3. Worst Case Scenario
PF – Pau Gasol, C – Robert Sacre
First, let me say that I fully support Pau Gasol and wouldn’t be against him returning at the right price. However, his skill set has clearly diminished, most notably on the defensive side. He’s aging, and is nothing more than a 2nd or 3rd option on any team now. In regards to Sacre, he’s a decent back-up, but not starter quality. If he’s our starting center on opening night, then we swung and missed in free agency.
4. Young and Energetic
PF – Aaron Gordon, C – Jordan Hill
Moving to a more realistic option, the Lakers could decide parting ways with Gasol and resigning Hill is the cheaper, more efficient way to go. Hill has had his shares of frustrations, with his most recent spell on the bench lasting far too many games given how talented and effective he can be. While there are reasonable doubts about his willingness to return, if promised the starting job, he may be more willing to sign.
Aaron Gordon is a young, Blake Griffin-like forward who could blossom into an Amare Stoudemire clone in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. He’s quick, energetic, and a high-flyer. In a D’Antoni offense, he could flourish with a point guard like Kendall Marshall or Jordan Farmar. This front court is high intensity, high-flying, and all over the court.