Now, I like him. No, seriously….I really do.
However, as a Laker fan this is an absolutely crazy deal and I’m not a fan of it at all. His numbers are down from last season in most categories: 16.2 points per game (20.3ppg last season), 4.1 assists (5.9), 3.6 rebounds (3.2), and 1 steal (1.4) and that is entirely too much money for just a good player. Dragic would be a solid investment for 12-14 million but if ANY team pays him more than that…..they will be sorely disappointed.
He’s a good player, but not a great one and I’d only throw a 4 year deal worth that kind of money at top 3 player at his position. But, he isn’t. Hell, he may not even be a top 8-10 PG in the league, the position is absolutely stacked.
The Lakers have a lot of needs for next season, they do need a PG (just not an overpaid one), a small forward and possibly a starting center if the team doesn’t pick up Jordan Hill’s team option. Plus, they need to fill out a bench since they only have four players under contract in Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Julius Randle and Ryan Kelly.
Los Angeles has team options on Jordan Clarkson, Robert Sacre and Hill. Clarkson and Sacre will most likely be retained so that gives them six players and seven if they decide to keep Hill. The agent for Ed Davis has said he’s planning to test free agency and he’s going to want a raise from his 1.1 million salary and he’s as good as gone. Randle is the future at PF.
The Lakers have as many as four selections in the next draft and they need to add players that will contribute with those picks.
The last thing they need to do is overpay a good player and compensate him like he’s one of the best players in the league. All that will do is they push back their rebuilding a few years.
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