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Lakers add Barnes on a busy day

First, Theo Ratliff signed a one-year deal. A few hours later, Matt Barnes followed with a two-year deal, giving the Lakers two defense-minded players in the matter of one day.

“It’s official,” Barnes wrote on his Twitter account Thursday night. “I am a Los Angles (sic) Laker. This is a dream come true!!!”

Barnes, a free-agent forward, agreed to a two-year deal worth about $3.8 million, with the second year a player option. Barnes, 30, averaged 8.8 points and 25.9 minutes a game last season for Orlando, his seventh team since leaving UCLA after his senior year in 2002.

Earlier this week, he appeared to be headed to Toronto for two years and $9 million as part of a sign-and-trade transaction, but the deal fell through.

Ratliff, 37, signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $1.35 million, giving the Lakers a veteran shot-blocking presence on their second unit.

--MIke Bresnahan


 
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GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very very happy about this. Adds toughness and defense for sure.

Yes, Matt Barnes a dream come true but....

Here is a laker principle to consider that Lakers is not just a destination to get a Championship ring. Malone and Payton got frustrated when they came out empty with that mission in mind. A great international player during his time, Vlade Divac got to the Finals with the Lakers but was equally frustrated for missing a ring. To be a successful Laker, you have to contribute to its tradition of excellence. Lakers has a history of that winning tradition before Kobe, Gasol and Bynum. It is in the character of their fans that they expect their players to be the best in the league. Many are called to join this team and only few are chosen. Therefore, for Barnes, Blake and Ratliff, they have to embrace the purple and gold and what it represents from Mikan to Wilt to West to Kareem to Magic to Shaq to Kobe before we can call them as real Lakers. We also have a name for players who don't exert that much as "scrubs" from Campbell to Tierre Brown, to Atkins, to Kwame and to Smush. New Lakers have to play their best in the court and in the entertainment world of Hollywood as good Laker gentlemen in order to be embraced by passionate and knowledgeable fans. In other words, Lakers is not the home of journeymen who are just interested of rings but home of ring makers and entertainers.

KB Blitz said:

"This is Game 2 of the 2001 Finals. Shaq in this game had 9 assists. Some were thrown to perimeter players but a lot of them were cuts to the basket that Shaq recognized and throw good passes. When the double happened Shaq hit his cutters with good passes that Bynum can only dream of making (Pau is slightly better than Shaq at passing).

Technically that's why inside outside works because if you have a big man that can pass and be dominant inside then well you have a great legend in the making. One reason why I'm not on the Bynum not bandwagon since he's no way dominant as Shaq and he is the 2nd worst passer on this Laker squad after DJ Mbenga. (Based on 82games.com)"

Posted by: KB Blitz | July 22, 2010 at 08:00 PM

First of all, good post, good points. I've already stated many times in the past where I stand when it comes to Bynum(supporter), but I've also given fair criticisms about his shortcomings as well. LakerTom, Hobbitmage and yourself seem to have created your own Triangle on our blog with plenty of blogger and comment movement involving Andrew Bynum. All of you make great arguments for either side, but there has to be some balance in there somewhere.

Here's my little assessment of the inside-outside game you broke down. I don't disagree with your point about Bynum's passing, are you implying that Bynum is incapable of making those passes that Shaq use to make? That Bynum can only dream about making such passes to shooters on the perimeter or teammates cutting to the basket? The way I see it, and I'm being objective here, is that Bynum has made those passes you speak about, just nowhere near as many as he should. Why? One reason is Bynum does have tunnel vision at times or as some say becomes a "blackhole" in the post because he's looking to score. However, on the flip side, he does as you mentioned has an advantage against most centers when he's single covered. It could be argued back and forth all day and night about how he doesn't get enough touches in the post and so therefore he looking to score because of lack of touches. Others will say that he shouldn't look to score so much, but focus on rebounding and defense. The balance is Andrew should be a monster on the glass, our defensive anchor, be a willing and efficient passer and score when the opportunities are there(take advantage of mismatches and single coverage and putbacks or dunks off offensive rebounds).

It's not that Bynum can't or is incapable of making great passes, he just needs to change his mentality and work on rounding out his game, read and react and make the right decisions when he has the basketball. You are correct in saying that he needs to improve on that area of his game, especially if he was the second worst passer on the team behind Mbenga. Yikes!!! We'll see if he continues to grow, expand his game and learn from the best passing big man in basketball, Pau Gasol.

Thanks for your time.

The Barnes signing reminds me a little of Rick Fox signing. Both signed for less money and both are defensive role players.

ThreePeat after me...CHAMPIONS, CHAMPIONS, CHAMPIONS

Finally - one for the good guys!

Mark my words - come May and June all of Lakerland will be thrilled with this pick up. We can actually REST Kobe when Artest is out and still have a strong defender at the 3. Barnes' game and toughness are similar to Ron-Ron's plus he's a better three point shooter.

In fact here's a new nickname for our newest pick-up: "Thriller Lite"

i don't hate this....

Yes, Matt Barnes a dream come true but....

Here is a laker principle to consider that Lakers is not just a destination to get a Championship ring. Malone and Payton got frustrated when they came out empty with that mission in mind. A great international player during his time, Vlade Divac got to the Finals with the Lakers but was equally frustrated for missing a ring. To be a successful Laker, you have to contribute to its tradition of excellence. Lakers has a history of that winning tradition before Kobe, Gasol and Bynum. It is in the character of their fans that they expect their players to be the best in the league. Many are called to join this team and only few are chosen. Therefore, for Barnes, Blake and Ratliff, they have to embrace the purple and gold and what it represents from Mikan to Wilt to West to Kareem to Magic to Shaq to Kobe before we can call them as real Lakers. We also have a name for players who don't exert that much as "scrubs" from Campbell to Tierre Brown, to Atkins, to Kwame and to Smush. New Lakers have to play their best in the court and in the entertainment world of Hollywood as good Laker gentlemen in order to be embraced by passionate and knowledgeable fans. In other words, Lakers is not the home of journeymen who are just interested of rings but home of ring makers and entertainers.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | July 22, 2010 at 09:05 PM
I'M PRINTING THIS AND PUTTING ON A FRAME, RIGHT NOW!!!!!!

Lakers Summer To-Do List:

- Re-sign DFish: CHECK

- Improve back-up PG: CHECK

- Bolster the bench: CHECK

- Select good draft picks: CHECK

- Get Professor XI to return: CHECK

- Get Kobe to decline summer play and rest/heal up: CHECK

- Get Pau to decline summer play and to rest up: CHECK

- Get Drew fixed up: CHECK

- Prevent LO from embarrassing himself: FAIL

If this means Shannon is gone then it was a bad move.

And mark my word, Barnes is NOT a defensive specialist, he's not even that good a defender, you'll see, just gets under people's skin. He's not horrible though overall, does no one thing great but can do all the little things well. For a 11th/12th guy you could do much worse...peace!

ouch !!!! what happens to Shannon BROWN now????.... lets still sign him plus the 2 rookies (Ebanks & Caracter)

WATCH OUT HEAT !!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ron | July 22, 2010 at 07:53 PM

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I agree. We should still sign Brown for 2-3 year deal. We win chip and Barnes opts out looking for bigger payday. So we don't have Barnes or Brown if we let him walk. If Barnes opts out we will still have Brown if we resign him now.

Remember the parable of the Tortoise & the Hare?

Slow and steady wins the race.

Even though the biggest headlines this off-season came from Miami, the Lakers have drafted a couple of sleepers, and added some solid role players. The NBA has been put on notice. The 2-Time Defending Champions WILL be heard from next June.

Good job, Mitch!


P & G R

so this means Browns out......dang i liked that kid.......laker players grow on you good or bad........with the exception of a few....Smush, Kwame, B Cook, and if Luke dont shape up then he's going on that list to.....

Barnes taking less money to be a Laker is a reason to welcome him.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

That's 11 players under contract, plus Caracter and Ebanks to meet the league minimum 13. Looks like Shannon won't be back.

This is as good an off season as there could've been. Barnes and Blake at the MLE who would've thought? Theo at the Vet's minimum. D-Fish took a pay cut, and PJ is back. It doesn't get much better than that. Shannon would be the 14th man on the roster. I doubt they do that unless Luke plans on not playing at all.

Lakers off season has moved from D to C+.

If you want an A, you have to pretty much so something awesome at this point - something that would make Miami fans tremble

I forgot to mention the 2 2nd rounders with lots of upside!!!

Lakers off season has moved from D to C+.

If you want an A, you have to pretty much so something awesome at this point - something that would make Miami fans tremble

Posted by: Tim-4-Show | July 22, 2010 at 09:46 PM
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Miami might not even make the Finals with that target on their back thanks to Lebron and Wade.

Lakers off season has moved from D to C+.

If you want an A, you have to pretty much so something awesome at this point - something that would make Miami fans tremble

Posted by: Tim-4-Show | July 22, 2010 at 09:46 PM


Maybe we can sign Gandalf and make him send snow falling all over Miami, LOL

Now would be the perfect time for Luke to help the team get a ring- Retire. Do a Mitch K and join the front office. Use that BB IQ to its fullest.

It's a great day in Laker land!

What a defensive-minded team we'll have next season. It would be nice to add Shannon, which is still possible I understand. Still, without him (and with decent performances from the rookies), this team is going to ice the Heat with great defense!

Go Lakers!!!!!

Someone wrote that Matt Barnes is a thug.

I agree.

In the 2011 Finals between the Heat and the Lakers, it would be a thug tag-team of Ron Artest and Matt Barnes against LBJ.

Great signings (including that for Ratliff). A three-peat definitely in sight.

GO LAKERS!!

We need to make this FA signing period an "A" grade and bring back Shannon. No IF'S and BUT'S about IT, Sign Brown.

I'm afraid this means no Brown, but I hope Mitch & Buss prove us wrong.

BTW, I'm not sure this is what Brown had in mind when he opted out of his contract. Sucks.

T4S,

You're kidding right?

It goes from C+ to A-, Consider the fact that you are the reigning world champions and you just got better without breaking the bank. Miami fans may not be trembling, it's more like an uncontrolled nervous twitch.

Edwin,

Amen on your dissertation that the Lakers is the home of ringmakers and entertainment. Wish we also had Shannon for some highlights.

LAKERS ACE THE OFFSEASON !!!
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When the uproar in Miami subsides, the rest of the NBA is going to slowly realize that the Lakers may have had as superb an offseason as all those teams that gorged themselves on high-priced free agents. Beginning with smoothing the way for Phil Jackson to return, resigning team co-captain Derek Fisher, signing free agents Steve Blake, Theo Ratliff, and now Matt Barnes, and getting 2 second round steals in draft picks Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter, Mitch has proven once again that he has become a master at his craft as he has dramatically upgraded the two-time NBA champion Lakers’ bench.
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The Lakers’ offseason objective was simple – better defense and veteran consistency from the bench. While we are not yet all the way there, there is no doubt that Mitch has greatly improved the bench by upgrading 5 out of the team’s total 8 bench players from last year. Versatile proven point guard Steve Blake replaces the disappointing Jordan Farmar as point backup. Veteran shot blocker Theo Ratliff takes over at backup center for the rarely used D.J. Mbenga. Rookie draftee forwards Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter will likely replace the never trusted Adam Morrison and Josh Powell and rugged perimeter 1-on-1 defender Matt Barnes will now probably replace the inconsistent Shannon Brown.
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The big benefits this retooling of the bench will provide will be the ability to hold and build on leads while the starters rest and more importantly, the ability to reduce the minutes for the starters to keep them fresher and healthier for the playoffs. Blake may actually end up playing more minutes at point than Fish and Ratliff may get minutes that Mbenga could not helping backup Drew to reduce Pau’s heavy minutes and/or limit Drew’s minutes to deter possible injuries due to overtiring. And Barnes will save Kobe from having to guard Wade or Allen could be vital He may play the 3 but he is really a better defender at the 2 because of his 6-7 height, length, and toughness. Great end moves, Mitch.
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As to the glut of small forwards, I think the Lakers are basically planning on Luke manning the inactive list for the season. I am sure he can contribute with a pen and clipboard. It is also not beyond possibility that the Lakers may end up with a $3M disabled player exception if Luke cannot play. Had we been able to sign Jeremy Lin, it would have been absolutely perfect. It was good to know that we didn’t get outbid. Bottom line, Mitch and the Lakers have aced the offseason and when the smoke clears everybody is going to change their tune as to which team is the favorite when play starts.
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PG-Fisher, Blake
SG-Bryant, Vujacic
SF-Artest, Barnes, Ebanks, Walton
PF-Gasol, Odom, Caracter
CE-Bynum, Ratliff
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TOM

Bad pick. Barnes is a journeyman who can't stay with any team. This means he brings a bad attitude to the locker room. Not only that, but he isn't good at any one particular thing, except making costly fouls.

Mitch has done a fantastic job this offseason.

The Lakers are much more solid defensively, tougher, experienced, and more aggressive and fearless. This group will play with much more heart than even last years group. This is not a softie team. It is a much more physical team than last years team, which won over the tough and physical Celtics team.

This is a fantastic upgrade. I'm looking forward to the wars of next season!

This is a team that will play hard even with starters on the bench! There will ne no slacking off.

Phil wants a dominant season for his final season. This Lakers team is poised for one! Bring it on!

Hahaha, Lakers have started adding to their roster whoever defends or gets under the skin of Kobe??

Last season it was Artest, and this season its Barnes!!

If I remember right, he was one of our blog crew's hated players, and now he's a Laker!! :)

Adding Barnes is a welcome addition, thats for sure. So, does this mean Luke is going to get even less PT?? Barnes >> Josh Powell, and Ratliff >> MBenga. So, I would consider both of these signings as an upgrade, than a downgrade.

Gotta appreciate Barnes, taking less money so that he can be in the team which is 99.9% sure to reach the Finals from the West (and if it reaches Finals, 100% to win the championship!!)

So, how many contracted players do we have now?? Eleven or Twelve?? I could list the 11. Let me know if I had missed out any one.

1. Kobe
2. Pau
3. Bynum
4. Artest
5. Fisher

6. Odom
7. Vujacic
8. Blake
9. Luke
10. Ratliff
11. Barnes

If its 11, then I see we'll sign both the draft picks, or if its 12, may be its just Caracter. I dont see anymore FA signings.

And... that means?? Brown has played his last game with the team which is poised to win the championship this year!!

KB Blitz,

Enjoyed your detailed analysis on Howard vs. Bynum. But I think its a lost cause if you have to go that in depth to prove Howard is better than Drew. I mean c'mon. Superman has been 1st team NBA for 3 straight years voted by media and players. He's been starting All-Star voted by fans for several years. He's been selected to US National team by the committee. (Is everybody wrong and a few on this board right?) We all view things thru purple shaded glasses to some extent...but some are so entrenched in purple that they would even make Prince blush.

Repost...

Interesting day...Welcome, Theo and Matt. All previous sins and animosities are forgotten, Matt. You're a Laker now.

All of a sudden, Shannon is on the outs. He opted out of a sure thing and it looks like it may bite him in the arse bigtime. Dr. Buss and Mitch know that if you save a million here and a couple of million there, pretty soon you're talking about some real money.

I still wouldn't mind seeing Shannon on the squad in place of Luke. I'm not a Luke basher, per se, but there comes a time where the return is not worth the investment. That time has arrived with Luke. With Ron, Barnes, Kobe and Ebanks capable of playing the 3 spot, Luke becomes redundant.

On paper, it looks like the Lakers have upgraded their bench and saved money in the process. I'd call that pretty good.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | July 22, 2010 at 09:57 PM

This is truly wonderful! I said it before, and I will say it again, Artest and Matt Barnes are pitbull defenders that will add to an already deep defensive team. And to the Ratliff nay-sayers, yes he is old, but he is a former all-star and two time defensive second team member. DJ Mbenga just isn't up to that standard even being significantly younger. This signing will allow Artest to play less minutes during the season, and the drop-off will not be as significant as it was last year. BRILLIANT SIGNING!!!!

Repost:

http://forums.lakersground.net/viewtopic.php?t=118637

"Kobe has been calling me for the past 2 weeks.

He and I have been like boyfriend/girlfriend."

on AM570

Edwin Gueco, that was a great post!!! I agree 100%, all these players who come to the Lakers should understand that! They should work hard and continue to strive to be the best. That is what being a Lakers all about!

on another note, if ebank is as good as they say he is, i hope he takes after Kobe and learn from him. Learn from Kobe's work ethics then he can take over in 6 or 7 years when kobe retires!!! hahaha

FO offseason overall grade - B

Blake signing - A
Fish signing - B+
2nd rd picks - A
Barnes signing - B
Theo signing - C-

Overall very good job. Barnes is not a defensive stopper, however he is a tough player, scrappy, an irritant - an borderline dirty at times.

It's amazing the same people that are celebrating us getting Matt Barnes are the ones that were denigrating Chris Paul as a worthy addition to our team. Are we out of our minds?! Matt Barnes is a thug and a dirty player, someone that we UNANIMOUSLY criticized this season after his antics against us, and now he's the new savior? To say he's a "defensive specialist" is a joke. Bruce Bowen, Ron Artest, these are "defensive specialists". The only "defense" Matt Barnes has in his arsenal is 6 fouls to give.

Garrett Kall:

I am sure you'll agree Barnes is better than Josh Powell, and is almost as good as Luke (better shooter, if not as good as basketball "IQ" as Luke).

So, what you say is perfect, he's great for a 9th/10th guy.

Machine fans rejoice. Barnes is more of a SF than SG. Thus, we no Shannon, Sasha should get more minutes. Hopefully he can channel his impressive 2008 performance. And please stop hacking so much and putting the Lakers in the penalty early.

Can they dump Luke. Give him to the Clippers or something for free. Keep Shannon instead of Luke.

And mark my word, Barnes is NOT a defensive specialist, he's not even that good a defender, you'll see, just gets under people's skin. He's not horrible though overall, does no one thing great but can do all the little things well. For a 11th/12th guy you could do much worse...peace!
Posted by: Garrett Kall | July 22, 2010 at 09:30 PM

Come on Garrett, you were all excited about this guy when you thought he was going to the Celtics, now he signs with us and he's garbage ??? not a good defender? You know,we have seen him play before, he faced us in Orlando, you remember the team that wooped the Celtics in 09, so don't try to tell us he's no good, he was a great defender.

No Shannon means Sasha will have up until the trading deadline to show he's got what it takes to remain a Laker. If he doesn't play well, I'd look for the Lakers to dump him faster than Maria will if he's no longer a Laker! Jk!!

Although Barnes isn't a "defensive specialist," I hope Ron-Ron takes him under his wing and provides him with lessons throughout the year. One shortcoming though: he's not built like Artest

An upgrade that's for sure.Bynum health is still the key this year. Lakers will meet Heats in the final. what's more can you ask for?

@Buckus Toothnail, It is not that Chris Paul isn't a worthy addition. But he is not a triangle-type player. He works best in a motion offense, and the triangle requires ball reversals and off the ball movement. I think he is a fantastic player, but he would be better suited for the Knicks offense, or Magic, which run high screen rolls.

Buckus Toothnail....

If Matt is on the team for the right reason....to win the championship....then I'll give him the support I give to all the Laker players. If Kobe can forgive him, so can I. I think it's wise to look at those on-court skirmishes between players in the NBA as business, not personal. Apparently, the players don't harbor grudges the way we fans do.

mmmmmm I don't know people, this guy has alot of tattoos.
I'm gonna wait and see how they play before getting excited. The Triangle has a way of messing players rhythm up.

Wow! What a great day for the Lakers and Mitch Kupchak. Give the GM and A+ for addressing the team's needs this off-season.

The comparison to Payton and Malone is bogus. Karl couldn't have been a better citizen during the time he wore a Lakers uniform; the split between him and Kobe came later. Like Malone, Payton was brought in to be a starter; Gary just never clicked with the Triangle.

What Mitch has done is pretty much clean house with a bench that just never seemed to click last season. Farmar never delivered on his promise; Shannon showed us he could dunk but he also showed us the limitations of his game, both offensively and defensively. As much as we fans (as well as their coach and teammates) appreciated Mbenga and Powell for their character and their hard work, they weren't championship material where it counted.

The Lakers now have a bench that lives up to what Phil Jackson really wants from his second unit. From 6-11 the team has players who have proven their skills and have the fundamentals. They're not All-Stars at this stage of their careers, but they can be counted on to take care of business. Anything the Lakers get out of Caracter and Ebanks is a bonus, as they are both still projects, whatever their promise.

Some of you are bemoaning the apparent loss of Shannon Brown. Just yesterday, I watched the Lakers' Top 10 Playoff Highlights. UPS was prominently featured, no doubt about it. I'll admit to the thrills I felt as I watched him soar like an eagle and slam the ball through the hoop. It was exhilarating. But he and his agent gambled like Trevor Ariza before him and now he's on the outside looking in.

With or without UPS, the Lakers are now a better team than the roster that achieved back-to-back championships. Mitch gets an A+. Write it down. Take it to the bank. The Decision grabbed ratings. The min-decisions grabbed headlines. Mitch Kupchak has grabbed the pieces that place the Lakers in solid position for a 3-peat. There's no glamor. There's no star power in the off-season changes. The stars we need are in the starting lineup. What else could you possibly ask for?

Hope that the Rattler has something left in the tank. At the least, he has always been a defensive minded player. At 6'10", he's got good size. He brings no drama like Shaq or Kwame would. Let's hope he brings some game.

Besides, the Lakers owe him one. He was on the Philly team that the Lakers went back to back on in 2001. Time for him to get his ring now.

Like that big gaudy tattoo on the side of his neck, teams are going to have to pray he doesn't add the toughness, hustle and athleticism I think he will. With Blake, Barnes and Ratliff on the bench, I don't expect us to lose big leads as much this upcoming season. That means more rest for for Kobe, Pau and Fish and more damage in the playoffs. Beware Miami Thrice. We're ready.

All the Matt Barnes nay sayers are the same people that thought Artest was a thug and a bad signing, now their quiet as church mice, or claim they always thought Artest would work out.
PLEASE !!!
Matt Barnes gives us a scrappy defender, lighter and quicker than Artest, but still able to guard SG's and three's. He can hit the three, so can Blake, and of course the Machine.

Does this mean all player movement done or is this another insurance pick up for a possible trade?

Although Barnes and Ratliff are good pick ups at this stage, I still hate to send Shannon Brown packing. He was one of my favorite lakers to watch. If he goes to another team, I predict he will become a star. He's young and has a tremendous upside. Oh well...I hope these late moves pan out.

Have to like the addition of Barnes. Good job MK. Also like the addition of Ratliff, even though I would have preferred KThomas. A job well done MK nonetheless.

I don't know why people are fretting that these additions mean Brown is gone. I read that Lakers are still in negotiations and Brown could be back. We may carry 14. 13 is the minimum. Besides, what if Mitch trade one of our picks this year, either Caracter or Ebanks to another team for a future 1st rounder; there's possibility in that considering how well they played during the summer to improve their stocks. I'll believe Brown is gone when I read he has signed elsewhere. Until then, I've got to be very happy during this off-season Laker Nation because we've really improved our team from last year.

I liked SB too, but he Trevor Arizaitis. He turned down his 2.14 million option to try and get more money so they replaced him with a better player for less money, just like they did last year by bringing in Artest. Brilliant moves by Kupchack.

Mitch is doing a fantastic job....Perhaps he will be able to also land Tmac on a 1 yr trial for the vet min. What a off season for the up and coming 3 time champs.

Blake replaces Farmar (major upgrade in basketball IQ)
Barnes replaces Morrison (4 million per savings - major defensive upgrade)
Theo Ratliff replaces DJ (upgrade in experience- a player Phil will trust w/ min)
Character/Ebanks replace Powell (upgrade in hungry youth and potential)
Larry Hughes replaces Shannon ?? (3 mill per savings)
Sasha/Luke - Valuable Trade package for a player

Matt Barnes is an excellent addition to the Lakers. Theo Ratliff is an insurance just in case Andrew Bynum gets injured. Good moves by Mitch Kupchak.

Now if the Lakers could bring back the gold painted key the Forum had when Theo broke into the league instead of the ugly purple one at Staples I would be ridiculously satisfied. The gold key used to make the floor at the Forum look majestic as I would stay up and watch the taped delayed championship broadcast on CBS with homer Tommy H and sorry Brent M...LOL

With or without UPS, the Lakers are now a better team than the roster that achieved back-to-back championships. Mitch gets an A+. Write it down. Take it to the bank. The Decision grabbed ratings. The min-decisions grabbed headlines. Mitch Kupchak has grabbed the pieces that place the Lakers in solid position for a 3-peat. There's no glamor. There's no star power in the off-season changes. The stars we need are in the starting lineup. What else could you possibly ask for?


Posted by: Rick Friedman | July 22, 2010 at 10:40 PM

That whole post was great.

"Sign Shannon and Caracter....next year we sign Ebanks on route to the 4-Peat...HISTORY WILL BE MADE.

Posted by: Laker Legend | July 22, 2010 at 10:30 PM"

...there could be something in this thought, the problem is EBanks needs $$$ like the rest of humanity... and with all the talk about the "next potential Trevor".... we can't just ignore him and hope he's around next year....So we'd have to sign him... a wild thought, if Luke won't retire and become an assistant coach, we could sign EBanks to be an assistant coach, at least that way, we don't have to pay his salary twice with the penalty, I think that is actually the more reasonable thing to do, assuming Luke is able to play up to his usual irregular, lame game....he would be more essential to have as a player than a Phil Jackson "rookie".....I'm pretty sure, but I bet we could not send an "assistant coach" to go play on our D-League team.....

Barnes in 25 minutes almost 9 points a game. tell me one laker from the bench who did that last season? no farmar no brown.. this is definitly an upgrade and hes very welcome. he fought with kobe last year in orlando but im pretty sure kobe will welcome this sign 4 sure.he loves guys who are battling out there.

Blake > Farmar

Barnes > Brown SIMPLE AS THAT::::

Shannon Brown..i hope theres still a place 4 him in the team. Hes a good player. Maybe theres still an oportunity to bring him back

Aloha,

Loved the moves this summer, we added quality veteran players AND perhaps found two gems in the draft for the future. Especially Carachter. Cousins destroyed the summer league competition with one exception, Carachter. Carachter played him extremely tough. He plays with a huge chip on his shoulder. Thats a good thing, he wants to prove everyone wrong. And since we went with Theo instead of Thomas, he should get some PF minutes this year.

Signing Matt Barnes may not mean Shannon is not coming back. It could mean that Luke is not coming back. Back surgery for nerve issues can lay someone up for an entire season. If we sign Shannon or another guard I really would not expect to see Luke play this year.

MH

Hey MM

Maybe someone can snoop around a little and see what is up with Luke's back.

MH

Okay Barnes is an okay player, good sining though based on blah blah blah.
So far its been an average summer, but Shannon really made an impact last year and I will miss him like I did Trevor.

The one thing the Lakers need now is to Get Chris Paul by trading Bynum.

Odom can become starter and have Caracter come off the bench as a backup or even Ariza I mean Ebanks to play some situational minutes. Bottom line is that Paul would allow the Lakes to keep up with the Jones's and shed some money at the same time and possibly allowing the Lakers to get DJ and Shannon all in one stroke.

Then again we don't know if the chemistry would be right. Maybe more turnovers and for flash? Who knows??

On second thought players like Bynum don't come around as often as these dime a dozen pg's

Bynum is the key dude. CP3 will not create a mismatch.

With Matt Barnes, Blake (and Artest), they have surrounded the core of the team with bulldogs. But IMHO, had the Lakers signed Jeremy Lin, their offseason would've been really great. Though Lin is a rookie, his defensive intensity, toughness, ability to shoot from the outside as well as his ability to attack the basket effectively with reckless abandon would've helped the Lakers even more. Lin is a better fit in the triangle than Shannon Brown.

Luke has much better tattoos than Barnes (dead head skeletons over thuggish neck tats any day of the week). Barnes acted like a punk during that game against Kobe last year, but he'll come right as a Laker just like Artest did. Kobe and Phil and the boys will keep him in line.

Shaq would be "cool," but Ratliff is by far a better fit. Shaq, even at the peak of his career, couldn't defend pick-and-roll. Defense, rebounding, and open jumper are what we need from a backup big man. Ratliff, even at the ripe age of 38, is still pretty good at those.

Bynum is which and what key? Has he been the key since he has been a Laker? He has been injured when we needed him most. CP3 is a 3 time all star. This is a no-brainer if NO wants to trade him for Bynum. We have seen the best of Bynum, he is not going to play more than 60 games a season the rest of his career which will be very short.
name one player that has recovered from 3 continuous years of knee surgeries..

All Mitch did was trade youth for age. It's no secret Phil prefers older teams to youth. It looks like he's stacking the Lakers for a 4 year run. When Kobe retires in 4 years, this whole Laker team will be so old (mid and late 30's), it will take years to recover via rebuilding.

Mbenga, Powell, and Farmar were not developed. I've watched Barnes on NBA TV, and Barnes isn't a defensive specialist, nor is he a 3 point specialist. In fact, he doesn't specialize in anything, except leaving his current teams after 1 year. Of course, the blog conveniently ignores that.

Theo isn't an upgrade over Mbenga, who is much younger and just as capable defensively. Maybe Shaq wasn't available, but why detach Mbenga. With experience, he could have been just as effective as a worn out Theo.

Only positive from all this is it looks like Phil will give Sasha a chance.

I give this offseason a D+.

Would have been happy with Raja Bell, but actually happier with the Barnes signing, and Ratliff over Mbenga was a no brainer. Also really happy to see Morrison gone. Be real nice to have Brown back, but if not the bench is certainly upgraded from last year. I don't think Miami (if they make it out of the East) would be able to match up with the Lakers length and depth. We have two first rate defensive wings and added shot blocking to what was already a formidable front line.

look at this bench now:

ODOM
BLAKE
BARNES
CARACTER
EBANKS
VUJACIC
RATLIFF
WALTON
BROWN (unlikely)


Best bench Ive seen on the Lakers in A WHILE (or any recent team for that matter).

The Lakers just need to sign their two rookies and maybe SB and they are good to go. They don't need C3PO, they need big men to dominate the Heat, trading away Bynum would play into Miami's hands and take away the Lakers size advantage. Keep the core intact and use the depth created by the excellent signings of Blake, Barnes, and Ratliff to go for the three-peat. Getting both Barnes and Blake with the mid-level is pure genius.

They look to have made some very good additions to the team so far but I have one dig with this off season. The fact that the Lakers Seem to blowing off Shannon Brown is very Curious. Hes a YOUNG player with a very high Ceiling and as much as I love them Kobe and Fisher arent getting any younger. His Career High is 27points and 10 rebounds his and his average when Kobe was injured was what 15 a game. His Energy off the bench and at key moments in games has actually shifted momentum so much at times that you can literally see the other team giving up. Long Story Short If the lakers Decide to pass up on Shannon Brown it is a decision they will Live to regret two or three years down the line when Kobe and Fish finally do decide to retire.

Shannon Brown opted out of his 2 year deal with the Lakers. He and his agent thought that he could bluff Mitch and Dr. Buss into signing him for more money and they did not blink. Shannon Brown will now have to follow in the footsteps of Trevor Ariza and Jordan Farmar - playing in a small market team for the same or less money. Unless you are Black Mamba you have no leverage with a team like the Lakers.

Theo isn't an upgrade over Mbenga, who is much younger and just as capable defensively. Maybe Shaq wasn't available, but why detach Mbenga. With experience, he could have been just as effective as a worn out Theo
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The only advantage Mbenga has over Ratliff is his youth, but when considering this is a position that will receive limited minutes, that's pretty much a moot point. Ratliff will be able to go just as hard as Mbenga could for 10-15 minutes. Compound that with the fact that Phil Jackson doesn't trust Mbenga's decision making/instincts (obvious from his zero playing time in the playoffs when Bynum was hurt and a solid replacement could have been very valuable) & Theo Ratliff is a solid, veteran presence. A notable upgrade over "Dacos"...

Shannon will be back -- trust, 2 years in this system, he has improved and will continue to do so becuz he wants to be better....I am not clairvoyant but if Mitch says' he is optimistic, then I believe the man..Besides, Shannon know's whassup! Matchup problems for days if he stays -- whatever teams what to bring at us, we got them -- big, small, fast, speedy, walk it up, whatever, slow it down, muck it up (ala Kobe), we got that..We aint scared and Shannon will be back..I believe t hat.

I still think we sign a 15th guy to the roster...We goin hard! This is Phil's last year, Kobe's and Fish's chance to tie Mike -- oh, trust, we bringin it!

Well Mr. "MIke" Bresnahan: First learn the correct use of (sic) before you hit people on their spelling skills. You are not alone, another dude also used it incorrectly to mock Amare Stoudemire's spelling skills on Twitter. Both of you have no excuse because you probably jumped from one prep school to another to an educational consultant who got you into an ivy league college then to some subsidized grad school on to a cushy job at THE west coast paper! Meanwhile, the Barneses of this world were too busy cleaning your old folks & kids to learn the proper spelling of Lost Angels.

Secondly, spell your own first name correctly before throwing stones at others.

Jealous? Tough luck: there are people who can't spell like you & me but who have more significant talents that a vast number of people are willing to reward them for. Yes, millions of dollars to "play" with Kobe and be watched by the celebs .... live with it. And wake me up when you are start hitting hard on the heavily-subsidized owners zzzzzzzzzzzzz


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