Should Lakers Amnesty Kobe?
Old 05-24-2012, 08:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Kobe Bryant is set to make more than $58 million over the next two seasons, topping out at $30.4 million in the 2013-14 season — making him the highest-paid player in the league by a wide margin. At that time, Kobe will be 35 years old. And while he's still a superstar, it's hard to imagine any perimeter player that age being worth that kind of money under a restrictive collective bargaining agreement.

So, as difficult as it is to imagine the Lakers without Bryant, Beckley Mason of TrueHoop it might be in their best interest to part ways with Bryant:
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Whether or not they knew league-wide austerity measures were in the offing in 2010, when they gave Bryant his last big extension, there's no debate that, in basketball terms, the Lakers drastically overvalued their star wing. He is now a volume scorer who is still an excellent player, but the fact is that players better than him -- like Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul -- are paid way less. Even supposing that, despite his age, Bryant's game somehow remains at its current level, the market price for a superstar has fallen precipitously since his last contract.
By the time Kobe's current contract nears expiration, it will be one of the worst in the NBA -- not because he will have deteriorated beyond recognition, but because the outrageous sum will have such a limiting effect on the Lakers' options. [...]
Is he worth destroying the most formidable frontline in the NBA?
Because, as everyone seems to tacitly acknowledge, that's how much Kobe Bryant costs.
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ba...PsYSyzMww5nYcB

freeing up a lot of money. can get Deron and D12 if they want to/can trade Bynum.

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Old 05-24-2012, 10:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Highly Doubt this happens. Lakers rather keep him and give one of their stars a nice send off
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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And then Kobe goes to miami so they have a closer!
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That would be stupid! Kobe is one of the few stars of this generation (along with Paul Pierce and Tim Duncan) who has the opportunity to finish his hall of fame career with the only franchise he's played for. All time Lakers leading scorer and most importantly he could still play. Even if he isn't worth whatever's left on his contract,he deserves to play it out considering all that he's done for that team over the past dozen years(especially the back half).

Pau Gasol needs to be dealt He hasn't been the same since the botched trade with Houston & New Orleans.
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Can you imagine the money he'd end up with. 60Mil from the amnesty + a new contract. Imagine him in Chicago?

Getting his 6th ring in Chicago of all places to tie Jordan would be epic.
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This is the dumbest idea I've ever read in relation to the NBA.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This is the dumbest idea I've ever read in relation to the NBA.
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They'd be wiser to trade Kobe to a team that could absorb his salary so that he couldn't sign elsewhere on the cheap.... now that is worth an article!
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They'd be wiser to trade Kobe to a team that could absorb his salary so that he couldn't sign elsewhere on the cheap.... now that is worth an article!
Lakers are not allowed to trade Kobe unless he wants it.
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Lakers are not allowed to trade Kobe unless he wants it.
Yeah, no doubt....
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think he means he has a no-trade clause on his contract.
The right business move is to free up that 30m in cap space, but it won't happen. He's Kobe.
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Pau Gasol needs to be dealt He hasn't been the same since the botched trade with Houston & New Orleans.
Do you think Pau needs to go or Bynum? I think out of the 2 the Lakers would be better off trading Bynum. He seems to have such a negative effect on the floor when his attitude goes South - which seems to be more and more these days. A healthy Bynum hasn't resulted in a championship but when he was out and Pau was motoring it the Lakers win twice. TBH, I thought a healthy 3 of Kobe, Pau and Bynum would have dominated and the only thing I can think of that created a block was Bynum's attitude. So skilled, what a waste.

I would think trading Bynum for a PG might be better for the Lakers....say Bynum/Sessions for Bass/Rondo... Might be good for both teams and Garnett, Pierce and Allen should be able to keep Bynum in check plus Bynum's ego is satiated with another legendary team that he could take over after the big 3 retire. Same goes for Rondo when Kobe and Pau's career winds down.

Sessions/Allen/Pierce/Garnett/Bynum

Rondo/Kobe/Ebanks/Pau/Bass

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Do you think Pau needs to go or Bynum? I think out of the 2 the Lakers would be better off trading Bynum. He seems to have such a negative effect on the floor when his attitude goes South - which seems to be more and more these days. A healthy Bynum hasn't resulted in a championship but when he was out and Pau was motoring it the Lakers win twice. TBH, I thought a healthy 3 of Kobe, Pau and Bynum would have dominated and the only thing I can think of that created a block was Bynum's attitude. So skilled, what a waste.

I would think trading Bynum for a PG might be better for the Lakers....say Bynum/Sessions for Bass/Rondo... Might be good for both teams and Garnett, Pierce and Allen should be able to keep Bynum in check plus Bynum's ego is satiated with another legendary team that he could take over after the big 3 retire. Same goes for Rondo when Kobe and Pau's career winds down.

Sessions/Allen/Pierce/Garnett/Bynum

Rondo/Kobe/Ebanks/Pau/Bass
Bynum fetches more than Rondo and Bass is useless. The guy is considered the number 2 C in the league.... and he's 24. Gasol is the guy you trade due to age and declining skillset given how badly they need an injection of youth and athleticism... unless you get overwhelmed for Bynum.
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Bynum fetches more than Rondo and Bass is useless. The guy is considered the number 2 C in the league.... and he's 24. Gasol is the guy you trade due to age and declining skillset given how badly they need an injection of youth and athleticism... unless you get overwhelmed for Bynum.
Bynum is such a cancer though but you don't think a pg the caliber of Rondo is on the same level as Bynum? Rondo seems much more of a game changer than Bynum is by far and pg's like him a extremely few and far between. Bass was just roster filler.

I'm impressed with the possibility of Bynum's skillset but disappointed in his lack of ability to put in it use. Plus he's becoming difficult to manage.
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Bynum is such a cancer though but you don't think a pg the caliber of Rondo is on the same level as Bynum? Rondo seems much more of a game changer than Bynum is by far and pg's like him a extremely few and far between. Bass was just roster filler.

I'm impressed with the possibility of Bynum's skillset but disappointed in his lack of ability to put in it use. Plus he's becoming difficult to manage.
You don't ever trade a top C for a guard. Teams are always waiting for a C of the future..... Seems foolish, as good as Rondo is. Size and length makes it easier for everyone else on the court.
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Bynum isnt going anywhere. you dont just trade one of the best young big men in the league.
Pau is as good as gone IMO. he's getting older, didnt have a good playoff run, and seems to now be in kobe's bad book... so his days are numbered.
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You don't ever trade a top C for a guard. Teams are always waiting for a C of the future..... Seems foolish, as good as Rondo is. Size and length makes it easier for everyone else on the court.
Except for the Lakers with Bynum.

Normally I'm 1,000,000% in agreeance but Bynum..

I'm sure he will stay though. Maybe Boston will do Gasol/sessions for Rondo - maybe a healthy Bynum's game just doesn't mesh with Pau's
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Do you think Pau needs to go or Bynum? I think out of the 2 the Lakers would be better off trading Bynum. He seems to have such a negative effect on the floor when his attitude goes South - which seems to be more and more these days. A healthy Bynum hasn't resulted in a championship but when he was out and Pau was motoring it the Lakers win twice. TBH, I thought a healthy 3 of Kobe, Pau and Bynum would have dominated and the only thing I can think of that created a block was Bynum's attitude. So skilled, what a waste.

I would think trading Bynum for a PG might be better for the Lakers....say Bynum/Sessions for Bass/Rondo... Might be good for both teams and Garnett, Pierce and Allen should be able to keep Bynum in check plus Bynum's ego is satiated with another legendary team that he could take over after the big 3 retire. Same goes for Rondo when Kobe and Pau's career winds down.

Sessions/Allen/Pierce/Garnett/Bynum

Rondo/Kobe/Ebanks/Pau/Bass
I think Pau needs to go,not because he isn't a good player but because he seems to have lost trust in management since the Chris Paul trade debacle which has effected his confidence.

I like Gasol better than Bynum. To me,Bynum's value is at an all time high because of the praise he's been getting(which has been getting to his head) so you can get more for him but for Chemistry reasons I'd deal Gasol first.

Trading Bynum,you have to target Howard. There's this idea(which I don't agree with) that you can build a team around Bynum,so I feel Orlando is the perfect sucker for that offer seeing how Dwight Howard is likely to leave.

I think the Celtics/Lakers trade is fair in principle but Rondo is so good and has a greater impact on the game all around. I wouldn't do that if I were Boston.

I think the Lakers should do a wild package with the Grizzlies again, send Pau,MWP,Sessions,Ebanks & 1st rd pick to Memphis for Gay,Randolph & Conley Jr. Then do Bynum/2nd round pick for Howard

LA- Howard,Randolph,Gay,Bryant, Conley Jr.
Mem - Gasol,Gasol,MWP,Allen or Mayo,Sessions or Mayo?

This gives Memphis a more balanced team offensively and defensively. And if they and Mayo are serious about playing PG,it opens up that opportunity with Conley gone. If not,they'll still have Sessions.
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Lmao that is ridiculous .
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Lmao that is ridiculous .
I wouldn't mock so harshly

He has valid points. I don't think Memphis will trade Conely though or take Pau back. And nobody wants MPW - way to volatile.

Maybe Pau for Beasley and whomever could be revisited....wasn't that on the table at some point this past year?
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