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Report: Lakers offered Odom for No. 2 pick, Wolves said no

Jun 22, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

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There might be something to the idea that the Lakers are shopping around Lamar Odom. Still, this one seems a little fantastic — and if true surprising.

The Lakers offered Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom for the No. 2 pick, but Minnesota turned it down, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers wanted to use the No. 2 pick to select Arizona’s forward Derrick Williams, the officials said.

However, Minnesota didn’t want Odom, the NBA’s sixth man of the year last season, because the Timberwolves have Kevin Love at power forward and see him as part of the franchise’s cornerstone.

Instead, Minnesota asked the Lakers for either Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol — two players the Lakers were not going to trade — for the No. 2 draft pick. Talks broke down and the teams aren’t talking anymore about a deal, the officials said.

What this really signals is that the Lakers are planning to use Lamar Odom as trade bait this summer. The Lakers need a point guard, they need to get more athletic (Derrick Williams would have done that). They don’t have any trade bait outside of their core guys (sorry Lakers fans, Luke Walton is not in demand). The Lakers are not going to move Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum (well, the later two maybe if we are talking Dwight Howard/Chris Paul type of move, but that’s it).

Odom is the best piece of trade bait the Lakers have, and they are willing to move him.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Klohe would’ve been pissssed…

    • readysethike - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      i think Odom is pissed himself…trade talk surrounds him every offseason

    • tashkalucy - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      Yes, imagine the Kardascian’s in Minnesota.

      They might be forced to read a book and become educated about something other than gossiping, discussing their wants (without a willingness to work or them), and other than 12 year-old would have no one to talk to!

      There outta be a law saying Lamar can’t be traded!

      • cosanostra71 - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:04 PM

        kim and khloe would be reunited! isn’t kris humphries from minny?

  2. SmackSaw - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Trade Odom for a PG. Then, sign Khloe to replace him. She could start at PF for most teams.

  3. goforthanddie - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    If the Lakers aren’t moving Bynum or Gasol, they’re moving backwards. Odom’s not getting them anything of value.

  4. readysethike - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    what about Odom to Phoenix for Aaron Brooks? or Odom to Atl for Jeff Teague

    • readysethike - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:08 PM

      haha at all the thumbs down, just asking…

  5. tashkalucy - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Like the Celtics, the Lakers future may squeeze one more year out of their players, two at best. Then it petty much falls apart….

    No high draft picks. A lockout that will produce a harder salary cap as the majority of owners cannot compete on an equal level and they will not approve any agreement until the field levels some..

    I can understand why Jerry West left his advisory role with the Lakers and took one with the Warriors. The Warriors can now do what the Lakers cannot — bring along young players with star potential.

    And if (as I believe) the 2011-12 season is not played, all those Lakers (and Celtics) will be a year older for when play resumes.

    • mytthor - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:19 AM

      Jerry West hasn’t worked for the Lakers since 2001. Since then the Lakers have won 3 finals and been to 2 more.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM

        thank you mytthor! jeez…peole act like the Lakers haven’t been the most successful NBA franchise the past 30 years. all this talk of “oh…the Lakers are in trouble…blah, blah…” really? last time i checked, LA is still the #1 destination for NBA players (okay..miami too).

  6. whatagreatfootballmind - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    That’s too bad, Khloe isn’t too bad on the eyes. Just think if we pulled Lamar and then have Kris Humphries sign here as a free agent, we could have have the whole Kardashian clan here in the corn fields. Minneapolis would be the new LA, except colder and with a football team… For now

    • goforthanddie - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:02 PM

      Yeah, and the fat Kardashian would’ve wrought Hell on the corn harvest.

      • whatagreatfootballmind - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:08 AM

        i’d still do her

  7. cbt22 - Jun 23, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Actually Khloe dated Mchants when he played here and she was at a lot of the games, even in the winter

    • whatagreatfootballmind - Jun 23, 2011 at 12:28 AM

      McCants…another great Kevin McHale draft pick!

  8. downtowndanny - Jun 23, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    all early signs point to Jim Buss destroying the Laker legacy. Trade L.O and who the hell comes off the bench and contributes? Walton? If they can’t get Monta then they have to go after CP3. Thats an immediate hole that needs filling. If the rumors are true, they are going to eventually wind up with Dwight anyway, so why pull a Knicks move and trade for a guy that’s coming anyway? To be relevant they are still going to need a strong bench, I think Fisher and Lamar fit that description. Send Bynum to the Big Easy and make Pau hold it down till Superman pt deux arrives. Chris Paul has proven what he can do with little talent around him, imagine what he could do with Kobe, L.O , Pau and Dwight….. but since Bynum is Jim’s guy he’s going to let him ego destroy what could be another dynasty….

    • mytthor - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:18 AM

      The player you trade LO for is the one who would come off the bench and contribute. They’re not cutting him, they’re possibly trading him.

  9. distantrhythm - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    Actually the “if true” part is key here. If I was Lakers management, “deny deny deny” like San Antonio did with the Parker story.

  10. ginnitti - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    It’s hard to blame Minnesota for this. Odom is the ultimate unique piece to a team’s puzzle, but it’s hard to imagine him accepting a role in a young and unstable Minnesota team, or town. He’s set to make $8.9 million this season, with the same club option next season. I think the Lakers are shopping the wrong player here.

    Source: http://www.spotrac.com/nba/los-angeles-lakers/lamar-odom/

  11. sguy2130 - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Nobody wants Odoms contract, he’s worth about half of it (even moreso if a hard cap is installed). What a joke. Can’t blame Minnesota, I would laugh at the lakers.

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