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The Kobe Bryant era in Los Angeles is over.

After a ton of pomp and circumstance to send the Mamba out, the Lakers are still where they always were -- but now they have an insane amount of cap room and one of the league's worst records to improve upon writes ESPN.

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"Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott sat before rows of reporters and banks of cameras Friday, dissecting the worst season in franchise history. Among those tuning into the broadcast: Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who watched on a flat-screen television mounted in his second-floor office overlooking the practice court where Scott conducted his verbal autopsy.

Kupchak studied what questions Scott faced, what answers Scott returned, prepping himself before facing the same media scrum. But then Kupchak's gaze wandered below the TV to a whiteboard where for years the roster has been written in marker. Every year, there's change as names come and go, but one has remained in ink, almost defiantly so, for two decades: Kobe Bryant's."


When it comes to NBA 2K16 (or 2K17) the Lakers are going to present themselves as a fantastic challenge in MyGM to rebuild from the ground up. There are some decent pieces present, with both DeAngelo Russell at the point and Julius Randle at Power-Forward.

But the team itself is coming off of a historically, woefully bad season. Last in the league in scoring, a 17-65 record, a defense that wasn't the worst in the league but might as well have been -- there's a lot of just flat out building to do with the Lakers.

What would you do with the cap space? Would you make a run at high profile free agents like Kevin Durant? Build through the draft? Sound off in the comments below!

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# 1 DBMcGee3 @ 04/18/16 10:33 AM
Kobe's retirement is the best thing that could have happened to the Lakers. The lure of L.A. and the prestigious history of the franchise will be enough to land a major FA and/or coach eventually, once the team has improved enough to be seen as 'just a couple of pieces away'.

You now have tons of cap room and no gigantic ego to scare away the top tier FAs.
 
# 2 Mauer4MVP @ 04/18/16 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by DBMcGee3
Kobe's retirement is the best thing that could have happened to the Lakers. The lure of L.A. and the prestigious history of the franchise will be enough to land a major FA and/or coach eventually, once the team has improved enough to be seen as 'just a couple of pieces away'.

You now have tons of cap room and no gigantic ego to scare away the top tier FAs.
The thing is everyone has cap room and I think the Lakers prestige has been somewhat lost. At least for the short-term.

They're more than likely going to be stuck over paying bad players to fill that space. They just have to keep those to short term contracts and they should be fine.
 
# 3 Lovesports @ 04/18/16 11:52 AM
Next for the Lakers? Success! As the first post said it best, Kobe was toxic in his last few years.
 
# 4 DBMcGee3 @ 04/18/16 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Mauer4MVP
The thing is everyone has cap room and I think the Lakers prestige has been somewhat lost. At least for the short-term.

They're more than likely going to be stuck over paying bad players to fill that space. They just have to keep those to short term contracts and they should be fine.
The 'Hollywood' attraction will always be there for some guys. Their front office does need to tighten up though, apparently their recent pitches to potential FAs have not been up to par.
 
# 5 franzis @ 04/18/16 12:09 PM
That's what I actually did in 2k16 MyLeague with LAL after simming the 1st season:
- no trades during the season
- no 1st round pick (even if I finished with the 2nd worst record as IRL) because 2k doesn't have protected picks
- Zhou Qi selected with the 32nd pick overall
- fired Byron Scott and replaced him with the best CPU generated HC available
- re-signed only Jordan Clarkson
- signed as FA: Lebron James, Shaun Livingston, Festus Ezeli, Lance Stephenson, Darrell Arthur, Ronnie Price and Ronny Turiaf
- traded Nick Young for a couple of picks


Current Depth chart:
PG: Russell/Livingston/Price
SG: Clarkson/Williams
SF: James/Stephenson/Brown
PF: Randle/Arthur/Turiaf
C: Ezeli/Nance jr/ Qi


Current record: 26-6 (2nd overall in WC)


I would have preferred having Batum/Barnes instead of LBJ (more realistic) but I cannot complain
 
# 6 SpeedyClaxton @ 04/18/16 12:17 PM
Depends on GM, as a Brooklyn lifetime fan during NJ------>BKN transition we had good salary cap but our GM made some pretty much idiotic moves. Knowing Lakers franchise they need some longtime loyal superstar to replace Bryant and couple of worthy role players. Nick Young obviously isn't a player you want on your team in rebuilding efforts, nor is Metta World Peace. Russell could be solid piece with proper development, Robert Sacre is at best D-League material and i don't see that guy staying in NBA any longer beyond his current contract. Randle is solid but he isn't really a player you can rely on to give you 15 pts each night. I don't really know why Marcelinho Huertas was brought in first place, his prime was in Europe, now he is just as useful as Jordan Farmar.

It's up to GM now and his moves but Lakers will always be attractive destination for players, don't fool yourself with their records of past 3-4 years. Their situation is much different than one in Brooklyn where our GM sign old and washed out players to big time contracts.
 
# 7 Vni @ 04/18/16 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by franzis
That's what I actually did in 2k16 MyLeague with LAL after simming the 1st season:
- no trades during the season
- no 1st round pick (even if I finished with the 2nd worst record as IRL) because 2k doesn't have protected picks
- Zhou Qi selected with the 32nd pick overall
- fired Byron Scott and replaced him with the best CPU generated HC available
- re-signed only Jordan Clarkson
- signed as FA: Lebron James, Shaun Livingston, Festus Ezeli, Lance Stephenson, Darrell Arthur, Ronnie Price and Ronny Turiaf
- traded Nick Young for a couple of picks


Current Depth chart:
PG: Russell/Livingston/Price
SG: Clarkson/Williams
SF: James/Stephenson/Brown
PF: Randle/Arthur/Turiaf
C: Ezeli/Nance jr/ Qi


Current record: 26-6 (2nd overall in WC)


I would have preferred having Batum/Barnes instead of LBJ (more realistic) but I cannot complain
Ezili Barnes/Batum definately the players the lakers should target.
 
# 8 yungloud @ 04/18/16 12:25 PM
Trade jordan clarkson for some reason he always gets upset with his playing time, I'll use a draft pick to package along with Larry nance to pacers for Paul George then sign DeMar DeRozan, Festus ezeli and bismack Biyombo
 
# 9 franzis @ 04/18/16 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Vni
Ezili Barnes/Batum definately the players the lakers should target.

I TOTALLY agree and actually they were my main targets during the offseason.
Unfortunately in MyLeague both Barnes and Batum resigned with GSW/CHA while LBJ didn't (after losing in the Finals against GSW once again).


I hope that will work out differently IRL
 
# 10 Vni @ 04/18/16 12:42 PM
Btw I would take your CPU generated headcoach over Byron Scott aswell.
 
# 11 franzis @ 04/18/16 01:03 PM
It was a no brainer.

Too bad that Luke was not available among the assistants HC
 
# 12 mrmaupie @ 04/18/16 01:28 PM
Do you guys see russell being traded after the whole nick young tape thing?

What would be a realistic trade for him? He obviously has lots of potential and could start fresh anywhere.

Sent from my SM-N910F using Tapatalk
 
# 13 8KB24 @ 04/18/16 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by mrmaupie
Do you guys see russell being traded after the whole nick young tape thing?

What would be a realistic trade for him? He obviously has lots of potential and could start fresh anywhere.

Sent from my SM-N910F using Tapatalk
Russell ain't going nowhere. Dude has sweet stroke and great vision all while improving continually throughout the season without hitting the famous rookie wall post all-star.
 
# 14 BA2929 @ 04/18/16 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by mrmaupie
Do you guys see Russell being traded after the whole Nick Young tape thing?

What would be a realistic trade for him? He obviously has lots of potential and could start fresh anywhere.
I think Nick Young would be traded before Russell. Russell's rep is going to follow him anywhere, so you're probably not going to be able to max out your return at this point. I'd much rather just deal Young, get a piece back in return and hope Russell learns from his mistakes and his teammates forget it happened.
 
# 15 tril @ 04/18/16 08:17 PM
If LA lands a top 3 pick. say the get BEn Simmons or that kid from Duke, Ingram.
IF OKC doesnt get to the finals Durant will wind up In LA.
LA will bring in Horford,- then ship him, Julius Randal, and either Russell or Clarkson to Sacramento for Cousins.

now you potentially have a big 3 though they'd be a few years from contending.

-Durant
-Simmons or Ingram
-Cousins
-and either Clarkson or Russell

and of course theyll attract a few more mid level type free agents.

then the following year you could potentially get Westbrook in LA, and that free agent crop has a lot of marquee type players also.



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# 16 redsox4evur @ 04/18/16 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by tril
If LA lands a top 3 pick. say the get BEn Simmons or that kid from Duke, Ingram.
IF OKC doesnt get to the finals Durant will wind up In LA.
LA will bring in Horford,- then ship him, Julius Randal, and either Russell or Clarkson to Sacramento for Cousins.

now you potentially have a big 3 though they'd be a few years from contending.

-Durant
-Simmons or Ingram
-Cousins
-and either Clarkson or Russell

and of course theyll attract a few more mid level type free agents.

then the following year you could potentially get Westbrook in LA, and that free agent crop has a lot of marquee type players also.



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There is a better chance that Durant goes to Brooklyn or the 6ers then he goes to the Lakers. Also no shot the Kings trade Cousins for Horford, Randle and Clarkson or Russell.

He is going one of 2 places, WSH or back to OKC, with GSW as a darkhorse.
 
# 17 tril @ 04/18/16 08:23 PM
and you have to remember your building to compete for a championship in 3-4 years. you have to look at who your potential competitors will be in the west.
and as of right now, that looks like it will be GS, Minnesota, and maybe S.A.
Clippers, Dallas, Houston, and OKC (if they dont keep the team together window is about 2-3 years longer as of right now)
 
# 18 tril @ 04/18/16 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by redsox4evur
There is a better chance that Durant goes to Brooklyn or the 6ers then he goes to the Lakers. Also no shot the Kings trade Cousins for Horford, Randle and Clarkson or Russell.

He is going one of 2 places, WSH or back to OKC, with GSW as a darkhorse.
6ers, really? "The fish that saved Pittsburgh, 2.0"
reason why I mention the cousins trade is because, Sac is what they are with Cousins. no free agent is going to Sac. By the time they rebuild again, Cousins will be beyond his prime. Sac is just desperate to make the playoffs. so that trade gives them a better shot at becoming playoff contenders.

I agree that Durant will probably stay with OKC, but if he leaves I firmly believe he's Laker bound.
 
# 19 Black Bruce Wayne @ 04/19/16 07:35 AM
They need to make a hard push for Durant and Lebron. Even though acquiring either is practically impossible, they have to try. The Lakers have always gotten the big time Free Agent. They have to do everything in their power to make it happen, especially since they completely fumbled in the draft and in Free Agency last year.
 
# 20 mongo13clikke @ 04/19/16 11:28 AM
This is the only thing im doing since release, playing MyLeague (with SimWorld roster) with my Lakers, always simming the first season to start the post kobe era with the 2016 draft (currently using simworlds fictional draft classes).
 

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