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07:07 AM ET 05.10 | And, now, the Lakers wait -- for Pau Gasol. [Pau] needing 3 months to recover from knee procedure seems like a lot, but I'd say a bigger element in trade possibilities for him and the Lakers is how tricky it will be for Lakers not to get too much future payroll back for him. The Lakers want to sign a big-splash free agent after next season, a time when currently no one but Steve Nash is under contract. ... Trading Pau is the Lakers' best way to get younger and deeper -- especially when they don't have many players under contract and they get no one if they just amnesty Pau -- but they have so many goals to juggle that it's awfully complicated.

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May 10, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Hey, a Lakers story! Not even in the playoffs, but could still be Thread of the Day.

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May 10, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Looks like Amnestying Kobe is not an option. Thank God! Now it's harder to trade and old and injured Pau. Knee surgery? That's new to me. I thought it was his foot that was a problem. The Lakers are stuck w/ the same cast. Dwight is their only hope but Dwight better make a smart decision because next year is a lottery year if he stays. Another year gone to waste.

May 10, 2013  08:27 AM ET

So if Kobe wants to play 2-3 more seasons (after next season, which is likely a wash for him), will the Lakers re-sign him? I'm sure he won't be sniffing at a "veteran's minimum" :-).

The article also assumes that Howard won't be signing a max contract this year. I'll be shocked if he leaves $30M on the table.

May 10, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Looks like Amnestying Kobe is not an option. Thank God! Now it's harder to trade and old and injured Pau. Knee surgery? That's new to me. I thought it was his foot that was a problem. The Lakers are stuck w/ the same cast. Dwight is their only hope but Dwight better make a smart decision because next year is a lottery year if he stays. Another year gone to waste.

I really like and respect you but it's time to start cheering for your own team and quit with the assault on the Lakers and their fans. It's not (we) the fans' fault that the Lakers are one of the greatest franchises in sports history, we do get to wallow in it though because it's who we've chosen to rally around.

We're in a bad place right now, but have been and will again be an elite team. None of which critics or haters will acknowledge as success but rather accuse of favoritism by the commissioner's office or inside trading favors by other GMs.

Look to your team, hope for them, cheer for them and quit with the negative disdain for others' success. It's bad for the heart and wasted energy.

May 10, 2013  08:59 AM ET

we will take Pau in Toronto in a heart beat, we can still offer Bargnani :)

May 10, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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I really like and respect you but it's time to start cheering for your own team and quit with the assault on the Lakers and their fans. It's not (we) the fans' fault that the Lakers are one of the greatest franchises in sports history, we do get to wallow in it though because it's who we've chosen to rally around. We're in a bad place right now, but have been and will again be an elite team. None of which critics or haters will acknowledge as success but rather accuse of favoritism by the commissioner's office or inside trading favors by other GMs. Look to your team, hope for them, cheer for them and quit with the negative disdain for others' success. It's bad for the heart and wasted energy.

That won't happen. Some people just love to hate like it's an obsession.

May 10, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I really like and respect you but it's time to start cheering for your own team and quit with the assault on the Lakers and their fans. It's not (we) the fans' fault that the Lakers are one of the greatest franchises in sports history, we do get to wallow in it though because it's who we've chosen to rally around. We're in a bad place right now, but have been and will again be an elite team. None of which critics or haters will acknowledge as success but rather accuse of favoritism by the commissioner's office or inside trading favors by other GMs. Look to your team, hope for them, cheer for them and quit with the negative disdain for others' success. It's bad for the heart and wasted energy.

+1000

May 10, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I really like and respect you but it's time to start cheering for your own team and quit with the assault on the Lakers and their fans. It's not (we) the fans' fault that the Lakers are one of the greatest franchises in sports history, we do get to wallow in it though because it's who we've chosen to rally around. We're in a bad place right now, but have been and will again be an elite team. None of which critics or haters will acknowledge as success but rather accuse of favoritism by the commissioner's office or inside trading favors by other GMs. Look to your team, hope for them, cheer for them and quit with the negative disdain for others' success. It's bad for the heart and wasted energy.

The truth hurts but like LAD said everyone here are free to their own opinion. What I've stated are some consequences that could happen. I didn't say anything bad about Kobe and I didn't say anything bad about the Lakers. This is actually the first time in a long time where Lakers management have to make a very tough decision for their future. I'm also saying that amnestying Kobe would be a good thing for the Lakers. It will help the rebuilding a lot faster. That's just me. Anyways, you're thoughts on me will surely make the fanatics more happy and get the mob attitude in full force.

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May 10, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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+!its crazy when the vast majority of posts for some is hate/bash driven rather than anything else.....I truly don't understand that mindset/choicewe all hate, bash, do a little trolling....but at some point its just enough

GB loves him some Lakers like LTCF loves him some Knicks thats all.

May 10, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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+!its crazy when the vast majority of posts for some is hate/bash driven rather than anything else.....I truly don't understand that mindset/choicewe all hate, bash, do a little trolling....but at some point its just enough

+1000

There's too much hate around here. Too many attacks on other posters. Everybody needs to follow that advice. I'm sure everybody is guilty.

May 10, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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GB loves him some Lakers like LTCF loves him some Knicks thats all.

I guess you're pretty sesnsitive for your fanatics because I sure believe that there was no bash/hate involved in my first post.

May 10, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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I guess you're pretty sesnsitive for your fanatics because I sure believe that there was no bash/hate involved in my first post.

GB, seriously I've read enough of your posts to know that when you have something "positive" to say like "Looks like Amnestying Kobe is not an option. Thank God!", that its only a backhanded comment.

Everyone knows how you feel about Kobe, you can't hide your hate in a positive post.

When you actually talk about basketball other than Kobe or LA, its nice to read.

May 10, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I really like and respect you but it's time to start cheering for your own team and quit with the assault on the Lakers and their fans. It's not (we) the fans' fault that the Lakers are one of the greatest franchises in sports history, we do get to wallow in it though because it's who we've chosen to rally around.We're in a bad place right now, but have been and will again be an elite team. None of which critics or haters will acknowledge as success but rather accuse of favoritism by the commissioner's office or inside trading favors by other GMs.Look to your team, hope for them, cheer for them and quit with the negative disdain for others' success. It's bad for the heart and wasted energy.

+1

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May 10, 2013  09:48 AM ET

The Lakers will be ok. They always are. They'll go through their down years, which is required, but they'll be back. Just like Boston.

May 10, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Stick To The Plan, Bros.

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May 10, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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GB, seriously I've read enough of your posts to know that when you have something "positive" to say like "Looks like Amnestying Kobe is not an option. Thank God!", that its only a backhanded comment.Everyone knows how you feel about Kobe, you can't hide your hate in a positive post. When you actually talk about basketball other than Kobe or LA, its nice to read.

I'm sure the thread is about Pau and the Lakers situation right now. Obviously you pick and chose which post to read from me because I know for sure I talk about what the story is all about most of the time. You can chose to ignore me if you want. I don't send messages to anyone so it's up to you to make your own evaluation...

Anyways, my son is about to graduate from Air Force basic training. You and the fanatics will not dampen my day...

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