Is Kyrie Irving Planning to Leave the Celtics?
The Boston Celtics are worried that Kyrie Irving will leave instead of resign with them. Should the Celtics be worried?
Before the trade deadline the Lakers made a trade with Cleveland, which gave the Lakers 70 million dollars in cap space for the 2019 free agency. After the trade Magic Johnson said he was confidant the Lakers were now in position to land two free agents. Yet recently both Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have stated this summer free agency is NOT a make or break offseason for them or the organization.
At their news conference the Lakers general manager and President of Operations, mentioned they would not spend money just to spend this offseason. Magic shut down any ideas of the organization trading away any of their young core players. At the end of their conference you can say that the Lakers have a plan to end their five year playoff drought, but the truth is this offseason is a make or break for the organization.
The Lakers organization has won 16 NBA titles, 31 Conference titles, and were once the all time leader in wins. Yet listening to a former great say this is not a make or break offseason is disheartening. This is an organization which at one time was the gold standard for the rest of the teams in the league. Today this is organization is a joke when compared to their rich history.
The fans of the purple and gold have endured five straight seasons of being a lottery squad, and their patience is starting to run thin. After hearing many promises of turning the team's fortune around, the Lakers have continued as bottom dwellers. It seems insulting to the fans to hear one thing and then to hear something entirely different.
At some point even the fans will turn against a former Lakers great, and Magic has seen this before. Laker fans are use to being a title contender and hearing their President of Operation say to them keep having patience as we are still not a team that can win a title. This could lead to fans expressing their anger at games and even the possibility of fans not buying tickets to games.
My advice to Magic and Pelinka this offseason is simple, do not go into this offseason thinking this is not a make or break offseason or that the fans will have more patiences. They need to go into this offseason with that confidence Magic had when he made the trade to Cleveland before the deadline. If not fans in LA have a way of expressing their frustration and they do not care if you are a former Laker great. Lets see if Magic and Pelinka can turn this team around by signing one or two stars to a young talented roster.