I don't see it any other way. The other reason the deal may not have gone down is Cook's contract. He now makes right at 3 million for the next 3 years, which is nothing brutal. That just went into play on July 11th. Kwame is still in the deal, as is Bynum. JC could have been added to any deal, but not from a contractual standpoint until 30 days after he signed, which I believe will be Aug. 2. The Lakers did sign him very quickly, by the way, after Kupchak went on to say that he is talented but rookies picked below 15 rarely do much in their first year. Now, the deal either awaits until it can be completed or is not going to happen at all. The Lakers also signed Fisher, and they do have Farmar. Maybe the Lakers see JC as a guy who can play 1 and 2, and they think Bynum is coming into his own, and they refuse the deal. I think they have to do it. I do believe the Lakers would like a Farmar, Bynum, Brown, Cook, 2008 #1, 2010 #1, instead of the same deal with JC, with just a 2008 #1 being offered. As I said on the Lakers board, the Pacers deserve JC in this deal if no LO.
If you told me one team does not do this deal it would be the Lakers, because these guys are young and gifted, plus Fisher has signed, which should shut Kobe up. That being said, they are still a #5 seed in the west as is. Getting JO would put them at #3 behind SA and Suns, jumping ahead of Dallas and Utah. My guess is the deal gets completed, and the little signs with Kwame, DA, comments made by Lakers and Pacers regarding draft and free agency, lead me to believe this deal has a pretty good chance of going down come August. If by the second week of August nothing has hapenned, we know it is dead. And us Laker fans and Pacer fans can go our separate ways, as I invade your turf again.