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Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:17 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:45 pm
The Lakers are reportedly looking to add Kenyon Martin or Rasheed Wallace. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Yahoo Sports reportsthat former Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin is expected to sign by the weekend with one of the contenders as he looks for consistent minutes where he can win. The list includes the usual favorites for the title, but Yahoo also notes that the Lakers have a backup plan if Martin heads elsewhere. 
If the Lakers don’t sign Martin, they could have interest in adding Rasheed Wallace, who contacted the team several weeks ago, a league source said. Wallace retired after the 2009-10 season, but has told friends he’s interested in returning to the NBA.
via Kenyon Martin deciding which contender to join - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

The Lakers have been in near-constant pursuit of a backup big to help bolster their frontcourt. Troy Murphy has not set the world on fire, Josh McRoberts is inconsistent, and the Lakers are 14th in opponent offensive rebound rate. Martin's a great fit because not only can he defend and produce rebound help, even at age 34, but he's still got a decent short-range jumper he can hit when his man helps off. The Lakers can't afford to bring in a big that can't score with their offense struggling as it has.

There is a hiccup, however. Draft Express notes that Martin's Chinese team he signed with during the lockout is a half game out of the playoffs. If they were to make it, it would be another month before he's eligible to sign with NBA teams, due to a rule enacted during the lockout by the CBA. 

Sheed's a similar situation, though his conditioning is going to be a huge, gigantic question. Wallace has been out of the game for a year and a half. How's his perimeter shooting going to be after all that time and how many minutes can he actually log?

The Lakers are in need of a bigger boost than this, but short of a trade for Dwight Howard, it's unlikely they'll find one. So they'll have to work within the confines of what's available, and that means getting a little desperate. A 34-year-old who may be stuck because of his Chinese team's success (Martin was released months ago but is ineligible due to FIBA restrictions based on the CBA rule) and a 37-year-old who hasn't played in nearly two years fit that description perfectly. But with the talent on L.A., who knows how well they can perform. 

The Lakers improved to 13-9 Tuesday night with a win over the Bobcats.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:42 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

The Chinese radio station Huy Piy Chai has informed the World, that Sir Charles Barkley is considering to make an NBA return. As usual, hes preffered destinations would be The Lakers, The Bulls and The Heats.Go for it Mitch.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:52 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Am I missing something??? The Lakers problem is in the back court, not the many 6'10" + guys can you stack on the bench?  If the Lakers had a legit point guard like Derron Williams, they would be a contender; adding aging bigs is not the solution.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:49 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Bynum for Howard is a fair deal.  Howard is better but will walk while Bynum has another year left.
Gasol for Howard is a fair deal.  Gasol is locked up for 2 more years.

In either deal the Lakers would need to give them someonthing young or for the future.  That's where the #1 pick from the Odom trade comes in.
Bynum is only 24, how much younger do you want -- Howard is 26, the Lakers would be getting older, the Magic younger especially if the Lakers have to take on Hedo and his contract as part of the deal?  I am not saying Bynum for Howard straight up necessarily, but it is close, if Howard will committ to signing an extention with the Lakers -- If Bynum can stay healthy, the numbers are very close, especially considering Bynum is the 3rd option (maybe 2nd) in LA while Howard is the first option in Orlando and playing more minutes than Bynum:

;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;    MPG     RPG     Blks   FGP   FTP
; 16.5    12.1     1.9    54.8   58.4
;     20.1    15.4     2.1    55.4&nbs
p;  47.4

Really not much difference there so maybe Bynum plus a little, but certainly not Gasol, to make the deal and ONLY if Howard will extend.  If he's a rental there is no way I give up Bynum for Howard, even straight up as Bynum is under contract for another 4 years I think and you can anticipate his numbers going up, especially when Kobe's gone in a few seasons.

If I am LA, I am looking harder at trying to find a top flight PG to pair with Kobe and Bynum, rather than swapping centers (like the Chris Paul deal that go vetoed by the NBA).

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:25 am

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

these moves mak a lot of sense. wallace is a squirrel and has many emotional problems. it is hard to guarda 6ft 11in guythat shotsa jump shot with his arms extended. wallace is very athletic. k mart is a good basketball player. plays with a lot of intensity. iis  goo rebounder.theseguy have a few years on them, but they stay in shapeand would be a good asset.

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:09 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

CH-46 Ne-10 is a joke just like the Celtics. That loser always goes in hiding after his team losses. hahahaha!

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:04 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

@Ch46-Ne 10

What's Boston record again?  Are they even over .500 yet?  That's 11-10 six games out of first in their division and 4 games from being last in the same division. Meanwhile the Lakers are a respectable 13-9 record 1 game out first in their division and 7 games from being last in the same division.  This is while Boston got the big 3 and Rondo.  So don't act like Boston is doing better.  If anything Boston should be doing the samething that is looking for players to improve the team.  Granted for the Lakers these are not the players I would want on out team but at least they're trying to do something.

Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:58 pm
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Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:14 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

K-mart and wallace both seem like weird guys to sign. Lakers are in a weird transition this season. 

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:33 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

Rasheed was out of shape yes, and that was a detriment. He was, however, one of the better players in that final game for the Celtics. IF he's in some sort of decent shape (and that's a huge if), he could be a great boost of the bench.

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:53 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Kenyon Martin, Sheed

I can see Kenyon Martin as a backup but Rasheed Wallace would be a disastrous signing. Gilbert Arenas!? Chile' please! Rasheed sucked royally in his last year with Boston. Why do you think he retired with his tired old shot? He stopped mixing it up on the inside several years ago (he's got a bad woofing mouth though) and his outside shot is flaccid at best. I won't even waste time talking about the mentally debiltated Arenas. Anyway, what a head case.So the best case scenario for the Fakers is signing Kenyon Martin half way through the season to season as decent, backup big man. The Lakers also better hope that Dwight Howard doesn't go to the Nets because they know that these superstars talk the talk but most of them don't want to win a championship. Just ask Carmelo and Amare, two stupidStars that went to New York to be recognized at all the hip places and found out that they were one of the many little fish in a big pond. These jaded and egotistical athletes think they are real celebrites, media stars and crapper-rappers but they find out different. I wonder if CarSmello wonders how it could have been in Denver if he was more real. The main roadblock to the Lakers return to the top would be if Howard really decided he wanted to win a NBA chapionship and teamed up with Rose and Chicago. "Not one; not two; not three; but..... Shut up Lebron!"

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