By Robbie Marbury on March 16, 2014
The Los Angeles Lakers are on pace to have their worst season since moving from Minneapolis. With Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash already shelved for the remainder of the season, the first step of the rebuilding process is underway -- tanking. The Lakers will have roughly million in cap space this offseason, a projected top-five draft pick and an angry and healthy Bryant to kickstart their return to prominence next year.
Right now we have no idea where the Lakers' draft pick will fall, but it is projected to be in the top five. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Dante Exum and Julius Randle will all be stars one day; Smart and Embiid have bust written all over them. The Lakers cannot afford to draft a bust, or project with Kobe on his last legs. If the first four are gone, the should go with Aaron Gordon, and give themselves a player who can defend, and has upside.
This will be hard to do considering the Lakers don't have anyone on the roster for next season, but the Houston Rockets want to get rid of Asik, and have long been fans of Pau Gasol. If Gasol is willing to be on the Rockets, the two teams could facilitate a trade. If that doesn't work, then they could build a package around a future first-round pick from the Lakers, Steve Nash and Nick Young.
The teams that succeed in the NBA have at least one 3-D player (someone who can defend the wing and knock down three-pointers). These guys do not need plays ran for them, and typically have very good plus/minus numbers. This offseason has several free agent candidates to choose from: Shawn Marion, Thabo Sefolosha, Brandon Rush, Trevor Ariza and Francisco Garcia.
Mike D'Antoni's style of running up the court and taking the first available shot, and not playing any defense is never going to get the Lakers their 17th NBA Championship. Los Angeles should go with a long-term hire, and get Fred Hoiberg from Iowa State. Hoiberg is young, smart and really knows the game of basketball.
Anthony wants to be in a big market, with all the attention, bright lights and money, but he also wants to win. Which team is going to be able to offer him all of that, other than the Lakers? They already have the cap space, a potential top-five pick and Bryant. He could be the star of the future in Los Angeles, while taking the torch from Kobe.
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