So, the Lakers were swept and are out of the playoffs, NOW the Chess game begins. There are a lot of choices to be made. Alot of questions to be answered. Is it rebuilding time? Do we go for a championship next season? Who do we keep? Who do we let go? Was last night a reflection of Dwight's character? Do we want to build around him? Is he worth max money? Should we use the amnesty? Can we really afford to pay an injured 35yr old Kobe 30million? Is D'Antoni our guy moving forward? Pau played well offensively at the end of the season, does that save him?
I want everyone to take the role of GM, and answer a few questions of what you would do if you were the Lakers after experiencing the nightmare this season. You can have short answers, long answers, or just place the blame on someone if you like. I'm just curious to know everyone's opinions on what the Lakers should do moving forward.
I think that if Dwight wants a ring he should go to Houston, if possible.
Its definitely possible and reasonable... But I just cant imagine the backlash Dwight will receive if he leaves Los Angeles. I think he's in a lose/lose situation perception wise. His image is destroyed. Only a ring can save him now.
I don't think the backlash could be much worse than it was following the Dwight saga in Orlando. It sounds like a broken record, but I think he needs a fresh start. Houston could be an ideal situation for him because I think Harden would make it a priority to keep him involved and engaged. I agree though his image is definitely tarnished and all he can do now to save face is win.
Dwight Howard could save 30 children from a burning building and people would still find a way to make it a negative.
Howard is a guy who clearly isn't 100% comfortable in his own skin as he has been too busy trying to please everyone that instead he's ticked everyone off.
IMO he needs to do what's best for him. Whatever that may be.
IMO that's Dallas.
But I'm sure there are other equally viable potential answers as well.
An aging Dirk, Elton Brand and Shawn Marion are no better than an Aging Kobe, Nash and Gasol...Howard needs to play with some younger players and grow up with his new team. U cant just surround him with Vets and expect a Championship. I think he should go somewhere that has another young star or 2, that way he isnt expected to win right away and can actually help build a contender the right way
I think Dirk is one of the players who compliments him best.
Hollinger did a scoring system over a year ago that showed the players he fit in best with.
#1 was Chris Paul, but that can't happen unless Paul also goes somewhere like Dallas or Atlanta
#2 was the Celtics core, although that included Ray Allen. Not sure it works as well with Bradley/Terry/Lee at the 2.
he scored very low playing Gasol, one of the worst possible fits he had.
I forget what Kobe was.
I also picked Dallas to off-set some of the financial loss.
While it's not LA, it is a major TV market.
No state income tax, the cost of living and property costs are much lower. It would off-set a lot of his losses of leaving a max deal on the table.
And it's not like Cuban won't do whatever it takes to put a great team on the floor. Brand and Marion aren't going to be around very long.
It's just a nice fit long term IMO. Short term yes, it does have some slight draw backs. But I think it has probably the least amount of draw backs at this point.
I'm a Lakers fan..I Hated seeing how this season played out.......I think this season might be the worst in franchise history....But something deep inside me loved seeing how bad things went for Howard this year.....
I think KARMA is Kicking his A$$ REAL GOOD for the way he ''had'' Van Gundy Fired, then he Bailed out on the team...
I don't see how anyone can fee bad for the Magic.
They held D12 hostage as well.
They got what they deserved.
The only person who probably didn't was SVG.
The Magic made out pretty good from the dwight howard trade. They got harkless, vucevic, 3 first round picks, afflalo. They had the worst record so they have the best chance at the top pick and will probably be bad at least 1 more year while the guys develop, so 2 top 5 picks along with those 3 players and 3 1st round picks should put them in a good spot for future success.
Although it makes fiscal sense, you just can't amnesty Kobe Bryant. I would try and sign and trade Dwight elsewhere. He's just not a fit.
Everyone is talking about Dwight possibly going to Dallas or Houston but is there any possibility that he goes to San Antonio?
Assuming that Boris Diaw picks up his player option for $5 million an they don't extend a qualifying offer to Splitter, they'll have 8 guys locked up for about $39 million (Parker, Duncan, Green, Leonard, Diaw, Joseph, De Colo and Bonner). Which means they might have room to get Dwight. The bigger question is whether or not they would want him. From Dwight's perspective it would be a great move, learn from TD, play in a great team atmosphere an be coached by Pop.
From the Spurs perspective though they might not want to mess with chemistry or create a media Firestorm in SA. That being said Dwight would give them a big man in the prime of his career who is capable of being dominant, and he would let them roll on in the post TD years. The biggest advantage to getting him might be to prevent any other rivals from doing the same.
Like somebody mentioned earlier. I think Dwight is going to Houston. They are a team on the rise and they are youthful. Plus they have the cap space to possibly sign him and his buddy Josh Smith. I actually thought the Lakers could beat the Spurs. Dwight probably isn't 100% yet but I just felt like when I watched him he really could care less. You are the best player for your team since Kobe went down. Why would you do stupid stuff like get yourself a technical and ejected when your team needed you the most? Plus I would have liked to see him take over and demand the ball once Kobe went down. The Lakers view Dwight as their future. I don't know if he was just ready to end the season or what. He just really dissapointed me with his body language at times. We all have seen Dwight carry a team to the championship on his own and as the go to guy. I just really feel like Dwight doesn't want to be in LA and is ready to move on. He can get the most money with LA if he resigns but its a matter of does Dwight want the money and stay with a team he seems like he really doesn't want to be with or does he move on for less and play for a team he wants to play with?
I see what you are saying but Dwight only got ejected that one game. He had been playing at a very high level.
In March he averaged 18pts 15rbs and 3blocks. In April he averaged 21pts, 11rbs, and 2.5blks.
That's not a player that could care less, Those are dominating numbers, especially on a team that wnats to shoot jumpers all day and has NO IDEA how to feed the post.
I just think his emotions got the best of him, however he did't complain any more than he does every game. That ref just wanted to get him out of there.
I think he will stay with the Lakers. At the end of the day money talks if he stays he gets $30million more than any other team can offer. With all the baby mama's he's got he will be needing those extra $30 million. But if he wants to do himself and the Lakers a favor he should let them know as soon as possible if he wants to stay or go. That way management can get to work as soon as they can rather than wait until all the good quality FA's are taken.
History tought us that there is no better team to be with if you are star searching for a nba championship then the Lakers so i thik he would stay,lakers got money,ther can sign couple a good players. My toughts are,let kobe be mentor,steve nash also,look for younger player to pair them with dwight,pg position is priority
Could he go to the Hawks? Atlanta has lots of cap room and could probably resign Smith and then also sign Howard. They could play a big lineup with Smith at the 3, Horford at the 4, and Howard at he 5. Josh and Al have good mid range ability to spread the floor and they will have Lou and hopefully resign Korver which will probably produce a lot of 3s. I think an ultra athletic team like this would have to run a lot and beat opponents o the ground and then dump it inside in the half court sets.
Dwight stays imo. The lakers just need to clean house and start over with Dwight. D'antoni was such a radiculasly bad fit. He has proved over and over again that he can't coach certain players. I don't know if its because he has too much of an ego or what but look what the Knicks did in a year. But yes Dwight is a punk. His image completely changed in a years time. I would like to see a sign and trade. We need a John wall type player to compete in the west. Kobe can't do it all anymore. David stern really fckd the lakers by blocking that CP3 trade. &$#%#&@! me off so bad.
This is a tough one because there financial situation. Dwight needs to grow up and become a leader. Get rid of pau. I have a ton of respect for gosal after this season. He is a true professional.
Steve Nash could play the Jason Kidd roll for the lakers. But what the Knicks had that the lakers don't have was some draft picks. The lakers need a shumpert.
Here's what I'd do:
- Fire Mike D'Antoni and hire Phil Jackson. Give him what he wants. It's clear D'Antoni isn't the right coach for the team and Jackson is.
- Once Jackson is hired, returning will be a no brainer for Dwight Howard. Re-sign him and commit to making him a featured player. Howard has to grow as a player and person, but he's arguably a top five player when healthy. I believe these last two seasons have humbled him. He'll come back next season a better player with a different mindset and outlook IMO.
- Kill the amnesty Kobe Bryant talk. It's not happening. He WILL play next season (I'm thinking a Dec-Jan return) and will most likely sign another contract.
- Trade Pau Gasol. Not only is he still one of the best big men in the NBA, he'll be on the last year of his deal. I almost feel this is a must, so the Lakers can add more depth. Everybody knows Howard plays better with a stretch four man. A trade with the Pelicans for Ryan Anderson (plays the same position as Anthony Davis) and Eric Gordon (unhappy in NO and is familiar with LA) would work for both teams IMO.
- Ron Artest isn't going to opt out the last year of his deal, so trade him as an expiring contract. He's done.
Whether or not Earl Clark is re-signed, Jodie Meeks' team option is picked up and Antawn Jamison is re-signed would depend on who the Lakers could get back in the Gasol trade. Keep Jordan Hill. Waive Chris Duhon since his contract his non-guaranteed. Hold onto Darius Morris.
I'd amnesty Steve Nash, but he's not eligible. And he's not retiring. He recently said in the LA times that he'll be back next season.
IF the Lakers are looking to save luxury tax dollars, Ron Artest may be their amnesty candidate.
Im pretty sure Dwight will be back. He tweeted that he "hopes to be able to make it up" to the Laker Fans.
Is it possible they keep Pau and Kobe? I would like them to keep both, but that's going to be TOUGH.
You think Kobe will be worth 30+Million? Not at all IMO, but YOU JUST CANT AMNESTY HIM. Gotta pay your dues...
Do you think Steve Nash (injured a thousand times this year) will be a reliable starting point guard for a team chasing a Championship? Kobe wont be the same so he's not gonna be able to guard a Westbrook, Parker, Curry, Lillard nor Chris Paul. Of course Nash can't. Do you really wanna go through that liability this season?
I think you have to try and get Bledsoe(nearly impossible) or a young talented guard to split the minutes.
I actually think Nash was the biggest mistake they made. I know everyone had to make adjustments to playing along side Kobe, but Nash let me down.
Dwight Howard is a lemon if he's being compared against 'players that will win you a title'. Dwight Howard will never win a title if it is 'his' team.
I know the Nets are very close to or over the salary cap but Dwight did say before he wanted to play in Brooklyn.
I agree with samosas - he will never win a title being the best player on his team, he needs to be second or third option
I don't know what I'd do if I was a GM since it seems like Dwight has all the power right now. As for Dwight though, I definitely don't see him coming back to LA next year. He wanted to stay, he would've said it right there.