I know everyone is pissed about not signing Stephenson, Isaiah, Monroe etc. But I don't necessarily think this off season has been as disastrous as ya'll are making it out to be.
1- The Lakers are not winning a ring this year with any of those guys mentioned above. Heck, even with Melo or Lebron our chances were shotty.
2- The Lakers need a long term solution at the coaching spot. They've been taking their time which I can understand. This next guy needs to be the culture, the system, and the vision for the next Laker dynasty. Is Scott that guy?
3- The Laker did acquire young assets to build on in Randle and Clarkson. Both look promising.
But the thing that we should all realize is that these moves were made for the long play...summer 2015.
4- Given the current roster, we once again have a lot of players coming off the books next summer.
COMING OFF THE BOOKS SUMMER 2015
Lin - 8
Hill - 9
Nash - 9
Clarkson - 1
TOTAL: 27 mil
ON THE BOOKS SUMMER 2015
Kobe - 25
Young - 5
Sacre - 1
Randle - 3
TOTAL: 34 mil
Now at this point there's a couple more million here and there that guys might sign multi year deals to. But given the current situation, the Lakers will have AT LEAST 27 million to work with, probably closer to 30-32!!! That's 10 more mil than this year. And more if the cap limit increases.
So going into Summer 2015...
We will hopefully have...
1- A coach whose established a system, a culture, and a vision for winning. (my pick is Scott)
2- A year of Randle/Clarkson to find out if they can really play...and if they can, they are good attractive young assets for FA.
3- nearly 30 million to spend in FA with topping the list on FA next summer, guys like...
Klay Thompson (G.S. might not want to pay him and match offer sheets)
Michael Carter Williams (TO*)
Damien Lillard (TO* and Pipedream)
Terrence Ross (QO)
Bradley Beal (QO)
Tim Hardaway Jr (QO)
Victor Oladipo (QO)
Ben McLemore (QO)
Jimmy Butler (PO)
Lebron James (PO)
Tobias Harris (QO)
Kawhi Leonard (QO)
Brook Lopez (PO)
The point is, it's not as hard hitting with Lebron and Melo of this year, but it's a MUCH DEEPER FA Class! Oh and we get the Rockets Draft Pick...probably somewhere in the 20's.
For the last year of Kobe's contract, the starting line up could look like...
etc etc etc...
So I know everyone is pissed, but think a little bit more long term because after we get some pieces in summer 2015...THEN YOU GOT SUMMER 2016 when Kobe's 25 mil comes off the books. And then maybe you can land a Durant because the team is ready to win!! And your roster could look like...
...with Clarkson and Young off the bench!
Now THAT would be a contender! So be patient and let things play out. Stephenson, Isaiah Thomas etc would have strapped us in and made these scenarios unlikely. It's all about building between the next two seasons!
It's the LONG PLAY!