the_process wrote:I don’t see Jimmy wanting to go to the Lakers to be 2nd fiddle to LeBron while being the 1st blamed if anything goes wrong.
It's getting interesting. Somebody still might make a crazy offer or do something dumb (i.e., panic). Namely,
But it would appear that the Anthony Davis auction has narrowed down to the Lakers and Boston. And it comes
down to how Griffin evaluates Tatum IMO. Ainge has to win the trade to keep Kyrie and have a chance to re-sign
Davis. Pelinka needs to win the trade for the Lakers to be relevant and possibly win a championship before age
finally catches up to LeBron; also for Butler to come into play.
But assuming that Griffin feels Tatum has more upside than Ingram (who's due for a payday), Kuzma or Ball, then
Ainge will have to include Tatum to make the trade. Otherwise, the Lakers win hands down. Ingram, Kuzma, Ball
and/or Hart and the 4 pick vs. Jaylen Brown, Smart and the 14, 20 and/or 22 picks.
I believe Griffin makes the deal with Boston if Ainge includes Tatum, Smart and 14 plus perhaps next year's Memphis
pick, which means we would have to face a formidable opponent next year: Davis, Horford (who might opt out
for several more years guaranteed), Brown and Kyrie (who will probably re-sign regardless of what C's fans think).
If it's the Celtics, we probably have a lock on Butler.
The Pelicans roster: Zion ($8 mil), Jrue ($26 mil), Tatum ($8 mil), Smart ($12 mil), Randle maybe ($9 mil; he on a
player option) plus Hill and Moore (combined $22 mil; both expirings). I can't see a way to make the Celtics take Hill's
$13 mil without sending back salary.
If they trade with the Lakers: Zion ($8 mil), Jrue ($26 mil), Kuzma ($2 mil), Ingram and/or Ball ($7 mil or $9 mil),
Hart ($2 mil) and Randle maybe. I suspect they could make the Lakers take Hill's salary. And of course the 4 pick
would have to be included, most likely to be used in a trade for another player.
Either way, the Pelicans should have slightly more than $20 mil of cap space to play with in the free-agency market
(more than $30 mil if they trade Davis to the Lakers) plus the 39 and 57 picks in the second round. They need to make
the trade by Thursday if they want to parlay those picks - particularly the Lakers 4 pick - into a trade for another player.
I would think a center would be their biggest need although they should have the cap space to make an offer to either
of the Lopezes (Robin or Brooke), Kanter perhaps, or Dewayne Dedmon.
They could have a pretty good team.