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Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:04 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

There's a thinking -- a smart kind of it -- that says that the Lakers traded Lamar Odom for a bigger reason. The idea is that no way the Lakers gave up one of their best players just to cut down on their luxury tax payment and get a trade exception in return. It was all to clear room and money for Dwight Howard. That's how it makes sense to give away the Sixth Man of the Year for nothing.

Right? I mean, right?

But Jim Buss, the guy running the show in Los Angeles right now, says the trade you're thinking about -- Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol for Dwight Howard -- isn't happening. Via the L.A. Times:
“Where does this stuff come from?” Buss said. “You’d have to be kind of silly to give up two All-Stars like that for Howard. Zero truth to it. We have never been asked for Andrew and Pau and we’ve never offered them. I think they know we’d either say no or they would sound crazy for asking ... I personally believe now that we have the team that we will be playing with all season long.”
Here's the proof: The Lakers nearly beat the Bulls and MVP Derrick Rose to open the season without Bynum and with Kobe playing with a busted wrist. But they didn't. They fell to one of the elite teams. Does that happen with Dwight Howard patrolling the paint?

Buss says that you'd be silly to give up two All-Stars like Bynum and Gasol for Howard. I think most the public would feel you'd have to be silly to NOT make that deal if it were available. Dwight Howard, who is just 26, to come to Los Angeles to play center with Kobe Bryant? Doesn't that sound ideal? Yeah, you lose your starting power forward and replacing Gasol would not be easy at all, but to get the best big man in the game, isn't that worth it?

This Laker team can compete in the West. Kobe, Gasol, Bynum -- it's a strong core. And you can be sure general manager Mitch Kupchak is shopping that trade exception and a few other things as you read this. The Lakers want to get better. They know they're not quite good enough yet, despite Kobe saying so. They'll be a solid Western team, but this franchise is only in the market of winning championships and Buss and company have to ask: Can this roster do that?

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Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

This roster can do that, however, Bynum's health will ineveitably become an issue every season. I have no doubt that with a healthy core of these 3 they would win the Western Conference and probably compete with Miami or Chicago for the title but the truth is they won't be healthy b/c Bynum cannot stay healthy all season. Gasol was exhausted at the end of last season b/c Bynum missed a bunch of games forcing Pau to play too many minutes at center. This will happen again and eventually Pau will break down and have a major injury.

Get Dwight and give up the twin towers. In theory, The Lakers are giving up more talent, but Dwight Howard is a machine that will not be breking down anytime soon. Give me Dwight all f'in day.



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

Bynum is like the third best Center in the league and Pau Gasol is like the third best power forward in the league.  You don't trade both of them for a number 1 center.  One of them and something else is a different story.



One is old and the other is broke...it would actually be a terrible deal for the Magic....geez, you laker fans are something else.  U actually think Pau or Drew and say matt barnes is fair....u need a reality check.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

Bynum is like the third best Center in the league and Pau Gasol is like the third best power forward in the league.  You don't trade both of them for a number 1 center.  One of them and something else is a different story.



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

hedu was best player in finals
that is the point exactly.  the best player he had was hedo freaking turkalou



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:50 am
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

he had his chance with a good team for 5 years.they made finals and he did nothing in crunch time.hedu was best player in finals.i just think he's overrated,he's good tho.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

howard is a good player but way overrated.he dunks but that's about it.i would never give pau and bynam for him.he is best big man?not sure he's much better than love or randolph offensively.all 3 hit the boards,howard a force blocking shots,but he hasn't won yet.if he is the best by far,why hasn't he won?shaq won.he's playing in a watered down league right now,where the bestplayers are combo guards or swingmen.he's overrated because of it.

Good Lord.  Really man?  Randolph and Love are as good as Dwight Howard offensively?  And you say he hasn't won yet?  Nobody wins on their own, he hasn't had the team around him good enough to get the job done.  Shaq won?  Now that might be the dumbest statement or comparison I've ever seen in my life.  Shaq won because he's had some damn good players around him.....

And it doesn't matter what people on CBS threads say.  I promise you if the Lakers get the chance to make that trade it's as good as done.  No way in hell the Lakers turn down a chance to trade for Howard and more importantly would get a head start on signing him to a long term contract extension.  



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

howard is a good player but way overrated.he dunks but that's about it.i would never give pau and bynam for him.he is best big man?not sure he's much better than love or randolph offensively.all 3 hit the boards,howard a force blocking shots,but he hasn't won yet.if he is the best by far,why hasn't he won?shaq won.he's playing in a watered down league right now,where the bestplayers are combo guards or swingmen.he's overrated because of it.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

This trade wouldn't make L.A. stronger, it would make them weaker.

You're allowed your opinion but c'mon man.  How can a team that acquires a guy that's BY FAR the best big man in the NBA today?

That would be a great trade for both teams.  The Magic are probably going to lose Howard anyway, so getting an allstar in Pau and Bynum, a kid with superstar potential if he stays healthy is a great trade for them as well.

And don't kid yourselves, if the Lakers get a chance to acquire Howard for Bynum and Gasol it's DONE.....

100 percent done ! 



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

Broncos I think you understimate a true dominant force in the paint. They come thru every 20 years or so, shaq was the last one, dwight howard is the current one and hes 26. You take that deal in a heartbeat.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

Dwight Howard and kobe bryant would equal three more titles. bynum, gasol and bryant maybe one.



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