Skip to main content

Ellis and Stoudemire are coming back to the Lakers?


While we're waiting on Kawhi's decision, the Lakers are preparing two scenarios. The bad one is Kawhi goes somewhere else, and they have a max slot and no-one to give it to. The good one is he signs with them, and then they have to fill the roster. 

The first scenario means they would opt to spread out the money over several impact starters and bench players. The problem is, most of those guys have already signed with other teams. That's the cost of waiting on a superstar - the market dries up. There is no one left who can legitimately play in important playoff minutes. Don't forget, even without Kawhi; the Lakers will be the favorites for the title. They need such players. 

The better option would have Kawhi, Davis, and LeBron on max contracts. That would mean the Lakers would have to sign ten minimum contracts to fill the roster - most in NBA history. This would be the most extreme example of the superteam era. That's why Igoudala was mentioned in connection to the Lakers once he was traded to Memphis. But, Memphis said they have no intention to waive him but are willing to listen to trades. They are not letting him walk away for free. The Lakers have no assets left to give.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

So, a lot of minimum players are working out as hard as they ever have in their life, hoping they might get the call. Richard Jefferson is one of them, tweeting he is coming out of retirement - the same RJ that won the title with LeBron in Cleveland. Some of the names circulating in NBA circles are quite known. Some are ludicrous. Some are surprising. I'll let you decide where do these two guys fit in those categories.

Yep, Mota Ellis and Amar'e Stoudemire are gearing up to get on the Lakers roster. We often forget that an NBA player is officially retired once they turn in their papers. A player can leave, spend a decade resting, and then get signed by a team. As long as they don7t turn in their papers, they are eligible for the veteran's minimum. 

While there have to be 10 better options than Amar'e, who at the age of 36 is playing in Israel, and looked done in New York in 2012 and Monta Ellis who averaged 8.5 points in Indiana in 27 minutes played in '16/'17, these are the Lakers. The Brand is always attracted to big names, and LeBron isn't a stranger to preferring burned out veterans to inexperienced young players. 

If it were any other team, you'd say no chance. But because it's the Lakers, are you 100% they would never do it?

That's why Kawhi should resign with Toronto. 

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles

“It seems like it’ll be very easy” — Joe Ingles is looking forward to sharing the floor with Giannis Antetokounmpo

Joe Ingles is excited to be in Milwaukee, touches upon rehab process and his teammates.

Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan

“It ain't like I'm 48” - Demar DeRozan on defying Father Time and trying to replicate a spectacular season

After a spectacular showing for the Chicago Bulls last season, DeMar DeRozan is ready for an encore this season.

Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams

Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams details how he went through "hell" in summer workouts — “The workout starts at 5 am!”

The Chicago Bulls sophomore went through a brutal offseason workout with teammate DeMar DeRozan.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose dunks the ball against Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic

“This is my nightmare” - Goran Dragic on Derrick Rose's vicious dunk 12 years ago

Dragic has a sense of humor about one of the most memorable dunks in NBA history - “At least I'm on TV all the time.”

Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso

“The NBA told me I couldn’t” — Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso wasn't allowed to switch jersey number

Caruso wanted to honor Bill Russell, but the NBA had a surprising reason not to allow the switch.