You see, he’s got good control, Guidry said. I threw hard, I had a great slider, but I had good control. And that’s what he is, that’s why he’s so dominant.
One of Guidry’s favorite stories from the 1978 season involves a typical pregame conversation he would have with New York’s leadoff man that season, Mickey Rivers.
The left-hander would tell Rivers: Gimme two.
There are still scenarios where the Lakers could create more cap space. Renouncing the rights to Randle and waiving forward Luol Deng while stretching the remaining two years on his contract would get the Lakers to nearly $25 million in cap room. However, stretching Deng doesn’t seem worth it if the Lakers are merely signing players to one-year deals. In that case, it’s better to keep Deng’s salary on the books in case it can be cleared more easily via trade next summer as an expiring contract.
After all, Leonard isn’t the only option for the Lakers. Back when Butler was a restricted free agent with the Chicago Bulls, he expressed interest in signing an offer sheet with the Lakers, per Adrian Wojnarowski. And Thompson, whose father, Mychal, played for the Lakers and is now their color analyst for radio, would be a natural fit if he elects to leave the Warriors.
Adding a max free agent next summer is no certainty for the Lakers, but doing so while retaining their young talent either to develop alongside James or for additional trades remains their best chance of building a championship-caliber team.
Let’s take an early stab at what we can expect from the Lakers with LeBron utilizing projections based on the multi-year, predictive version of ESPN’s real plus-minus (RPM). Here’s how their rotation might look if they bring back Randle, considering only veteran players.