I’m not even going to acknowledge the boring pick-up game that ended earlier. Nobody watched that crap. Now let’s move on to the fun stuff. Time for some drafting, signing, firing, and trading. Somebody has to one up the Golden State Douche Bags, or at the very least give it a heck of a try.
LeBron James is a free agent, Chris Paul is a free agent, Dwayne Wade is a free agent, and Carmelo Anthony is more than likely not going to be back in OKC. If the Lakers were to not re-sign Julius Randle, the banana boat could actually happen this summer.
Los Angeles only has 39 million on the books for next year and that is including Luol Deng’s 18 million (which will be bought out or traded soon). The Lakers could sign either Chris Paul or LeBron James to a max deal, or maybe even both. Melo’s salary would be a big hit at 28 million as well, but I would imagine he would be willing to take a pay cut to hop on the boat. Wade will take the minimum just to be with his buddies and have a shot at another ring.
This is all is incredibly plausible. OKC will have a very low selling price for Melo. They will want that 28 million of cap space to spend in free agency and not on the aged star. The Thunder could potentially accept something as small as a future first rounder or Josh Hart and the 47th pick for him. At the very worst the lineup would look something like Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Brandon Ingram, LeBron James, and Kyle Kuzma starting, with a second unit of Lonzo, Zubac, and whoever they draft. That sounds like a contender to me. They could also play their cards right and walk out of the summer with a lineup substantially better than what was previously mentioned. Hell Chris Bosh could even try to make a comeback and sign for the veteran minimum to join them, who knows.
Get on the boat now people. I’ve always hated the Lakers, but I’d sure as hell root for them to be taking down the Warriors 11 months and a couple weeks from now.