Well, it looks like my team is going bye-bye again in round 1. The Lakers are in a position, with Bryant being in his prime, that they must add a significant piece via trade. They have no free agent money and a trade is their only option to improve. The Pacers are a young team that can use some young pieces and a draft pick or two. It seems to me that giving up JO would signal the rebuilding of the franchise, and you have some nice young pieces (Granger, Diogu, Daniels). The whole point of the deal from a Laker standpoint would be to get to a title level quickly, so I don't see Odom going in the deal, and the Pacers do not need Odom anyway at this stage (glut of forwards). Remember, LA would be doing this for the present, and is JO that much better than Lamar and Kwame put together? I am not sure. More than likely, this would be the deal:
Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, Vlad Radmanovich, 2008 #1
JO and David Harrison
Bynum is the Lakers big prospect, but it is obvious that it will take him a few years to reach his potential, which the Lakers may not have at this point. He has size and talent, but is a true center, which may not be the great thing it used to be. He can guard the post 5s, but has trouble keeping up with an Amare (who doesn't). I know you guys do not need Rad, but you can maybe move him down the road and you will get yourself a young center for the next 8-10 years, plus Kwame (good rotation big) and a number one. Kobe, LO, JO with the addition of a guard and a 3 to complement Walton would at least give the Lakers a chance to compete for a ring (they would still rank behind Suns and Spurs). By the way, the Lakers cannot give up Farmar simply because they have no other PGs. He is all they have. And Tinsley to LA ain't gonna happen, because he is as non-triangle as it gets. Another possible problem would be if the Pacers are going to ask for this year's Laker pick. The Lakers really need the pick to get a guard, badly! As I said, I would gladly offer the 08 pick, and to complete the deal I guess I would offer a lottery protected pick in 2010 (cannot offer picks in consecutive years due to c.b.a.). Well, I am happy to be here and look forward mixing it up with the great basketball fans of Indiana.