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Report: Lakers will trade Bynum for “right deal” (meaning Howard)

Dec 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

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Jim Buss has a fondness for Andrew Bynum. Buss is now the guy calling the day-to-day shots for the Lakers but when he was coming up he was one of the champions of the Lakers drafting Bynum. This has made Bynum sort of Buss’ sign that he could do this job while many around the Lakers question it. Which meant Bynum could not be traded.

But Buss is ready to trade Bynum if it means Dwight Howard comes to the Lakers. As he should.

Ken Berger at CBSSports.com has the details.

It’s no surprise to anyone that the Lakers will be one of the primary suitors in a possible trade for Howard, and a person with knowledge of the team’s strategy told CBSSports.com that executive Jim Buss finally has dropped his opposition to trading center Andrew Bynum “for the right deal.” That’s code for “a deal for Dwight Howard,” and it’s clear from those familiar with Howard’s thinking that he’d like to join the Lakers. Bynum may or may not be on the Magic’s list of suitable replacements for Howard in a potential deal that also would have to include young players on rookie contracts and draft picks. The Bucks’ Andrew Bogut may be a better fit, a notion that has conjured speculation in the agent community of a three-team deal that would land Bynum in Milwaukee, Bogut in Orlando and Howard in L.A.

There are a whole lot of other players that would need to be in such a deal — the Lakers would have to take on Hedo Turkoglu or one of the Magic’s bad contracts, the Bucks are going to want good players besides Bynum and a lot of picks are going to move around as well. It would be very tough to pull off. (And is not going to happen until the Magic decide they need to move Howard.)

But at least Buss gets it. Bynum is good, but if you get the chance to get the best center on the planet, a guy to build around in the post Kobe Bryant era, you do it.

  1. hail2tharedskins - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    It’s nice to hear that Buss has changed his mind about Bynum being untouchable. Howard is and should have always been a no-brainer. I would have even traded Bynum to get Melo, but if Buss’ reluctance lands Howard then he is a better exec than I have been giving him credit for.

    • imajed1 - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      Bynum gave 100% in last year playoffs. I’d rather the Lakers trade Gasol

  2. chaothao - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    I would watch the NBA again if Howard and Kobe somehow end up in the same team. I would be a Lakers fan if they also get TMac as well ;)

  3. sguy2130 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    I’m no Magic fan, but why in the heck would the Magic even consider trading Howard for an inconsistent and oft injured Bynum unless Otis Smith has a gun to his head? There has to be better deals out there. This is as bad as rumors of the Lakers sending Lamar Odom for the Cavs 4th overall pick, on in LA LA land could anyone believe such ridiculous things.

    • gameking84 - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:46 AM

      THERE ARE NO TEAMS THAT CAN OFFER ANYTHING BETTER THAN BYNUM WHO HOWARD WILL SIGN AN EXTENSION WITH. EVEN IF THE PACERS WOULD OFFER THEIR WHOLE TEAM FOR HIM, THEY WONT AGREE TO IT UNLESS HOWARD SIGNS AN EXTENSION, WHICH HE WONT. HE WANTS A BIG MARKET, WARM CLIMATE, ETC, HE’S ALREADY SAID HE’D LIKE TO PLAY WITH KOBE. IT”S TURNED INTO A LEAGUE WHERE PLAYERS DECIDE WHERE TO GO AND ITS UP TO MAGIC TO GET WHATEVER THEY CAN IN RETURN. IF HOWARD GOES ANYWHERE ELSE THAN THE LAKERS, THEY WOULD HAVE TO GIVE UP THEIR WHOLE TEAM AND THEN NOBODY WOULD BE LEFT WITH HIM TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT’S WHY HE’S GOING TO THE LAKERS…. HATERS GONNA HATE…

  4. trueballs - Dec 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    That’s a tough front court with Pau&Dwight. But would the Lakers have any depth after such a trade? I’m sure Lamar Odom would have to be offered. Andrew Bogut or Bynum is not enough.

    But I do like the idea of Bynum going to Milwaukee…it’s like a prison sentence. He needs some discipline before he gets on a contender again

  5. theduuuuuuuuuude - Dec 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    @Sguy2130

    The Magic would consider trading Howard because his contract is up after this season and he’s not going to re-sign with them. What other team has a decent big man with a reasonable contract to trade for Howard? Yeah, I couldn’t think of any either.

  6. ezwriter69 - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    50 games a year, 28 minutes a game… that’s Andrew Bynum. 23 years old and missed huge chunks of games in five of six seasons. A whopping 7 rebounds a game, 2 offensive. Never in shape to start a season. Questionable work ethic that results in his always being very very slow to return from the inevitable injury. Pouts like a four year old. Cheap shot artist. Bad mouths teammates. Yep, that’ll work as a trade for Dwight Howard… I’d love to see this guy in a spot like Milwaukee where he’d be the focus of a team, where he’d counted on to produce every night… it’d be a meltdown fail of legendary proportions, what theater. Jimmy Buss isn’t bright enough to pull off that kind of a heist.

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