In my opinion, if you're going to blow it up and start over, Bynum should get serious consideration as the main building block. Yes, he's a little bitch, but he's also a dominant center which is the most sought after position in the NBA. It's him and Howard. Not to mention he's seven years younger.
I'm not saying I would do it without question, but I would entertain the idea. Think of the trade value Kobe has and what you could get in return. Gasol too.
I'm pretty sure that Kobe has a no trade clause though, so it almost certainly would never happen.
If they traded Kobe and built around Bynum.... Just move the Lakers back to some midwest city and lets forget about them ever existing.
It's simple: upgrade that putrid bench, especially a reliable scorer playing behind Kobe.
I'ma ball at the mall shuttin' down the sea wall
And that'll last for how long, 3 years? Then what?
If the lakers can move Gasol that would free up $19mill the next two years and will allow the Lakers to pick up Bynum's option for next year and work on a longer term contract or find a replacement either by draft, FA, or trade. I'm not familiar with his contract though and any no-trade clause.
whether kobe has a trade clause or not, i'd be hardpressed to believe the lakers would actually trade him
Oh I was thinking trading Gasol for maybe a cheaper player with upside and 1st rd draft picks. Not sure if thats realistic with 19 million tag but maybe a team will bite. I think he can still be very productive in the league for a few more years. He just needs a change of scenery after all the drama of this year.
note: I realize this may not really fit with the 'win now' mantra but would set the Lakers up for more flexibility to upgrade the bench to help an aging Kobe and a strong center in Bynum.
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Which team has a GM dumb enough to give up anything of value for Gasol?
Lakers need some outside shooting, someone who can hit threes and jump shots. Another point guard would be nice too, have Sessions come off the bench.
Watching Kevin Martin and Kobe Bryant try to battle each other for shots would be pretty entertaining, at least. It wouldn't help the Lakers win, but it would be good fodder for sports-talk radio.
There is an exception, but it looks like the Lakers would have a year to make deals to cover the $19 million less any value they get. I didn't know they couldn't make it up in FA but that makes sense. So, your point that the Lakers lack any real trade chips outside of Gasol is very valid. There would have to be some creativity to make something happen and probably would have to involve multiple teams. Lakers' GM is pretty good so I wouldn't be too surprised.Traded Player Exception: If a team trades away a player with a higher salary than the player they acquire in return (we'll call this initial deal "Trade #1"), they receive what is called a Traded Player Exception, also known colloquially as a "Trade Exception". Teams with a trade exception have up to a year in which they can acquire more salary in other trades (Trade #2, #3, etc.) than they send away, as long as the gulf in salaries for Trade #2, #3, etc. are less than or equal to the difference in salary for Trade #1. This exception is particularly useful when teams trade draft picks straight-up for a player; since draft picks have no salary value, often the only way to get salaries to match is to use a trade exception, which allows trades to be made despite unbalanced salaries. It is also useful to compensate teams for losing free agents as they can do a sign and trade of that free agent to acquire a trade exception that can be used later. Note this exception is for single player trades only, though additional cash and draft picks can be part of the trade.
Last edited by lt.roast.a.botch; 05-22-2012 at 03:18 PM.
More importantly. The return of The Golden State Warriors to the city. Stadium is going to be jewel of the NBA as is everything from the bay
I loved Dexter Pittman's play on Lance Stephenson. Scrub on scrub crime. Old-school NBA justice.
Well, Danny Granger hurt his ankle and David West suffered an injury. Granger tried to play on it, then aggravated it after grabbing LeBron's arm then getting tossed on the ground. Tyler Hansbrough did commit a hard (not dirty) foul on Wade. Then Udonis Haslem committed a hard (and dirty) foul on Hansbrough. The Pacers didn't have too much time to act like tough guys since they were getting beat down much of the game.
At the end of the game, Lance Stephenson ran in for an offensive rebound and Dexter Pittman elbowed him in the neck. He'll be suspended for a bit, not like it's a big deal.
Pittman elbowed Stephenson (who was crashing the offensive glass) in the neck during scrub time. He got him pretty good and should be suspended. Cheap shot and he winked afterward too.
Haslem knocked Psycho T in the 2nd quarter - which happened after Hansborogh fouled Wade pretty hard earlier in the game. I think flagrant 1s were issued for each.