Of all of the issues that Kevin Durant acquired blamed for on NBA Twitter on Tuesday, I discovered one tweet extraordinarily entertaining as a result of the reality is at all times the funniest.
The solely crew with sufficient conceitedness to commerce for Kyrie Irving and suppose it’s a good suggestion is the Lakers, and now, the day after Kobe Bryant’s birthday, aka Aug. 24, aka 8/24, aka Kobe Day, we get information that Smush Parker reincarnate, Dennis Schröder, is perhaps rejoining the Lakers.
DeOK, OK, I give, Marc Stein shared that rumor Tuesday, however it works higher for the aim of this put up — to have a guttural giggle on the expense of LA — if we simply fake Rob Pelinka is celebrating Kobe Day by bringing again Schröder. Honestly, although, of all of the offseason acquisitions which have been rumored for the Lakers, this one is the least delusional.
The solely Los Angelenos which are comfortable in regards to the Lakers’ “moves” are the 13 individuals who help the Clippers and the opposite 40,000 extras that Steve Balmer pays to fill the stands. If you’re not conscious of the Lakers’ summer time, let me recap it for you (in sentence kind, versus a tragic gif or a 💩emoji).
On July 1, the opening day of free company, they inked Scotty Pippen Jr. and Cole Swider to two-way offers, and introduced in Juan Toscano-Anderson, Troy Brown Jr., and Damian Jones. On July 6, they took flyers on Lonnie Walker IV and Marvin Bagley III. Other than reupping LeBron James to a two-year, $97 million extension a pair weeks in the past, that’s it.
I doubt the common NBA fan has heard of Swider or Jones. The solely cause individuals know Toscano-Anderson is as a result of Draymond Green as soon as went viral for saying he sides with Juan T. And the Jrs, IIIs, and IVs are solely on individuals’s radars as a result of both they’re draft busts, a son of an NBA participant, or Walker, a serviceable function participant.
The Lakers’ stagnant offseason is form of par for this 12 months’s free company interval because the holding interval for a domino to fall by no means really kicked off a series of occasions. However, the one cause LA hasn’t accomplished a deal is nobody desires Russell Westbrook.
We know they’ve been making an attempt to strike a commerce, which has gone about in addition to you’ll anticipate for a man who’s getting $47 million a 12 months and is overtly antagonized by his personal crew, followers, and entrance workplace. Buddy Hield and Myles Turner are a pipe dream that received’t get accomplished till draft picks are thrown in by the handful. Pivoting to Donovan Mitchell at this juncture is like me pivoting to supermodels. Shams Charania named New York as an interested team, and… nicely that tracks.
I bear in mind when LA supplied Schröder a four-year, $84 million contract as a result of I giggled and thought he can be method overpaid. Then his wager on himself instantly caught COVID, the Lakers acquired bounced by Phoenix in six, he performed terrible, and wound up in Boston on a one-year $5.9 million deal. His tenure as a Celtic lasted 49 video games earlier than he was shipped to Houston.
Going off that string of occasions, you’ll suppose LA had averted catastrophe by Schröder turning down their provide. Do you suppose Jeannie Buss would’ve quite had Dennis at $20 million for 4 extra years, or two years of Westbrook at $44 million and $47 million?
I don’t know if Schröder might’ve been a part of the swap with Washington due to the principles round buying and selling a participant so quickly after signing him. And it’s unclear if the crew would’ve had the cap flexibility to do the deal had the German guard signed their provide. That stated, LA nonetheless had the property to make the commerce, so I hope there’s a multiverse the place the Lakers have Schröder and Westbrook below contracts totaling almost $70 million this upcoming season.
As it stands, although, Pelinka might reunite the dream backcourt who pissed off Damian Lillard after which acquired waved off national TV in five on the cut price bin value of $48 million per 12 months.
Hey, gotta search for the purple-and-gold linings the place they exist.