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(FanNation)   Lakers ain't got de will to get D-Will, and they ain't got da dough to get D-Will. Advantage: Lakers   (fannation.com) divider line 17
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2012-06-08 12:37:33 PM
They might be able to convince Nash to come for the mid-level exception, but the Heat are in play for him at the exception too.
 
2012-06-08 12:41:14 PM
Sadly, more Angelenos are following this story than their LA Kings, who are one win away from their first Stanley Cup
 
2012-06-08 01:38:53 PM
Doesn't matter. I expect the Lakers to make a play for Howard. I'd rather have howard than williams.
 
2012-06-08 02:06:36 PM
Can the trend of calling people by their first initial followed by the first 4 of their last name be over now?

/please
 
2012-06-08 02:24:16 PM

lacrossestar83: Sadly, more Angelenos are following this story than their LA Kings, who are one win away from their first Stanley Cup


Even as a big time Kings fan I don't blame them. There's a lot of recent Lakers success to compete with and if you're not a hockey fan then why should you care even if a local team is doing well? When the Galaxy were competing for a championship I go out of my way to watch.

Maybe this Stanley Cup run will convert a few fans but following a team can be a real time and money commitment and the Kings have their own group of dedicated fans who are plenty excited right now.
 
2012-06-08 02:34:07 PM
And I got sidetracked but on the topic of the Lakers: I don't have a lot of expectations going into the summer for anything more than a mini mid signing and I'd rather they look for a half decent backup C and SG (and a new coach), but in the last two years they've managed to dump off Vujacic, Fisher, and Walton off on somebody else (and only Vujacic was an expiring) so there's always the hope that Kupchak can pull off some miracle.

There has to be some takers for an overpaid Artest and Blake, right? Right?!

/They're stuck for two more years until they can reload.
 
2012-06-08 02:54:04 PM
Deron Williams looks like a great basketball player but he hasn't been a difference maker anywhere he's been. I don't think he would improve the team. Some players are just good enough to start but they cost you because they're never good enough to win in the playoffs. I think Mr. Williams is in that category.
 
2012-06-08 03:16:29 PM
What would getting Deron Williams accomplish for them anyway? Sessions was a pretty good PG for them, I thought. He'd be a fool to leave there too, as he's in a good situation and he's doing nothing but building his value. Since Kobe commands the ball so much anyway, seems like Williams wouldn't be a great fit there.

While we're speculating on free agency... I really hope the Cavs pick up a decent center. Varejao is best coming off the bench, and at 4 instead of 5. But that position has been a disaster for the team since Zydrunas starting getting really old. A guy I think would be an interesting possibility is Ian Mahinmi, if they can lure him with the promise of decent money and a starting spot.
 
2012-06-08 03:27:34 PM

lacydog: What would getting Deron Williams accomplish for them anyway? Sessions was a pretty good PG for them, I thought.


I don't watch the Lakers regularly, but while Sessions was pretty good down the stretch of the regular season, he was somewhere between "meh" and "utterly invisible" in the Thunder series. You can say what you will about Deron Williams perhaps not carrying a team terribly far, but he always produces and definitely won't disappear against the best teams in the playoffs.
 
2012-06-08 03:32:28 PM

Killer Cars: You can say what you will about Deron Williams perhaps not carrying a team terribly far, but he always produces and definitely won't disappear against the best teams in the playoffs.


Plus a great PG isn't going to get you out of the first round of the playoffs without scorers around him. You only get assists if your teammates make shots.
 
2012-06-08 03:54:37 PM

lacrossestar83: Sadly, more Angelenos are following this story than their LA Kings, who are one win away from their first Stanley Cup


Signing Gretzky finally paying off with a Championship.
 
2012-06-08 05:15:26 PM
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"Wait for me, Kobe. I'll get out here to help you as soon as I can."
 
2012-06-08 05:23:54 PM
Deron Williams probably wouldn't work well on the Lakers because Kobe would be on his ass from Day One about every little mistake. He's used to getting the star treatment, not the whipping boy treatment.

I agree with Killer Cars about Sessions. He was a step up from Fisher in terms of speed on offense, but wilted under the bright lights of the playoffs. Given time and experience, I think he could become a decent starting PG though. He's played on so many different teams under so many different circumstances, I'd like to see what a little stability would do for his career. He developed a decent jumper this year and he has the speed to break down defenses in transition and in the half court (mostly the former) so it's put-up-or-sit-down time, IMO.

IIRC, during Kupchak's post-season interview, he said they needed frontcourt depth. So naturally, I think he'll really be looking to shore up the 1-3 spots. All I know is it's going to be an interesting summer for us Lakers fans.
 
2012-06-08 06:02:30 PM
Deron Williams makes more sense in Dallas. That is all.
 
2012-06-08 09:09:32 PM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: IIRC, during Kupchak's post-season interview, he said they needed frontcourt depth. So naturally, I think he'll really be looking to shore up the 1-3 spots


er ... wha?

/that's the joke?
 
2012-06-08 09:53:49 PM

slobberbone: Mitch Taylor's Bro: IIRC, during Kupchak's post-season interview, he said they needed frontcourt depth. So naturally, I think he'll really be looking to shore up the 1-3 spots

er ... wha?

/that's the joke?


If you were a GM on camera, would you tip your hand about what you wanted to do in the off-season?
 
2012-06-08 11:05:02 PM
Sessions is a very good, dangerous backup point guard and a very inconsistent starting point guard.
 
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