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Old 01-31-2012, 07:04 PM   #11
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Default Re: Howard or Bust....

Originally Posted by talkingconch
Make sure your expectations are low

so you're not disappointed

If that article on ESPN has any credibility, Howard may test FA even if he is traded to the Lakers, which boggles my mind.

Honestly, Lakers may just be in a 1 or 2 year hole for now. Unless Mitch or someone finds a way to flip Pau Gasol for some depth/role players that haven't been talked about yet (maybe Houston a good option) before the trade deadline.

Or Bynum is traded for Howard and Howard agrees to stay a Laker. Anything can happen really. Reminds me of Lebron to New York tactic, ends up in Miami. I wish we could trade for Deron Williams or had cap space this summer.

I had a friend tell me Lakers could clear space this summer by getting rid of players, but I didn't believe him. Is that possible?

As far as the cap space thing is possible.....but Very Very tricky;

Lakers, as it stands now are on the hook for $67 million (2012-13)

Luke Walton may finally be tradeable as an expirer subtract $6.1 million
Ron Artest can either reject his option or be amnestied $7.2 million
Unlikely but Bynum is a team option at.......................... $16.5 million
Pau is highly overpaid by current salaries; Trade/Amesty $19 million
DFish retires and offered a coaching contract $ 3.4 million

So, while very highly unlikely that more than 1 thing above happens, assuming that ALL of the above happens, that would leave the Lakers at $31 million which is way under the cap.....this only includes Kobe and Blake. We may also have the trade exception to use. This is how Miami did the "Big 3" thing.
This could....however unlikely....allow us to get both Howard and DWill. Then fill in roster with ring chaser veterans.

I'm not saying a single bit of this will happen, just explaining the system and the math that gives it a hypothetical chance.
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