3 Hands the Lakers Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Deal

3 Hands the Lakers Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Deal


Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala — All incredible talents and players that could take the Lake Show in a new direction. Still, amid all the trade talk, rumors and speculation the Lakers players that have been linked with possible moves just seem to be too good to lose. Despite some problems this year, the Lakers frontcourt tandem of Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom remain some of the best, most gifted players the league has to offer. So why is Los Angeles so eager to pack their bags and send them to LAX to hit the road like Ray Charles or fouled out Jack’s at STAPLES Center? Sure, the loss to this years champion Dallas Mavericks revealed some difficulties, but putting these players on the block, even two at a time for potential new players (no matter how good they are) just doesn’t seem right. The punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Let’s investigate why.


The player that the Lakers fans seem most eager to get rid of is the one guy that took the Lakers from the basement to the high-rises of back-to-back championships. Now you don’t have to be called Alanis to know that that’s ironic. Gasol is arguably the most important Laker of the last five years, don’t you think? Sure, this year Pau’s play in the Western semifinals was not on full, but he was riddled with personal trouble. Now I know that these matters should be left at the door with basketball, as he should have been leaving it all on the floor, but still, sometimes things are too much and get the better of even the strongest minds.

That’s a key word right there, ‘strong’. Pau’s other ‘problem’ is that he’s been labelled ‘soft’ for nearly his entire career. The matter of this fiction however, is that just because he’s European and skilled doesn’t make him less able to bang inside with the leagues best big men. SLAM magazine said it best in a feature titled ‘Soft As A Rock’: “After his first Laker year loss to Boston Pau toughened up to the level of guys like Kevin Garnett and he can more then hold his own against hulking Adonis’ like Dwight Howard … just not in the trade market it seems.”

It’s also Gasol’s serious skill-set that helps him gas up the Lakers offense. Back in the day, Shaq was renowned for his perfect passing (probably because it seemed unusual coming from such a big body), but Pau’s precision is taken at read and even ignored. Plus from Olive Oil armed post-moves (those biceps have some Popeye spinach) to fancy footwork and a never back-down, post-championship attitude, this guy has it all. From strong dunks, stares and screams to a nice mid-range jumper, Pau’s unpredictable game is what gives the Lakers offense it’s most potency and power. How could you even trade the guy that helped the Lakers almost three-peat? Without him, forget about starting a new one.

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  • Luke Walton

    True, but how do expect to have the lakers compete with a point guard heavy league? Our perimeter defense needs to be improved namely at PG. I love Fish, but we need a new, young starting guard. This way D.Fish can have fresh legs and be able to shoot the lights out when we need him most.

    Unless Mitch can work a miracle (like he’s done before), we may need to trade one of our bigs to patch up this problem. I think the lakers would be championship bound with a new, speedy PG capable of cutting, a spot up 3-point shoot to round out the bench, and the majority of the other players in tact.

  • http://twitter.com/Diandra_M Diandra M.

    I agree.  I don’t think we need to trade just to be trading.  I think Lamar, Pau, and Drew are still great assets to this team.  And I really feel like Drew is gonna be a beast this upcoming season.

  • drose

    dumbest thing ive heard in my life… most important?

  • Latinolakerfan

    I still think Gasol is finished as a player, and if we can get a decent trade to bolster our bench before his time is up then why not? I don’t think we need to get rid of the Candy Man and I also agree that a healthy Bynum is just as good as any other center in the league if not better… But do we take the chance of Bynum ever being healthy for a full year let alone a few years or bring in a guy like Superman 2.0 who can deliver year in and year out? If we loose Bynum we gain DH so Gasol has a center who draws attention and will give him easier looks. If we get rid of Gasol then we can get a starting PG and have Fish come off the bench plus we can add a few shooters to our bench. I think that trading Gasol makes more sense than any but I would be ok with a Bynum trade. Either way, L.O. Should remain in the purple and gold!!!

    • Oldmanflow

      Trading Pau makes absolutely no sense. Yes the Lakers need a PG, but why would you give up one of the most skilled big men in the league for one? And how exactly does that strengthen the bench? It doesn’t; it acually weakens the bench. Who’s going to play back up center then? When Drew goes to the bench Pau slides over and LO plays PF. Trade Pau for a PG, then Lamar has to start and Fisher goes to the bench. Now you’re taking the best 6th man in the league and making him a starter while replacing him with an aging PG. Would you really perfer Fisher coming off the bench over LO? They can easily pick up a decent free agent PG without giving up one of their core players. Then you can send Fish to the pine and that really does bolster the bench. You also mentioned Bynum’s health concerns. We got Gasol when Andrew went down the first time, so why would you trade an All-star insurance policy for a bunch of bench players? Makes no sense. One more thing, do you honestly think Pau’s finished as a player at the ripe old age of 30?

      • Bij73

        lakers need to have a heady PG that  knows how to react to certain stops on their play.one PG that attracts the defense as well.Opening the middle would greatly help the lakers offense.

        • Oldmanflow

          I agree 100%, but giving up Gasol in order to get one is not the answer. Instead of solving a problem you’re creating more problems. Phil Jackson refused to play rookies. Mike Brown may have a different philosophy. We just drafted a decent PG and Steve Blake is capable of playing the point. He just might be more comfortable in a new system next season. Also, there’s always the posibility of piicking up a veteran free agent who wants to play for a contender. Mitch is always pulling a rabbit out of his hat so it’s really no need to panic.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T25GSDTFRBNX6WZGKYBNGHDMRQ Margarite

      Bynum gettig injured is getting old! You may never see him injured again.

  • Sophoqyute23

    let us start we our rookies. i know they can give us the solutions in our problem.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T25GSDTFRBNX6WZGKYBNGHDMRQ Margarite

    Bynum is going to be the man! The Lakers getting a point guard will give Bynum the opportunity to expand his game to another level. Derrick Fisher was Kobe’s point guard he never gave Drew the opportunity, he very seldom passed the ball into the paint. With a real point guard you will see Bynum dominate the paint. Judging Bynum game without a point guard is a mistake.People talking about trading Bynum for Howard have no clue what the hell they are talking about. Watch this year when he become the focus of the offense Bynum is going to surprise all you non believers. Howard is good but in the long run Bynum will be a better player

  • Slowroller463

    I think Barron Davis would be nice with out having to get rid of any key players.