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Lakers offseason

1. sign LeBron James (35M per year)

2. sign Paul George (30M)

3. trade Brandon Ingram and Luol Deng for Kevin Love (24M)

4. re-sign Julius Randle (15M)

5. draft Aaron Holiday

6. sign Wayne Ellington (5-6M)

Lonzo Ball, Aaron Holiday, Tyler Ennis

Paul George, Wayne Ellington

LeBron James, Josh Hart

Kevin Love, Kyle Kuzma

Julius Randle, Ivica Zubac, Thomas Bryant

I'm not Lakers or LeBron's fan, but this is one realistic and the best case scenario for both of them. This team would cost about 130M which is not problem for Lakers and would have similar structure like Cavs with one more star who can score and even more important defend wing positions. They can sign some vets too. This team could compete with Warriors


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As a Laker fan no...Not

As a Laker fan no...Not trading BI for Kevin Love who will be a FA after the season. And we can't get re-sign Randle for that much money and get Bron and PG..we have to renounce the rights of Randle to sign LB and PG.

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I think for LeBron to come;

I think for LeBron to come; they need to get rid of the Deng contract. I could see a team like Phoenix offering the most as they wouldn't need the cap room in the next two years and would love to pick up Ball or Ingram plus rights to J Randle and possibly give up # 16 SF Kevin Knox, # 31 SG Josh Okogie plus Marquisse Christ.This would give them clean cap to bring into 2 max plus one more impact free agent. I will assume Phoenix has more interest in Ball giving them PG- 6'6 Ball SG- 6,6 Booker SF- 6,8 Jackson PF- 7' Bender C- 7' Ayton with veterans like Chandler, Dudley, Deng to mentor.

Lakers give James (35 mil MAX 1 + 1), George (30 mil MAX, 4 yr), Ingram (5.75), Chriss (3.2), #16 Kevin Knox (2.17), #25 Musa ( stash or 1.75), Kuzma (1.69), Hart (1.66), Zubac (1.54), Bryant (1.34), #31 Okogie (845), # 47 C B McCoy (845). It should leave them 15 million for impact free agent which could hopefully net them a Point Guard to help LeBron with playmaking. Veteran minimum guys would fill last couple roster spots with full mid level exception still available.

PG/PF James (35M), Free agent (15 M or 8.3 mid level SG- B Ingram (5.75), Hart (1.66), Okogie (845) SF- George (30), Kuzma (1.69), Knox (2.17)PF- Chriss (3.20), Frye (1.5), C- Free Agent 15M or 8.3 mid level, Zubac (1.54), Bryant (1.34), McCoy (845k)

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Why on Earth would the Lakers

Why on Earth would the Lakers trade for Kevin Love? Outside of that the rest sounds reasonable.

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Maybe the following is why:

1) Lebron likes playing with K-love and trusts him due to championship pedigree.

2) K-love fills a need and helps Lakers contend straight away.

3)Having those two makes it easier to convince either another star to request a trade to their or want to sign-E.G if they want to go after P.G seriously.

4) K-love said he wants to play the rest of his career with Lebron.

5) K-love is from L.A so.

That is why I can think of K-love wanting to come to L.A and it makes sense to make a move for him.

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Fair enough there are some

Fair enough there are some reasons to bring over Love. I just don't feel he would be worth dealing Brandon Ingram and his defensive limitations make him more of a key role player than a star. I don't think Kevin Love being in LA with Lebron would really sway another star to join them at this point.

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You explain very well about

You explain very well about K-Love

If Lakers want to unload Deng's contract, they will have to sacrifice something. Cavs are open to trade K-Love if LeBron leaves. They gave up Wiggins for him and that was a right move, but now they want some young guy with potential in return for their rebuilding.

Ingram is not ready yet and I think his game didn't match with LeBron even more than Lonzo's. LeBron is getting older so his minutes must drop a bit especially during regular season so Lonzo can run the show when LeBron is out, plus he can rest him a bit when they play together, similar like Harden and Paul do.

Randle is still young and very promising, it won't be wise to let him go. He can do Tristan Thompson role with much better scoring and probably little worse defence. Maybe he would accept a little cheaper contract to play for contender. Lakers could try to sign DeAndre Jordan or Cousins, but they will be much more expensive and we don't know how they would fit.

This team would have Paul George who can defend Durant, Leonard, Harden, Tatum, Simmons. I think the main reason Cavs lost to Warriors was that they have no one to guard Durant

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If the Lakers do somehow get Lebron I could see this happening

Getting Lebron is kind of a hard one and almost means you are sacrificing your youth for it..

Lebron takes the ball out of Lonzo's hands.

Lebron plays ingrams position.

Meaning your 2 cornerstones are semi redundent...

If Lebron is brought in(which I am not in favor of) Your starting lineup would probably be something like this:

Lebron(p.g)

Paul george (sg)

Ingram(sf)

Kuzma (pf) if no K-love trade is pursued.

Center they will proably go after a rim protector

Bench Lonzo is better off being a 6th man and getting his touches and being allowed to be him than being forced into a catch and shoot sg.

Me personally if I was Magic/Pelinka I would try move more forward with my Core of Ingram,Kuzma,Ball some good role players like Hart and Zubac and get 1-2 semi vet allstar to round it out(one that complements your core) like iggy did to GSW. Vs trying to get some ageing and inconsistent stars..

Because Fans of the Lakers will probably prefer seeing an OKC(2012 finals version) or GSW(without K.D)happen to make the league exciting vs maybe 1-2 finals or WCF apperances with Lebron and some older allstars..

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As long as we don't sign Melo Ball I'll be thrilled

with either direction

Let the young talent develop or sign Lebron & PG13

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Isn't that team in cap

Isn't that team in cap violation? They would have have 89m in 3 players.

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I don't know all salary cap

I don't know all salary cap rules, but this team would cost less than Warriors, Cavs, Thunder last season, about 130M

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Those teams got away with it

Those teams got away with it due to bird rights and such. The cap is projected to be around 101m. The Lakers can't sign 2 max max free agents without getting rid of Deng and not taking salary back. And even then they would have to renounce the rights to Randle.

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