Lakers fans clam down.
So Howard doesn't want to sign with us. Everything in life is something you can learn from. Howard never wanted to be a Laker. He wanted to play for the Nets and D Will. LA was always just a get out of jail free card from the Magic for a season. And that season turned into a nightmare. Lakers fans never took him in as one of our own. And the Lakers were dumb with the thinking of once he's here he'll never leave.
So what's next for our poor Lakers. A ugly season. ONE ugly season. That's it. Everyone's acting as if the Lakers are going to be stuck with this capped out mess for a long time. But that's not the case. We'll most likely miss the playoffs next year without Howard and a hurt Kobe. Clark's gone too, but you can't ask this team to tank. That's not in LA's bloodline. We'll get a nice young player somewhere between 8 and 14 and next summer we'll be the talk of the town with only Nash under contract and 55 million bucks in cap space to do what we please with. So we'll be the ones trying to talk other stars out of leaving the team that drafted them and to come play for us.
We had a great run for the last 13 years. 7 shots at a title. Winning 5. Not bad. But with Howard walking all that is over. Window slammed closed and maybe that's for the good. Maybe we held on in the hopes of winning one more... Trying to win Kobe's 6th.
Now the Lakers can finally can get down to business. Which should be trying to put a new 13 year run together and not keeping the same one going. Because like I've been hearing all of you say over the last week about the billboards here in LA and Howard. That no name on the back of the jersey is bigger than the name on the front. Well we'll have to wait and see but like cats always do somehow I think the Lakers will land on their feet.
Do the Lakers have a pick next year? According to the 2014 mock draft they do but I thought they traded away all their picks for the next 2-4 years. Anyone clarify that one for me?
They do... Also I think picks in later years are top 20 protected.
2014 unrestricted FA's excluding LeBron, Wade and Bosh (under the assumption that they will opt in or renegotiate with the team that's won two straight titles and is the favorite next year):
luckily LA still has the clippers.
What the Lakers have for draft picks
*2013: Whatever first round pick the Lakers end up with will go to Phoenix. It will have the lesser of its own and Dallas’ second round picks, and will have Memphis’ second round pick if it falls 56-60.
*2014: The Lakers will have their own first round pick, but will not have a second round pick.
*2015: The Lakers will have their own first round pick if it is in the top five, otherwise it will go to Phoenix. The Lakers will keep their second round pick if it’s 31-40, otherwise it goes to Orlando.
*2016: The Lakers will have their own first round pick if they sent their 2015 pick to Phoenix or the pick is 1-5, otherwise it goes to Phoenix. They have their own second round pick.
*2017: This pick goes to Phoenix if the Lakers haven’t already sent a pick to the Suns and it’s not in the top three. If they sent a pick to Phoenix in 2015 then this pick goes to Orlando if it’s not in the top five -- otherwise they keep it. If the Lakers don’t send a first round pick to Phoenix by 2017 then Orlando gets the Lakers’ 2017 second round pick; otherwise the Lakers keep it.
*2018: If the Lakers haven’t yet given Phoenix a first round pick then the Suns get it unconditionally. If the Lakers sent a first round pick to Phoenix by 2016, haven’t yet sent a pick to Orlando, and the pick is not in the top five, then Orlando gets it, otherwise the Lakers keep it. If the Lakers don’t send a first round pick to Phoenix by 2017 then Orlando gets the Lakers’ 2018 second round pick, otherwise the Lakers keep it.
*2019: If the Lakers sent a first round pick to Phoenix by 2017 and Orlando has not received a first round pick then Orlando gets their first round pick, otherwise the Lakers keep it. The Lakers have their own second round pick.
Yeah Lakers fans should take a take a page out of Dwights book and just Harden up
I think the Lakers should try to trade and get younger the best they can and get assets. You know they will get a big free agent or 2 so they need to have pieces around that free agent or 2 and or to be able to trade for a player. they will be back competing for championships in 2 or 3 years depending on how they go about rebuilding it took a few years once magic was done with them and it will once kobe is gone, having 7 or 8 years every 10 to 12 years of being a top 2 to 4 title contender is something every team would take in a heart beat.
Stop saying LeBron will be a 2014 free agent. The last two years of his deal just happen to be player options. If he's going to opt out he's better fit to opt out in '15 then '14.