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Lakers still aren’t going to trade Bynum and Gasol for Howard

Dec 26, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

Mike Brown, Pau Gasol

There’s a feeling out there that the Lakers are going to cave — that they are eventually going to agree to trade both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol to get Dwight Howard. That’s the feeling in Orlando, where they sit on Howard waiting for the deals to improve. (Or him to change his mind, but Sunday didn’t help that.)

Don’t bet on the Lakers budging.

Here are the words of Jim Buss — the guy running the ship — to T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times.

“Where does this stuff come from?” he says. “You’d have to be kind of silly to give up two All-Stars like that for Howard. Zero truth to it. We have never been asked for Andrew and Pau and we’ve never offered them. I think they know we’d either say no or they would sound crazy for asking.”

Without Howard — or even Andrew Bynum — the Lakers looked gritty on Sunday, fighting back to lead by 11 with four minutes to play. But after that they looked like a team that wasn’t used to winning — turnovers, missed free throws and basic mistakes cost the Lakers down the stretch. Cost them the game.

Buss said this looks like the team the Lakers are sticking with.

“I personally believe now that we have the team that we will be playing with all season long.”

Buss has to say that, he saw what happened with Lamar Odom when trade stuff leaked out. But still you get the feeling Buss means it.

If they keep playing hard, Lakers fans will come to love this team. The question is will they keep coming up short against the elite?

  1. nightrain42 - Dec 26, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    See stupid, that’s why u don’t trade Odom and get garbage, I mean nothing in return. If u still hve him, u can package Bynum and either Pau or Odom. Dummy!!!

    • makjak2 - Dec 26, 2011 at 8:36 PM

      I think they shipped Odom cause Orlando will want to make whoever takes Howard also take Hedo’s awful contract… but still dumb to give away the sixth man of the year for nothing.

    • 20dollardinners - Dec 27, 2011 at 3:27 AM

      I dont think an 8 mil trade exception is garbage. Certainly if they don’t use it – but they need more chips to make the moves they need to. Maybe Odom will prove them wrong, but his inconsistency is hard for teams to deal with.

  2. addict2sport - Dec 26, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    night….AGREED!

  3. khandor - Dec 26, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    For Lakers fans there was a great deal to like about yesterday’s Game 1 which the team would have won had Gasol or McRoberts simply made their FTs in the last 2+ minutes and Kobe Bryant not made a poor pass to Pau when LA was up 1 with less than 20 secs remaining.

    The additions of Murphy [PF], McRoberts [PF], Goudelock [G] and Morris [PG], in conjunction with [i] increased PT to Ebanks [SF] and the large TPE they received from the Mavericks, is better for the Lakers going forward from this point than simply having 2 individually talented players like Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown on their squad … which was exposed last season versus Dallas in the playoffs as being deficient.

    PS. Btw … the Mavs will not repeat as NBA Champs this season with Lamar Odom [PF/SF] replacing Tyson Chandler [C] on their roster.

  4. mvpolamalu - Dec 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    The lakers need to make that trade!

  5. truninerfan49 - Dec 26, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Buss wont trade Bynum/Gasol for Howard, but he was willing to deal gasol/Odom for Paul? I would much rather have a dominate big man rather than a point guard with a questionable knee. If you have a chance to get howard you do it. 7ft big men that can play like Howard come along once in a decade.

  6. jpietrefesa - Dec 26, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Andrew Bynum is an All-Star? Last I checked he couldnt even start on the court. When he does play he doesn’t look like anything special to me. BYNUM IS MORE OVERRATED THAN MARK SANCHEZ

    • mytthor - Dec 26, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      Criticize him for being injury prone, but when healthy, he is a defensive force and a better offensive payer than Howard.

  7. dalucks - Dec 26, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I agree totally they should have keep Lamar Odom. Pau Gasoft is the problem but Minnesota offered Kevin Love and the #2 pick in last years draft in June for Pau and Mitch Kupcake turned them down. If Minnesota would have added Mike Beasley then Pau should be in Minnesota.
    The problem with the Lakers roster is poor drafting the last three years, too many bad contracts on older players, and no talented young guys.
    Also, someone please tell me why in the world is Luke Walton still in the NBA? Do you know he is making 6 mill $ this season for whatever he does?

  8. alston74 - Dec 26, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    gasol need to man up, la could have won the game,kobe did what he had to do, making a great pass to gasol and all he did, just stand there.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 26, 2011 at 2:31 PM

      That was on Kobe, too. A jump pass rather than letting the Bulls foul him, and letting himself get trapped in the first place? Gasol should have moved to help but Kobe put himself in that spot.

  9. 00maltliquor - Dec 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Bynum+Gasol for Howard gets a hell no from me. Gasol for Howard, only in my dreams. Gasol’s been pissing me off the last two years but there is just no way you give up two skilled 7 footers for one big name 6’11 C, even one as beastly and tantilizing as Dwight Howard.

  10. coachjojoc - Dec 26, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Dear Dr. Buss,
    Your son is an idiot. Get rid of him. He’s running the team to the ground.

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