Originally Posted by KG215
The Clippers worry me the most if they lock up CP3 long term. Memphis, too, but Z-Bo is already 30 so he's not going to drastically improve. And something is just off about that whole team. They should be a legit contender but something isn't working. As long as VDN is the Clippers coach, though, I won't be particularly worried about them either.
And the Lakers will figure something out sooner or later. Even after Kobe gets too old or retires, something good will happen to them. Every time it looks like they'er going to go into a long stretch of mediocrity God reaches down and gives them a Shaq or Gail Goodrich signing as a vet FA with another team, forcing that team to compensate them with a draft pick, which turns into #1 overall and Magic Johnson. No matter how inevitable it may seem, they always find a way to stay more than relevant.
Yea Lakers rebuild quickly but I honestly think this time it's going to be a little longer than 2 years. I expect a good 5-7 year rebuild. Mainly because of the hardcore tax penalties now and the fact that Lakers don't have any young valuable pieces. Teams don't jump at the opportunity to take on 18+ million dollar contracts with the repeater tax penalty. It's being called the "Death Tax" around the league because it can really cripple teams.
As for the Clippers once they find a new coach Blake Griffin is getting his 5 year extension I'm hearing. Chris Paul has backed up the front office every time when asked and sources say he's going to ink up. I agree Memphis is deadly but something is just off. Anybody outside of Memphis has known all along that Zbo/Gay don't compliment each other well. Won't surprise me if one is traded.
BTW I forgot Sixers in the east. They are a rising team where if they deal with trades/free agents properly and get a reliable go to guy they can contend as well. This is one thing I love about basketball..... you have perennial winners but in general new teams rise and fall every couple years. With the Thunder their ownership/Presti and everybody seems so competent that I expect 10+ years of good runs.