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Kobe Bryant signed a two year deal worth $48.5 million, which means he will remain the highest paid player in the NBA over the next two seasons. One has to figure this is LA's last chance to get in on winning an NBA Championship with Kobe as part of the mix.

Big name free agents are coming onto the market, plus plenty of second tier talent. If you were playing as the Lakers GM, would you go after a superstar like LeBron to join Kobe or would you seek to upgrade the overall talent of the team with smaller signings with the limited cap space you have going into next year?

Sound off in the comments below!

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# 1 Majingir @ 11/25/13 05:05 PM
Don't see Lebron and Wade going to diff teams, and wouldn't work with Lakers if Kobe is still there.

I could see Bosh going there though.

PG wise, maybe someone like Lowry could go to LA? And depending on the direction the Bulls go, maybe they'll let Deng go?

Lineup of:
Gasol
Bosh
Deng
Kobe
Lowry

Wouldn't be bad starting lineup from a single offseason of changes.
 
# 2 OkayC @ 11/25/13 05:14 PM
Are we even keeping gasol? I could see bosh going to the lakers. I don't see lebron, wade, or melo though. I think granger is an fa, maybe we could sign him, and maybe deng if he doesn't go back to chicago. and I've seen worse point guards than kyle lowry. Personally all the role players we have now, aren't bad guys to surround a superstar with. I wouldn't mind if we kept, henry, farmar, hill, williams, blake, and maybe even johnson for a little added athleticism.
 
# 3 godylla @ 11/25/13 05:24 PM
Summer of 2015 when Kevin Love leaves Minnesota and Russell Westbrook leaves OKC, they both go back to LA to play (teammates at UCLA) and join Kobe in his last year to make a run at the title.
 
# 4 ItsOrangeBaby @ 11/25/13 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by godylla
Summer of 2015 when Kevin Love leaves Minnesota and Russell Westbrook leaves OKC, they both go back to LA to play (teammates at UCLA) and join Kobe in his last year to make a run at the title.
Don't see Westbrook leaving OKC or Love play for the Lakers.

I can see the Lakers trying to pick Deng in the off-season and might be able to improve their pg situation by acquiring some team surplus pg sometime this season. Other than that don't really see any big move for the Lakers going into 2015 other than more role players.



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# 5 L1njured @ 11/25/13 07:51 PM
kyrie going to LA would be very interesting.
 
# 6 worstsportsgamer1977 @ 11/25/13 07:52 PM
rajon rondo and melo would help him out. they have a bunch of good complementary pieces to surround those 2.
 
# 7 turty11 @ 11/25/13 08:13 PM
isaiah thomas/nash
kobe/dragic
deng/henry/young
hill/humphries/boozer
gasol/ezeli
 
# 8 scottyo60 @ 11/25/13 09:03 PM
Kobe signed for 2 more years and 48 mill. They cash strapped their team for an aged star. I don't see how max contract type of guys can go there? One could but certainly not two and Gasol would have to take a massive cut. To me the money doesn't work out and the windows closed till Gasol and Kobe are off the books.
 
# 9 bballshawn24 @ 11/25/13 09:06 PM
i think people underestimate how great kobe still is, ESPN has brainwashed the general basketball population.
 
# 10 Detroitfan4life1993 @ 11/25/13 09:06 PM
Kobe didn't help them imo with that big contract. They might be able to sign another big star but won't be able to get any other help after that.
 
# 11 ojandpizza @ 11/25/13 09:07 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by bballshawn24
i think people underestimate how great kobe still is, ESPN has brainwashed the general basketball population.
lol we don't need to watch ESPN to realize this was a mistake.
 
# 12 scottyo60 @ 11/25/13 09:11 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by bballshawn24
i think people underestimate how great kobe still is, ESPN has brainwashed the general basketball population.
Ask yourself Is Kobe Bryant the best player in the game? That's what he just got paid like
 
# 13 King_B_Mack @ 11/25/13 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by bballshawn24
i think people underestimate how great kobe still is, ESPN has brainwashed the general basketball population.
LOL how has ESPN brainwashed people when they still talk about Kobe like it's 2007 or something?
 
# 14 marc_ivan @ 11/25/13 09:41 PM
I don't think any big name free agent will come to L.A. to be in Kobe's shadow. Our best option now would be to let Kobe rest, offer Bledsoe the max and draft the best available player. And make sure we sign the best players off this years roster.
 
# 15 StankonYa @ 11/25/13 09:48 PM
Well I got the answer to ''if Kobe would take a pay cut'' which I asked myself and others towards the end of last season.

Isiah T. at point would be nice,anyone else I'm going to have to think about it some more. I truly hope Kobe still takes some kind of pay cut during our recruiting phaze.
 
# 16 jhillest @ 11/25/13 09:54 PM
Dirty dishes... so he'll have something to clean with all the scrubs around him.
 
# 17 King_B_Mack @ 11/25/13 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by StankonYa
Well I got the answer to ''if Kobe would take a pay cut'' which I asked myself and others towards the end of last season.

Isiah T. at point would be nice,anyone else I'm going to have to think about it some more. I truly hope Kobe still takes some kind of pay cut during our recruiting phaze.
You can't restructure contracts in the NBA. He's getting all his for the next two years bruh.
 
# 18 24 @ 11/26/13 12:03 AM
From a Revenue Standpoint the deal makes sense. The amount of Money Kobe generates for the Lakers is absurd. His value to the team is probably triple of what his contract is paying him. He brings in sellout crowds night after night. He'll be worth the money at least in terms of a business decision.

Am I happy that he took that much? Of Course not. I wouldn't say it financially cripples them (Because they have enough for a Max contract) but it's not the greatest deal for a team that's trying to win now.

Gasol is gone after this year. The only other player I could really see coming back from this years roster outside of Nash and Sacre is Jordan Hill. If you can get him for cheap I say go for it. He has shown that he is clearly worthy of being a starting center. They aren't getting Lebron and Melo does not fit with this team. Kevin Love is a possibility the following off season but you can't put all your eggs in one basket.

I have honestly no clue who the Lakers will surround Kobe with. I'm not expecting them to win a title for at least the rest of Kobe's career especially with this contract. I am happy though that He will retire as a Laker but it will be a shame that LA can't get him a sixth ring. Something that I don't understand is why he wouldn't take less money? He's played 17 Years in the league and between that and endorsements He's probably loaded. I'm not asking for him to have taken the Minimum but couldn't you pull a Tim Duncan and take 10 Million? I just don't get it, you clearly want to win another title. Less money taken = more money available for team to sign better players.
 
# 19 dat boi Q @ 11/26/13 12:37 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by 24
From a Revenue Standpoint the deal makes sense. The amount of Money Kobe generates for the Lakers is absurd. His value to the team is probably triple of what his contract is paying him. He brings in sellout crowds night after night. He'll be worth the money at least in terms of a business decision.

Am I happy that he took that much? Of Course not. I wouldn't say it financially cripples them (Because they have enough for a Max contract) but it's not the greatest deal for a team that's trying to win now.

Gasol is gone after this year. The only other player I could really see coming back from this years roster outside of Nash and Sacre is Jordan Hill. If you can get him for cheap I say go for it. He has shown that he is clearly worthy of being a starting center. They aren't getting Lebron and Melo does not fit with this team. Kevin Love is a possibility the following off season but you can't put all your eggs in one basket.

I have honestly no clue who the Lakers will surround Kobe with. I'm not expecting them to win a title for at least the rest of Kobe's career especially with this contract. I am happy though that He will retire as a Laker but it will be a shame that LA can't get him a sixth ring. Something that I don't understand is why he wouldn't take less money? He's played 17 Years in the league and between that and endorsements He's probably loaded. I'm not asking for him to have taken the Minimum but couldn't you pull a Tim Duncan and take 10 Million? I just don't get it, you clearly want to win another title. Less money taken = more money available for team to sign better players.
We'll said at the end.
 
# 20 ven0m43 @ 11/26/13 01:56 AM
All I've wanted to see is Kevin Love in a Lakers jersey, since he left UCLA.
 

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