If we continue with Ross, Val, Ed, Amir and DD we would cease being a perpetual top lottery team.
We can go crazy with the cap in two years because Rudy Gay and Bargs will be off the books anyways.
You need to have veteran leadership on a team to steer the ship or else you risk having a losing culture develop.
Lowry when healthy performs at a top 10 PG level. A lottery pick is worth that IMO.
Draft two more players how, we wouldn't be bad enough with the core you mentioned above.
What if the players aren't good enough? then you have a whole bunch of cap space and nothing to use it on.
What if a lot of those guys bust and you end up wasting 3 years while losing fan interest and developing a losing culture?
The Lakers get the players because they have all those pennants in the rafters. Any team can offer the max.The players will ultimately go to where they can get the most money. Hence why the Lakers continually buy up the best talent and consequently have the highest payroll almost every season.
Our whole starting lineup save for Amir have the potential to be top 10 players at their position.
Lowry- top 10
Derozan- potential top 10
Gay- top 10
Jonas - potential top 10
Ross - shows flashes of top 10 potential
We haven't been competitive in 10 years. If we had of dedicated the last 5 to rebuilding properly I like the chances of being competitive.
Cleveland is going to be very good in a couple years because they are doing exactly what I'm talking about.
Because players know that the Lakers will spend what they have to in order to get the talent & keep the talent that it takes to win the championship.The Lakers get the players because they have all those pennants in the rafters. Any team can offer the max.
Look at the Mavs. They continually spent into the Lux to put teams around Dirk to contend but only recently won the championship. Their payroll was 85mil that season.
- ATL signing Joe Johnson to Max before he went to the Nets (though he was overpaid)
- Utah signing Boozer back in the day for a big $$$ after he left the Cavs
There are lots of teams that go where the grass is greener... I agree and think that with the new ownership of Bell and Rogers that we will see them throwing money around to bring talent in T.O. Only time will tell but getting Gay I think is a sign of things to come as I believe they want to change the culture and keep us as a competative team that will make some noise (something similar like in Atlanta).
Basically we could have had fire sales while keeping our young guys intact and drafted our SF in 2014 leaving us with huge flexibility and a clear path going forward.
Now we're stuck in capped out limbo with a team that is too bad to contend and too good to tank.