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The postseason may or may not result in a 2nd title but it's never too soon to discuss upgrades.....going to focus on adding a 3rd guy.

Dennis Schroder is disgruntled with his role AND he wants to be over-paid (allegedly wants 20-plus million) so here are some players I think they should go after

-Mike Conley.....he is a FA and has made 174 million in his career and coming off a contract that paid him 32.5 million this season. He may be interested in taking a lot less to play for a title with James and AD, providing them with a 3rd player to help form a Big 3. Not to mention, he is still playing at a high level at 34 and can hit the 3 (41%) and pass the ball (6apg).....he is an upgrade over Schroder IMO.

-Kyle Lowry is an UFA and was a player the Lakers were interested in at the trade deadline. He had a productive season for the Raps: 17ppg (over his career average of 14.9), 7.3apg, and 5.4rpg. He made 44% of his FGA's, including 40% from downtown. I think he'd fit seamlessly with James and AD and give them another proven playoff performer.

-DeMar DeRozan is an UFA and not likely to return with all the young guards SA has stockpiled. DeRozan is from the Los Angeles area and averaged a career high 6.9apg with the Spurs in addition to 22ppg and 4.2apg. DeRozan is listed at a SG but with James running the offense, DeRozan would make a lot of sense. He also made 50% of his FGA's, but only 26% of his treys. He'd give them a nice 3rd option and at 32 he is younger than Conley and Lowry.

-Reggie Jackson is the youngest player at just 30 and had an efficient season for the Clippers playing just 23mpg. He averaged 11ppg and 3apg while making 45% of his FGA's (2nd best of his career) including a career-high 43% of his treys. He would get a lot of open looks with James and AD and provide a deep threat. Having made nearly 100 million he might be interested in a 2 year deal for less than he could make elsewhere (like he took with the Clipps) for the chance to win a ring.

I think Conley or DeRozan would be the best fit and if I had to decide, I'd opt for Conley if he were willing.
 
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The Lakers have the MLE to offer Conley, DeRozan or Lowry.
 

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Lowry, Conley, then DeRozan in that order.

But MLE is a lot less than these guys could get. All depends on their mindset.
All 3 have made a shit ton.....they may want to win. Like you said, depends on their priorities at this stage in their careers.
 

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I hope the Lakers decide to count on Reggie Jackson, that would be awesome. They will resign Schroeder.
 

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I hope the Lakers decide to count on Reggie Jackson, that would be awesome. They will resign Schroeder.

Dude was good for an injury a year when he was in Detroit it felt like.
 

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I dont know what crack Shroder is smoking. He almost always plays north of 30 minutes. He's a mediocre three point shooter and for his usage rate his assists are nothing to write home about.

His absolute best VORP year is a 1.3
 

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Dude was good for an injury a year when he was in Detroit it felt like.
Nope. At least, I pray not. Schroder will be playing somewhere else since he wants a raise.
 

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Man, it must be nice to live in this world as a fan. Just snap your fingers and talent comes to play on the cheap.
 

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Let's not get crazy. The Lakers will be throwing in that extremely valuable 2nd round pick as well
The Sixers had to tank for 5 years and horde cap space in order to...wait for it...keep Tobias Harris after he was traded there. And Philly is actually a top 5 sports market in the country.
 

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Man, it must be nice to live in this world as a fan. Just snap your fingers and talent comes to play on the cheap.
Hey, it's all about winning rings.....something the Lakers are great at.
 

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The Sixers had to tank for 5 years and horde cap space in order to...wait for it...keep Tobias Harris after he was traded there. And Philly is actually a top 5 sports market in the country.

The fact you all got out from under Horford was pretty impressive though
 

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The fact you all got out from under Horford was pretty impressive though
No doubt. And Danny Green has grown on me. He’s a plus defender. He has mastered the corner 3. And he’s a great vet that can command respect with his rings in the locker room.
 
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To be honest, I like Shroeder but not for the money he is expecting. If he wants nothing less than $20m+ I'd rather go with Caruso and find another PG for the MLE

Lowrey already has a title so he's probably not going to take a huge pay cut to join a title contender just to ring chase.
 

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Conley is coming off his first All Star game playing in a system he loves. His team also has the best record in basketball, I don't think he is a candidate for ring chasing yet, especially not for the mle.
 

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Lowry, Conley, then DeRozan in that order.

But MLE is a lot less than these guys could get. All depends on their mindset.

I see no reason why Lowry or Conley should consider the MLE. DeRozan is too good and young to settle for the MLE.
 
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