captain green wrote: digcom99 wrote:
captain green wrote:Gutted lol receive Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Hunter and 2 low draft picks whoa gutted they replaced those bums with used goods and they were better used goods than shipped out hype. Rondo and Dwight, green deserve some ring chasing credit but I'd take those three over the so called gutted team. Pfft
Maybe gutted was the wrong word. But a championship was far from guaranteed. Most “experts” picked the Clippers or Bucks to win the chip this year. And there was always the possibility (though small) that AD could walk after this season if things didn’t turn out right. Much like what happened with Dwight Howard years ago. That was a disaster the Lakers took six years to recover from But at least they rolled the dice.
So I still stick with the premise that the trade was a huge gamble, although one that had to be done because the fan base was clamoring for it.
On a side note, i believe Ainge should have traded for AD when he had the chance. The Celts had way better assets than the Lakers did. If the Celtics win a ring, which i believe they would have with him, AD doesn’t leave, no matter what his agents says. It happened before with Kevin Garnett. He wanted to be traded to the Lakers and play with Kobe. But once in Boston, he bought into the culture. I will never understand why Ainge didn’t try that strategy again. Through hindsight, it’s easy to say now, but I’m glad this worked out the way it did.
Listen I'm not delusional nor surprised I'm only mad because there were 4 more better offers. I for one was not in getting ad at all would it have won us a ring absolutely increases the chances. Also thought clippers were the favorite. Only team I thought could beat Celtics was bucks. So nothing is certain at all I concur. I don't like tampering and the league agreed. Oh well la has 12 championships onward to next year money well spent.
I don't know what better offers you're talking about. The Celtics had no interest in having Tatum or Brown on the table without guarantees and those were the only trade chips that could have made a better offer from the teams involved. Knicks had nothing, especially after not getting the number 1 pick.
Ingram has showed glimpses of greatness and Ball and Hart are still very young. All Ball is missing is a decent jump shot. His playmaking skills are top notch. If Hart can work on his 3s and defense and become a 3D player, you never know. Then Hunter and the other picks to top it off is more potential if they pick right.
Not to say they will be all be amazing players, but that's what happens when you trade for young pieces. It becomes a process where you have to work and bring out greatness, if it's possible.
This trade will need to be measured in 5 to 10 years and also know that the longer Davis stayed the more drama and chemistry issues were going to show up. Also offers would have left the table, allowing the Lakers to offer even less or just move on to someone else. How will all those pieces work by then. Like the Pau Gasol trade to the Lakers. Most people forget that Memphis got Marc Gasol in that trade, who gave them a lot of great years.