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Report: Lakers, Trail Blazers discuss Raymond Felton trade

Mar 5, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

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The Lakers desperately need a true point guard. The Trail Blazers have been very unhappy with Raymond Felton this season — mostly because he’s looked heavy, is shooting 36.8 percent, 24.6 percent from three, and his turnovers are up.

So while it may be odd to have two division rivals talking trade, the Lakers and Trail Blazers are indeed talking, reports

A league source has informed that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers have had “exploratory talks” regarding Trail Blazers’ guard Raymond Felton.

According to the source, talks have been ongoing for weeks and it is likely to involve Lakers’ guard Steve Blake in the deal.

Felton, when playing well, is a much better floor general and a guy who can break down a defense with penetration, which is exactly what the Lakers need at the point. They need someone besides Kobe Bryant who can create shots for himself and others on the perimeter.

He just hasn’t played anything like that this year. He has been benched by coach Nate McMillan and is not happy about it. There are some serious issues in the Trail Blazers locker room and it needs to be shaken up and the problems shipped out. If that is Felton….

Steve Blake is Steve Blake — not brilliant as a pure point guard but he can knock down threes and space the floor. Is that really enough for Felton?

Just something to watch. Any and every point guard on the market — Raymond Felton, Jose Calderon, anyone — the Lakers name will come up. With reason. It’s just a question of if they can get a deal done.

  1. dtownpayne - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Portland and the Lakers are NOT division rivals. Conference yes, division no…

    • drunkenjunk - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      still don’t know how kurt has a job

  2. chargerdillon - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Lets just go through the list real quick here… Will Raymond Felton make a difference against…..

    the Heat = No
    the Bulls = No
    the Thunder = No
    Any team in the NBA that they can’t already beat = No

    DO NOT MAKE THIS TRADE PLEASE. A lateral move is a failure move.

    • dtownpayne - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Honestly I wouldn’t even call it a lateral move, I’d rather have a Steve Blake who ALWAYS wants to play at his best regardless of where he is or what his role is vs. a Felton who at his last two stops does nothing but pout at the first chance, that’s just me though…

  3. blazenhawks - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Has much as I can’t stand the lakers I want this bumb Felton gone he can’t pass or shoot he is way to selfish. Bring back Blake he is a true team player. Get this done Blazers

  4. AlohaMrHand - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    well he’ll look heavy in a Laker uniform too.

  5. seattle513 - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    @ chargerdillon : if you think that Felton won’t be a factor against the top contending teams then that tells me that you don’t watch basketball .. He’s a better mid-rage shooter, floor leader, defender etc than any point guard that the Lakers have. He’s a scoring threat. Felton gives the Lakers fits, as does any other PG … If the Lakers can get a PG like Felton, it will create problems for opposing teams, as they can no longer double Kobe.
    In fact, the Lakers will now have a PG that can penetrate and create for kobe,Bynum and Gasol

  6. chargerzz - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Trailblazers are bad there not lakers rival

  7. jjordannba - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Didn’t Steve Blake play for the Blazers not too long ago?

    • dtownpayne - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      He sure did

      • dtownpayne - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        I love how someone gives the thumbs down to a fact, that’s pretty funny LOL

    • genericcommenter - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Multiple times. Drafted by Wizards, dropped him after 2 seasons. Signed w/ Port as a FA, traded away to Mil after 1 season. Traded again to Den during season. Signed w/ Port as a FA again next season, traded again to LAC after 2.5 seasons. Signed w/Lakers. He seems to play better after mid-season trades, also.

  8. devinmr711 - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    2 Words: Agent Zero

  9. manwithpizza - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    On talent, the trade is surely a win for the Lakers, but let’s look at the salary cap/luxury tax angle:

    Felton 2011-2012 salary – $7.56 mil

    Blake 2011-2012 salary – $4 mil

    If the trade occurs about halfway through the year, each team ends up paying about half the salaries of each player. For the Lakers it works out to $5.78 mil for a half season of Blake and a half season of Felton, a bump of $1.78 mill. The luxury tax doubles the difference, so we end up at a cost of $3.56 for this year for the Lakers to make this trade.

    However, Blake is owed $8 mil over the next 2 years , and if LA is not sold on him, dumping the contract might be desirable. Felton’s contract is up after this year. When you factor this in, the trade looks like a no-brainer for the Lakers. Although it won’t make a hugs difference on how far the will go in the playoffs, it gives them a little more wiggle room for the next two seasons.

    For the Blazers, this makes no sense unless they are sold on Blake being at least a decent 3rd guard of the bench for their team, otherwise committing this money is misguided.

    Conclusion: The Lakers will have to include more, which they might not want to do, leading them to turn to a cheaper option such as Ramon Sessions.

    • genericcommenter - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Blake started >230 games at PG for McMillan with the Blazers. I’m sure they know what they are getting, and he’s actually cheaper than his last 2.5 years with them. Pretty sure they always saw him as a non-ideal starter but a nice backup who could handle the job if they couldn’t upgrade.

  10. lakerluver - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    If Felton can play with the likes of Kobe, Pau, and Bynum I’m willing to go out on a limb and predict he will return to the solid PG he was prior to this season. He could be the missing piece to the LAKERS winning it all again.

  11. bebopa - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    i think Felton would be a good fit in LA. He is more of point guard than Blake or Fisher.

    • cinnalocks - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      @bebopa he could be more or a point guard but he has not proven to date to be better than either Blake or Fisher. Blake plays D, is steady does not make a lot of errors nor does he require plays be run for him, while having a decent shot from range. D Fish is proven, he is slower but still a good player. The worst Fish could do is be a bench player and tutor any new/younger guys coming in. If were a really good point, Felton he would already be gone to someone. Who does not need a really good point?

  12. losangelasbasketball - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Blake is a decent 2nd unit pg, but from the outside looking in, it doesnt look like he fit in with the veterans chemistry wise.

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