The Peterson Principle: 7/4/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

When the dust settles the Lakers end up with Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng and Jordan Clarkson. That and a couple of hundred bucks will get you to the playoffs.

The only way the Lakers are getting to the post season is if they buy a ticket. Nobody was looking at Mozgov for ten million let alone 64. This guy couldn’t even get on the court last year for Cleveland. He’s a back up center. Yeah, the Lakers are paying $16 million a year for a back up.

And what’s really concerning is that Mozgov was their first call. When the clock struck midnight on July 1, Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss were on the phone to Mozgov’s agent. They didn’t call Al Horford first or Miami’s Hassan Whiteside. No, they went straight after Mozgov.

It’s gotten so bad around Lakerland lately that the feeling was that if Whiteside and Horford turned the Lakers down, (which they would have) then Mozgov would already be gone. And my feeling is so what? So you miss out on a 30-year old back up that is coming off knee surgery and averaged six points and four rebounds last year. What’s the problem?

The problem is that Jim Buss has no idea what he’s doing. Do you know that Buss once told reporters that he would sign LeBron James in 2014, Kevin Love in 2015 and Kevin Durant in 2016? Durant wouldn’t even agreee to talk to the Lakers. Oops! Apparently what Buss really meant was that his big three was Mozgov, Deng and Clarkson.

The Lakers had to sign Clarkson at that point after everybody else turned them down. The embarrassement of losing their own player would have been too much to bear, so they coughed up their 50 million.

Luol Deng is good…well was good…about five years ago. His best days were in Chicago and he was pedestrian at best last year with Miami averaging 12 points per game – which was his lowest since his rookie season back in 2004-’05. In the Lakers eyes pedestrian is worth $72 million.

The truth is the Lakers wouldn’t have given Mozgov a second thought if they would have drafted center Jalil Okafor last June instead of the erratic, immature D’Angelo Russell. You don’t like Okafor? Don’t think he’s ready? Ok, well he averaged over 17 points and seven rebounds last year – nearly three times as many points as Mr. Mozgov.

Every draft evalaution out there has the Mozgov deal as the worst of all of the free agent acquisitions. Even Laker insiders or those “in the know” were blindsided by this 64 million dollar disaster.

Happy Fourth of July. Go out and celebrate with fireworks. There won’t be any fireworks for the Lakers for a long time to come.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

6 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 7/4/2016"

  1. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    July 7, 2016 - 5:22 pm | Permalink

    The only way the Lakers have a chance to sign Westbrook, is to trade for him now with a long term deal. They can’t get both Westbrook and Durant because they don’t have cap space. I think the Mav got the better end of the deal with Boget and Barns. The Lakers got sh*t and shove in it. That is what happens when two clowns are running the organization. Pat Riley did it right by letting Wade go. The Lakers should have let Kobe go 3 years ago and they would not be this bad for the last three years and beyond.
    If you get Westbrook you might have a chance to get other superstars, if not then Luke got to coach his ass off and you have to win with what you got.

  2. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    July 7, 2016 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    We trade the house for Westbrook then he leaves us next year… No thank you.

  3. Laker fan.'s Gravatar Laker fan.
    July 6, 2016 - 12:18 am | Permalink

    Now is the time for jim buss and mitch kuptchak to reedem themselves. Give up next years 1st round pick and jordan clarkson along with deangelo russell for Russell westbrook. Okc will not be able to sign westbrook, he is walking away from any contract talks with okc. Russell westbrook grew up a lakers fan and grew up here in los angeles. Russell westbrook with ingram and julius randle will get us 40 wins missing the playoffs if not 8th seed max. But it would be a great move going forward in the right direction taken westbrook is in his prime still and has 5 good years left in him if not more. Kevin durant signed a 2 year deal with the warriors with a opt out clause in his contract after 1 year. My true feeling here is that durant stays only for one year with the warriors to try and win the chip, then come to l.a. for a long term lucrative deal with the lakers since the cap will be going up much higher next year. Durant and westbrook reunite in los angeles in 2017 and that’s my take.

  4. poster boy's Gravatar poster boy
    July 5, 2016 - 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Mozgov will be on a lot of posters in his Laker uniform. Too bad they will all feature somebody dunking on him

  5. Back of the Buss's Gravatar Back of the Buss
    July 4, 2016 - 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Mitch and Jeannie are hostages to the whims of moron Jimmie. If we average fans are outraged by the Lakers setting fire to so much cash for these deadweights, imagine how those two must feel. We’ve got to wait for Jimmie to step aside before this damage can be repaired.

  6. BonitaAlum's Gravatar BonitaAlum
    July 4, 2016 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

    It’s because the Lakers have nothing to offer, they paid a broken guard 4x more than he was worth. And yet you all blame Jim, blame Mitch a bit. But you should blame Jeanie, she signs the checks.

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