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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
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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.
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Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:27 pm
 

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

...wow, seriously? Odom is just an average forward. He does bring a lot of energy off the bench, and is a decent rebounder, and can do good with points but only if hes in a zone. Real streaky shooter...but I would never trade a #2 pick for Odom...deffinately not worth it, Minnesota will continue shopping the pick, I'd be questioning the franchise if they did complete this transcation.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:09 pm
 

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

LOL!!


Odom? for the #2 pick?

Now that's laughable!


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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:05 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:02 pm
 

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

Who wouldn't turn down that offer?



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:02 pm
 

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

I, personally, don't get that offer at all.  Likewise, I don't get why the T'wolves would flat reject the offer.  Teams can only hope that Derrick Williams turns out to be close to the player that Odom is.  Odom is a proven talent, as versatile as you will see in this league.  And at 31, he's still has a 4 or 5 good years left.  I suppose the T'wolves feel they are still re-building and are looking to the future.  But the Lakers can't say the same.  They're trying to compete for championships now, while Kobe still has some tread left.  The only reason I can think the Lakers would attempt this move would be to turn the pick around in a bigger trade, i.e., for Tony Parker or Chris Paul.  However, I don't think they need a number #2 pick though to get Parker.  The number #7 would likely do the trick.  That would work perfectly for the Kings, as they could fill their void at SF without having to draft yet another young ball-needing guard like Jimmer or Kemba to go along with Tyreke and Thornton.  The other thought on the Lakers' motives would be to sweeten an offer for Howard, by adding the number #2 pick with Bynum.  That actually makes the most sense.  The more I think about it, the more I realize teh endless possibilities.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 7:58 pm
 

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

If the Lakers could get the 2 pick in the draft for a bench player, though one of the best in the league, it  would still be quite a coup. Though the Timberwolves want Bynum for the pick, it will never happen. The idea of trading one of the best centers in the league for a draft pick is sort of funny, if not ludicrous. The Lakers now realize that changes are needed if they are to be the best in the West. The Spurs are seeing things in a similar manner. Though Dallas is getting older, they will still be very good next year. Cuban's checkbook has no limits. Oklahoma City and Memphis are both young, talented, and very very dangerous. Their ceiling is very high at this moment. A changing of the guard is inevitable. No matter what the Lakers or the Spurs do, it is going to happen. Sometimes change si good. Kobe needs to get hungry again, he has become too complacent. Hope that we have basketball next year!




Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 7:56 pm
 

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

Is Odom worth the #2 pick in the NBA draft? No way, but he's far from old and even farther from washed up.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 7:48 pm
 

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

The days of teams like the Lakers and the Celtics trading average players for the top of the draft are over. You want the #2 pick? It will have to be for a lot more than an old, used up, Odom!


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