Let's not kid ourselves here.....this is a chance for the Lakers to get another 1st round draft pick ( a 17th pick ) in exchange for players that the Lakers don't really need ( George/Slava/Cook ).
On top of that....they take on the gamble that the Pacers have been sitting on for years by taking on Bender's contract.
I have always said......any GM that voluntarily takes Bender off of our hands should either be fired or questioned as to WHY he is doing it. I'm beginning to wonder if the Pacers should backup off of this and keep both Bender and the 17th pick.
Although this year's draft doesn't yield a "Sure fire" pick....I think its deep enough where the Pacers ( even at tht 17th pick ) can draft a solid backup PF/SF player that can actually pan out.