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Westbrook to the Lakers. Well they aren't taking that exit from the playoffs very well..ha.
 

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Wow, this is really intriguing. Maybe a sign that LBJ is willing to work off the ball? At least right now? I have to wonder- does LBJ think this is going to be a shared thing, where him and Westbrook switch off running things during the season, so LBJ gets appropriate rest, but then come the playoffs he takes back over? Does Westbrook go along w this? Is Westbrook willing to cede control to get a ring?
 

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While I could see a scenario where Westbrook and Lebron fit well together and play well together, it’ll will require taking the ball out of Lebron’s hands much more - I can’t imagine a scenario where that’s a net improvement for the Lakers.
 

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It will 100% work out for them because that's just how these things go.
I don't think it will, which is ideal because I hate the Lakers.

However, if it does, I'll be happy to see Westbrook get a ring.
 

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The trade should definitely let Lebron relax more during the regular season. Westbrook is like a one man team -- unfortunately it's not a very good one man team. Plus, it gives them all kinds of star power for the foreseeable future, at least among people nostalgic for the NBA of 5-10 years ago.

But getting Hield and keeping KCP would have been a better move if you can get everyone healthy to the playoffs, it strikes me as a more dangerous playoff lineup. Maybe they can somehow do a sign and trade with Schroeder and get Hield too? Seems unlikely though.
 

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Westbrook to the Lakers. Well they aren't taking that exit from the playoffs very well..ha.
It's sure gonna be fun to watch Russ in LA, but I really doubt that's gonna work. It reminds me of when Houston paired Russ with Harden and that flamed out too. Russ & LeBron are both ball-dominant players, just like Russ & Harden were/are, so I can't see how it will work. Unless LeBron re-invents himself, he needs shooters around him and that's not Russ...
 

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It's sure gonna be fun to watch Russ in LA, but I really doubt that's gonna work. It reminds me of when Houston paired Russ with Harden and that flamed out too. Russ & LeBron are both ball-dominant players, just like Russ & Harden were/are, so I can't see how it will work. Unless LeBron re-invents himself, he needs shooters around him and that's not Russ...

Even if LBJ is willing to play off-ball, Russ is going to be playing at a pace at which LBJ isn't going to be comfortable. LBJ likes having the ball in his hands because it enables him to control the pace, and therefore manage his own energy/fatigue level. Maybe, right now, in the offseason, he'll think playing off ball will work just fine. But when those playoffs roll around and the intensity/energy expenditure ramps up, that's going to be a different issue.
 
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Sam Presti is still at it. Lol.



Most of these picks are protected and are gonna fall between 15-30, so they don't hold a ton of value. Word has it Presti is petitioning the NBA to expand rosters to 30.
 

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It's sure gonna be fun to watch Russ in LA, but I really doubt that's gonna work. It reminds me of when Houston paired Russ with Harden and that flamed out too. Russ & LeBron are both ball-dominant players, just like Russ & Harden were/are, so I can't see how it will work. Unless LeBron re-invents himself, he needs shooters around him and that's not Russ...

It was amazing to me that not only did they take a pass on Hield (one of the top three point shooters in the whole league), but they gave away their best long range shooter in KCP at the same time.
 

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It was amazing to me that not only did they take a pass on Hield (one of the top three point shooters in the whole league), but they gave away their best long range shooter in KCP at the same time.
Hield would've been a better pickup, but Russ will sell more tickets, not that the Lakers really have to worry about that.
 

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It's sure gonna be fun to watch Russ in LA, but I really doubt that's gonna work. It reminds me of when Houston paired Russ with Harden and that flamed out too. Russ & LeBron are both ball-dominant players, just like Russ & Harden were/are, so I can't see how it will work. Unless LeBron re-invents himself, he needs shooters around him and that's not Russ...
Russ wants his triple doubles and wants the ball. I don't see Lebron deferring to him too much. This is a poor mans Durant move to GS even though this was a trade.
 

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The trade should definitely let Lebron relax more during the regular season. Westbrook is like a one man team -- unfortunately it's not a very good one man team. Plus, it gives them all kinds of star power for the foreseeable future, at least among people nostalgic for the NBA of 5-10 years ago.

But getting Hield and keeping KCP would have been a better move if you can get everyone healthy to the playoffs, it strikes me as a more dangerous playoff lineup. Maybe they can somehow do a sign and trade with Schroeder and get Hield too? Seems unlikely though.
The Lakers are going to miss all three of those players because nobody they have left on the bench gives them the D, outside shooting, rebounding and hustle that those three players brought to the table. The Lakers will be signing a lot min wage vets to fill those roles. It may workout but……
 

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I live in DC so it's also interesting to me what this means for the Wizards. It strikes me that the Wiz are now loaded up with good role players plus a primary star but are missing a second star. Not sure what the route to get that guy is (and having watched them last year, it wasn't Westbrook -- he was good but not "get past the first round of the playoffs" good).
 

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I live in DC so it's also interesting to me what this means for the Wizards. It strikes me that the Wiz are now loaded up with good role players plus a primary star but are missing a second star. Not sure what the route to get that guy is (and having watched them last year, it wasn't Westbrook -- he was good but not "get past the first round of the playoffs" good).
It means the best thing about Capitol One Arena is still the food and drink in Chinatown ;)
 
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