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Report: Brown wants Lakers to get Anderson Varejao

Jun 22, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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The Lakers need to inject the roster with energy, particularly on defense. Anderson Varejao brings energy and effort. New Lakers coach Mike Brown used to coach Anderson Varejao.

So, not a huge leap of logic to a report from Sam Amico of Fox Sports. Huge leap of logic to see it happen, but not the rumor.

Brown coached Varejao during all five of Brown’s seasons in Cleveland, and not surprisingly, grew to love Varejao’s defense, energy and attitude. Now that Brown has been hired as Phil Jackson’s replacement with the Lakers, sources say he is trying to convince the Lakers front office to see what it would take to bring Varejao to L.A.

Now, none of this is to say the Lakers will follow through. There is no hard evidence that they have contacted the Cavs about the man known as “Wild Thing,” or that they ever will. But as one Lakers insider said, it almost makes too much sense not to explore.

The problem is this — what do the Lakers have that a rebuilding Cavaliers want? They want to get younger and rebuild, and that doesn’t Ron Artest, Luke Walton, Steve Blake or really much of anyone on the Lakers roster. Lamar Odom makes a little more sense but is that really getting younger for the Cavs? Would the Lakers miss the skill given up? Are the Lakers going to trade Odom for a guy who just missed most of a season due to injury?

If the Lakers are going to move Odom (and of the core guys he may be the most likely to be moved) it needs to be for a point guard and/or an athletic wing player to be a backup. The Lakers have needs to address, forward is not one of them. Varejao is a good player (I bet he is traded to a contender), but for Odom it doesn’t solve any Lakers problems.

  1. ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    The last thing the Lakers need is another big man

  2. LPad - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    talk about aiming low. Here’s an idea: how about you aim for an energy guy with actual basketball skills or an energy guy that rebounds and plays D like a PF or C instead of a small forward (for example a Joel Anthony).

    • ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      You must’ve missed the finals

  3. chargerdillon - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    I have to be honest, I hate Anderson Varejao for one reason….HIS HAIR, dude just cut that ugly ass mop on your head. You look like a damn brazillian bozo the clown.

    If he’s coming to the Lakers it better come with a damn hair cut

  4. grizzkev - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    This guy is terrible. I’m a pistons fan and I wouldn’t want him for free.

    He’s the worst fundamental player in the NBA. Can’t shoot, rebound or play defense. All he can do is draw a foul and flop like a loser.

    • ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      He’s the best flopper in the NBA though

    • tashkalucy - Jun 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

      Yes, Va

      Andy is not a good shooter.

      But he can’t rebound or play defense?

      Have you ever sen him play? He’s about a 75-80% Dennis Rodman.

  5. readysethike - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    well the lakers do need a back up center…Lakers traded for Joe Smith and had signed Theo Ratliff and in the playoffs neither of them even took off there warm up clothes

    he’s not a bad player but he’s ok, he’ll do alot more then what Luke, Blake, Joe and Theo can.

  6. illyistic1 - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    i would luv the move as long as we dont give up much! no odom,Pg,or drew (dont even have to mention kobe) artest has gone to hollywood for me so ship him off with luke and blake for verajou and sessions.

    • aldashex86 - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:51 AM

      Yeah, cuz the rebuilding Cavs would love to send a fan favorite and defensive stalworth away for a headcase, a kid who is only in the league because of his last name, and another pg on the wrong side of 30. Lakers fans make me laugh. The Pau Gasol trade wasn’t one sided enough for you??

  7. damp1015 - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    I think Varejao is a 50/50 chance. If Odom would play hard every time on the court, then he would be damn good. People criticize Gasol for being soft this past season, but Odom could have made a difference too. So maybe the trade could be good, but make sure to get Varejao and a guard too.

    Give up Artest, Barnes, Blake, whoever if needed.

  8. georgeanderson2 - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Guess the E tv show will be cancelled if Lamar gets traded to Cleveland. Who wants to watch anything that has anything to do with Cleveland?

    Does Kobe really want to be apart of this rebuilding in LA? Kobe wants more rings.

    • savocabol1 - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      Does any player in the history of time want to be part of a rebuilding instead of getting rings?

  9. passerby23 - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    The Lakers are in a difficult position. They need youth and athleticism, but don’t want to compromise the best parts that keep them as a contender. The other problem is their other expendable parts nobody else wants. For the Lakers to get better, they’re going to have to move one of their 4 top players, but do they risk messing with chemistry? No team is going to take on Artest, Fisher, Blake, Walton, Brown, Barnes, Ratliffe, or Smith so they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. They might be stuck just trying to win one more with this group.

  10. savocabol1 - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    As a Cavs fan I would be fine with a Kobe for Varejao trade. That seems fair.

  11. distantrhythm - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    He would be a great asset on defense and a great backup center. The obvious need is for a PG, but I think Kobe should give that position a real try. What the Lakers need more than anything though is a reliable perimeter shooter and defender.

  12. themanchine - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Varejao & a 2nd for Bargnani

  13. pl4tinum514 - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Lakers get: C/PF Anderson Varejao, PG Ramon Sessions
    Minnesota gets: PF Pau Gasol, #4 Pick from Cleveland
    Cleveland gets: # 2 pick,

    Gasol gets paired up with Rubio to ease him into the NBA, Lakers get an energy big who can play D and a PG with a PER above the NBA average. Cavs get the #2 pick they want and take on a bad contract to get it while moving a couple of guys who arent fitting into the plans. It could work

    • savocabol1 - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      terrrrrrrrrrrrible trade terms. try again

    • tashkalucy - Jun 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      Other then he fact that all 3 teams would be weakening themselves, that’s a eal good trade!

    • 440shane - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:46 PM

      That is really one of the worst “how about this” trades I have ever seen, sorry man. So Cleveland is gonna give up Andy, Sessions and #4 just to get #2 and take Derrick Williams? Really? Why would they give up 3 of their best trade assets for that? Try again.

    • aldashex86 - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      Cavs trade #4 and 2 starters for #2…no thanks. Especially since we don’t have a C behind Andy that’s worth a nickle.

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