No I am not lost. This is still a Laker thread and always will be. I just like to raise a few things that involve the Memphis Grizzlies in relations to the Lakers.
Early during the 06-07 season, Memphis lost a lot of games while Pau Gasol was out on a foot injury. Whether intentionally done or not, they ended the season on the same note. In between, there was a huge tug-of-war between now outgoing GM Jerry West and Bulls GM John Paxson with regards to Pau's services. Jerry West did not want to sell him short, and rightfully so. He was one of the very few very consistent players to average 20 and 10 night in and out. The Bulls had offered Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni plus PJ Bown's then expiring contract. The Grizz, wanted Hinrich, Luol Deng and Ben Gordon, or any 2 of the mentioned. Ultimately, the talks fell off, and Memphis went on to drift for the rest of the season.
Coming into the lottery, Memphis had a 25% chance of landing the #1 pick. That is a one-to-four chance they land at the most coveted prize in a decade or so. Suppose they are not that lucky, they had a 50% chance to land #2. I mean, you can't go wrong right? Either Oden or Durant, you can't go wrong.
But I guess the basketball Gods have a funny way of rewarding"tanking". Memphis slipped all the way to #4, the worst possible possibility they could've had. Now if there's anyone more unlucky than Cleveland and Indiana for not having picks this year, it was Memphis.
Considering their lineup for one moment, they are in pretty good shape to fully rebuild. Pau has made it known he wants to win and not be a part of rebuilding. They just had their coach replaced in Mark Iavaroni and Jerry West is stepping down come July 1st.
Highlighting the Grizzly lineup would be Mike Conley Jr, drafted #4 overall. He will be the star of this team now and for the years to come. Pau would still fit in very well at age 25, but likely will be 30 or near 30 when the talents around him complete full circle. Rudy Gay also has a very bright future ahead of him. A high-flyer and a very versatile Guard/Forward in a 6'9 frame, he was drafted #7 over-all last year by Houston and was traded for Shane Battier.
Among the veterans are Mike Miller and Damon Stoudamire who are likely headed out if the team plans to rebuild. Brian Cardinal also takes up a little space in the payroll paying 5.4M.
Due to the inconsistencies of a 1st time head coach in Iavaroni, with ownership being a little shaky, and the team nowhere near contention in the very very very deep West, Memphis ought to weigh the options clear and decide, for once, what it wants to do. I suggest they rebuild now so that we can contend now.
I suggest trading out Pau Gasol and Mike Miller. The Lakers would be more than willing to accept both players in their bid to make Kobe settle. Mike Miller is a proven shooter who was former ROY. Pau Gasol will cleanup the mess in the post giving out 20-10 a night.
The Lakers offer will benefit the Grizz long term and the players will be in tune for the future just about right when Mike Conley is ready to dominate the NBA.
Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, Jordan Farmar, Mo Evans and Sasha Vujacic plus 2008 1st rounder for Pau and Mike Miller.
Memphis gets to dump off the 2 most expensive players they have for 5 players who do not have contracts beyond 2008. Andrew Bynum is the coveted center he can be in Memphis, who can grow well enough without the pressure of Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson busting his a**. He will have Conley to feed him the ball as he did very well with longtime friend and teammate Greg Oden. In 2-3 years time, Conley-Gay-Bynum will be very deadly. Along with the offer, the Lakers can add the maximum cash considerations of 3M as a sweetener. Rebuilding teams always look to add cash and cap space, with nothing short of promising talent.
Memphis will have a team like this:
Conley / Farmar / Stoudamire / Lowry
Dahntay Jones / Mo Evans / Sasha Vujacic
Rudy Gay / Hakim Warrick
Kwame Brown / Stromile Swift
Andrew Bynum / Jake Tsakalidis / Alex Johnson
The Lakers on the other hand will have a team. Unlike a KG deal, where there will only be Kobe and KG, and then the others... This LA lineup is one to seriously reckon with.
Javaris Crittenton / Luther Head
Kobe Bryant / Sun Yue
Mike Miller / Luke Walton / Vlade Radmanovic
Lamar Odom / Ronny Turiaf /
Pau Gasol / Chris Mihm / Marc Gasol
WOW, better than I expected. We can have Luke Walton and Vlade Radman to come off the bench and provide leadership and firepower, with Ronny providing the energy and strength. If we are lucky enough, we will be deep too. Chris Mihm looks like he is ready to go.