Re: Lakers universally acclaimed as the NBA'S greatest franchise
posted at 7/23/2011 7:11 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Lakers universally acclaimed as the NBA'S greatest franchise
[QUOTE]http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/23/laid-off-lakers-employees-not-going-quietly/ http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/22/kobe-wants-to-pass-jordan-on-all-time-scoring-list/ http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/16/not-to-put-too-fine-a-point-out-but-this-lockout-could-really-doom-the-magic/
Im sure this sounds very enticing to mr. Howard Leaving one dysfunctional franchise for another???
Posted by Ortiz123[/QUOTE]
There are 3 possible ways a player can join another team:
1. Free Agency - Howard has said he wants to play out the string and become a Free Agent.....in which case the lakers are O-U-T since they are so far over the cap. And DH will NOT play for MLE!!
2. Traded at trade deadline - Otis (my man) Smith could trade his Center at the trade deadline this year, provided we have a season. This is an indication that he has given up hope for the year and is rebuilding. He is trying to get something for Howard, to rebuild. Think there is ANY team out there that can do better than Andrew Bynum straight up? I do, and then he goes to, say HOU, for the rest of the year, THEN becomes a FA.......go back now to scenario 1.
3. Traded in the off-season. Smith has said he will listen to offers for DH in the off-season, if we have one. The team will almost definitely have to take Arenas or Turkoglu's contract. LA COULD do it, but would have to give up Bynum AND ODOM as well as Blake and maybe Walton. Still think the Magic can do better.
Basically, the longer the lockout goes, the LESS chance he ends up in LA. They are too tied down with long-term contracts, and have little to trade other than Bynum (who ThanksDad Buss said he won't trade). I think all basketball-educated people will agree on this. A player can SAY where he wants to play (or in the case of Johnny Damon, where he'll NEVER play), but the player clearly doesn't understand the economics of the situation. Carmelo should never have ended up in NY. The only reason he did was because once they didn't get MeBron or Wade, they had enough cap space to take him on. If the Knicks get Wade and Stoudemire, Carmelo is still in DEN. Plain and simple. The Celtics have a much, much, MUCH better shot at DH than the lakers do.,.......sometimes I wish the lockout would last just so the idiot lakers fans could come to grips with this. I am not saying we get him, I think he stays in ORL, but from a money standpoint, the lakers have less than a 25 % chance to get him. They should be focusing on Paul, anyway!