What the Lakers COULD HAVE done..
The nixed Chris Paul trade was one which mentally wounded both Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol. These two players were integral to the success of L.A. in its 3 trips to the finals spanning from 2007-2010. There were several deals and opportunities on the table that L.A. could have swayed this year to strengthen their bench. I will revisit some of what L.A. should have bit on and tried their hand at to make L.A. better than what they showed this postseason.
Exhibit A: Gasol and Odom
As a GM and a leader in Kobe, I would have to intervene and explain to the two that the NBA is a business and you can't get your feelings involved. With that said, get your minds right and lets compete for a title. Kobe should have stuck it out for Odom especially as we seen him do for Pau in the middle of the year. This move would have retained Odom.
Exhibit B: Proposed 3 team deal that involved Jamaal Crawford, Steve Blake, and Mike Beasley
Sources say that Minny was ready to send Mike Beasley to L.A. If I'm the Lakers, I would have gave them the 2nd round pick or trade exception that they once owned and sent Blake for Beasley. Portland woulda got a veteran PG and Minny gets a MUCH needed SG. The money worked for this trade and the move should have been made.
Exhibit C: Sessions for Walton, Kapono
This was a good move for L.A. that they capitalizaed on BUT used the pick from Dallas. Instead of that pick, I would have used the trade exception or the 2nd rounder if one or the other wasn't used in the hypothetical Steve Blake trade.
Exhibit D: Fisher, pick for Jordan Hill
L.A. did this trade for salary purposes, BUT I wouldn't have done it. I'd kept Fisher on board and let him mold and mentor Sessions to bring into the starting role.
Exhibit E: J.J. Hickson, Terrence Williams waived
L.A. should have signed Terrence Williams to a minimum contract after the Rockets dog-housed and waived him. Maybe L.A. should have flipped a Josh McRoberts for Hickson from the SAC Kings AND got a nice, young big.
Exhibit F: Gilbert Arenas
Sign him to a small contract since he will ALWAYS get paid from that GOD-AWFUL contract. Low risk, high reward. They waived Derrick Caracter which opened up a spot on their team, so Arenas would be able to come on-board.
Exhibit G: Matt Barnes
I woulda looked to move Matt Barnes and his expiring contract for a shooter, preferably Anthony Morrow of the New Jersey Nets. Marshon Brooks and Gerald Green have started getting Morrow's minutes so he will probably be out of the rotation. You give the Nets a tough vet at the SF position to play spot minutes for them.
The Lakers roster should have looked like this:
Reserves: PG- Ramon Sessions, SG- Terrence Willaims, SF- Mike Beasley, PF- Lamar Odom, C- J.J. Hickson, PG/SG- Andrew Goudelock, SF- Devin Ebanks, PG- Darius Morris, and PF- Troy Murphy.
It still doesn't get L.A. over the hump, but this is a MUCH deeper ball club that could learn if the money was enough for them to retain some of these guys in the future. You are younger, and athletic in key spots and have lots of versatility between Odom, Beasley, and Williams. S.hooters would be Morrow and Arenas, and some decent bigs in Murphy and Hickson.
The Lakers were simply not a championship caliber team and thats all there is to it.
The fans and media needs to realize that winning a championship is f*cking hard and believe it or not, but the Lakers and Yankees are not going to win every single year.
You were in pure attack mode and missed where I said IT STILL WOULDN'T GET THEM OVER THE HUMP. Lol. Gotta start being a little more open on here man and stop looking to show people up. #AtTheSameDamnTime
...in the fantasy land created by delusional Lakers' fans.
The Lakers have 3 great players. Bynum, Gasol, and Kobe are a championship core for sure. But those 3 guys and literally nothing else will not equal a championship. Artest has been god awful since he signed with them. Sessions was great for awhile, but that didn't last long. Barnes had maybe the worst season of his career. Steve Blake just stood around on the court and just let Kobe do it all. They definitely have the core, but it takes a lot more than a core to win a championship. They had a great engine, but no wheels to make it go.
Coach Brown said yesterday,that he wants more toughness from his frontcourt next year..So is he saying Bynum and Gasol are soft?
Alot of folks were excited when they got Sessions,but Sessions is a career reserve and played that way in the playoffs..
Pau lost his confidence late last season....Hard to say exactly what happen....Coach Brown is making the HUGE Mistake of playing him in the high post,when he should be inside....Bynum loses interest when he's not the focus of the offense..They have to talent to compete with anyone in a series..But lack the overall talent to win a title..
D-Will for Pau is a deal they should look into...If D-Will isnt interested in returning to The Nets..Pau for Iggy? 76'ers are looking for a change...
Lakers needs some young player off the bench who know what they are doing. Sessions will be better with a full off season and Jordan Hill was a good pick up. I do wish they would have kept Fisher because Kobe relied a lot on Fisher to make key plays late in games. Lakers had trouble finishing wish is the one thing Fisher did well. Blake should have been moved for someone.
The moves I posted are not ones which were "FANTASIES", they were all ones that L.A. could have made with initiative and execution. The Blake-Crawford-Beasley trade was ACTUALLY close to happening. Arenas was interested, Williams and Hickson were waived and available to be signed, and Odom and Gasol were both in L.A. Where was the there any part where I was ranting about IMPOSSIBLE moves that couldn't work for salary purposes? There wasn't any...ALL VIABLE and MOVES that could have been made.