Re: To deal or not to deal
If you let Kobe opt out without acquiring anything that are young stars or picks
then it's a waste, why?
well first, a team only wants expired contract because they have upcoming stars to re-sign
AKA Detroit let Wallace go to re-sign Billups (kinda)
well Lakers doesn't really have any players that we need to leave cap space to re-sign for, we really don't have any star players where we need 20 mil of cap space for an extension
now if we also don't get any picks in return, then the year right after Kobe opts out, we are left with still a 10-20 pick, with no lottery pick to draft a franchise player
so we are left and stuck with a not so talented team, without any good picks
kinda like the Bobcats right now, only they got lottery picks in years where the draft wasn't as deep
so the only benefit? is the FA market, lets say the same year Kobe opts out Lebron becomes a FA, well since we have all the cap space, we can easily offer Bron a fat contract.
But if it was a bad FA year, we are stuck to signing role players.
that's kinda how I look at it
everything really comes down to either the FA market or how deep the draft is