IAMRANDYMARSH wrote:Laker fan here (and i come in peace).
If Lakers strike out in free agency (which seems quite possible) i think Conley could be potential trade target that would make sense for both the Lakers as well as Conley (if he wants to make a title run) and the Grizzlies who are rebuilding.
I'm thinking Conley for one of #4 pick and Brandon Ingram. I think BI is the best player and a perfect fit between JJJ and Morant (who i assume will be your pick). He's a FA next summer, but i'm not sure how much that actually matters. The #4 would make sense as well and someone like Jarrett Culver would also be an excellent fit.
I've suggested this trade & think both parties benefit from it. I may be in the minority in thinking Conley is the better target & I understand FA helps LA retain their assets as well. That makes Conley IMO, an excellent plan B to striking out in FA.
- No past issues … Conley is a consummate teammate, potentially healthier locker room.
- Conley is a better defender
- Conley is more effective off ball than Kyrie, on both ends
- While Kyrie is the far better scorer, he's high usage, where Conley can run an offense & get buckets when needed. Provide Lebron with that secondary ball handler, playmaker without a need for the ball to be productive ..
- Conley shot 42% from 3 last year while LA's PG's (Ball/Rondo) struggled to help space the court. (Spacing) being IMO the main reason your team struggled, I don't think major changes are needed to find success. You just can't have Lebron kicking it out to Rondo, Ball & expect teams not to collapse the paint & either PG to not brick open shots ... I watched one game, where Rondo missed 7 open 3's in a row in a half. Ball is no better … Lebron needs better spacing & Conley clearly upgrades that issue.
- Conley's age & 2yr contract, mattters less with Lebron's 3 yr window, with less fuss & ego.
If thought healthy, Ingram would be the more valuable & preferred target.
However, I think the ideal trade for both teams, is the 4th pick because LA's needs to forego it's development to make the most of Lebron's time while Memphis is entering a rebuild. Though Ingram is still a young piece, he could help LA now apposed to the 4th. So he makes more sense for LA to retain if they miss out on Davis.
Conley is at the end of his career where he makes less sense in a rebuild but he's still a very productive vet that will produce in Lebron's 3yr contending window, his game IMO, fitting your team like a glove .. Trade Ball/Hart to Houston for Capella or to Heat for Bam...
Capella or Bam/ FA - Noah
With Lebron & Ingram on the wing, Lakers don't need a high usage guard, who's a liability defensively.
I think that team can win it all. Let Davis walk to LA next year, without giving up your assets. Knicks aren't a threat, especially now that Durant's future is in question & Davis agent already warned Boston he will walk if traded for ..