What Lakers should do....
With the new cap rules and Lakers only getting older they should look to trade Pau for young players. They were just talking to Minny maybe a Williams, Beasley and Johnson? They should look to get younger, faster and more cap friendly contracts. What I'm trying to say is the Lakers should look for a 3 for 1 when trading Pau.
I think they should try to move Bynum to be honest he is prone to injury and has a bad attitude.
You don't trade a great player for a bunch of Timberwolves. Kobe is on the decline, so it makes zero sense to cash out for 2012 and 2013. They have to make moves for now and hope that the likes of Darius Morris, Devin Ebanks, and Derrick Caracter can develop into rotation players (all have the talent to do so).
The Lakers are going to have to cash in their trade exception in midseason to get someone to replace some amount of Lamar Odom's production. Big men with those array of skills are in short supply. They are going to learn shortly that Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy aren't in the same spectrum as Odom, and have to go on a scavenger hunt to find help. At that point, all they are doing is hoping some team gets stupid and hands them talent for financial savings and picks.
See its short term thinking that gets teams into problems. Let's just say they do trade for the Minny players a team of Kobe, Bynum, Beasley, Williams, Johnson, McRoberts is a nice core 6.
The fact that McRoberts is the 4th best player on the Lakers now says to me they won't be playing for a ring. Hanging on to Pau for one more year at 18 million a season just pushes you back a year.
Dallas showed us last year that with a top 10 player and a deep team you can win.
Short term thinking got San Antonio a title in 2007, Boston a title in 2008, the Lakers back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, and the Mavericks the title last year. The Mavericks were the oldest team in the NBA. They dealt Devin Harris for Jason Kidd. It was young for old. They took on money and age to acquire Marion and Chandler. They were always aggressive in acquiring proven winners, and by the way did it again in stealing Lamar Odom.
If the Lakers put out a roster of Kobe, Bynum, Beasley, Williams, Johnson, and McRoberts, they will be lucky to make the first round of the playoffs in the West. They'll waste what is left of Kobe's career, and then basically have a bunch of guys who don't play defense, aren't that big, and not elite offensive talents. To have any chance to get another title in Kobe's career, they need more guys like Pau not more guys who play one side of the court.
why would they trade away thier young core for pau it is really bad for minnesota, Beasley is finally motivated so he will keep improving. I would rather have him than a 30 year old pau. That would put to waste what kahn just did which was acquire as much talent as he could and to waste it on pau would be dumb
they should blow it up now and trade everybody for young assets and rebuild so that they can get as much value out of thier roster as they can because they wont win any more championships with thier team now and in a place like LA its championship or bust. In sports its better to be really good or really and not mediocore (because then you end up like portland because they know they will make the playoffs but lose in the first two rounds) because when you are bad for two or three years you get two or three great young players via the draft and you can have cap space to sign a good free agent or two and then they will be set up for another 10 years. I know I am going to get negatives but thats the truth.
i see where you are going with this trade idea but i dont think either team would do this
I think that they should trade Gasol to Houston for Scola, Martin, and dragic. Houston was ready to give them up in the CP3 deal, and probably still want Gasol. This trade is great for the Lakers, because while I agree with Leroy that Bynum is injury prone, I think they gotta take their chance. With the aforementioned deal, the Lakers get upgraded at the point, get an extra backcourt scorer that can light it up, and aguy who is on par with Gasol offensively. While you do lose Gasol's height that clogs up the middle, you still have scroing threats that should mesh, and if Kobe or Martin could play the 3, they would be in great shape.