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Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft

Posted on: June 22, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 7:49 pm
 
Posted by Matt Moore



For the last week, rumors have been floated about Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum being involved in trade talks by the Lakers. Every scenario has been shot down from one side or another and the pretty constant refrain has been that those two are not on the table for L.A., as they want to continue to compete for a championship. Yup, pretty clear those guys aren't going anywhere. 

Lost in all this was the question of whether Lamar Odom was on the table. According to the L.A. Times, he is.  
The Lakers tried to move up in Thursday's NBA draft by offering forward Lamar Odom to Minnesota for the Timberwolves' No. 2 overall pick, but Minnesota turned them down, according to two NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about the trade talks. The Lakers wanted to use the No. 2 pick to select Arizona's forward Derrick Williams, the officials said.
via Lakers offer of Lamar Odom for No. 2 pick in NBA draft rejected by Timberwolves - latimes.com.

The apparent interest from the Lakers in Williams is somewhat confusing. Williams is not considered an out-of-this-world lock, he's not even the top player in the draft. He's older, and it's unclear if he'd fit in with the kind of alpha dog mentality he'd have to face from Kobe Bryant. On the flip side, it may show a dedication to keeping the Lakers relevant beyond just the current team's run, as Williams would inherit the team from Bryant just as Bryant inherited... okay, won the team in a cage match with Shaq. It would be very Lakers-like to turn a supporting component like Odom into next decade's star player just as the current team fades into a lesser state due to age.

But so far, it hasn't been enough. The Wolves were the one to reportedly reject the trade, because they feel Odom's a power forward and that position is committed to Kevin Love. Why they wouldn't employ Odom as a small forward in given situations is a little baffling, but again, it's the Wolves. You glean what you can.

Still, Odom being on the block means there have been rumors about all three of the Lakers' primary frontcourt assets. As much as the Lakers keep selling the idea that it's buisness as usual and they're in no rush to remake the team through a trade, the grapevine tells a different story.
Comments

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:27 am
 

Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft

Maybe Kupchak thought the Wolves would do him a favor since the Lakers once played in Minnesota.   Seriously though, Odom for the #2 pick is ridiculous.  Odom for Igoudala is more appropriate and then the Sixer fans can get to know the frustrating feeling of watching Lamar show up on the nights he wants to play.  Odom is a super talent, but does not seem to have the work ethic that would put him into the elite category.



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:52 am
 

Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft

HA THE LAKERS SHOULD BE SO LUCKY ARE THEY TRYING TO CON KAHN WHO BETTER TAKE WILLIAMS OR  UTAH WOULD LOVE TO TO SCOOP HIM UP @#3 AS WOULD AZ FANS WHO ARE NOT FAR AWAY BUT OLD MAN ODOM NO  WAY. 



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:41 am
 

Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft

Try this out for size.

The Lakers really want Derrick Williams to beef up their front court and the new D-Will may be the best talent available at the No. 2 spot, but don't be surprised to see the Kahn take Enes Kanter to prevent a "logjam" at the forward position.  If that's the case, the Jazz are very likely to take D-Will at the No. 3, but the Lakers may be able to work out a solid trade with the Jazz (rather than the Timberwolves).

I know the likelihood of the Lakers getting even a shot at D-Will is super low, seeing as he's a great choice for the Jazz if he's not already gone, but the thought is still intriguing and it's something that will likely continue popping up in trade buzz and the rumor mill from now until tonight. 



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:37 am
 

Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft

maybe they don't want to have to make accomodations for episodes of keeping up with the kardasha-wolves being taped for e'



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:25 am
 

Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft

redwings1969 stick to hockey or ice dancing or what's on sale at your local wallmart because you know nothing about basketball. Your comment  about the Lakers being desperate is just sour grapes. I think you're the one who bumped his head with such a stupid post.



Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:49 am
 

Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft

I dont know why Minnesota doesn't just Draft Williams and TRADE Michael Beasley!  They got him REAL CHEAP so now turn around and get a little bit better deal for him (I know they cant get that better of a deal!) but he had a decent season last year and played injured. That would be the logical thing to do.



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 12:51 am
 

Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft

Timberwolves need to keep taking there shots at the top of the draft till they hit big, no matter how long it takes (it's the only way). They don't need a tall talented but soft 30 year old that can't make a layup. I love to watch Odom play so I can LAUGH at him butchering his driving layup attempts every time. Anytime anyone remotely challenges his drive he misses so BADLY it's ridiculous, it's so amusing.



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 12:03 am
 

Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft

Just heard...trade rumor of course...Odom and Luke Walton for Andre Igoudala. But its ESPN so....



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft

David Kahn said Darko Millicic career was comparable to Chris Webbers..... Somebody might be that dumb



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Report: Odom offered for Wolves' No. 2 in draft


I think Mitch was throwing up a trial balloon to see where the T-Wolves were. This happen all the time to test the waters. Mitch know what T-Wolves  wanted, he simply made a counter offer.

I don’t think this draft is very deep. A #2 in this draft for Lamar would not bring what the Lakers would be looking for. Now a #2 and possibly some other parts might make a trade to another team for another player the Lakers would want for the future. This would make sense to me.

I don’t think the Lakers are in a draft mode for the future, I  think they are in the mode to put together a team that would contend next season. Draft picks would not allow  this.


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