Dwight is going to resign with L.A., Right?
With the Lakers picking up 2 time MVP Steve Nash, and the best center in the league in Dwight Howard. They automatically become on of the favorites to win it all next season. But looking past this upcoming season and into the future, will Dwight want to resign with the Lakers? I know L.A. is a popular place to play. I know they have no problem acquiring new talent. But looking at this current stacked roster, all their key guys besides Howard are getting close to the end of their careers.
Kobe Bryant- 33yrs old. He said he's still considering retiring at 35, two seasons from now.
Steve Nash- 38yrs old. Stockton played into his 40's, and i'm sure Nash can too. But im pretty sure he will only play 3 more years max.
Pau Gasol-32yrs old. Played great in the olympics. His career is far from over, but he's starting to get up their in age.
MWP- 32yrs old. He's not the Ron Artest of old by any means. But still an important role player on this team. Also on the decline.
Antawn Jamison-36yrs old. Looking at their roster he and Jordan Hill will be the first bigs off the bench. And at 36 he's looking to play a roll on a contender and try to get a ring.
This is obviously a team build to win now. In a couple years however Howard will have the same problem he had in Orlando. He's going to be the man with little help. Will he really want to sign a long extension with this aging roster? Im not so sure. Not that they can't make some moves, but they don't have much as far as trading assets go.
I fully expect Dwight to sign an extension.... and subsequently request a trade.
they just sign free agents. LA will never be in the position that Orlando was in.
It will be easier for the Lakers to reload so I could see them bringing in another key free agent or two once Kobe, Pau and Nash are gone. He has all-stars around him for the time being so he should be happy but it will be interesting to see if they don't win a title what will happen.
Unless they give him an assload of money, chances are he won't resign.
I think their roster is probably one of the better ones in the league. But their defense and individual speed is bound to be terrible. I mean god awful. If they depend on Howard to be that active, experienced teams will hammer themselves into the paint and get him into foul trouble. Its the only reason why I think Miami has a slight edge on that team. Simply because of Miami's strategy of attacking and getting to the line as well as kicking it out for open 3's.
dwight will hold it down till they can get a John Wall type in FA
After Kobe, Pau, Steve and possibly MWP, Lakers will enjoy a BIG salary cap space. Enough to sign 2 and quite possibly 3 NBA legit superstars with that kind of cap space. So I know that he will stay. Plus, we all know that winning is a tradition for them so they will find a way to sign new players. Lakers always thrive for winning and championships so there should be no worry.
I wouldn't be at all surprised when the get a big name free agent. But thats going to have to wait atleast 2 more seasons, and Dwight is a F.A. and the end of next year.
LA always gets the free agents. Dwight will resign with them and they might have one bad season while he is there, but then they will have caproom and sign a big name like they always do.
I think he will initially agree to sign extension, then claim he got bad advice and opt to become FA while stating that L.A. is really the place he wants to be but he wouldnt mind playing in Brooklyn. Then he will say he really misses Orlando and the fans and wish he could return there. In the end he will sign a new contract with the Lakers and we will all be asking....why didnt he just do that in the first place?
its hard too predict what drama queen 12 will do he changes his mind so much i personally didnt want the lakers too get him ive said it on here all along id rather them traded bynum too the nets for lopez brooks and a couple first rd picks that way they wouldnt have had too deal with trying too resign drama queen 12
I personally hope that he signs with L.A. even though I hated all the drama surrounding this and wish he wouldnt have gone wherever he chose. I want him to sign with L.A. because he is already there...and even though its not the good ole days....I miss the days where guys just worried about playing basketball. Thats all I really want to see is a guy play ball. I dont like it when guys what to back teams in a corner and use leverage to go play here or there. Dont worry about it, just play ball. What was so bad about Orlando? If you dont like Orlando, why are there only 3 other teams you want to play for? He basically will be a god wherever he goes. If he came here to Charlotte, he may not win a title for a while but he would own this region from Va on down to ATL.
also, I hate how LBJ gets such criticisms for going to Miami. LBJ was never sold on going to Miami over anyone else, he considered all the teams that were able to offer him a max deal. He considered the Clips, the Bulls, the Nets, the Knicks, and he even considered Cleveland (had Bosh went to Cleveland I think LBJ wouldve stayed)...he didnt want to start a rebuiding process after going through that already but I dont think he was being a primadonna like Dwight either.
With the likes of KG, Duncan, Camby, Ray Allen, Kidd and Nash himself having all extended this summer on contracts which will take them up to 39 to 41 years old. You can well make a case for Kobe and Gasol playing in the NBA for maybe another 5 to 7 years or even longer in Gasol's case. With the some of these guys still getting about $13 million a year then it would be interesting to see what sort of deal Kobe and Gasol could look to get in a couple of years time and if in fact they do want to play on.
Kobe has talked about playing in Europe at the end of his career on a number of occasions so we must still assume that this is an option and Gasol could well decide to return home to Real Madrid or another European powerhouse. With the new trade rules cutting out S and T deals then the Lakers will struggle to get any cap space until all of Gasol, Kobe and Nash are off the books as Howard will be a max deal and there would be other supporting players to pay. Kobe would probably want $15 million a year when his current deal expires and Gasol would be in $10 to $15 million range across the length of this deal.
Dwight can make so much more money with the Lakers that I'd assume he would have to resign with them, Dallas is the only alternative and their key player is as old as Kobe and the current supporting cast is under going changes. If the Lakers don't click over the next couple of years then they may still have the option to trade Gasol in his last year and Kobe if he thought his standards were slipping would probably just retire. I don't see Kobe ever wanting to play for another NBA team and any new contract might not have the no trade clause included.
The Lakers with Nash under contract for 3 years as opposed to Kobe and Gasol both having only two years remaining could perhaps look to just give Kobe and Gasol one year extensions from then on in. Gasol may want a longer deal but Kobe would probably be content to take it a year at a time so he'd have a lot of control over his career and his legacy.
If I am the Lakers I wouldn't take anything for granted. I know it is the LA LAKERS which is basically the gold standard for professional sports teams, but Dwight Howard is a pretty quirky guy. I could see him wanting to still go to Brooklyn or maybe Dallas or whatever teams strike his fancy.
The Lakers are definitely in "win now" mode. Obviously if the main guys can play younger than they really are then this current core could last for another 3 years, but I wouldn't bet on anything more than 2 years. These guys are already old (Kobe, Nash, Jamison, Pau, and Metta) and banged up (Dwight, Kobe usually) and I wouldn't be shocked if the window begins to really close after this season.
Would Dwight want to go through a rebuilding process? Especially if they can't sign the big free agents? I am not sure. I think it would help if they win a title this year. But, if they lose to the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals that could be a red flag for Dwight Howard, and a red flag for the championship potential of this current Lakers core.
The Lakers with a ton of money to throw at Dwight and some major contracts expiring in a few years should be enough to keep Dwight intrigued. But, can he see the big picture? I think the thing for Howard to look at is that he has the chance to win a ring in the next two or three years. Then after that the Lakers (the best franchise in professional sports, and a team in an enviable location) can build around Dwight Howard to start yet another great Lakers era.
I think there is a 75% chance that he stays there. I will bump it up to 85% if the Lakers win a title this season.
As soon as all Pau Nash and Kobe retire and Dwight is stuck alone the Lakers will somehow trade Christian Eyenga and a 2025 1st rd pick for Andrew Wiggins.
As Alex Kennedy reported, the Lakers will have Kobe and Pau's salary off the books in two years. Let's say they decide to want to give it one more year, these guys have made all their money and will not have a problem playing for a minimum if it means one or two more titles. Sounds crazy, but they are still going to be able to afford at least one more superstar in 2014 with names like Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierece and others as free-agents.
If Dwight leaves, they just have more space again. So the Lakers are going to be ok.
When Kobe retires that's 20 mil off the books per season, Pau contract up that's another 16 mil off the books...they will be ok..it's LA and who wouldn't want to play with Dwight Howard???
^He's actually due 30 million in the 2013-2014 season, which'll give them even more relief. Pau's contract also comes off the books that same season, that's another 19 million, and Artest, Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, and Chris Duhon all end their contract that same season, totaling 18.5 million. In fact, the only player on contract for that season is Steve Nash for 9 million. Let's be realistic though, Kobe isn't signing for less than 20 mil per year, Pau isn't getting less than 10 mil per year, probably more, and then with Dwight's contract their right at the salary cap limit, unless they find a way around the cap holds rule, don't sign Kobe or Pau to an extension, get a big fish from free agency, and then you add another FA to that current core, although remember that at the time Nash will be 40 if he hasn't retired, Kobe will be 36, Pau will be 34, and Dwight will be 29, although I don't believe there will be any prime FA's that year.