12

    PG – Eric Bledsoe (10 mil max)/ Jordan Farmer (1 mil 2 years)
    SG – Kobe Bryant/ Nick Young (3 mil 4 years)
    SF – Danny Granger (2 mil 3 years)/ X Henry (1 mil 2 years)
    PF – Julius Randle (2.5 mil IDK years) / Ed Davis (1.5 mil 3 years)
    C – Pau Gasol (7 mil 2 years)/ Sacre (1 mil IDK years)
    Stretch Nash so we can have 28.5 mil in Cap

    • independentbynature

      Every single player you have listed will make much more than that.No FAs are going to play for less for the Lakers.Most will be gone long before the Lakers are able to make a decision.We’re the only team in the league without a coach once Hollins goes to the Nets.Our FO is whacked.

      • Badazztj12

        Ok but the Young, Farmer, X henry, and Granger deals are real. Hollins hasn’t sign with them yet Lakers suppose have another meeting with him sometime this week

        • independentbynature

          He’ll be gone already.Count on it.

        • independentbynature

          And Granger will stay with the Clips.Wouldn’t want him anyway.

          • Badazztj12

            They having problems though with money. Granger started to return back to form by regular season end.

    • laker4life

      Suns would match a 4 yr / $40 mil deal for Bledsoe. If Meeks got 3/19 then Young gets more than 3 mil a year. Report is Pau looking for 10-12 per year.

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

    I’m all for going after big talent, but LeBron seems like a huge stretch. Pitch to him, whatever, but let’s not put our FA hunt on hold while Melo and James make their decisions. We’ll end up with another “Post-Dwight” issue again, and likely sign a bunch of low end bench/role players to one year deals.

    I’d like to see the Lakers push hard for Ariza/Deng and Lowry. Defense on the perimeter and wing, and some food second/third option scoring.

    Hell, if you can get Pau back, maybe he’d help in trying to sign Marc Gasol NEXT season.

    • Badazztj12

      Lowry looks like he about to sign with the Heat. We better offering Eric Bledsoe to a Max before its too late

    • Lakers Fan

      Lowry just got a monster offer from Toronto. He also have a good nucleus of players up there. I doubt he leaves. Looking at the way the Lakers are going, Deng/Ariza are their last options. Their 1st options are Melo and LeBron. By the time Melo and LeBron have made their decisions, Deng/Ariza will be signed to a team. I have a feeling this will not end good for us.

    • Zimmeredge

      It’s funny because bron is not meant to Meet with any team for now… Then melo… We have the upper hand as we are the last team Meeting with him Other teams won’t hire players during that Time and if they do so then we are the last man standing. Knicks have done their pitch and it was basically be patient and paycut. Bulls? Paycut, title shot within two years and that’s all and snow!!!! Rockets? Paycut and we already have beard and dwight plus a run and gun coach!!!! Lakers? Best contract besides knicks and we have the sun and good home for your wise and Kids, we can make you the superstar of the biggest, most successful franchise in bball history and a great team every year from day one, and we will pay you good money til the end of your career.

      • independentbynature

        Wow !!! I just can’t fathom where you are coming from.We don’t have the “upper” anything.We are at the bottom and trying to dig our way out of this massive hole that Jimmy has put us in.You just aren’t facing reality.There just might be a job for you in the Lakers FO.

        • Zimmeredge

          Yeah for sure. You should just quit the Lakers fanship because the Lakers are never a massive hole. We are always something: the los angeles Lakers and that means championships, trophies, superstars AND crazy summers, turnaround moves. I ma not delusionnal. We are more and we will always be more. Our strategy is clear. As i told no star? No problem! We won’t get after mid players that we will have to over pay and then it will screw us in the future. No way we are doing that.

          • independentbynature

            I’ve been a Lakers fan since long before you were born.You are delusional.I call it like I see it and I see the whole picture.Everyone laughs at us because of low information fans like you.When you settle for less,that’s ALL you get.This FO is dysfunctional.Everyone but you sees it.You’re a fan of Excuses for LOSING.That’s all

          • Badazztj12

            check out my comment above

          • rival almighty

            Lol good way to stop these 2 from arguing

          • Badazztj12

            lol

          • independentbynature

            I’m just trying force some reality on the dude.He’s not having any,though.He’s been posting that we’re getting LeBron and Melo for weeks now.I’m done with it.It’s hopeless.

          • Zimmeredge

            No not lebron. Melo yes. I’m not delusionnal. I Know winning is hard and it surely takes more than subpar players like you want us to sign… I am being realistic i ink about the cba. I think about our cap issues that we have to solve. Seems that i’m loosing my Time trying to explained stuff to you no problem.
            Question is not what fans think of us. Question is what do you think about our franchise and i think i have an answer about that. You have to trust the owner because well they own the team and they in est big Time and big money on this franchise. Lakers fans always trust and support their team. They don’t diss at their team. You are being critical and while i have had my load of critics along the season it’s a new start. I’m not delusionnal. In any case and anyway to see the Lakers win again within two or three years are slim but if we land a big name then it surely won’t take much longer.
            I don’t care about waiting to win. You are acting like a child. Everyone with so-called knowledge Know that the Lakers will not go on a spending spree on the free agency if they can’t land that big fa. That’s fact. If we do add a guy like melo or bron we won’t hire 3-4 guys for 7-10 or plus millions because it will screw our possibilities on future free agencies. We will only go over the cap if we can land that big name. We are willing to go over it only if we get that particular player. If we don’t we save money. Take care of our cap Space and then we will be able spending big money again. I’m aware of the financial issues that the team are facing and that the fo is willing to go through those issues only if they get a player that will bring big money. Period. You can discussion this topic anytime anywhere. It’s facts.

          • independentbynature

            You are delusional and writing a novel for a comment won’t change that.No one here wants to read War and Peace.And yes you did claim we were getting LBJ and Melo.I rest my case.

          • Zimmeredge

            No i said one of the two. And i was really precise on lebron because i said multiple Time that he wońt leave Miami but won’t take a pay cut too… Now what? Lebron will take a Max contract Miami.
            I said that we have the best chance at Landing melo because of many many many arguments that we have over the rockets, the knicks or the bulls right at the moment and ultimately i said bosh IF he was having a change of heart and was willing to not take paycut and play in team that will use him to his full potential.
            I never said lebron AND melo i said one of two. I Know what i said. You’ll have to Proove me wrong otherwise. I have been bashing LN for weeks now because they were un realistic about having both of them.
            You don’t have anything to answer because you are acting idiotically. As long as we are getting into detailled stuff about cba you can’t Talk much because you are still expecting the Lakers to overpay multiple players for nothing.

  • independentbynature

    The FAs know that the first ones to sign,get paid.The ones left,get what’s left.They will not be waiting on a team who can’t even decide who their coach is.The teams that wait will only get what’s left,too.You snooze,you lose.Wake up Lakers.This feels like an epic whiff on the way.

    • Badazztj12

      Why don’t the Lakers just give the damn job to Hollins already. He is a coach that would attract FA’s

      • rival almighty

        They’re saying $$$$$$ is the problem. He’s asking for too much

      • independentbynature

        Two things attract FAs…Money and winning.Most want both.I don’t care about Hollins.Scott will do great.But,it is a symbol of how indecisive our FO is.They act like they don’t know what they are doing.That,will not attract FAs.

  • rival almighty

    We don’t need bron. Kobe Walton Sasha our big 3 back to back champs shit we the reason the big 3 in Miami even exsist!

    • Badazztj12

      Kobe Gasol and Odom was our big 3

      • rival almighty

        It was a joke buddy but gasol Odom and bynum didn’t agree to take paycuts to win there first ring. What I meant was all you need is a good team not the best player

        • Badazztj12

          Oh lol, but so true. Look what the Grizzles and Spurs did

  • Badazztj12

    I just realize something. Miami, Bulls, and Rockets cant offer Melo a max deal. They would be over the cap. Knicks and Lakers only can offer him a max deal. Knicks kind of look bad right now. If Lakers can talk to Melo about pairing with Gasol, which right now is better than the Knicks, I think we could get Melo for 96 mil max deal. This is the plan the FO is going with but its only a 25% chance

    • Spade

      It’s not about max money with Melo. He wants to win immediately. The Bulls will amnesty Boozer and expect Melo to take a pay cut in order to compete. The Rockets already traded Asik and are looking to move Lin. They too expect Melo to take a pay cut to compete.

      I don’t know Melo’s intentions, but he has publicly said he’s willing to take less money in order to compete for championships. If this was about getting the most money he’d take the absolute max with the Knicks.

      • Badazztj12

        Its clearly that I said 25%. We don’t know what Melo gonna do and he can earn money, WHILE competing unlike the Knicks can do right now

      • Zimmeredge

        Like melo will play for 15m in Chicago and Houston…. He will remain a knicks if he is not a laker.
        Less money when he can take the Max means what he earning right now. Kobe said he would take a paycut and not a Max contrat. He took a 6m paycut.. Melo wońt play under 17m.
        And he won’t asap with no team…bulls are screwed in a year or two. No Dj this summer, no butler next season and no noah or taj, no bench because of the yearly wage increase.

        • Badazztj12

          Exactly so we do have a chance to get Melo but it took me some time to put the pieces together

        • Spade

          We’ll see if your theory is correct in the coming weeks.

    • rival almighty

      The good thing about our situation is that we can ask him who he wants to bring in this year or next. I mean he has to see that a team like bledsoe Kobe melo randle gasol is a playoff team

  • laker4life

    So it looks like LBJ, Wade and Bosh stay in Miami. Gortat stays in Wash. Melo probably ends up in NY or Chicago. Kyrie maxes out in Cleveland, LA will max out in Portland. Randolph extends in Memphis. Good chance Love ends up being traded and we possibly miss on him too. Guess paying Kobe all that money was not relevant. This franchise doesn’t have a face. Phil with the Knicks, Riles with the Heat, West doing his thing for the Warriors. Mitch is a great GM, but not respected like the legends.

    • independentbynature

      But we got Jimmy Buss…..

      • laker4life

        I wanted to give him a chance after the CP3 trade but he can’t be the face. He will never live up to his dads legend.

        • independentbynature

          I’m with Magic….I don’t believe in Jimmy Buss.I don’t see any reason to.

          • laker4life

            Agreed.

    • rival almighty

      And they pushed magic out of the picture

      • laker4life

        Magic could have been the face. He would have the respect of the players and they would buy into what he was selling. Hopefully Jim is true to his word and will step aside in a few years if they aren’t a playoff contender.

    • Spade

      In hindsight Kobe was wise to take every cent the FO offered, especially seeing these results. It’s beginning to look like the FO will completely strike out this summer; and next years free agents are getting paid early. With very little assets/draft picks to our name this is starting to look troublesome for our team.

      • laker4life

        Most guys on rookie deals will extend. The other FA will look for that extra year and dollars. We either need a system like the Spurs that plays team D and shares the ball. You don’t need the superstars. Just good team players. Hopefully the desperation doesn’t set in and we over pay for mid level FA. Meeks at 19 mil for 3 years is crazy.

        • Badazztj12

          The only coach that can install a system that gets the team to not play up-tempo and play defense is Hollins. Bryon Scott runn a up-tempo offense which we don’t need for Kobe

          • laker4life

            Yea and it looks like Hollins may end up in Brooklyn.

          • independentbynature

            Scott has already stated that he will run offense through the low post,if hired.And he insists on D.

          • Badazztj12

            For real? I didn’t know that. Then right it really doesn’t matter just get one of them then hell because that wont attract FA’s

          • independentbynature

            Once the Nets hire Hollins,the Lakers will be the only team without a coach.We’re just lucky that Scott has been waiting for this job for a year now.This FO just can’t make decisions.It is not inspiring much confidence in them.

          • laker4life

            I read the FO was trying to get another interview with Hollins. Sounds like he is going to the Nets. Unless you got Phil or Pop I’m not sure the coach will be a difference maker. Unless its MDA then your screwed.

          • Badazztj12

            If Scott did say we was going to run the offense through the low post then we would have energy for the defensive end which is way Hollins team was third in defense two years ago

          • laker4life

            And Scott always called out the poor defense last year on TWC. I think he will. The problem is one of the rim protectors will probably be gone. J Hill.

          • independentbynature

            It doesn’t look like he’ll have much to work with.

          • Badazztj12

            I wouldn’t call him a rim protecter but I do see more potential in Randle

      • kookiebuger

        I mean next years draft pick is top 5 protected and the West is getting better with the Nuggets, Pelicans, and the Suns are potential playoff teams along with the Warriors,Mavs, Memphis,Portland, OKC,Spurs,Rockets,and the Clippers. That’s 11 deep in the West if the Lakers roster is below average like last year then they might just end up with their pick.

  • Hate2Sayit

    Give LeBron the Max he wants and sign and trade Gasol and Nash to NY for Melo.
    Resign Hill and fill out the bench with young cheap talent.

    Hill
    Randle
    James
    Anthony
    Bryant

    • Lakers Fan

      Are you a troll?

      • Redemption Rain

        I don’t think he understands that Melo is a free agent and so we can’t sign and trade for Melo is isn’t part of NY right now, this guy doesn’t know the rules plan and simple

        • Lakers Fan

          I figured he was some other team’s fan trying to troll our comment section because nobody can be that delusional.

          • Redemption Rain

            Not going to lie, when someone from a different team says Lakers fans are disillusion, well they are referring to these guys LOL, ohhhh if it was that simple Lakers would have every member of Team USA LOL

  • Hate2Sayit

    Read somewhere Ariza is asking for $11M a year and Deng wants $12-14M a year, Lowry is being offered close to $15M a year and I say fuck that! If I’m going to overpay, if rather over pay for Kobe, LeBron and Melo.

    • Jim213

      Ariza’s asking between $8-11 mil. For Kobe he’d be willing to go for $9 mil if he accepted to rejoin. Too much dough to consider Deng IMO. Bring on the D-leaguers smh.

      • Redemption Rain

        We have a few talented bench players that we should aim, after Meeks left, we should consider Young, Hill, and Bazemore. The sad thing is that we have Marshall who is still on our books….that fool can’t shoot or play defense, only upside with that guy is being a play-maker, he should sit next to Scrae as the 12th or 13th player to get any minutes, Farmer is a better PG

        • Jim213

          Hopefully, Bazemore returns as that’s the best shot to fill meeks vacated spot. Otherwise, it’s back to d-leaguers and players who’d like a second shot in the league. Although, if FO used the brains they’d be looking overseas.

          • Redemption Rain

            I like that overseas plan, smells like the Spurs LOL…..

      • Zimmeredge

        No no Jim don’t you understand we have to overpay every damn dude that does not worth his contract just because we have to assemble a roster as fast as we can. (Irony) smh

        • Jim213

          I’d take Ariza over Deng but $8 mil sounds about right for Ariza. It’s not over paying players but finding the best fit tho they’ll have to concentrate more on bang for your buck players who can be traded down the road to improve the roster (assets) IMO.

          • Zimmeredge

            Yeah ariza will come or go for around 9. He is making 7. Ask 11 and after negotiation get 9. Normal set up.
            But as i said earlier, although having verbal agreement with teams, shit is locked up until the big moves are done. Ariza is a b plan for most of the teams interested in melo or bron. Same for deng, same for parsons. Lowry is supposed to go to the rockets or the Lakers or the heat but it also depends on if Toronto will even the proposition and on if melo is going somewhere. That shit ain’t gonna change until we Know more about big names.
            Then if we can’t have a big guy. We won’t take much player this offseason. They clearly don’t want to mess with their financial flexibility for 15 and 16.

        • independentbynature

          No no.Were getting LeBron and Melo for the league minumum.IRONY…..

          • Zimmeredge

            No go for bledsoe give him 15-20m he earns that money and same for meeks, gortat and bazemore. And bring deng for 15m as well. Give gasol hell of Max contract…. Overpay them all!!!

    • Badazztj12

      Holy shit these mudafuckas not cheap

      • Jim213

        It’s the need that’s driving the price hike. But this isn’t the reason the Lakers are mediocre. It’s basketball operations that’s the issue. Trading 1st rounders and acquiring players for too much (ex. Nash) has set the brand back. Can’t even make a solid trade given the lack of talent. smh

        • Zimmeredge

          You are talking facts. Bad moves in the past set us back.

          • laker4life

            The big CP3 trade veto started all of it. Then getting nothing for D12 and giving 1st rounders up for both him and Nash. Yea we’re screwed. Besides Randle, we going to have to do it in FA. Problem is FA look at the team and don’t see much there either.

  • DamnShame

    Meeks just got $20M 3 year deal. That’s too much. He wasn’t going to get that in LA that’s for sure. Bazemore talking to the Spurs. Gasol talking to the Heat. Not looking good for LA

    • Badazztj12

      Bosh going back to Heat so I wouldn’t see Gasol fitting there

  • rival almighty

    Well if you ask me bosh and gasol are the same shit i’ll take either ………..maybe bosh got a little more balls

    • Badazztj12

      Bosh don’t have the post moves that Gasol have

      • rival almighty

        Right but we would get about the same numbers from either one bosh’s numbers might even improve with a bigger role who knows I just hope one of those guys comes to take some pressure off Randles development

  • Jason Smith

    As a Lakers Fan, Let me say this!!!! Mitch, Jim, are the most dumbasses I’ve ever seen in the NBA… Sitting around waiting on something that’s not going to happen…. Mitch Put the crack Pipe down!! and go hire Lionel Hollins as your Coach!! re-sign, Bazemore, X, Famar, Hill and Kaman… Than go get Isaiah Thomas as your Point Guard, Go get Rudy Gay, and Lance Stevenson, and stop being fucking stupid

    • laker4life

      Like they are afraid to make a decision. Like Baze, X, Famar, Hill and Kaman. Gay opted in with Sac.

  • laker4life

    So Pau is pushing for 10-12 mil per year. Do we pay him that?

  • Jason Smith

    and if you cant get Pau Gasol back Go get Chris Bosh, or Greg Monroe, because you gonna fuck around Mitch Kupchak and no one Is gonna be left

  • rival almighty

    Pg Thomas
    SG Kobe
    Sf Gay
    Pf Randle
    C who cares this is a good team

    • laker4life

      Gay opted in with Sac. He isn’t a FA.

    • Redemption Rain

      SF- Please be Ariza if not Deng, if not Deng, then I guess another D-League Player unless you can convince Parson who hates LA since he convinced Dwight to come to the Rockets to betray his own team or Lance Steven……crap he is not a SF (unless you move Kobe to SF)……god please help us…..

      • rival almighty

        Lol it must suck to be in the laker front office right now

        • Redemption Rain

          Times like this is when I play NBA 2K My GM mode and use persuasion attribute for my GM to LOOL

  • rival almighty

    OK put in Deng or ariza and pao Monroe or bosh at center

  • Ax

    Fuck pau no defense get deng Lowry I don’t know if we are getting Lebron or melo so let’s not get ahead of our selfs

    • rival almighty

      No defence no balls either but we ain’t got much to choose from

    • Redemption Rain

      We should have gotten Omer asik when we had the chance, him and Randle could become a defensive power house under Lionel Hollins ;(

  • Daniel

    Why don’t the Lakers forget about Lebron, and move forward. He are wasting time on a guy that is not moving away from Miami. He is just buying time so they restructure the contracts, and get more help. He has the chance to be a legend in Miami for the rest of the century, why go to LA were he would have to share egos with Kobe, a place where he gets no respect.
    Please, Lakers, go after Kyle, Monroe, and other players, we will have the chance to get our superstar next year, or the year after.
    Forget about what Kobe said, if he were really interested in a 6th ring, he would have accepted 10 million and leave another 13 millons to get better players.

    • Redemption Rain

      The longer they wait for Melo and Lebron to “make their decisions” the faster Lowry, Thomas. Ariza, Deng, Parson, Monroe, would re-sign to their teams or another team. LA should build a team that is attractive with talented role player then All-Star free agents would come and play for us.

    • Bruce

      You absolutely right, people that think we can sign Lebron are so delusional.
      Let’s focus at the task at hand, shape up a decent roster, compete the hardest we can this upcoming season, and hopefully we can have a shot a future superstars that’s more realistic and within reach. Now I’m not saying we don’t have a shot a Melo, we do, because we are one of the teams that plans to meet with him. Let’s also focus on other decent FA such as Deng, Monroe, Parsons, Lowry (chances are slim, looks like he resign with Raptors) Ariza, Stephenson, and even Paul Pierce. We also have to do anything we can to resign Gasol, if not then we just have to do a sign and trade, can’t afford to lose him for nothing.

  • Anthony C.

    Honestly. I don’t think Melo would come to LA. In my opinion. He doesn’t have the mentality or the drive to win as much as Kobe and LeBron do. Kobe. Melo. And LeBron were all on the USA team. So they automatically have a connection with eachother. Sign LeBron. Then get guys with enough talent to play the other roles. And guys willing to play off the bench. Melo doesn’t seem like a good fit with the Lakers

    • Redemption Rain

      We are NOT getting Lebron, DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!!

  • Vino

    Yo LeBron until July 10 is the day you make it official to sign with The Lakers.Are you down with the LA crown?Yes Lakers can make this happen if everyone is willing to work together as one and lets be a team of men that win championships 17,18.

    Lakers 2014-2015 Master Plan
    PG Mario Chalmers Mid Level Exception
    SG Kobe Bryant
    SF Carmelo Anthony
    PF LeBron James
    PF Julius Randle
    C Robert Sacre
    C Jerome Jordan
    PG Kendall Marshall
    PG Jordan Clarkson
    PF Ryan Kelly
    SG DeAndre Kane
    SG Rodrigue Beaubois
    SF Xavier Henry

    • Redemption Rain

      Worst plan EVER, the Lakers “Big 3″ with D-League and Smush Parker types of players are not going to compete for anything, they will get beat by the Spurs and if one of those big 3 gets injured the Lakers are stuck with a D-League replacement with no experience or skills in the NBA. In theory Lakers could sign Lebron and Melo ONLY if Melo agrees to a lessor deal on his contract. Other than that please put down that blunt

      • independentbynature

        This is the plan I was talking about that sucks….See Vino above…..

  • Melvin

    The Lakers can just be more aggressive in there pursuit of LeBron James.

  • rajap

    I’d like to focus my sights on FA’s like Chandler Parsons, Greg Monroe, and Kyle Lowry. LeBron is staying in Miami and Carmelo is going to Chicago. A two year old could figure this one out.

    • independentbynature

      Seems that way to me,too.Lots of delusions going around here.

    • OG_RiceBone

      Parsons hates LA

  • Lakers4Life

    Great article!
    Most of those people who despise LeBron (for whatever reason) simply has no common sense. He may complain about fouls, go on TV to make his “decision” out loud, flop or whatever, but it doesn’t make him any less of a bball player that he is — probably the best player in the NBA right now.
    Having him alongside Kobe and maybe even Melo (or other key role players) would instantly make us title contenders, as that’s what true Laker fans care about. Winning championships.
    Nuff said and let the luring of LeBron begin!!!

    • Redemption Rain

      Could you please stop being delusional, if it was that easy, Team USA would be playing for the Lakers….just stop and put down that crack pipe

    • Spade

      The only people who despise LeBron on this site are insecure Kobe fans who feel threatened by LeBron. Whenever you see someone criticize LeBron the only thing they say is that he sold out to win, his boring to watch (which is a flat out lie), and that Kobe has more rings than him. That’s it. They’re desperately trying to argue when there is no argument to be made. LeBron is the best right now, and when his career is over he’ll probably have surpassed Kobe on the all-time list.

      With that said, LeBron isn’t leaving Miami. His agent is meeting with teams without him. It’s all sham.

  • Edwin Baddy Bartido Jr.

    We don’t need Lebron to win. We are not like him that needs other co superstar to get a ring.
    We can be good by getting any of the guys like Ariza, Lawry, Parson, Deng, Thomas and not those big names.
    Most important is to get a great coach and get Gasol back. It’s good to see superstars carrying their own team so we can find out whose the best.

  • Daniel Bautista

    I’d sign Melo and roster in cheaper players like Parsons and Deng…. Keep Farmar and hopefully retain Swaggy P…. build a roster off that then find a coach, prefferably Scott

  • J Day

    Why would Kobe take so much money.. I don’t think the 6th championship is as important as 48 million dollars.. Oh well

  • Redemption Rain

    At this moment the Lakers should take full advantage of Lance and the troubles that the Pacers are going through with trying to negotiate a contract. START BUILDING a team, then we can attract free agent super stars,

  • Gar Dog

    I think most Lakers fans feel like I do about Lebron: We don’t like him… unless he’s wearing a Lakers uniform. Then we LOVE him

  • roseducanna

    LAKERS can’t sign with JAME and MELO. Go another plan please.

  • hookedonnews

    This is kind of a no-brainer. Any team in the league (with the possible exception of the Spurs) would be crazy not to sign LeBron James given the opportunity to do it. The question is what he wants. Bosh will sign for less if he has to in order to keep LeBron in Miami. Same for Wade I imagine. They want more championships. No one doubts that the Lakers will do what’s necessary to sign LeBron if he wants to come here.

  • junjay32

    If Lebron will play along with Kobe, I think Kobe need to pay cut his salary to make Lebron deal with maximum salary here in Lakers, and also to welcome Melo in a possible BIG THREE SUPERPOWER of LAKERS. But many Lakers fans feel that, this will be over rating. We all know that Lebron vs Kobe in NBA league is very awaited to be one of of the great battle. They are biggest rival in court, but off court they are friend. And if Lebron play with Houston along with Howard or in Chicago and LA Clippers. I know that’s will be a great battle or even a JAMES vs KOBE battle for Ring, and two thing will only happen. And that is, it will be Lakers with Kobe Fans will win the victory after 4 years poor performance, or it will gave them another break heart if they lost. Or it maybe another disappointment for Lebron to loose again in possible 3 times in the Finals if Kobe will win the battle.
    But if you are Lakers loyal, of course we want to win, or if you are Lebron biggest fan I know you want your idol to bounce back in disappointing loss in FINALS. So I know KOBE JAMES combination is surely for victory, so that if this two guy will make together, theirs will be no worries together, because they play together along with Melo’s no ring. That’s the theory in this situation Thanks

  • Larry J Cruz

    Need to DUMP Nash, as he’s been swallowing large amounts of money just to be a spectator. Nash was a very good PG back in the days, but his injuries has cost the Lakers largely. I feel that if Lebron becomes available that Kobe should restructure his $42 million, take a bit less to lure Carmelo and James to L.A.
    Otherwise, just go after Parsons, Deng or Ariza. Then Lowery.

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