DayofMourning wrote:I think with the PG trade news concerning PHX and Chicago, that the Pelicans might be able to cash in.
Trade with LAL, PHX, and CHI. Return the 4, 6, and 7 picks in this draft. Ball would go to PHX. Jrue to Chicago. The Pelicans would be due more though. AD is worth more than that though. More players would have to be coming back. Could be a quick rebuild.
Sorry to intrude, but why not keep Jrue? He's under contract for three more years, the third a player option.
He's good value in today's market and provides veteran leadership.
I don't know how David Griffin evaluates Tatum and Kuzma, Ingram and/or Ball.
But if he covets Tatum, then I would demand Tatum, Smart, 14, and next year's Memphis pick, perhaps this
year's 20 or 22 as well.
If it's one or more of the young Lakers, I would demand two of the three (keep in mind that Ingram is up for
a contract) plus Hart and 4.
I would flip 4 for a player.
Make the Lakers take Solomon Hill's $13 mil in the deal.
So your roster would be: Jrue, Zion, Tatum, Smart and whichever free-agent center you sign: Both Lopez
brothers are unrestricted. So are Kanter and Dedmon.
I would assume that Randle will opt out. Otherwise, he's good value for one more season.
Or: Zion, Jrue, Ingram, Kuzma (or Ball), one of the free-agent centers (you'll have more than $30 mil in
cap space if you trade with the Lakers, $20 mil with the Celtics), and whoever you get for the 4 pick.
Again, move the 4 pick for a player.
E'Twaun Moore is under contract for another year. He'll be in your rotation with Hart.
That's a playoff team IMO, especially if Zion is as good as everybody believes. And you'll have everybody
under contract for a minimum of three years. And next to whoever you sign at center, Jrue would be the
old man on the team at 29.
And you can play hardball with both Boston and LA. If Boston doesn't trade for Davis, they lose Kyrie. They
won't be a contender. If the Lakers don't land Davis, their LeBron acquisition will be a bust. LeBron turns
35 in December. The Lakers have to win this year.
Good luck from Sixer Land.