PKABOOICU wrote:I read something about a KCP sign and trade + Kuzma + Caruso + Picks for Westbrook
Eww.. NO! Are you a KD burner? Even the Hornets aren't biting on that Russ contract. Why would the Champions?
Caruso = Lakers. Going nowhere, except if Steph decides he wants a change of scenery around the west coast.
-Get Jerami Grant straight up for KCP - $13-16m/Y 60-70m/4Y contract please. Thank You very much! That's a piece that realistically might help keep AD here after Lebron.
-Holiday - full MLE
-PJ Tucker for any combo of Kuz, Cook, McGee, Picks
-Minimums - Korver, Wes Matthews
-Bradley's return crucial for us now that Green's gone. Shroeder kinda covers for some of Rondo's production, but Rondo would be very appreciated if he returns. And Schroeder played off the ball next to CP3 last season, so there shouldn't be any fit issues.
This lineup will slap Harden + Nets around for fun -
Caruso - Rondo / Augustin / Teague
Bradley - Schroeder(6th man - 35mins) - Korver
Bron - Holiday - Wes - THT
Grant - PJ - Dud
AD - Boogie - Dwight / McGee - Kostas
DEPTH - Would have an increased importance in this COVID marred condensed regular season. A twisted ankle could last 12-13 quick games in 3 weeks and occasional COVID(very likely possibility outside the bubble) takes a player out for 4-5 weeks / 20 games. Everyone except Rondo, Boogie & Dwight can easily slide into 2-3 positions for depth and switching on D.
DEFENSE - If the Lakers don't play the load management with the quick restart and condensed season and bring it from the start, we should walk to the regular season finish line with the top DRTG due to the IQ, defensive technique, size and raw athleticism on this team. To have Rondo, Schroeder, Holiday, Wes, PJ and Dwight in the 2nd wave would be unforgiving after that starting unit.
OFFENSE - We don't have an offensive weakness except Dwight.. Finishing last season 30th in 'drives to the basket', we should conservatively add 3-4 ppg because there will be no big camped on Dwight / McGee in the lane. Add 3-6 ppg with the improved quality quality and depth of shooters around 2 of the top 10 distributors EVER. Now add Schroeder's production and Rondo-Boogie-AD trail mix to that and we could end up around the 120 ppg after the initial settling in period.
We need to go for the jugular NOW, cos Lebron's gonna be another year older and Lakers may or may not be champions and the top FA destination next year.