Re: Strength of remaining Schedule Lakers/ Celtics Draft pick order implications.
posted at 2/28/2014 4:41 PM EST
In response to rameakap's comment:
It is pretty sickening and obvious what is going to happen in LA over the next two years.
Wade, Bosh and LBJ are not going to opt out of 2 years and 42 million to go to LA, so that pipe dream is out thew window.
Sooo, it will be shady of course, the league wouldn't dare give LA pick #1, but the Lakers to be tossed pick 2 or 3 in the draft and take Wiggins or Parker. They will be slotted at 5-7 and bump some poor team like the Bucks or Magic out of the top 3.
The next moves for LA:
1. Gasol reuiniting with his brother in Memphis makes too much sense. After Zach Randolph opts into his 1 year 16.5m contract the Lakers do a sign and trade of Gasol for Randolph. Not sure if it will be 2, 3 or 4 years, but the contract will be in the 13-15m a year range.
2. They work on getting a C to go alongside Randolph. They still have 8 million left under the cap. I say the Lakers will sign Gortat for like 4/34. Even though the big man gets offered like the Sanders 4/44 from several teams or maybe even the Noah 4/48 from the Wiz who are desperate to keep him, big Gortat goes to LA for less.
LA only get their 2015 1st rd pick if it is top 5. Gortat-Randolph-Wiggins/Parker-Kobe-Nash and a REALLY bad bench gets them into the playoffs but no further than round 1. But the battle is good for Wiggins/Parker to be a part of.
Summer 2015, the cap has gone up to 65 million, the Lakers lose 26 million of Randolph/Nash and have 38 million devoted to 3 players: Kobe, Gortat and Wiggins/Parker.
1. They sign Love (4/80) deal starts around 18.5
2. They have 7-9 million in space left and don't want to burn any 2016 cap space, so maybe a 1 year deal for a guy like Barea or Lin or they have Kendall Marshall cheap over a couple of years.
The 2016 Lakers again make the playoffs, maybe round 2 this time if Kobe is a 15ppg 3rd option and Wiggins/Parker make the sophmore jump to 20ppg scorer. They actually have a 1st rd pick in 2016. They'll only have 36 million to Gortat, Love, a PG/'16 pick and Wiggins/Parker. The cap will be at like 68 million.
Kyrie Irving hates Cleveland and has played out his deal on a QO. He probably was traded, but wants to test free agency anyhow. LA gives him a max deal. Hibbert is unrestricted, so the Lakers trade Gortat and his reasonable 2/18 left on his deal for a SG who wants to leave his team, might have just gotten hit with the QO, someone like Terrance Ross for Gortat and a future pick. They sign Hibbert for like 4/72.
Kobe, age 38, is renounced so there is no cap hold, after all the dust settles he signs some 2 year deal for the MLE to be the 6th man, play until age 40, and get Kareem's scoring title. Hibbert-Love-Wiggins/Parker-Ross-Irving starting 5.
Lakers become title contenders again for the 2017 playoffs.
The same year the Celtics will probably become title contenders even if they don't land Love.
Rumors circulating that Exum is pulling a "Danny Ferry", and only wants to play for the lakers. If they don't draft him, then he will play overseas.