1. They have the pieces. Whether it takes Bynum or Pau it would be worth it.
2. Kobe has taken former nobodies Trevor Ariza and Shannon Brown and turned them into very good NBA players. Imagine how he could make the underachieving Melo achieve or even overachieve...
3. After Phil retires this year the Lakers are going to need a fresh talent like Melo if they plan to continue their dominance. (Which I'm sure they do.)
Why should the Lakers trade away their size/length? That's the true thing making them unique at this point.
They have 3 solid bigs and they could possibly trade one and some picks and other pieces to get Melo. Lakers could make a possible better offer than the Knicks.
Don't agree one bit. The Lakers are in win now mode and in order to beat boston they will need that size.
If Denver is willing to take Bynum for Melo then i might just do that one. Not for Paul though.
But all this is fantasy anyone so it has zero to no chance of ever happening
Pau doesn't always play with the fire needed. Furthermore Pau won't be an heir to Kobe, they'll just fizzle out together. Melo can be that heir, it's a great opportunity business wise and it will be the spark they need basketball wise.
Did you really compare Melo to Trevor Ariza and Shannon Brown? I don't care if it wasn't a direct comparison, they should not be in the same case. compare him to Kobe taking on Gasol, if anything...
No way Gasol is traded but Bynum could be an option but I just cannot see it happening, would Melo be happy playing 2nd string to Kobe - the Lakers are still Kobe's team for a few more years yet and how do you then dish the shots out between Melo and Gasol for example. Melo would not want to be a 3rd option and Gasol has been Kobe's number 2 since he arrived in LA to great success.
I figure the Lakers give it another year to 2012 to see where Bynum is at as regards that team option and if he hasn't reached the level they had hoped, they use him as the basis for a move for a major FA then.
Hold on he def compared Melo to Ariza and then called Melo and underachiever. Kobe didn't make any of them guys a better player Phil Jackson did.345
Paul doesn't need to play with fire all the time ( i think two titles have proven that). If Bynum wasn't hurt every year then that might be possible but the fact that he gets hurt makes it dumb to even think about trading Paul. Kobe has at least 2-3 more very good years in him and he doesn't need a heir right away. The lakers will get someone to come in possibly two stars so the future disn't that big of a deal.
And IF I'm Denver, I don't want Bynum or Pau.
Bynum is always injured (he's injured now with a bone bruise in his knee). Pau is 30 years old. I'd rather get salary cap relief, young players and/or picks.
The Lakers really dont need a trade..They need readjustment and more of an effort on defense from their roster..Artest is having his worst season..He's gotten away from focusing on defense and is trying to score more, forcing up bad shots....The only trade they should be looking to make is for Shooters to open up the floor .....
I'll love to see Fisher go to the bench and Blake start...Blake hasnt gotten a complete understanding of their offense...And seems to be confused as to where he should be when he checks in..Playing with the 1st unit of good passers and penetrators like Kobe,Gasol and Artest will give him plenty of shots...Ebanks young legs and energy would be a big help..
Ron Artest is garbage... He's best days are behind him.
Even if they wanted to trade him, no team would bite due to his contract and his poor play. He's actually a better rapper than he is a basketball player now lol.
Agreed they dont need a trade. All this fuss over how bad they look yet they are the number 2 seed in the west and we all know they look pretty normal during the regular season every year ( even the Shaq /Kobe years) And regular/Disappointing to them is second place in the regular season. The funny thing is i can honestly say that i don't really see a team int eh west that they won't beat in a Seven game series. I don't even fear the east (Except Boston, thats one team i really, really fear)
Can't wait till Matt Barnes gets back
They need to start Matt Barnes over Ron Artest
getting free agents to come there. For Bynum yes, but Pau no. They will need to give up more than Bynum though to get Melo.
I wonder if Bynum,Ebanks,Caracter,Shannon Brown would do it for Melo and J.R Smith ( reports are they might just let him walk)
I've never in my life seen so much panic over a team that is 2nd place in a superior conference.
Let me make one thing clear: Melo is not underachieving even though the Nuggets are losing. He needs to leave but I'm betting money it won't happen until the offseason and he will sign with the Knicks. Even though he will lose money this way. I am convinced this is what will happen. (He wants out of Denver that badly)
Not going to happen, no way Melo goes to Lakers.
16 titles. Let someone else win!!!
Someone needs to explain to me how Andrew Bynum could and should be a centerpiece in any deal. He's never healthy
Potential. Even when someone is Injury Prone when they are young people will always want them because of Potential. Thats the reason teams would still trade for Oden
Potential is what kills jobs.
If I'm a GM, I want 2 1st round picks if I'm taking Bynum back personally. Too much risk AND you can lock him up to miss 15-20 games a season. If your a team with a younger potential star and you add Bynum? I think it can work, but you add Bynum to be your centerpiece, I think that's a terrible idea.
Yeah Potential can get you praised or fired. If you dont Pick with Potential in mind the first round would be full of SR. The first couple of picks would go liek this
Pretty much they are not gonna get a superstar center piece.
Nets were gonan give Favors,Harris etc
Knicks Landry, Randolph, Gallo
Guys who probably will never be allstars. With Bynum if healthy he Will be a Allstar On top of all that Nene wants out.
Doesn't matter though because Bynum isn't going anywhere and Melo isn't coming to L.A unless L.A makes a play to get him
If I was Denver, I'd take New Jersey's deal. Getting back Favors, Harris and a couple 1st rounders seems ideal. You can move both Harris, Billups and Nene is wanted to and get more.
Thats the deal i'd take as welll. And i think they wanted to but they kept tryna add more and the Russian got fed up and pulled the deal. That surprised Denver. Melo even said he was willing to meet with the Nets and he laughs at all these so called rumors and sources because he hasn't said a word. Thats why i no longer put stock into " A very close source says so and so is gonna go here for sure"
Yea. I think Melo is playing games. I'm just nervous because the Knicks did this last season. Lay in wait until the 12th hour and just gave up alot. I hope we don't do this again
Thats the thing though Melo hasn't said a word so he's not the one playing games or spreading the rumors, its people who know or think they know him and Agents (mostly agents) who try to get there client to go to the place they can benifit from the most. Agents put out 95percent of the rumors that are out there without talking to there clients
Bynum's deal in 2012-13 is a team option and as the Lakers would have to do a sign and trade for any major free agent moves, his salary would likely form the main part to balance the deal. What any receiving team did with Andrew Bynum after then would be up to them but as he'd still only be 24 years old then he may well be seen as being as good a replacement as you could get for any top FA.
Bynum's contract is big but the Lakers structured it so that it would not cripple them long term if he doesn't ever reach the heights hoped of him.