No, but really, the FO needs to seek a tough physical post to throw at Howard.
If this thing goes down, it is isn't good for the Spurs in the short term (which matters most), at all.
spurs going to counter by signing ajinca or zuller...
Jason Collins or Przybilla would be good picks.
They've been in the midst of it since the season ended.
It doesn't matter what Howard agrees to. Bynum still has to agree to an extension with Orlando(he's already said he's not going to) or they have to work a three way trade and ship him to Houston. We're pretty much in the same place we were yesterday.
Getting alarmed won't change anything. Bynum and Howard are the two best centers in the league. The Lakers look to be better with Howard if he can return to his pre-surgery levels. It is what it is.
The new CBA created a more restrictive luxury tax system and most teams have to adjust their behavior because of it. The very richest teams don't. It never was an even playing field, and the new CBA actually increases the competitive advantage available to the wealthiest teams in the markets attractive to rich, young celebrities. With the occasional odd exception (OKC has one more year before they'll have to choose between Ibaka and Harden), NBA champions will come from Miami, LA, and NY for the foreseeable future.
It's the late 90s early 00s Portland dilemma: there's only one ball. Everyone thought they'd win a title. They didn't. Everyone REALLY thought the ring chaser 2004 Lakers would win. They didn't.
Sweep the leg, Johnny...
The Spurs were fucked anyway, so it's not like this move all the sudden rips the title out of the Spurs' hands. Even if the Spurs managed to get out of the West, their reward would be to play the Superfriends in Miami.
There is no answer to this trade. I get what you're saying, but a garbage 7-footer doesn't all the sudden give the Spurs a better shot, at least not anymore than a garbage 6'10" redhead.
the new cba dont mean shit
stern the clown is all about ratings, he will get these fakers to the finals just like he did in 04 ....fck him and his cba bullshit, nba = wwe = loleufa
Howard improves the Lakers significantly, they will be the best team in the west.
Howard is a lot more style than substance, so I welcome his move to LA. Makes the Lakers less of a threat.
Keepin' it real ... it's more than a name ... it's a way of life.
Look at how LA acquired Wilt Chamberlain, Jabbar, Magic, James Worthy, Byron Scott, Shaq, Kobe, Gasol - the bulk of their top historical players. The pattern goes two ways - essentially the trading partner received a washed up player or mediocre talent and LA gets a future #1 draft pick. Lo and behold, the trading partner has an awful season and LA gets the first pick in the draft a year or two later for what turns out to be vastly inferior assets.
The other scenario is a player refuses to play or resign with his current team and forces a trade to LA. That's what happened with Jabbar, Shaq, Kobe, Chamberlain, etc. The team on the other end would get pennies on the dollar in those transactions too.
The teams that got the short end of the stick on these trades? The Bucks, the Jazz, the Cavaliers, the Magic, Grizzlies, Philly (76s I think). Generally small market teams with significant financial limitation.
Getting Howard for Bynum would be somewhat of a more equitable deal, but still Orlando is getting pennies on the dollar if this happens and Dwight re-ups for five years. Bynum has got major mental issues messing with his performance.
To say the current Lakers front office is without question better than the current Spurs front office is a little short sighted IMO. SA has never been the preferred destination of premium free agents, and a lot of LA's key aquisitions have been due to contractual differences or contractual expirations. The starry eyed player wants to go to LA for the opportunities outside of basketball. The Spurs don't have that card to play.
If you put Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak in San Antonio ten or fifteen years ago, switching places with Pop and RC, I would doubt the Spurs would have been as successful as they have been.
The only decent player the Lakers have drafted themselves the last 15 years is Bynum. Isn't the draft a significant portion of what a front offices does? That counts for something. Kupchak and Buss play a role in that, don't they?
The good news about the Laker trades or potentual trades would be that both Nash and Howard have material back issues that could cut things short for both of them.
In addition, Baby Drew can put a monkee wrench in all of this. With his current level of maturity, that could happen too. What would really be great is Orlando balks now and Bynum walks next summer to Cleveland or Orlando and takes away the only decent young player the Lakers have.
Last edited by Harry Callahan; 07-19-2012 at 08:23 AM.
Howard signing an extension is only half the battle, any word on Bynum? If Bynum will not sign an extension (why would he?) then this trade is not happening....
If the small-market owners really want parity, they'll lock the players out one more time and put in a hard cap and non-guaranteed contracts. We'd lose at least a full season then.
That, or the economy finally recovers, the league and its owners start rolling in cash, and the small-market owners stop complaining.
The NFL is the only league that understands how to structure its business model for the good of the league as a whole.
The "Haves" and "Have nots" scenario of the NBA and MLB is frustrating to most knowledgeable fans.
This deal will happen with either Bynum going to Houston or Cleaveland. Tough news for the western conference as this is a team that will beat everyone. Thank goodness we had a lockout ensure competitive balance.
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