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Bynum suggests Lakers need wins or trades may follow

Feb 1, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

Andrew Bynum, Byron Mullens AP

The next couple weeks are going to tell us a lot about the Lakers — they are 2-7 on the road and are now heading out for two weeks away from Staples Center so the Grammys can take over the building.

Talking about the road trip after the Lakers throttling of the Bobcats Tuesday night, center Andrew Bynum said if the Lakers don’t get wins we could see big changes. Via Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

“These are big games for us coming up,” said Lakers center Andrew Bynum after putting up 20 points and 11 rebounds against the Bobcats. “We need to prove that we’re able to win, or else they’re going to start doing things.”

“They” are Lakers management. Jim Buss, Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers decision makers.

This puts a lot of Lakers fans in a bind. Many fans do want to see something big done — Oklahoma City for sure and maybe the Clippers are better right now, but undoubtedly both will be in a year or two as the Lakers continue to age. The Lakers championship window is closing, if not already shut. Lakers fans want to see a move that will force that window wide open again.

Bringing in a solid point guard or other role players might help for a year or two, but it would take a Dwight Howard level move to turn the tide and provide the Lakers a bridge to the future. Unless Lakers fans think Andrew Bynum is still that bridge (he can be, but Howard is a bigger, better bridge).

Bynum’s point is valid. Watch the Lakers the next few weeks. If they struggle on the road, it’s not just the Lakers fans who will get restless.

  1. cakemixa - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Oh nos. The Lakers might have a season where they aren’t contenders! Whats wrong with the NBA!

    • mytthor - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      You’re right. Kupchak should probably just be like “you know, we’re ALWAYS good. Let’s switch it up and just let Kobe retire without trying to reload at all. It’s time we tried being bad for a while. And I’m not talking Van Exel – Jones – Ceballos – Campbell – Divac mediocre, I mean REAL BAD!”

  2. ferhatiggy - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    They should add players for bench!The worst bench of the league..

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Hands down, the worst. Agreed.

  3. loungefly74 - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I only want Howard if the Lakers can give up just one of the big guys (Bynum or Gasol). Both? no way…part of me thinks it might be best to ride out the year with this roster and get D-Will next year in free agency.

    • mytthor - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      They don’t have the cap room to sign anyone, certainly not D-Will.

      • mytthor - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        Thanks for the thumbs down! I understand why everyone disagrees with me, I do see upon second look that the Lakers are actually way under the cap and DWill will probably take the vets minimum to play with them anyway.

  4. AlohaMrHand - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Sorry but if I’m Orlando there’s no way I accept what the Lakers have to offer.Bynum is an injury machine and Gasol is getting older and is still a finesse player.The team that can benefit them the most would be Chicago or the New Jersey/Brooklyn/Harlem Nets.

  5. davidly - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    The solution is so easy, it can be frustrating to witness their obliviousness to it: Trade John Boy Walton for Howard and Goldilocks for Rondo and call-up Skibby MaRue!

    Then sit back and count the champeenships.

  6. crillbill - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    They have very little of trade value on the roster.

    Bynum and Gasol

    Unless you deal kobe..oh man but then its a revolution.

    But they have zero talent outside of those 3 and I am not sure how much Gasol is worth alone.

    Only way to reload is probably just be patient and wait on howard. Dont do what the knicks did to aquire melo.

    So trade gasol for a package of youth/pg. Sign Howard and have Kobe, Howard and Bynum next season.

    There is no trade other than Gasol that makes sense and it has to be to assume you land howard next season.

  7. chadinkc30 - Feb 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Bynum by far is the best name even mentioned for Howard & sorry people its not even close! Magic need to quit dragging their feet on this one, before they get less than that!

  8. chuckj1234 - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I agree. Bynum is still very young and seems to be healthy since he put in a lot of work in the long off season. The Magic can’t do any better.

  9. thesportgenius - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Gasol for D Will and Bynum for Howard. Instant Title paired with Kobe. NJ and Orlando get a quality player in return instead of nada next year.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      The Nets will not do that trade, the Magic likely will not.

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