i read this article and found it interesting and wanted to share with the nbadraft.net world.
would an amnesty of pau be a bad move if the lakers can't get enough value for him? will the indecision continue with dwight howard in the off season decide the outcome? what would you do if you were in the gm/owner relationship in this particular situation? would you roll with it and take the huge tax hit? thoughts?
First of all, the article has two problems. First, the Lakers can easily pay that luxury tax. With their new TV deal they are looking at yearly revenue in the $300 million range, so paying $175 million in salaries and tax while a hit, doesn't mean Buss Jr can't buy 2014 Porches in every color of the rainbow that he wants. Also the dude is rich, he doesn't need more money. What he needs is to not have the whole city that he lives in look at him like he is a terrible owner. So the guy will drop cash, end of story.
Second, the Lakers can trade Pau whenever they want. There are plenty of teams under the cap that will take him. Heck, the Rockets will even give you back a talented young PF (they still have three on the roster) if the the Lakers want. Pau's having an off year, but he is still majorly respected in the league.I assure you the Nets would love to have him, he'd fit in really well with our lineup. Only if this injury is deemed career threatening would he not be tradable.
And since you can trade (or give away) Pau there is no need to amnesty him.
I whole heartedly agree that there is a market for Pau. Amnesting him is not a necessary action.
I do however disagree that the Lakers would ever pay a $100 million tax bill. Its not that they can't pay the tax bill and still thrive, but they would not be willing to subsidize the bottom 1/3 of the league with a 10 million dollar a piece check. Bascially, lower revenue generating teams could use the Lakers own money against them. I just don't see that happening. I think a $40-50 million tax might be the highest we see things go... and even then, if the Lakers don't see that money paying dividends in the form of legitiment championship contention, they will cut salary and restructure quickly.
why amnesty one of the most skilled big men in the game, when you could amnesty a old ass guard that doesnt want to play team ball that makes 2 x as much and wants a max extension?
Pau on the rockets sounds like a good fit .. if the lalers wanted to trade him they would have already
Pau on the rockets sounds like a good fit .. if the lakers wanted to trade him they would have already