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Rumor: Lakers tell one player he may be traded for Howard

Jul 6, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

Dwight Howard

Salt. Take this with salt.

But CSNNE.com reporter Jackie Pepper not only said she heard the Lakers want to make an Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard sway, but also she put this on her personal blog.

The source says the Lakers have informed one player that he might be part of the package deal and that he could be traded at any moment.

You can guess all you want who it is, I think one of the bigs or Metta World Peace makes sense.

Two thoughts here.

First, the question really hasn’t been would the Lakers pull the trigger on a Howard deal, the questions were: 1) How healthy is his back following surgery (although over his career Howard has been healthier than Bynum)? 2) Will he sign an extension or agree to re-sign with the Lakers after this season? The Lakers are not in this for a rental.

All of which is to say, unless Howard has changed his mind it’s hard to see this deal going forward.

Second, giving a player a heads-up that he could be moved and have to take his live and family across the country is not uncommon. It’s usually done through an agent, manager or some other channel, just a heads up that it could be coming. If the Lakers did that with a name player it would not be a shock.

I still don’t see the Lakers as the most likely landing spot for Howard. But this is out there.

  1. shockexchange - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    If I am Orlando’s GM, I trade Howard for no less than Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time. If tke Lakers balk then they don’t want Howard bad enough. The Lakers come off as “entitled.”. I heard Orlando’s GM has the most beautiful wife in the league. What next? Mitch Kupchak is going to ask him to “wife swap”?

    • escapingexile - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      Aside from salaries not matching up so in no way could this possibly work, why would the Lakers accept such a trade? The best offer that is currently known is an oft injured center who has yet to blossom, the next Maury guest praying against all odds he is not the father, and a bunch of garbage? The Magic want Bynum, for whatever reason. To include Gasol without adding other pieces, the Lakers would be starting a bidding war against themselves.

      • shockexchange - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        In other words “The Lakers don’t want Howard bad enough.” I just wish they and Magic Johnson would quit the public slurping then.

      • zeedoubleyou - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        Orlando has more than enough bad contracts to make the salaries work.

      • escapingexile - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        Sure, if he would commit and sign an extension I am sure the lakers would most definitely want him. However, one of the advantages the lakers have over most other teams is that they have 2 skilled 7-footers (granted they don’t take advantage of it). Why in the world would they willingly give up that advantage? For Hedo? No thanks.

      • bknowledge - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        Orlando gets:

        Bynum and no salary relief and no draft picks…
        or
        Brook, Humphries, Marshon, 3 1rst round draft picks, and salary cap relief…
        or
        They let him walk for nothing…
        or
        Miracle…

        Let the man go where he wants to go. Its good for the league. It will be good for the league to have a great team in NYC, a team that is capable of competing with Miami and Chicago and L.A. and OKC and Boston and Portland (especially if they get Hibbert)…and whoever else surprises us…

        Nets should offer to trade Lopez as is (last year of his deal- he’ll be Orlando’s free agent). Marshon as is. 3 1rst round draft picks. Sign and trade Humphries to a 1 year deal worth too much- gonna have to be about 15 million dollars- enough salary so we can take back Dwight’s and JRich’s salaries (26 mil combined)…

        This way Humphries is pretty good trade chip for Orlando with a huge expiring deal..
        They get the free agent rights to Brook and maybe that works out.
        They get Marshon who was a nice rookie.
        They get three first round picks…
        They get some salary relief…

    • marksp18 - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      You are one delusional dude. Orlando has very little leverage and they sure as hell are not going to get both Bynum and Pau for D12. The Lakers do not have to do anything. They can roll with Bynum and Pau and be just fine.

      The Magic can take the Nets package and suit up Brook Lopez and add in another SG in Marshon Brooks. They will need to move Jason Richardson or JJ Reddick though or that will be one crowded spot. But they will suffer on the boards and no team is going to double Lopez as much as Howard (if at all) and will sit on the 3 point shooters.

      If they try a trade with Atlanta they may be able to get Horford but he is similar to Lopez but a better rebounder. Problem is he does not command many double teams either.

      The Magic no what they want and that is why they are looking at Bynum.

      As for the pitiful “wife swap” attempt at humor, well, sometimes it is better to not say anything and let people think you are an fool rather than to remove all doubt.

    • dannymac17 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      you constantly make the stupidest posts shockexchange.

      • shockexchange - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        dannymac17

        I don’t get my information from Sports Illustrated for Kids. A wise man once said that “If you have the courage to present different ideas then also have the courage to be criticized for them.” I’m not mad at you dannymac17. I just realize there are a lot of sheep on here.

      • dannymac17 - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        even more stupidity.

      • saint1997 - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        Shockexchange another wise man once said it is better to stay quiet and appear stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Heed that advice

    • raid2055 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      shockexchange you should put a sock in it!!!! The thing you and most people that hate on the Lakers don’t understand is that this organization doesn’t see themselves as just a team, but as a brand. They continue to mortgage the future youth movement to win now. How many organizations can say they have signed a billion dollar TV deal? Not many! This team doesn’t hope to win, they expect to win. So that attitude of “entitled” that is earned by giving up future draft picks, spending money that other teams won’t, and giving away players others view as future stars. For example, as smart as Mark Cuban thinks he is do you think he would have blown up his championship team after winning their first trophy. But he thought he could sell the “Coming home theory” to D-Will and that would bring D-Howard too. Well he was wrong and now they are a shell of themselves. And like the Bulls after winning six trophies they thought they could do it without their main core, well they were wrong as well. The Lakers made the same mistake, but what happened. They re-hired Phil and won another two trophies and played for a third. You really need to stop with all the hate! Please go back and research this team and how they do business and you will find that they want to please their fans and win. If most organizations would do this, then they could explain all the high ticket prices and people wouldn’t have much to complain about. Sorry but we will always get the best of deals b/c of the leverage the city and organization has built. Go Lakers 2012-2013!!!!!!!!

    • ludachrisgsx - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      The Lakers would not trade both of their 7 footers for Howard. It makes little sense when they are the team with the best single player to offer for Howard. Bynum is an All Star and easily the next best thing to Howard and Gasol was an All Star the year before. He might have gotten lost a bit in Brown’s ridiculous offensive system, but he’s still got a good amount left in the tank and will fit great in a system that utilizes him better… and the Lakers won’t just toss him in for the hell of it – and if they did for some crazy reason offer both, there’s no way they take back a terrible Hedo or Richardson contract to make it work for Orlando. They aren’t that stupid.

      And if I’m Orlando, why on earth would I want both of the Lakers 7 footers when it was clear they aren’t really the best fit on the court together, especially when they will be playing with Nelson as their PG. I suppose they can try and flip him for more pieces, but it doesn’t really make sense to push to get them both and keep them.

      With Howard’s back being a concern, the realistic trade would involve Bynum and Artest with some other young fillers and a draft pick for Howard and a bad contract. But if the Lakers stand pat, they’ll be fine without the trade – maybe not champions, but they can still contend. If Orlando doesn’t make the trade they’re losing Howard for nothing in free agency or getting a mediocre deal from Brooklyn and will have no major pieces in place that will help attract any legit stars in free agency. Bynum is the only real piece that makes sense for their future, unless they’re planning to build through the draft completely over the next 3-5 years again.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      And that’s why you’re on your couch and not Hennigan or Mitch.

  2. saint1997 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    No don’t send Dwight to any place that would make him happy and give him a chance to win a ring (BKN or LAL)! Seriously he has alienated the entire NBA fan base and has made such a fuss over his move and has whipped the Magic organisation and media into such a media frenzy it seriously has outshone the likes of Carmelo and Bosh and James.

    What a clown

    • bchapman2011 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      “Not send Howard to a team that would make him happy?” Are you kidding? Last time I checked the nba was a high stakes business and in business you have to put aside your feelings and make decisions on how they impact your orginization. The bottom line is that the Lakers have the best asset to offer Orlando. The Magic will never get full value for a player of Howard’s caliber but a trade with LA is as close as you can get.

    • toochilled - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Send him to Washington for Blatche, Okafor, Cook & draft picks, that will make him miserable enough!

  3. bchapman2011 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    It makes too much sense for LA to make the final push and close the Howard deal. Even if Howard will not comit to resigning with them he Will be forcedced to. If he fails to resign with the Lakers and leaves via free agency he will lose 25 million dollars which means the worst scenario is that LA would be forced to do a sign and trade deal with the Nets next summer to recover some assets. NASH makes this team super attractive. To a big man so I think it is a given that Howard would resign. Everybody is concerned about Nash’s defense. Well his defense get ls a hell of a lot better with Dwight clogging the lane

  4. pl4tinum514 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Send him out there, nobody cares.

    • ccshocktalk - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      Actually, a lot of people care or else they wouldn’t report on this story every five minutes. Fans care, people who aren’t fans care, seems like everyone cares.

      Magic sending him for Bynum is as good as it’s going to get. However, sending him for Bynum likely puts Bynum in a place he’s going to be pissy and you’re going to basically stamp Dwight Howards passport to the NBA finals and most likely a championship.

      Kobe + Nash + Pau + dwight = guaranteed championship.

  5. tkels78 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    This guy made it to the NBA and I where everyone wants to be and works hard to try to get there. He says he will only play for one team in the NBA. Give me a break be thankful where you are.

  6. cantonbound13 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Just trade him already!

  7. loungefly74 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    nothing new. we all know the Lakers would trade Bynum/Artest for Howard…only for a long term deal though. Im not holding my breath…in fact, i like what we got (once we acquire a couple key bench guys that is)

  8. jmclarkent - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    “Someone give Metta a heads-up so he doesn’t go “Falling Down” on us all.”

    • southbeachtalent - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      I can totally see that happening!

  9. michaell1998 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Checked it out this you cant trust this lady she worked in new england as a back up for a show or something. How the heck would she know lakers inside info.

  10. gotampabay52 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    go to LA then blow a knee make sure you do a tebow with that turn acl

  11. jgray30 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    DONT DO IT LAKERS! PLEASE DONT!

  12. paulhargis53 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    lounge: You need way more than ” a couple of key bench guys”. That bench is atrocious. More like at least 4. Hill is the only decent back up.

    If they give up 2-1 to get Superman, you’ll need 5-6.

    My team is going to be way better than your team this coming year.

    • bchapman2011 - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      You are underestimating the impact that this starting lineup would have on signing free agents to come off the bench. They would line up to sign a minimum deal just for a shot at winning a ring.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      no doubt the Lakers need help off the bench. but as we saw in the playoffs, its all about the starting squad. the bench is valuable during the regular season but in the playoffs…its all about the starters.

      well…glad to hear that about your “team”. good luck to them and you.

  13. detroit20iron - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Keep Bynum.

  14. lakerluver - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    @shockexchange, either you can’t read, can’t hear, or you’re just plain dumb. The LAKERS have made it perfectly clear that they will NOT trade both Pau and Bynum for Howard. If you think they would make such an idiotic trade you haven’t been paying attention the last 30 years. Over that period of time we LAKERS fans have had the joy of celebrating a title just about every 3 years. My point: a franchise doesn’t have that type of sustained success by being stupid. If Howard is smart he would beg for a trade to the LAKERS. He would immediately begin winning rings while simultaneously playing for the NBA’s best franchise. It’s an honor to wear the PURPLE AND GOLD.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      @LAKERluver…come on man…it’s “shock” were talking about…need i say more? hehe.

    • shockexchange - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      @lakerluver,

      (i) I never said the Lakers should take that deal. If I’m Orlando, either take that deal or go pound sand.

      (ii) As far as the Lakers “enjoying titles every three years,” the Lakers won those titles via “gifts.” Shaq (Wilt Chamberlain of his era) came to L.A. out of free agency because he wanted the “synergy” of both basketball and making movies in L.A. Yeah, a regular Sir Laurence Olivier he was. Then they got a gift in Pau Gasol, another skilled 7 foot big man in a league of 6’8″ centers. Without those gifts, L.A. would not have been relevant since the Abdul Jabbar days.

      (iii) With Pau, Bynum, Odom, Fisher, MWP (i.e. “complete waste of ____ talent), and Horry, Jr., the Lakers had the talent to win it each of the past two years. But all these “gifts” have bred laziness and a sense of entitlement. They are the most underachieving team in the NBA. Instead of telling Horry, Jr. to pound the ball inside to the bigs, they would rather (i) put up with his 35 shots/game at 35% FG percentage and (ii) beg the NBA to supply them with Howard, Lebron, Durant, Love, et al, to help them win.

      (iv) I heard Thor was available.

      • purpleronin - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        A free agent joining your team (Shaq) is not a ‘gift’. Every team in the league has an equal shot to sign a FA under the rules. Any advantage the Lakers have in luring FA’s due to their ‘Mystique’ or legendary history was earned thru the hard work of winning championship.

        Gasol was not a ‘freebie’. The Grizzlies got an equally talented star in his brother Mark Gasol. They were willing to wait a couple seasons for him to blossom in return for major salary relief. That is the principle that factors into most sports trades.

      • shockexchange - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        purpleronin,

        Please, step away from the Kool-Aid.

  15. paulhargis53 - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    What free agents? All the decent ones are being snapped up as we speak. There aren’t many impact guys left.
    Say this trade goes through for Bynum and Artest. Who’s the starting 3?
    If you name a bench player, that weakens an already awful bench. Grant Hill? Laughable.
    Anyone else on the market worth anything will be gone.

    Trading 2 out of your next 3 #1’s for a 38 year old pg is idiotic. After 3 years, this team is left with either Bynum or Howard and 4 missed draft picks.
    When they don’t win a title in the next 3 years, I will laugh my a$$ off.
    The Nash trade will haunt this franchise.
    Once Kobe is gone, you can kiss the baby.

    • marksp18 - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      OK. Sounds reasonable. But let us check out your little theory.

      Can you name some players in the last 3 drafts that were taken between 20 and 30 that are pretty good and would make a huge difference? I can wait. Can you name some second round picks there are blowing up? The list is a lot longer for those not making a difference than those that do.

      The Lakers usually do not hang onto their draft picks. They usually trade them away. They picked Andrew Bynum in 2005, Jordan Farmer in 2006, and Jarvaris Crittenton in 2007. They traded Crittenton and their 2008 & 2010 draft picks in the Pau Gasol deal. They sold their 2009 pick (Tony Douglas) to the Knicks. They traded their 2011 draft picks to the Nets in the Sasha Vujacic/Joe Smith deal. And they traded their 2012 picks away this year along with Luke Walton’s bad contract and Derek Fisher’s contract.

      If you understood basketball and how the Lakers manage their team (doubtful) then you would not be worried about 3 years from now. The Lakers only worry about next year.

      Two years from now Kobe’s deal will be over. If he continues to play then he is going to get somewhere between 10 and 15 mil per year. He should be willing to accept that to give the team flexibility. Pau Gasol’ deal will be up as well and he will have to accept less money if the Lakers even still want him which they may. MWP will be gone as well as Blake.

      The Lakers should have some cap room for the 2014-15 season even if they sign D12. After that season Nash will come off the books too. There will be plenty of players who will want to come play for the Lakers. It has always been that way and always will. It is mainly because of the tradition and the city.

      The Lakers know this as well as many educated basketball people. Don’t worry about the Lakers. They will be fine.

      Steve Nash is still a very effective basketball player unless you think averaging 10 assists for the season on a not too good Suns team is worthless. Can you name the other PGs that averaged more assists than Nash last year? Nash is better than anything the Lakers have now and should be for the next couple of years.

      • ludachrisgsx - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        Thank you marksp18, I was going to reply with a similar explanation but you made all the same points I was going to type out. The Lakers don’t build their team with draft picks, they build with trades 99% of the time. Draft picks for them are to be traded to teams who can’t attract star talent in free agency and depend on the draft to build a team.

        In two years, Kobe will not be retiring, he’ll be signing a new cap-friendly contract that will likely be a 2-3 year deal so he can retire a Laker and become more of a role player. Nash will be in the last year of his deal and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that his last year has a team option. Gasol will be traded at that point if he hasn’t been already. So the only big contract the Lakers will have will be Bynum or Howard. Kobe will be making something in the $12-15k range and will still be contributing, even in a reduced role. And the organization will be able to sign or trade for another star to play along side whichever star Center they have at that point. They won’t become Orlando all the sudden simply because they signed Nash to a 3 year deal.

        You get to hear all the doom and gloom from people who despise the Lakers every time they make a move like this. Big 3 teams typically don’t stay together more than a few years these days due to cap issues. The Spurs are the rare exception. It’s all about how and when you reload AND rebuild that defines your organization. The Lakers have proven they can rebuild when it’s time as well as reload when it’s time. Back in 2009 when the Celtics beat the Lakers, Danny Ainge won executive of the year, beating out Mitch Kupchak – and yet, the Lakers made it to the Finals 3 years straight, winning 2 of them – in a time when Boston dominated the headlines with their Big 3. Call Gasol a gift… Miami got a gift when LeBron chose to take his talents there and play for less money in order to play alongside two all stars. The Lakers aren’t the only team getting lucky these days.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      if the Lakers win at least 1 ring the next 3 years…its a success.

  16. maltdawg - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Don’t worry about who’s gonna start at the #3…..His name is Hedo and he’s been playing a loooooong time. haha

  17. lakerluver - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    @paulhargis53, Allow me to TRY to educate you. In 3 seasons Kobe’s huge salary will come off the books. So will Pau’s. Do the math!! The LAKERS will go hard for whatever top tier free agents are available at that time (hello, LeBron!). Haven’t you learned anything by watching how the LAKERS have done business over the last three decades?!! In 3 years the LAKERS will have tons of cap space and the allure of playing for the greatest franchise in sports not named the Yankees. What free agent will be able to resist that? The LAKERS reload, not rebuild.

    • heat256 - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Knicks fans have deluded themselves into believing that just because it says “Knicks” on the jersey anyone will drool to go play there. That hasn’t worked out too well. The Lakers are definitely a better franchise than them, but remember Dr Buss has been in charge of that franchise for decades and he was a big part of their success. His son doesn’t have that same clout and may not be as smooth as his old man in running it. When Kobe and Pau and Nash are gone, and Bynum is either dominating or frustrating the team with his play, LA may/may not still draw every FA around. You will have the Clippers to contend with if they keep Paul and Blake. Lakers had a fairly dry 90s in terms of titles and major FA signings other than Shaq. It took Phil jackson to come in and get them some rings. Mike Brown does NOT scream championship coach to me.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        i like what you had to say but i think you are underestimating the power of LaLaLand.

      • ludachrisgsx - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        Luckily, they won’t have to rely solely on free agent signings. They just need to find a good trade to achieve the same goal. So long as the new mini-Buss continues to show a willingness to spend the money and not be frugal (like the other LA basketball team owner) they’ll be able to attract free agents like always.

  18. kingjeremi84 - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    After 3years they will bring in the best freeagents like always p

    • kinggw - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Other than Shaq, what major free agents have the Lakers landed in the past 20 years? Its not the 80’s anymore, and the way the new CBA works it is easier for teams to keep their stars home. The Lakers can continue to make deals to stave off the inevitable, but whether Lakers fans want to admit or not their window is closing and a period of mediocrity is about to be upon them.

      • ndirishfan1 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        Gary Payton and Karl Malone came in 2003. Ron Artest was fresh off of leading Houston to the semifinals and pushing LA to seven games when he signed in 2009. Steve Nash requested a sign and trade in 2012. Most of these guys weren’t in their prime but Payton and Malone helped them to the Finals in 2004, Artest helped win the title in 2010, and Nash figures to make LA a viable contender in 2013.

        Kinggw, the Lakers generally work through trades because they are over the salary cap. In a few years a ton of money will be off the books and the Lakers could be free agent players (with something more than trade exemptions and mid level contracts) for the first time since Shaquille O’Neal in 1996. Either way they generally are able to lure very good players to LA, that’s why they’ve only missed the playoffs twice in the past 36 years.

      • purpleronin - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        Glen Rice, Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Steve Nash, Horace Grant. Yes all were aging vets, but some (Payton, Malone, Nash, and to a lesser degree Grant) were well sought after and signed with the Lakers instead. But, for the most part, the Lakers haven’t had room to bring in the true blue-chip FA’s because they’ve always had their own stars, ala Shaq, Kobe, Gasol, Bynum, etc.

  19. j0esixpack - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    The Lakers are the perfect place for him. Figuratively and literally.

    It would make for an interesting season though. It’d either be an Epic Fail or they’d win a championship.

  20. kinggw - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I dont understand why people keep waxing poetic about a trade that will never happen. Any Howard to LA deal is not feasible and it has nothing to do with Howard. It doesnt matter what the Lakers offer, the deal isnt going down because Bynum will not agree to an extension with the Magic. Like Howard he is essentially on a one year deal, you think he is going to resign to play with Nelson and Anderson? Considering what the Magic are going through now, you think they are going go through that again? The Nets still have the best deal on the table for Howard.

    • ludachrisgsx - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Actually, I read a report where Bynum said he would sign an extension in Orlando.

  21. fiyeaglesfiy - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Stockexchange that’s why you’re not the Orlando gm.

    Paulhargis, if you think trading future (late) draft picks, which the lakers would likely just sell anyway, was a mistake to add an impact player like Steve Nash to give this team a legit chance to contend for a championship while they still have Kobe’s window open then you’re an idiot. There’s no value in being average anymore. Going all in now, is their only option.

    • shockexchange - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      fiyeaglesfiy, Agreed. I’m a much better poker player (in my own mind).

  22. isujames - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    @ shockexchange That is exactly what it would take for them to get D Howard if I were the Magic, they can keep M W Peace.

  23. hoodheisman - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Did anybody notice Deron Williams stayed with the Nets? Does anybody remember how unhappy Williams was with the trade to the Nets? Make a few friends, get comfortable with the city, sign a big marketing deal, and most guys will ultimately take more money and stay. Give Howard 1 year in LA, sign some massive marketing deals, get a taste of the scene, make a championship run, and he will gladly take more money to stay and be the biggest name in LA sports.

    And for the anti-Laker. It’s a done deal. Enjoy your summer. We’ll see you in Miami on Christmas. The purple and gold 800lb gorilla ain’t going anywhere.

  24. paulhargis53 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    See, that’s the arrogance of you Laker fans in action. Just because its happened the last 30 years doesn’t mean it continues to happen. You fans steadfast refusal to comprehend that the landscape has changed in the nba is mindnumbing.

    I understand all those salaries are coming off the books. I also understand that in the current climate, they aren’t going to sustain their current 2nd exit level of play. The new cba will make it difficult to get 3 max players onto a team.
    LeBron isn’t going to continue to sign at a discount. I cannot believe how willfully ignorant and obtuse you guys are being about this.
    The Lakers are maybe the 3rd or 4th best team in the conference. Their depth has been exposed in a sweep and a 4-1 series the last 2 years. Yep Nash is good at passing. No defense. Blake as a back up….. You don’t get past the,Spurs,or OKC.
    You know, just this year, Sullinger went to the Celts @21 and Jones went to the,Thunder at 28. Rondo went in the 20s.
    If I had more time, I could rattle off some more.
    I get them trying to get the rapist a few more rings, but it just isn’t happening. Their starters are going to have to play heavy minutes. Their bench reeks and will continue to be the downfall of the team.

    No title is forthcoming with this roster.

  25. ch8878 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Andrew Bynum and Metta World Peace for Howard and Turk or Jason Richardson the deal makes complete since even if Howard hasn’t agreed to stay in LA.

    How can LA get insured that Howard will stay when the Magic won’t get any insurance about Bynum and Metta World Peace staying.

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