I definitely agree it's the easiest GM job in sports, if not the Yankees. At least they have LaVarr Ball messing them up.
There was no suspense in that.
It would be funny if the Lakers strike out in free agency again.
Not funny... utterly fantastic. I am sick to my stomach that once again (as with Shaq) they'll steal the best player in the league by just tanking and creating cap space. Disgusting how easy the formula is for the Laker in every basketball generation. They'll inevitably catch the C's in championships because they never have to go more than 5 years without being in contention. If they get a Big 3 (LBJ, George and Paul or Leonard) this off-season, Magic will get credit -- but, in all honesty, I could be GM of the Lakers -- well, maybe not me... but it's the easiest GM job in sports.
Although historically they've done some things well. Trading for Kobe. (They also basically hit on their other rookies that year). Drafting Kuzma and Josh Hart. Paying money for Jordan Clarkson out of the 2nd round. Drafting Marc Gasol in the 2nd round.
didnt the lakers try to resign howard?
didnt the lakers try to sign aldridge?
didnt the lakers try to sign horford?
and even some smaller fish got away just in 2017:
- The Lakers spoke with former Luke Walton teammate and Rob Pelinka client Andre Iguodala in free agency’s opening hours (Update: He re-signed with the Warriors).
The Lakers spoke with Ben McLemore on July 1 (Update: He signed with the Grizzlies).
The Lakers had a meeting with Dion Waiters on July 2. He is still deciding between the Lakers, Knicks and HEAT (Update: He re-signed with the HEAT).
The Lakers met with George Hill on July 3 to talk about a one-year deal (Update: He signed with the Kings).
Jamal Crawford reportedly wants to play with Lonzo Ball on the Lakers if he’s bought out (Update: Crawford plans to sign with Minnesota).
feel free to go even further back than 2017 to find more. LA's last major free agent was in... when? this board forever lives in the narrative of "LA signs anyone they want" for reasons that elude me.
next, the lakers have not been above .500 for the past FIVE YEARS and the year before that they were bounced in the first round of the playoffs. whether they were "contenders" for the two years before that is up to debate.