Fixing the Lakers...
Obviously after being knocked out of the 2nd round of the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row, the Lakers are going to need to make a change in order to contend for a title before Kobe's championship window closes. Here are a couple trades that I've been hearing about and some that I've been playing around with on the trade machine. Which one/ones do you think they should make and/or are there any ones I haven't included that you think they can pull off to make a legit run at the title?
Sometimes a trade can be made as being the first step in something bigger. With that being said, I like the Philly trade for LAL because they can flip either AI or Young into another player but I can not see Philly doing that for Pau. Bynum?!? Maybe Philly would be done for that. Brand is an older head but besides him, the core of that team is young. Philly should give them another 1-2 years before shipping anyone out but even if they do make moves early, they are stacked at the 1 and 2 spot so it would be in their best interest to move someone from there.
As far as all the other trades, I don't think the opposite team would be willing to do any of them except for the Orlando trade.
I am not a fan of Devin Harris but how about Paul Millsap for Pau?!? Of course, it would take more cash from Utah but Bynum and Millsap together?!? That's nice, strong and an atheltic duo that is far from soft. But again, why would Utah make a move for Pau considering the roster they have?!? If they still had Williams than yea but with this squad? No reason to bring in Pau.
Atlanta would surly want Bynum (a young 5 man) to team up with Horford (a 4 who is playing outside of his natural position) especially if they are sending out Marvin and Smith.
Pau is getting old brother. He's not 26 or 27 anymore. The best bet is sending him a team that they feel can "win now" with his addition. Before Indiana signed West, I thought they would try to make a move for Pau. I am not sure what they would have offered considering the Lakers and Pacers roster but I had imagined such a deal being discussed.
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With the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, the Hawks were constantly on the road and had few practices when they were at home. That at times left Horford to work out alone.
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