HiiiPOWER wrote:look, 2014 is a dream in general. Lakers aren't getting Lebron and there's nobody else in that free agent class that's worth the trouble. an old Dirk? they'll pass on that episode... that's why you hear about their interest in Josh Smith. 2015 is the year to go after free agents, brotha. that's when Rondo, Love, and Rudy Gay hit the market. those are the targets. don't expect Kupchak and or Buss to come out and give you an exact target. when Buss comes out and says " yeh, we'll make our run at Lebron "... they know they won't be gettin Lebron. that's just a way of them saying that we won't be taking back any super-long deals for Gasol because we'll be enjoying our cap space soon. 2015 is the year. when Nash's deal ends, Rondo will take over at PG for the Lakers... i sincerely believe that.
what 2014 will do, however, is allow Kupchak/Buss the opportunity to get Kobe on a better/cheaper contract and help their cap number because 30mill it outrageous. Kupchak/Buss would love to get their hands on Josh Smith at the trade deadline this year and sign him long term. you have to have athletic defenders in the new NBA and they would have Smith and Howard going forward and target Rondo for 2015. Rondo/Howard/Smith is the foundation of a great defensive team that can get out and run. all they'll need is a few shooters/veterans to fill in next to them.
I'm not saying the Lakers should put their eggs in the free agency basket (I think the new CBA changes a lot)...I'm just stating what many Laker fans have been harping.
We all know that 2015 will be a big year (just like 2010). A team can become an instant contender if they play the 2015 market extremely well/get extremely lucky.
However, suppose the Lakers obtain Josh Smith. He'll be commanding a contract around $15 million. Is Kobe still going to be on the team in 2014? Will he resign another deal? Kobe originally said he planned on retiring, but he has also said he will continue to play. Regardless, Kobe will not be signing a contract for pennies. Let's hypothetically say $10 million? (I think this is still low).
So going into 2015 the Lakers would have around $45-50 million on the books (or $35-40 million w/o Kobe). Now, it would also require for the Lakers to trade away their 2014 draft pick and not sign anyone beyond a 1 year deal in 2014. It's just highly highly unlikely.