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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 -

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.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:07 pm

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

So if this happens, hopefully this ends his reality show. Lamar & Chewbacca.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:01 pm

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

What a joke. There isn't a player on the Lakers that I would take for anything the Wolves have. Even Kobe is old,please Kahn don't bail these franchises out of the hole they are in. KEEP THE PICK!

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:57 pm

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

Lamar Odom is nowhere near being worth the No. 2 pick. He hasn't averaged more than 15 points since 2006-2007, and is little more than an average defender despite his length. He isn't a center, and the Timberwolves don't need another forward, let alone an older one. Yes, they will be grabbing another forward in Derrick Williams, but Williams makes Michael Beasley expendable after the season and will likely fit into a small forward role despite all signs pointing to him being less than ideal as a wing.

The Andrew Bynum deal was more appealing, and something about this rumor doesn't seem genuine. 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:55 pm

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

Lamar Odom is a super player but I don't think he would fit in with what Minnesota is doing.  Minnesota is a very young team.  Every major contributor on the team is 25 years of age and younger.  This T Wolves need to lock these players up to long term contracts.  Michael Beasley is just going to get better.  Kevin Love is one of the elite players in the league.  At the age of 25 Darko Milicic is an excellent defensive shot blocker in the middle and shows promise as an offensvie player.  The team is banking on Ricky Rubio to be a stud at the point guard but if not they still have Luke Ridnour the senior member of the team at age 30 with Johnny Flynn also a young productive point guard.  Than they have Wesley Johnson who had a decent rookie season.  Pick Derrick Williams if he is available and that just adds depth to this team.  Williams can either start or back up as a rookie at thee positions.  Towards the end of the year Anthony Randolph showed he can play in the absense of Kevin Love.  The T Wolves have all the pieces including the one veteran they need in Ridnour at the point position.  I wouldn't call the T-Wolves dumb when it comes to draft day trades.  The last draft day trade the team made was trading OJ Mayo for Kevin Love.  Love averaged better than 20 points and 15 boards last year while Mayo's production is less than half.  The only thing the T Wolves need is a a coach that can instill defense into the team.  As long as Cleveland picks Irving the TWolves just need to take the best player in the draft in Williams.

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:49 pm

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

I do not believe this report at all.  I would see the Lakers trading Odom for a proven NBA player, but not a draft pick.  The Lakers need outside shooting and a drive to the cup guard, not up front help. These stories are always unnamed officials/sources that cannot be checked or verified. The only trade that makes sense for the Lakers would be Howard for Bynum. The Lakers are not that silly. They let their 3peat go when they did not sign Farmar and traded Sasha. Blake and Ratleff were what cost them. Blake could not stop anyone, could not drive to the basket, or get his own shot. They should have started Farmar and brought Fisher off the bench. Fisher could have been in the game at crunch time.  When the Lakers won their 3peat under Jackson, they started players like AC Green, Samaki Walker, and Glen Rice, but finished with Fox and Horry in crunch time.  If we are to believe all of these reports, the entire frontcourt is on the block, and the frontcourt is not the problem. LA Times used to be a good paper, but is now a "hack sheet of false reporting".

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:41 pm

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

"wouldn't want to give up"

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:40 pm

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

Agreed, why is it baffling that the TWolves would want to give up "next decade's star player" for a "supporting component"?

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:34 pm

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

I like how Matt Moore makes the Timberwolves sound dumb for rejecting this offer. Why not take Williams at 2 for basically the same role only cheaper, younger, more athletic, and more potential? I guess that would be stupid wouldn't it? Sorry for the sarcasm, but you'd have to be a complete idiot to take that offer. All this was from the lakers was a shot at trying to swindle the Wolves, which David Kahn is not as crazy as most of you make him seem to be, and to me this proves it.

But again, it's Matt Moore. He gleans what he can.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:33 pm

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

Don't know why people think Odom is old or wash up. I personally think he is more valuable that Bynum. At least Odom has proven he can play the entire season without getting injured or play while injured where else Bynum has yet to play through the entire season without being on the sideline for at least 2 months if not longer. Odom is one of the most underated player in the NBA. He would be a starter on any NBA teams but the Lakers.

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:28 pm

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

Obviously there are a few Laker fans on this board.  There is only ONE reason why the Lakers would offer up Gasol, or Bynum, or Odom for the #2 pick and that is because they are at the end of their line.  To call Bynum one of the best centers in basketball is more than ridiculous.  The dude can't stay healthy EVER, nor is he consistant enough to be mentioned in the same sentence as the best.  The fact that Odom was offered for the #2 pick is INSULTING!  There is a reason why he has played the last 3 years off the bench while the Lakers go out and look for the likes of Trevor Ariza and Ron Artest, and that's because he isn't a starter.  He isn't a starter on ANY good team in the NBA.  Sure he could start for the Wolves, but that's because they suck.  Look at it this way...  If you trade the #2 pick for Odom, you are essentially saying that the #2 pick in the draft will never be better than a sixth man...  That offer was disgraceful, and the Lakers should be ashamed...

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