I've been visiting my brother in NYC and have been busy as hell. Guess no deal went down prior to the draft, but I would not discount it, yet. After July 1, Brian Cook's salary went up to a bit over 3 million, which will help. The Lakers also obtained Crittenton, which, along with their inevitable guard signing (Fisher), will allow them to trade either Farmar or Crittenton, probably Crittenton. The Lakers also probably would want back Harrison, particularly if Mihm leaves. In fact, Mihm leaving would signify to me that this deal maybe will not happen, because JO would play center, and would not have a backup because Kwame is in the deal. That being said, I'll assume the Lakers sign Mihm, for argument's sake. I see the trade as follows:
Crittenton, Kwame, Cook, Bynum, 2009 #1, and either Mo Evans or Aaron McKie (he will retire and the Lakers will cash you out for it)
You get a starting PG and a starting C for possibly the next 10 years. I am a Lakers fan, and there are some out there even with Kobe's *****ing that want to stand pat. I don't. The other big deal the Lakers may make would be this:
Kwame, Bynum, Odom, Evans or McKie, 2009 #1
Basically, assumming the Lakers had both deals on the table, the 1-3 positions are the same. Basically, you have to ask whether you would rather have Blount and KG, or Lamar and JO. To me, I would take Lamar and JO, but that can be argued, too. The Pacers have to be wary of the decent possibility that JO may opt out if the team fails to qualify this year. And I don't believe his value will be higher as the deadline approaches. Now, JO has his normal value. His value will not get higher, but maybe it could lower. If they deal him, now would be the time. If I were Bird or Walsh I would deal him, and as a Laker fan I am pleased that we at least can put a very solid offer like this on the table for a top 20 NBA player in JO.