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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 25, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:29 pm
 

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

Am I missing something?  Odom for the #2?!  Why would the Wolves ever want to do that?  Same goes for all the Bynum for D. Howard or C. Paul type rumors.  It seems to me that many of the Lakers are grossly overrated. 

Obviously the Wolves would NEVER make that trade... who would?  As for the Bynum for Howard or Paul rumours, that's even more ridiculous then what the Wolves turned down.  Give me a break.  This is just a desperate Lakers franchise throwing darts and praying to God somebody out there bumps their head and does something stupid...... nobody is that dumb though.



Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:19 pm
 

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

Say again?



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:01 pm
 

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

i really dont see how this trade would help the Wolves long term....A few different teams are offering alot of older scraps for the #2 pick.....Which is exactly why the Wolves should take Williams and try to trade the 20th pick for a center of some kind....




Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:00 pm
 

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

Because the Lakers lost to the Mavs, the "very informed, all holy media" has pronounced them dead. This is the same media that all but gave the Heat the championship, then decided that the Mavs did not win, but Heat lost because they could not admit they were wrong. The Lakers lost to the World Champions.  All of these so called "media outlets" try to outscoop each other because the competition is so steep.  They (Lakers) only need to improve their perimeter defense to challenge for the title again. They do not need to give up their size, just pick up players that can chase 3 point shooters off the 3 point line. The Lakers lost to Dallas because Dallas shot the lights out from the 3 point line, and Gasol did not show up. I think it is time to give the Mavs their due respect, and stop listening to the " ALL HOLY 4 LETTER MEDIA". When they mention the second Lakers title, they always use the quote by Doc Rivers that states the Lakers did not beat the Celts with a complete line up (no Perkins), but never state that the '08 Lakers were without Bynum, and Ariza had just came off of a broken foot.  Today's media does not try to report the news, but tries to create it.




Since: Mar 27, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:59 pm
 

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

Am I missing something?  Odom for the #2?!  Why would the Wolves ever want to do that?  Same goes for all the Bynum for D. Howard or C. Paul type rumors.  It seems to me that many of the Lakers are grossly overrated. 



Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:51 pm
 

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

Even a Laker hater like myself is surprised about this one.
I would have thought the Lakers would send Bynum packing before Odom, especially since "Whinum" is off injured and gets frazzled easily when things get rough. 
However, the Lakers do have to start looking at life without Kobe. I'm sure he's got about two solid seasons left (unless the lockout lasts a pretty long time and gives Kobe body-saving rest) and then it is time to move on.
 



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:31 pm
 

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

OK here is one Laker fan's opinion.I don't make this trade for two reasons.  1) any draft pick is a crapshoot.  You never know if you are getting Blake Griffin or Kwame Brown.  There are no sure locks in this draft.  And #2) Lamar Odom has been the most dependable Laker the last two years.  Gasol may show up or he may have his defender inside his head.  Bynum is AWESOME when he is 100$ but unfortunately that's not often.  As much as I hate to admit it, Kobe is starting to break down.  Artest has been a no show and a no factor in any equasion.  Fisher was done two years ago.  Odom has done everything the team has asked of him.  In an ego driven game that is the NBA thats nothing to give up for a maybe.  Nothing against Williams but he's still unproven.



Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:30 pm
 

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

Chewbacca.Man thats cold! Lamar can get any women he wants.And a womens face is not the top of his list! I in the know.And Lamar has had every pretty stick figureKiss hooker in LA.I probably go out with Kloe the linebacker,at least i know it more real!



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:28 pm
 

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

If I were the Bulls I would trade Taj Gibson and their two first round draft picks to get Williams.  This would be a smart move for the T Wolves also.  The T Wolves best defensive  player is Darko Milicic.  He's their shot blocker.  Wesley Johnson and Johnny Flynn are decent perimeter defenders but the Wolves need some defense off the bench.  The Wolves already have a solid set of forwards in Michael Beasley and Kevin Love.  Both are offensive minded and the team could use defense coming off the bench.  The weakest part of this scenario is the T Wolves don't need the 28th and 30th pick of the draft.  The Bulls really need a go to scorer and let Derrick Rose become more of a distrubutor than the main scorer this would make Carlos Boozer who is a career 50% or better shooter from the field more effective. 



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:15 pm
 

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

Matt Moor thinks Derrick Williams is not the best player in the draft?  Plus Matt Moore says Derrick Williams in "older".  Less than a month ago he turned 20.  I don't think Matt Moore knows anything about Derrick Williams.  So here goes.  Derrick Williams as we know just turned 20.  While his Arizona Wildcats lost a close game to Kansas in Lawrence he was the best player on the floor in the opinion of KU coach Bill Self and the numbers proved it while he was competeing against the 6'10" Morris twins who are both projected to be lottery picks.  Against two other lottery picks Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson of Texas again Williams was the best player on the floor by the numbers and he made the decisive basket on the final play of the game against the Longhorn projected lottery picks.  After Texas against the so called best player in the draft Kyrie Irving Coach K of Duke was visibily amazed after Williams single handedly kept the Wildcats in the game during the first half and was undboutedly the most dominant player on the court in a route of the top seeded Blue Devils.  The biggest reason UConn won the national championship was because Derrick Williams got into foul trouble otherwise the Wildcats were taking it to the Huskies while Williams was in the line-up but without him in the line-up UConn was able to squeak out a 2 point victory.  Derrick Williams with limited 3 point shots hit better than 57% of his threes and 60% overall from the field.  Derrick Williams can rebound averaging 8 a game in college.  He has an NBA ready body and if the biggest knock on him is his defense than it's up to the coaches to teach him to play defense.  Cavs are making a huge mistake passing over Williams.


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