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There comes a time in every rebuilding team's development when we're forced to sniff the air, gag ever so politely and ask, "What the Carlos Boozer is going on here?"
The Lakers' roster is interesting. And weird. It's interesting because it's weird.
On the one hand, there's the No. 7 overall pick in Randle, a potential cornerstone, and Ed Davis, the promising prospect who somehow manages to never get minutes. On the other hand, there's the newly added Boozer and the handsomely compensated Hill.
Darius Soriano of Forum Blue & Gold, much like rest of us, wants to know where the Lakers are going with this:
The Lakers paid a LOT of money to keep Jordan Hill. They drafted a promising Julius Randle. Just yesterday, they claimed Ed Davis. And we all thought that it’s inevitable for Ryan Kelly to come back. I was looking forward to the Lakers developing these young players and seeing if Jordan Hill can be a 30-minute-per-game player.
This Carlos Boozer acquisition mucks it all up. I mean, what am I not seeing here that the Lakers are? Boozer is going to take away lots of minutes from the young guys. He’s a better fit for a contending team and we all know that the Lakers are far from that. Why stunt Randle’s development?
Unless the Lakers plan to run super-sized lineups where Randle plays point guard—he kind of, sort of did that in the NBA summer league for like a second—and Davis inexplicably mans small forward, Scott has a dilemma on his hands.
Picking up Boozer and signing Hill makes sense for a team looking to win now. Or, in the Lakers' case, a team looking to appease the no-excuses-let's-win-championships-right-now-even-though-we-can't Bryant. But for a team with plenty of young talent to evaluate—right down to Ryan Kelly—their presences can be counterproductive.
Will Randle receive ample time to develop? Does Davis figure into Los Angeles' frontcourt rotation at all? Can Scott find a way to give everyone their due playing time? Is Boozer's beard actually facial hair-based, or does he draw it on with a Sharpie each morning?
These Lakers look like they're trying to compete while simultaneously gauging the potential of players who won't help them compete right away.
Good luck with that, B-Scizzle. May you somehow be given the gift of clarity. Or a midseason trade that has the Minnesota Timberwolves thinking Boozer and Hill are more appealing than Andrew Wiggins or Klay Thompson or Muppet-headed Pez dispensers.