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Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 1:37 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

As Ken Berger reported, the Wolves aren't opposed to moving the No. 2 pick, but are looking for a deal that "blows them away," as a source told Berger.

Looks like the Wolves are trying to blow themselves away.

After reported deals involving JaVale McGee and Roy Hibbert came up cold for Minnesota, the Wolves turned to the Lakers to try and nab a top flight big man to play alongside Kevin Love.

According to SI.com, the Wolves offered a deal including the No. 2 pick for Andrew Bynum. That one will knock your socks off all right.

The Lakers have denied interest in moving either Bynum or Pau Gasol, with Lakers VP Jim Buss hinting Bynum is untouchable, but there has to be at least some level of temptation here for general manager Mitch Kupchak. Bynum is still just 23 years old (can you believe that?) and at 7-1, is one of the most imposing players in the league. He controls the paint, scores on the block and can own the glass. His issues have just been focus and health, but like I said, with him still being young, there's a lot of time for him yet.

Which is why Minnesota would try and go after him. But it's also why the Lakers likely aren't interested in dealing him. A prospect like Derrick Williams is intriguing because the next franchise scorer will have to find his way to L.A. at some point because Kobe's days won't last forever. However, dealing away a championship caliber center with an eye to the future doesn't sound like the Laker way. They prefer to stay in the now and try and win titles presently and worry about the future when the future arrives.

The Lakers won't have a problem finding a franchise face down the line whether it be in the draft or free agency. There's a lot of talk about them needing to get younger but two things about that:

1) The Mavericks proved that idea is really a bunch of junk. Youth can be overrated. Sometimes, the old guys will do just fine.

2) Again, it's not like Bynum is old. He's just two years older than Williams. We're not talking about some 33-year-old washed up big man with bad feet. Bynum has had his health concerns but when he's right, he's as dominant as any player in the league. Remember, the Lakers have won two titles with him in the middle.

Not a bad effort by David Kahn though reaching out for Bynum. Clearly the Wolves are trying to make something happen with No. 2. It's going to take the right team and the right situation to get someone to bite, but a shot at Bynum was worth it. Love, Bynum, Ricky Rubio, Michael Beasley, Wesley Johnson -- not a bad core at all.

Too bad it's not going to happen.
Comments

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Dwight does not want to play for the Lakers. He does not want to follow Shaq's path. He has made that clear. I think Dwight will end up staying with the Magic or going to the Bulls. He could team up with CP3 or Deron Williams on a team no one is even mentioning.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Jerry West was the first guy after the sweep to mention that "some players on the roster can't play the triangle", and we know that Fisher, Odom, Artest, Bryant, and Gasol obviously can.  The real question is whether the Lakers will retain the triangle offense, because if they do, Bynum may not be the asset for the Lakers he would be somewhere else.
What makes you think, at least at this point, Fisher can play the triangle?  I love Fish, used to be great, but the Lakers desperately need a replacement at PG, his days are done.  Second, the Lakers new head coach has already said the Lakers will NOT be playing the triangle next season (although "some" elements may be retained) so that argument for trading Bynum, if it ever existed, is no longer valid.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

The Minnesota Timberwolves are THE WORST FRANCHISE IN ALL OF SPORTS!  You can't present a single rival to their ineptitude.  I live and breath Minnesota Sports and in the 21 Years I've lived in Minnesota (Moved here when I was 13) I've learned two things that have become fundamental.  1.) The Minnesota Gophers would rather join the Ivy League than remain competitive in the Big Ten and 2.) The Minnesota Timberwolves couldn't beat the Washington Generals 4 out of 5 times.

Should I be ashamed I pray for retraction or should I be upset that management and the scripted debacle that makes up the NBA have made it this way?

PS Next season the Timberwolves will surrender a 1st pick (Not Lottery Protected) for to the LA Clippers as a result of the trade sending Sam Cassel and a #1 Pick for Marco Jaric.  They don't make paper bags worth of placing on a Timber-wolf Fan's head.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

If the Lakers were smart they'd tell the Wolves that they'd consider it and have a talk with the Magic and see if they can spin the no.2 and whatever else it might take and try to see if the Magic would trade Howard. Howard claims that he won't resign with the Magic but you know he'd sign with the Lakers. Bynum's a good player but with the amount of injuries he's already had I'd be surprised if he has a long career.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Its actually not a bad trade for both the Lakers AND T-Wolves.. People acting like Bynum is Dwight Howard and that he's well above the #2 pick in this draft.. Bynum isn't. For every good thing you can name about Bynum, I can name a bad one
The only "bad" thing about Bynum has been a history of injuries and some questionable consistency--that said he is an athletic, 7-1/280 center, that has demonstrated an ability to dominate on offense and defense, especially rebounding and is only 23.  Those kind of players are not easy to find, which is why every team that talks to the Lakers about a trade start with asking for Bynum.

 IMO, you don't trade that for a "maybe" as the #2 pick, at least not straight up --Bynum is worth a lot more.  Look how many high draft picks over the years have not panned out (#1s, 2s, etc etc).  Plus, the Lakers really weaken their front line---no Bynum, Gasol has to play out of position at C.  Then what do you do a PF?  You almost have to go with Odom -- now you've weakend the bench significantly has you have no backup C (Gasol) or PF (Odom) of any note.  It will take a lot more than just a #2 pick in what is widely considered a weak draft to get the Lakers to give up Bynum and rightly so.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Not a bad try for the T-Wolves, I appreciate their aggressiveness at least. 

Also, if the Lakers truly want to bring in Dwight Howard, they're going to need to hold on to Bynum as he'd surely have to be included in the deal.  



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Im sorry, but your not gonna sit there, and tell me there is a big man with the skill set of bynum in the draft, and that this trade would be fair.  Plus Bynum has already proven his worth in the NBA, and has experience that most in the NBA does not have, and the hardware to back it up.  Trading for a rookie who may, or may not be able to handle the NBA would just be too risky for the Lakers imo.  If its not for Howard I dont see bynum going anywhere.  They like their length up front.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Why not just take Enes Kanter?



Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Its actually not a bad trade for both the Lakers AND T-Wolves.. People acting like Bynum is Dwight Howard and that he's well above the #2 pick in this draft.. Bynum isn't. For every good thing you can name about Bynum, I can name a bad one. The problem with this trade, for the Lakers isn't losing Bynum. Its NOT being to get Dwight Howard in a trade, during the season, without Bynum.

I am one of the people who think Williams will be better than Kyrie... However, even bringing in Williams is not worth losing the key piece in bringing in Dwight Howard.. Unless, the Lakers are willing to take the HUGE chance of waiting everything out and signing Howard next year. The Knicks didn't wait to sign Carmello. They traded half the team to get him. I think, the Knicks made the right decision. Lakers, keeping Bynum for the Howard trade, is the right decision too..



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Wolves tried to get Andrew Bynum for No. 2 pick?

Remember, the Lakers have won two titles with him in the middle.
Could there be a more misleading statement?  Yeah, Bynum started those playoff games.  But he only tallied about 20 minutes a game.  The Lakers won two titles with Gasol in the middle and Odom at the four. 

This year they tried to win a title "with him in the middle", giving him more than 30 minutes per game.  Problem is, he sucks in the triangle offense.  He'll get his, but he kills the offensive movement that the championship Lakers teams had.  Jerry West was the first guy after the sweep to mention that "some players on the roster can't play the triangle", and we know that Fisher, Odom, Artest, Bryant, and Gasol obviously can.  The real question is whether the Lakers will retain the triangle offense, because if they do, Bynum may not be the asset for the Lakers he would be somewhere else.  Problem for the Lakers is, the younger Buss thinks he knows basketball and should be making personnel decisions.  No wonder Jackson retired again.


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