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Dwight Howard situation could hold up Sessions to Lakers

Feb 3, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

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Much like happens any time there is a big trade looming out there, other moves get bottlenecked up behind it.

Case in point — the Lakers need a point guard and have interest in Ramon Sessions, who would be a good fit and be better than anyone they have on the roster. But here comes this note from Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Lakers are indeed on the long list of teams interested in Cavs point guard Ramon Sessions, but sources say that Cleveland would expect at least one first-round draft pick from L.A. in exchange. Although the Lakers have their own first-round pick and Dallas’ first-rounder in 2012, it’s believed that L.A. prefers to hold off on using either of those picks or its $8.9 million trade exception (created by the deal that sent Lamar Odom to the Mavs) until Dwight Howard‘s situation plays out in Orlando. Meaning that the Lakers don’t want to burn one (or more) of their limited trade assets and then find out that Orlando is suddenly ready to deal Dwight before the March 15 trading deadline …

The Cavaliers are going to have a lot of options if and when they decide to deal sessions, but the Lakers might be willing to give up more than most. But not right now. It’s going to be that way with a lot of trade talks right now, Dwight Howard (and potentially Deron Williams after that) could hold smaller deals up.

Once the Howard situation is resolved one way or another, a lot of other things may fall into place quickly around the league.

  1. tomshoe - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Well, since I’m here, let’s have a little vote.

    Vote thumbs up if you think they should wait and try to see if they can land Dwight and/or D-Will. The Lakers would become a much better team with Dwight rather than Sessions.

    Vote thumbs down if you think they need a PG NOW and should either get Sessions or Gilbert Arenas, lessening the chance of them getting either Howard or Williams.

    • damp1015 - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      I say PG and as in Sessions not Deron. I’m tired of seeing the Lakers buying championships. I would rather see Deron or Dwight go to another team like the Nets and make another contender for good games.

      • cinnalocks - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        Buying a Championship? What is that? Boston big three? Miami, Chicago, Dallas That is just hating. Success does breed contempt. Why trade an All Star in Bynum for Howard. He is not winning in Orlando,what will change. The Lakers will be fine with a fast athletic Point Guard and a Healthy Pau, Andrew and Kobe…..too bad they could not have gotten Kenyon Martin.

      • mayhem5150 - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        Seriously when have the Lakers ever bought a championship? They’ve always had a mixture of free agents along with homegrown talent and players acquired through trade aka, the way it’s always been done.

      • cosanostra71 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        how does one buy a championship with a salary cap? This isn’t baseball, the Lakers aren’t the Yankees. They have the best owner in the NBA, possibly in sports, and they’ve had 2 of the best GMs in the NBA over the last 30 or so years. They don’t settle for anything less than success- if you haven’t noticed, there is never really a “rebuilding” period for the Lakers. Once their core approaches the end of its usefulness, they trade it off and reload.

        The problem isn’t that the Lakers “buy championships”, it’s that the majority of the NBA has extremely poor management. Look at teams like the Lakers and the Spurs compared to the Nets…

      • mytthor - Feb 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

        It’s completely impossible to buy a championship. In fact, it’s only possible to have a high payroll if you give big money to players who were on your team at lower salaries — by extension, before they got good. So If you have a high payroll in the NBA, it’s because you overpaid mediocre players, or got players when they were rookies or only good and they became great. That’s the definition of good management.

    • goforthanddie - Feb 3, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      If Sessions is worth a damn, he’s a better pick than Howard, if only because getting Howard means trashing what little talent you have to get him.

    • mytthor - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      I voted thumbs down because they need a PG now, but if you can swap Gasol for D-Will, you do it. Otherwise, if you can give up minor parts and the trade exception for Sessions, it improves your team more than swapping Howard for Bynum.

      Sessions-Kobe-MWP-Gasol-Bynum has a better chance of winning a title than Fisher-Kobe-MWP-Gasol-Howard.

      But look at it after Kobe retires:


      That last team’s guards are HORRIBLE, and Howard isn’t bring the ball up.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM


  2. jgray30 - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    I say if they can get a quality pg, DO IT! They need a pg NOW they dont need DH

    • bozosforall - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      You got that right. Bynum is right behind DH in terms of being the second-best center in the league…so the increase in production won’t be near as much as if they find the right PG to put in LA. Less “starpower” maybe but more of a cohesive team with Bynum.

  3. bozosforall - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Although if they DO do the DH deal, I’d take Nelson as part of the package deal.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      I thought I would too bro, but the way 2nd year, little used 3rd string Celtic back-up PG Avery Bradley took his manhood, I want nothing to do with Jameer.

  4. cured76 - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Bynum is healthy, playing well (starting the all-star game hello!) and only 24 years old. If Orlando wanted anything more than Bynum for Howard, I’d say no.

    I would deal Gasol for Deron Williams since it’ll be clear the Nets will be depleted when he walks since they aren’t getting Howard with their trade centerpiece (Lopez) being inured as he is.

  5. lemfax - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Howard is not the answer kb. How about Nash? He really deserved a ring too…

  6. cjpunk15 - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    The Lakers don’t NEED Howard Bynum is not that far behind Dwight Howard as a complete C. What Bynum “lacks” in athleticism he makes up in pure power. The difference isn’t vast enough as a shot blocker/defensive presence between Howard and Bynum to warrant the Lakers trading something they already have for something a bit more flashy. The Lakers are a legitimate PG from being right where there used to being, at the top of the Western Conference. Lakers get Sessions with Fisher/Goudelock “Mini Mamba” as his back up maybe have Goudelock go back his natural position as a 2 to spell Kobe and this team is just as dangerous as they ever were before they gave Odom away to the Mavs.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      @ cjpunk15

      AMEN, well said.

      Although I would rather see the Lakers give up the trade exception and small parts (Steve Blake/ Jason Kapono/ Luke Walton/ McBob &/or Murphy…whatever combination of those guys to make it work) and maybe only one draft pick (the Mavs) to the Suns to get Steve Nash. I know I’m dreaming but Sessions, as much as I like him, isn’t really the one piece that’s going to put us way over the top, although he could help out immensly. Why can’t the Lakers just get Aaron Brooks outta China for the mini mid-level exception like the Clips did with K Mart?

  7. jgray30 - Feb 4, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    ^^ you r right about that. If they trade.Bynum for DH, they will actually be taking a step back, Due to the fact Bynums offensive game is way ahead of DH. Come on lakers pull the trigger…

  8. josephcordeiro - Feb 4, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    To be honest idk why fisher is even staring… Goudelock is a better passer, has speed, and his floater is nasty…bynum is just as good as dwight. the 5 isnt even an issue with the lakers, so no need for a change… Im the driver of the ”get fisher outta here” bandwagon…seein as hes liable to give up 3 to 4 turnovers a game from sloppy ball control.

  9. addict2sport - Feb 4, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Get a PG!

  10. gcbball3 - Feb 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Honestly I hate the lakers, I. A cavs fan and sessions leaving hurts us, and would be huge for the lakers. He should come in and start right away for them. Ramon can dish it out and can score as well, very underrated point guard. Similar to mo Williams except he can d up. I am personally one who believes Howard won’t end up with the lakers. To me he seems prety set on new jersey and a package of Lopez Kris kardashian and marshon Brooks and Jordan farmar ( why la gave him away is beyond me). And if he doesn’t end up with the nets you know Cuban will be the one to be able to get the deal done. Anyways back to the issue. I’d hate to see ramon go but he would make the lakers serious contenders again, maybe Steve Nash but wouldn’t you rather have the younger player who has a better shot of d ing up cp3 or tony Parker. And when Aaron Brooks can be signed they néed to do so ASAP. Dump off Steve Blake please not to my cavs lol I’d take Jason kapono for him. And then la would have three point guards, one in sessions who can play off guard as well.

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