grizzfan12, on 15 April 2012 - 10:35 AM, said:
This team is playing great as of late and that is not because of Randolph. We are a defensive team now while Z-Bo is a liability. Arthur and Speights are better fits for us and all of you saying we need to keep the team intact need to actually look at us from a money standpoint. OJ is going to get some money this summer and to keep him we will need to somehow find $8 million.
I've looked at it from a money standpoint and I have concluded two things: 1. It ain't my money so I don't have the slightest idea what Heisley is thinking. 2. If I try to reduce salaries, I'm letting bench players go not an All-Star.
Granted, there's a chance Z-Bo may never get back to form but who the heck knows. I would rather let him and Rudy have an off-season to "get right" and see what happens next year rather than just trading either of them to keep a bunch of bench players. You also have to keep in mind both OJ and Speights are up for QO's next year so in effect they are in a contract year, either to get that QO or to get a new contact as a FA. So I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket hoping they will make up for the loss of Z-Bo. Plus, what are you trading him for? Another big contract? An expiring contract? Several players? Seems really complicated when you could just let OJ walk and not have to worry about $8 mil next year. Without Z-Bo, we have virtually no post game. Sure Marc tries, but they could double team him and then we would have no post game. I just don't see any reason to get rid of our post game to keep an off the bench SG.
Oh and as far as the team playing great, well, the Lakers are 4-1 w/o Kobe, should the Lakers trade Kobe?