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Lakers contend for title and clear cap space, too

Posted on: February 7, 2009 8:08 pm

CLEVELAND -- Must be nice to be the Lakers, who are no less of a championship contender after Saturday's cap-clearing trade that sent Vladimir Radmanovic's albatross of a contract to Charlotte for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown.

The straight math from the deal: It impacts the Lakers' rotational plans very little for the rest of this season, but impacts their financial picture quite significantly going forward. They save $1.2 million next season, which is actually $2.4 million because they're a tax-paying team. If they're unimpressed with Morrison, the disappointing former No. 3 overall pick, and don't extend him a qualifying offer in 2010, the trade trims $6.9 million from their 2010-11 cap.

It's not enough to make Cleveland fans nervous that Phil Jackson and Mitch Kupchak are clearing cap space for a run at LeBron James in 17 months, but it's a start.

In the Orange County Register's Lakers blog, Kevin Ding says Kupchak doesn't expect to make any more deals before the Feb. 19 trade deadline, meaning no big man to replace the injured Andrew Bynum.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2009 1:01 pm

Lakers contend for title and clear cap space, too

You maybe right about this idea. The long term plan of Mitch&Phil could possibly a run for LeBron in 2010. This is due to the following;

  1. Morrison, Fisher, Chris and two dispensible player will sum up to a possible $14million. Morrison is up to 2010. Fisher is retirable in 2010. Chris can be extended up to 2010 or cut next season.
  2. Luke can be traded next season for an expiring contract. This can be equivalent to about $5million
  3. To sum up the amount plus other possible saving, it maybe enough amount for LeBron to consider.
  4. LeBron's number one consideration on the team he play in 2010 is a championhip caliber team. Lakers in 2010 is much stronger than this year.
  5. On that premise Kobe may consider extending his contract and LeBron is a good friends that they respect one another.
  6. With Mitch, Phil and Jerry Buss I think they pull this deal. Lakers were able to acquire Wilt from Philadelphia, Kareem from Milwaukee and Shaq from Orlando.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2009 10:52 am

Lakers contend for title and clear cap space, too

Great move. Vlad's nice, but Morrison is an X-factor. You never know, he could put it together and start consistently scoring like crazy. He'll get the chance to shoot with a littlemore space on this team. His pro problem is that he doesn't create his own shot very well. On the Lakers, with Kobe and Gasol and Odom, et. al, that won't be a problem. For a big man, they could look to trading a pick and cap fodder to OKC for Chris Wilcox or for Nick Collison. I don't know why Wilcox has gotten zero playing time recently, and Collison is a really nice guy to have on your team.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2009 6:15 am

Lakers contend for title and clear cap space, too

Let's say they couldn't get a big man to help replace Andrew.

Now here comes this trade.  Would you do it?

Vlade was not playing anyway.  He was number FOUR on the small forward rotation behind Walton, Ariza and Kobe (when he slid over).  He was a SMALL FORWARD, not a big man (despite his 6 10 height).

Of course you would do this trade.  Clears cap space and gets rid of a guy who wasn't playing anyway.  How is that pointless?


Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2009 4:29 am

Lakers contend for title and clear cap space, too

They are already a luxury cap team, is that $1.2 million in cap space and $1.2 out of Buss' pocket really allow them to enhance their team.  They got beat up down low in the Finals without Bynum.  Pau Gasol is a PF.  That is why he and Andrew Bynum compliment each other so well.  They think attaining 2 shooting guards/small forwards for one of their biggest men left.  I thought they were playing to win, not in a rebuilding phase.  There has to be a veteran big man with a nice expiring contract to help them down low.  This just seems like a pointless move.  Saves, in NBA terms, a few bucks and does nothing to replace Bynum.  Don't get it.

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2009 9:05 pm

Lakers contend for title and clear cap space, too

Well that explains it better.  Both Morrison and Vlade are streaky shooters but Vlade is a much better 3 point threat.  This trade initially confused me because although Vlade wasn't ever impressive on defense I always thought his length (6'11) was still worth having him on the floor.  Seeing how much the Lakers are saving in cap space and knowing they have no real commitment to Morrison after this season makes the deal more understandable. 

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