Lakers Get Dwight Howard!

The long national Dwightmare is over. According to multiple reports, Dwight Howard will be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers as early as tomorrow.

In the proposed four-team trade the Lakers will send Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers and Philly will send Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. The Orlando Magic will get multiple players and first round draft picks from all three other teams.

Early rumors had Pau Gasol headed to Denver but that does not seem to be happening now. Gasol should be staying with the Lakers.

Being able to acquire Howard and still hang on to Gasol is a coup for the Lakers. This trade certainly makes them a favorite to win a championship this season.

So we are looking at a starting lineup of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Gasol, Howard and Metta World Peace. That’s a starting five that should be able to beat any team in the league.

As long as David Stern doesn’t veto this trade the Lakers could very well be hanging their 17th Championship banner very soon.

Lakers Looking to Move Pau and World Peace For Draft Picks

With the NBA Draft only a few days away the Lakers trade rumors are flying fast and furious.

The latest ones involve Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace. It’s no secret that the Lakers are trying to move Gasol. He’s been the fall guy for the Lakers’ post-season woes the last two seasons.

According to reports Los Angeles is trying to trade Gasol to the Washington Wizards for the #3 pick in this year’s draft. That seems a little farfetched since the Wizards have just signed Nene and Emeka Okafor and it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to have three big men with three big contracts. But you never know.

The next rumor involves trading Metta World Peace for a late first-round pick. This one has a slightly better chance of happening than the Pau trade. Teams may look at MWP’s late season play (minus the elbow to James Harden’s head) and think he may be worth it. The only snag may be the fact that MWP is owed nearly $15 million over the next two years.

Apparently the Lakers have their eye on Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague. They definitely need a point guard but I’m not sure they need a rookie point guard. No matter how good he is. (Is it already time to say goodbye to Ramon Sessions?)

Right now the Lakers do not have a first round pick. Kobe Bryant is getting older by the day. Jim Buss has not proven he can run the team as well as his father. To say the Lakers are desperate is an understatement.

The Lakers need to do something big in order to remain relevant in the Western Conference. OKC will only get better. Young teams like Memphis, Denver and Utah are nipping at their heels. Their window for winning another championship with the roster is closing fast, if it isn’t closed already.

Something has to be done.

Expect an avalanche of rumors to be reported over the next couple of days and expect Draft Night to be pretty wild.

The Lakers are on the clock. In more ways than one.

Pau Gasol For Deron Williams? Crazy But Possible

The Los Angeles Lakers always seem to be in the middle of every trade rumor. Ever since their season ended, the rumors have been coming fast and furious. Most of them have been ridiculous but one has surfaced that actually makes sense.

ESPN’s John Hollinger discussed the possibility of the Brooklyn Nets doing a sign-and-trade deal that would send Deron Williams to the Lakers for Pau Gasol.

After two disappointing post seasons, Gasol may not have the trade value he once had, but he is still one of the most skilled big men in the league and would fit nicely with Brook Lopez. Williams has already stated that if the Nets don’t get Dwight Howard, he’s gone so they might as well try to get something for him.

As much as I like Ramon Session, Williams would put the Lakers back in title contention. (Kind of the way Chris Paul would have. Thanks again, David Stern.) This would be the One Big Trade every Lakers fan has wanted. Everybody would finally be happy.

Whether this trade ever happens is beyond me. But it is one of the few rumors that I have heard that makes sense for both teams.

One thing seem certain, and that is Pau Gasol has probably played his last game in the Purple and Gold.

Pau Gasol To The Bulls??

Another off-season, another round of Lakers trade rumors. This time its Pau Gasol getting traded to the Chicago Bulls.

Of course its just a rumor but the Lakers are looking to trade Gasol. In fact, they have already trade him this season. Only David Stern un-traded him.

This most recent trade rumor doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Lakers. This first scenario involves Pau for Carlos Boozer. I don’t see the Lakers willing to take on Boozer’s huge contract when they are trying to lighten their payroll. Plus, Pau is a much better player than Boozer. The drop in talent will be too great.

The next scenario involves Luol Deng and Rip Hamilton in exchange for Pau. I like Den but the inclusion of Hamilton sours the deal for me. The Lakers need to get younger and with Hamilton, they get older.

I don’t see a trade with the Bulls happening because it doesn’t benefit the Lakers enough. The Bulls would be much better off and in a real position to challenge the Heat for Eastern Conference supremacy with Gasol in the lineup.

Its going to be difficult for the Lakers to trade Gasol because he is so talented. They will be hard pressed to find a player (or players) of equal talent.

One thing is for sure, this will certainly be an interesting summer.

What’s Wrong With The Lakers?

I’m not even going to go into detail of last night’s beatdown the Lakers suffered at the hands of the Denver Nuggets. We all saw it. We all were sick about it.

I want to look forward. I want to look towards Game 7 and what the Lakers are going to have to do to win that game.

I think it’s pretty obvious that Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are going to have to play better. And I believe they will play better because they couldn’t play any worse. Watching two seven-footers take jump shots and continually get beat on the inside is maddening. It’s almost like Pau and Drew forget that they are SEVEN FEET TALL.

Last night Pau played like he did during last season’s playoffs. When he wasn’t getting pushed around by players smaller than him he was moping up and down the court acting like his dog just died. (Either that or his girlfriend left him again.)

Andrew Bynum had one of the most lackluster double-doubles I have ever seen. Anybody who watched that game would have told you there was no way he had 16 rebounds.

Even worse than Pau and Drew was the total lack of effort on the defensive end by the rest of the team. When the Nuggets weren’t driving to the basket with little or no challenge, they were knocking down wide open jumpers.

I’m not asking them to play smothering, shut down defense, I’m just asking them to play SOME defense. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

It was sad to see Kobe’s effort last night go to waste. In a game where he should have inspired the rest of his team, his efforts fell flat. No one on the Lakers seemed to care that he was out there playing even though he was suffering from a stomach flu.

Despite his illness he scored 31 points and had two rebounds. I mention the rebounds because Pau only had one more rebound than Kobe. And Pau is seven feet tall and he wasn’t suffering from the stomach flu.

If the Lakers are to win Game 7 three things have to happen. First, Pau and Drew are going to have to play like the seven-foot All Stars that they are. Second, the rest of the team is going to have to play harder on defense. And third, Kobe Bryant is going to have to be Kobe Bryant.

I can guarantee you that at least one of those things will happen.

Trade Rumor: Felton for Blake

Finally, there is a trade rumor that I can get behind. New rumor is that the Lakers are looking to trade Steve Blake to the Portland Trail blazers for Raymond Felton. This is not the blockbuster trade that everyone has been waiting for but it’s a good one.

This trade makes so much sense. It addresses the number one problem are for the Lakers; the point guard. Felton is a definite upgrade to Blake and can run Mike Brown’s offense much better.

This trade also does something even bigger. It keeps Pau Gasol in a Lakers uniform. Every other trade rumor out there involves Gasol. Any lineup without Gasol makes the Lakers worse.

Blake hasn’t done much for the Lakers this season and could go back to Portland and, presumably, be a calming presence for the team. Felton has been sulking up in Portland and the Lakers are hoping he can snap out of it and contribute to the team.

The salaries don’t match up so the Lakers will have to add someone to the deal.  Lakers Fans may get what they have been asking for all these years if Luke Walton gets added to the deal.

This is the one trade where both teams get better. As we head towards the trade deadline there will be rumors coming out almost every hour. Most of them will make no sense. This one does.

Brandon Jennings To The Lakers?

It’s a new day and that means a new Lakers Trade Rumor is out. This time it’s Brandon Jennings. The good folks over at si.com reported that Branding Jennings is available. Nowhere in the article did it say that the Milwaukee Bucks are talking to the Lakers. But that hasn’t stopped everyone from speculating as to what the Lakers would give up for Jennings.

I have heard Pau Gasol would be traded for Jennings, Andrew Bogut and Stephan Jackson. And have also read the Lakers should Trade Andrew Bynum for the same package.

Both trade scenarios are ridiculous. If the Lakers turned down a deal that would send Gasol to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo, why in the hell would they accept Jennings? And trading Andrew Bynum for anyone, even Dwight Howard, doesn’t make sense.

I honestly think the Lakers will not trade away Gasol. There is no trade that makes sense. The Lakers would not get fair value in return.

And anyone suggesting that the Lakers trade Bynum is just trying to make the Lakers worse and is not to be trusted.

After the Chris Paul trade blew up and it became clear that Dwight Howard was not coming to LA, I said the Lakers team, as currently constructed, was going to be the team they would have at the end of the season.

Take a good look at the roster, because this is the team the Lakers will contend for a tile with this season. For good or for bad. The blockbuster trade is not happening. Superman is coming to save the day.