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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: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

For the Lakers it's pretty simple, Gasol/Bynum > Howard. Anyone who disagrees with this is an idiot and doesn't know basketball. Howard is one guy, as good as he is he's only one player who'll give you 23 and 12. Bynum/Gasol are twin 7 footers who impact 2 positions and give you 34 and 20 every night. The fact is the Lakers aren't going to give up Gasol/Bynum to get Howard, and in all likelyhood if a deal is made they won't have to.




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

Probably have to take on Turgolu contract as well, but the Lakers would be good with a lineup of Fisher, Bryant, Turgolu, Artest, Howard. Artest can guard either the 3or the 4. 
 



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

This trade wouldn't make L.A. stronger, it would make them weaker. You can't give away both those guys and expect to play better. The Lakers need to make this a multi-team trade so that they can get a little something back on the back end. Houston would probably still be interested in being involved for Gasol. A straight across deal would kill the Lakers for this season but make them stronger for next.



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

Sorry "" but Gasol and Bynum > than Howard.  If you trade both for Howard then that leaves you in the same position Orlando is in right now with no help inside for Howard.  And point of fact.  The Lakers didn't trade Divac for Shaq.  They traded Him for Kobe.  Shaq was signed as a free agent.  Not really the same.



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

That would be a somewhat one sided trade to give up two high caliber front court players for D12, he's a good star player but that leaves you thin upfront now if there were gonna be other players coming from the magic side then by all means make it happen Howard over Bynum all day, and Pau would probably get moved just because. FYI making the All star team doesn't mean your the best of the best cause the fans actually vote who they wanna see not necesssarilly who deserves to be an all star.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

If I'm the Lakers and the Magic are willing to make this trade, I would pull the trigger.  But what does it matter.  David Stern obviously doesn't want the Lakers to win it all again so he would probably block the trade

Stern would NEVER block that  trade and you know it.  You're just angry he didn't let the Lakers pick up the best guard in the game for a package of players that not only didn't include Bynum, one of the most promising young players in the NBA but would also have cleared cap space for the Lakers and not make the Hornets any better then they are today.

This trade IS FAIR and Stern wouldn't block it at all.  The Lakers give up a potential allstar in Pau and an ultra talented young Bynum in the deal for Howard.  The Magic actually have a chance to survive losing Howard in a deal like this, the Lakers have the ability to contend but both teams take a risk.  Can the Lakers replace Pau?  Does Bynum stay healthy and becoming a dominating player for the Magic?  Nobody knows... but if both those things hapen then both teams benefit, just as it should be with any trade. 



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

its like saying we cant trade Vlade Divac for Shaq....with Vlade we know what we have.



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

 As he gets older that clear advantage he has now on every other center in the league slowly will start to fade.
By the time that happens, Pau and Drew wont even be in the league



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

 You do not give up your inside advantage to get Howard.
Um, if you have Dwight Howard....you HAVE THE INSIDE ADVANTAGE....against everyone in the league!! 



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Lakers aren't trading Gasol and Bynum for Howard

So Bynum and Pau are both ALL-STARS now, huh?  Neither one are all stars and at least for Pau...he will never been on the all-star team again.  Bynum might be an all star some day if he stays healthy and improves.  And that is a BIG IF!  But to call them both all stars is just hometown stupid.


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