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Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:06 pm
Kobe Bryant says roster moves are coming for the Lakers(Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

The NBA's trade deadline sits roughly one month away, and for Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, that means roster improvements are just around the corner. reports that Bryant took to the radio airwaves to express his expectation that the Lakers will make moves in advance of the trade deadline to help push the Lakers towards Bryant's sixth title.

"I'm sure they'll do something," Bryant said. "They'll tweak something. I don't know what. But I'm sure they'll do something."

Bryant balked at the chance to address specifically what roster moves would be necessary to fortify the Lakers' championship aspirations, but he supported the approach made by Lakers' management to improve the team.

"The motivation is for us to build a contender," Bryant said. "It's not to just kind of sit around and see what falls in our lap. That's not the impression that I get from management at all, so I think that allows me to be patient. You can't just rush into things and then you make bad decisions, you make bad choices, you're locked into bad contracts. So, it's important to be patient, make right choices and we'll be fine."

These statements amount to light pressure on management from Bryant. He's not demanding the world -- Deron Williams or Dwight Howard -- and he sounds like he has fully processed how hard the Lakers got jobbed in the Chris Paul fiasco. But he's also not willing to settle with the roster status quo, or he wouldn't publicly verbalize how "sure" he is that moves are coming.  

After a shaky start, the Lakers are stuck in the middle of the crowded Western Conference table, sitting in seventh place with a record of 14-11 on Thursday. They're just 1.5 games out of the fourth seed and just 1.5 games ahead of the eleventh seed, so roster improvement, even a "tweak" like Bryant describes, has major implications.

The Lakers stand out from that Western Conference pack as obvious buyers because of Bryant's all-or-nothing need to win a title, because of the large-market expectations that go with being the Lakers and because of the Lamar Odom trade exception, which allows L.A. to take on salary in a short-term roster boost type move.

Given Bryant's steadiness and center Andrew Bynum's health and career-year production, all eyes continue to be on the point guard position, and the Lakers were recently linked to Ramon Sessions in one report. That move, or one similar, would qualify as a "tweak," and it would make a meaningful difference to L.A.'s playoff positioning.

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:58 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

"You are not going to win by adding an aging 30 year old". I guess Mychal Thomson and Bob Mcadoo didn't help Magic win a couple rings or Bill Walton didn't help Byrd get a third ring. It actually works quite often when the addition is complimentery to the existing talent. Perhaps not for several years but Kobe is looking only to this year. There are no absolutes in life Jim F13. Good franchises seem to find a way to make the right moves and bad ones don't.  

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:42 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Stay away from the old guys. Get young athletic talent as it comes available. You are not going to win by adding an aging 30+ year old.
Other teams have tried it- it rarely works.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:16 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Sessions might solve the port guard spot problem for now and possible the future. From what I have read on other post and other players he would be a good point guard. We would have sufficient back up with the current crop of players left. Fish would come off the bench upon acquiring Sessions or drastically reduce the minutes of Fish.

We might be able to get Sessions without getting ride of one of our core players such as Pau.

Other threads have indicated that Boston would be interested in Pau for Rondo. I would not give the Celtics anything. Besides Garnet plays the same position as Pau does. If Pau is to play then he might be required to play center where a few years back these same Celtics ruled Pau as a not strong enough to play that position. Maybe Garnet would move to the center position.

The last time I remember the Lakers and Celtics making a trade was for Rick Fox, then there was the trade of Payton or was Payton a free agent?

Arenas should not be a consideration in coming to the Lakers . He brings unwanted baggage to the team and I don‘t think would be a good player to be in the locker room . We can do without it. We do not need a temporary fix that could cause more damage than it would be worth for this season


Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:22 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Interesting.  Kobe said what we all know.  I think it will be a tweak as well and not a major move.  I think Andrew Bynum's play has taken him out of Howard talks.  He is playing like the all-star he now is and even it were an even swap, it doesnt make the Lakers that much better than they are right now.  The look of a trade if a major tweak appears to be to move Gasol for pg help, but I think the Lakers can get a capable young pg like Sessions for much cheaper trading price.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:21 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

The Laker's definitely have to make some roster move or moves.  There's nothing much coming off the bench.  If the Laker's "BIG 3" don't produce, they lose and lose big.  The bench has either been non-existent and/or inconsistent.  They have some good parts and I totally believe in the sum of all the parts.  If the Lakers could get both Sessions and Arenas, they would solidy the Point Guard position as well as the 2-Guard position.  I still think Arenas can play as he is still somewhat young. 

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