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MAGICLAKEZ
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Beautiful article which weighs in various scenarios centered around this young lakers squad moving forward.
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Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka got exactly what they needed out of the trade deadline. They will have the space to offer two max contracts this offseason, but even if they don’t sign stars right away, the team is in good shape moving forward. The Lakers are back in the star-chasing business. After trading Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. for the expiring contracts of Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye and the Cavs’ 2018 first-round pick on Thursday, they can now clear enough salary cap space for....


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What Lakers need is a go-to scorer that can defend multiple position. Then add complimentary guys that can defend, run and shoot.


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Christiannoel wrote:
What Lakers need is a go-to scorer that can defend multiple position. Then add complimentary guys that can defend, run and shoot.

Sooooo Lebron?


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WatchTheSkyFall24 wrote:
Sooooo Lebron?

Or PG13 ?


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WatchTheSkyFall24 wrote:
Sooooo Lebron?

No, he said that CAN defend.


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kkennon1 wrote:
Or PG13 ?

Sounds more like Khawi. Better defender and scorer than George.


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JJCali wrote:
Sounds more like Khawi. Better defender and scorer than George.

He's not a FA yet. I'm talking about this FA.


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PG13

Glen Robinson III

Will Barton

Avery Bradley

KCP

Danny Green

All good to decent shooters that can defend. I think they should go after PG13 and another one of these guys.

You would have:

Ball/ Caruso

Ingram/ Hart

PG13/Other FA signee from above

Kuzma/Randle

Lopez/Zubac/ Bryant.

I know Cousins is the other favorite for most here bu with the injury I think its a huge gamble and I don't think he takes any kind of discount contract. Lopez is not the greatest center but i think he is decent enough. He could also be resigned.


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LALA-LandShow24 wrote:
PG13

Glen Robinson III

Will Barton

Avery Bradley

KCP

Danny Green

All good to decent shooters that can defend. I think they should go after PG13 and another one of these guys.

You would have:

Ball/ Caruso

Ingram/ Hart

PG13/Other FA signee from above

Kuzma/Randle

Lopez/Zubac/ Bryant.

I know Cousins is the other favorite for most here bu with the injury I think its a huge gamble and I don't think he takes any kind of discount contract. Lopez is not the greatest center but i think he is decent enough. He could also be resigned.

We should try to get a backup PG. if we go with Lopez, it'd better be a 1 year deal. Maybe IT will re-sign for 1 year. But I'd rather see Zubac and Bryant than Lopez.


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LALA-LandShow24 wrote:
PG13

Glen Robinson III

Will Barton

Avery Bradley

KCP

Danny Green

All good to decent shooters that can defend. I think they should go after PG13 and another one of these guys.

You would have:

Ball/ Caruso

Ingram/ Hart

PG13/Other FA signee from above

Kuzma/Randle

Lopez/Zubac/ Bryant.

I know Cousins is the other favorite for most here bu with the injury I think its a huge gamble and I don't think he takes any kind of discount contract. Lopez is not the greatest center but i think he is decent enough. He could also be resigned.

We should try to get a backup PG. if we go with Lopez, it'd better be a 1 year deal. Maybe IT will re-sign for 1 year. But I'd rather see Zubac and Bryant than Lopez.


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JJCali wrote:
We should try to get a backup PG. if we go with Lopez, it'd better be a 1 year deal. Maybe IT will re-sign for 1 year. But I'd rather see Zubac and Bryant than Lopez.

Zu and Bryant are backups at best, imo

Would rather see them offer Cousins a 1year deal if they can get him to sign one.


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kkennon1 wrote:
Zu and Bryant are backups at best, imo

Would rather see them offer Cousins a 1year deal if they can get him to sign one.

Yeah, but you have no idea. They're like F-ing 20 years old.

And you also acted like Randle and Clarkson both sucked, but they've been our 2 best players this season.


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JJCali wrote:
Yeah, but you have no idea. They're like F-ing 20 years old.

And you also acted like Randle and Clarkson both sucked, but they've been our 2 best players this season.

And you have no idea either. And I never acted like Randle or Clarkson sucked. I was defending Clarkson since day one on here. Having said that , I still don't think he's not replaceable. As far as Randle , all I've said is he's one dimensional and not worth max money to me. And all he does is drive, and can't defend rim., Facts !!! But have said I want him back at right price.

Also when I say backups, I mean depending on who we got to play 5. Because Zu or Byrant sure is hell ain't going to be Cousins or any other top center right now.


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JJCali wrote:
Yeah, but you have no idea. They're like F-ing 20 years old.

And you also acted like Randle and Clarkson both sucked, but they've been our 2 best players this season.

Yeah but the roster isn't exactly very good. It's like being the smartest guy in special ed (no offense intended to anyone)


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Tempy wrote:
Yeah but the roster isn't exactly very good. It's like being the smartest guy in special ed (no offense intended to anyone)
Let's get this straight for once and for all: Clarky and Nance are not, and will never be, superstars. They are players who, when paired WITH a superstar, can play very well. As is happening in Cleveland. I have said this before: the aim of the Lakers is Championships. If we wanted to go eighth seed and a quick exit in the playoffs, keep Clarky and Nance and become the Clippers. We need at least a fighters chance to land....


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And you have no idea either. And I never acted like Randle or Clarkson sucked. I was defending Clarkson since day one on here. Having said that , I still don't think he's not replaceable. As far as Randle , all I've said is he's one dimensional and not worth max money to me. And all he does is drive, and can't defend rim., Facts !!! But have said I want him back at right price.

Also when I say backups, I mean depending on who we got to play 5. Because Zu or Byrant sure is hell ain't going to be Cousins or any other top center right now.

I don't know. That's my point. That's why I want to see them play more. When Zubac has gotten time he's looked like more than a backup, but he doesn't get any time.


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JJCali wrote:
I don't know. That's my point. That's why I want to see them play more. When Zubac has gotten time he's looked like more than a backup, but he doesn't get any time.

Maybe, but are they decent players, that look better than they are on bad team. And I still say he's a backup on a team with some of the better centers in league. You get Cousins, and he's a backup. You put him on a team with any of these, he's a backup:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2754 ... s-2nd-half

But agree about needing more playing time.


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BaadMaster wrote:

All I know is we got a lot of shots at one or two Superstars. And a super-long shot with IT.

You are right we have a super-long shot with IT, it’s not too far fetched in the realm of possibilities. Just need to keep raising the bar higher and hope the chips fall into place. Lol


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kkennon1 wrote:
Maybe, but are they decent players, that look better than they are on bad team. And I still say he's a backup on a team with some of the better centers in league. You get Cousins, and he's a backup. You put him on a team with any of these, he's a backup: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2754243-nba-position-rankings-top-1 5-centers-for-seasons-2nd-half But agree about needing more playing time.
First, Zubac has looked very good when he's gotten time. Second, to say that if you added the best player in the world at that position makes them backups is not Really a debatable statement. Of course it would. But can either....


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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:
You are right we have a super-long shot with IT, it’s not too far fetched in the realm of possibilities. Just need to keep raising the bar higher and hope the chips fall into place. Lol

Lmao...I watched that last night....just too adorable....ROTFL!!!!!


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JJCali wrote:
First, Zubac has looked very good when he's gotten time.

Second, to say that if you added the best player in the world at that position makes them backups is not Really a debatable statement. Of course it would. But can either of them be a good solid starting center? That's what we want to see. The 2nd half of this season would be a good time to see what we got. We have no idea about Bryant at all, but when a 19 year old Zubac got playing time last year he looked like he would become much better than most starting centers currently in the league.

He didn't look that way to me, especially last year. He looked slow and out of shape most of the time. But looked a lot better against Wolves the other night. Maybe your right ,with more playing time he'll look better to me, but right now , I don't see anything special and Lakers have always had the elite centers in league, and he ain't that or going to get that. Imo


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