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.
As the NBA trade deadline gets closer the trade rumors are coming in fast and furious. One rumor that seems to be coming true is a three team trade that would send Steve Blake to the Portland trailblazers, Michael Beasley to the Lakers and Jamal Crawford to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
This trade has been reported as a done deal but it was also reported that the Lakers had signed Rasheed Wallace a few weeks ago.
While Beasley will be a welcomed addition to the Lakers bench, the departure of Blake leaves the point guard position in an even weaker state. The Lakers get yet another forward but lose one of the only serviceable point guards they have. This leaves the offense in the hands of Derek Fisher and Andrew Goudelock. Which is not the best situation.
The only way this trade makes sense is if the Lakers front office has another trade in the works. A trade for a point guard like Ramon Sessions. It’s been speculated that the Lakers would use the trade exception they got for Lamar Odom to go after Sessions.
Michael Beasley will help the Lakers, no doubt. But they still need to address their most glaring weakness, which is the point guard position. Trading away their number two point guard does not do that.
This trade, if it goes through, will certainly determine that rest of the Lakers’ season. Let’s just hope that it has a positive effect.
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in a state of emergency. After two embarrassing loses to the lowly Detroit Pistons and the even lowlier Washington Wizards on successive nights the Lakers look like a team that is ready to implode.
Both losses came after the Lakers blew huge leads and looked like they didn’t put forth any effort. They are looking like the Bored Lakers of old. You know, the teams that just didn’t seem to care and thought they could “flip the switch” whenever they wanted.
And now there are reports that the players want to “mutiny” against head coach Mike Brown’s offense and go back to the triangle. The problem is not with the offensive system but with the execution of that offense. When the Lakers execute Brown’s offense, that is pound the ball down low to Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, the Lakers win. Unfortunately, the Lakers can’t seem to do that for one complete game. They will do it for one half and then forget about it. The second half of both recent losses devolved into Kobe Bryant jacking up shot after shot and the rest of the team just standing around watching.
It’s sad that the players are putting up more of a fight against Brown than they are against their road opponents where they have a pathetic 6-14 record.
If this unrest and lack of effort continues then it’s time to make some major changes and start trading people. Ric Bucher has floated the idea that the Lakers should trade Kobe. While I don’t think the situation is that dire, it is time to trade for a point guard.
After the Chris Paul trade debacle earlier this year I thought the Lakers shouldn’t make any trade that involved Gasol or Bynum. I felt that they would be giving up too much for what they would receive. Now I’m not so sure. As much as I would hate to see either big man go, it may be time to make a trade. Right now any point guard is better than Derek Fisher and Steve Blake is too inconsistent to be trusted running the offense.
This season is about to be lost and Kobe is about to have another “wasted year” of his life, unless the Lakers make a trade to make the team better.
In the mean time, the players (including Kobe) need to buy into Mike Brown’s offense. That is the only chance they have if they want to contend for a title.