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Do Lakers Trade Rumors for Bynum & Pau Make Sense?

Dwight's Grown Up a Bit Since This.

From the large amount of internet articles, twitter profiles and discussions on both television and sports blogs alike, everyone has heard of the speculated Bynum/Howard trade.

The presence of Dwight Howard, three time Defensive Player of the Year and five time NBA All-Star, has made the Magic a team to contend with since he was drafted by Orlando in 2004. Standing at 6’11 and playing Center, Howard has a display of blocks, dunks, and drives throughout every NBA season, making him one of the most well known big men in the game today.

On the other hand, the Lakers still have hold of Andrew Bynum. GM Mitch Kupchak recently told Lakers.com that “there’s no player in the league for whom the Los Angeles Lakers would trade Andrew Bynum, as long as Bynum is able to stay healthy and maintain his current high level of play”. While Laker fans may believe getting one of the best Centers in the league in Howard could automatically solve the woes of the 2010-11 season, we need to remember what happened with the Miami Heat. They received some of the best, and believed they had it all. In the end, however, they were not the ones hoisting up the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, and not one member of the “Big Three” was able to claim the Finals MVP as their own. The Heat are now in the same boat as every other team in the NBA besides Dallas; unsuccessful and needing to try again.

The Lakers are one of the greatest franchises in the history of sports. With that said, they would be able to get some of the greatest physical therapists, trainers, and surgeons on hand for whatever injury their players may acquire. If Andrew Bynum is able to stay healthy and on top of his game, he will be the deciding factor for the Lakers for many years to come.

I’ve already seen major changes, beyond the obvious, since Bynum was drafted to the Lakers in 2005. He showed us he was here to play in his rookie season, when facing the Miami Heat he was matched up against Laker legend Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq was able to dunk over Bynum on a putback attempt, but as soon as the Lakers went down to the other side of the floor, Bynum responded with a spin around O’Neal to dunk the ball himself. Bynum then ran down the court, putting an elbow into Shaq, who responded with an elbow in the Laker Centers chest, causing a scuffle which Kobe Bryant, coincidentally, had to break apart.

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Also, as a fan watching Bynum week after week, I’ve seen his body and demeanor change. He looks like he has lost a lot of unneeded weight, and built up muscle. He’s become more dominant in the paint, gaining more rebounds than ever, which proved necessary throughout the 2011 playoffs when Gasol seemed to be off in his own world. I believe there is no reason to fix things that are not broken. Bynum has worked through injuries before, some very serious compared to others. After looking around the league this season and seeing players sit out, such as Rondo for a “jammed finger” in the 2011 playoffs, having a player with such tenacity and desire to play the game is something that cannot be taught, and Los Angeles needs to keep hold of the greatness that they already have.

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  • speedygreene

    I thought Rondo only missed a half or so cause of a dislocated elbow

    • Hannah

      he sat out for a “jammed finger” as well. i remember writing on his facebook about it haha.

    • Hannah

      he sat out for a “jammed finger” as well. i remember writing on his facebook about it haha.

      • http://www.facebook.com/arjun.dhanoa Arjun Dhanoa

        Rondo’s a straight baller and is mad tough. If he sat out it must have been serious. Although I have to say I love Bynum’s competitiveness and how he always battles back to try and compete in the playoffs, injuries be damned. Frankly I feel Phil has limited Bynum’s production with his sporadic minutes allocations much more than any injuries have held Bynum back. No matter how effective Bynum has been, it seems like Phil was always reluctant to play him in the 4th, and when he came back from injuries the previous few years, it was like he only got the first 6 minutes of each half, then was basically cast aside as a bench warmer. I see big things for Byny under Mike Brown, who has been instructed to install an offense centered around the two bigs. 20 and 12 are realistic and achievable for Byny this year.

  • speedygreene

    I thought Rondo only missed a half or so cause of a dislocated elbow

  • speedygreene

    I thought Rondo only missed a half or so cause of a dislocated elbow

  • Jkf

    Kevin Love is a great player…. but trading Gasol for him would be one of the biggest mistakes in Laker history…… u don’t trade a player who brought two championships in a 4 yr span

  • Jkf

    Kevin Love is a great player…. but trading Gasol for him would be one of the biggest mistakes in Laker history…… u don’t trade a player who brought two championships in a 4 yr span

  • Jkf

    Kevin Love is a great player…. but trading Gasol for him would be one of the biggest mistakes in Laker history…… u don’t trade a player who brought two championships in a 4 yr span

  • David

    if this trade goes down mitch kupchak goes from luckiest gm to fuckin stupidest man alive

  • Grandslamtix.com

    i would like to see Gasol and Bynum out. Im gonna think realistic here: Give up Gasol and Bynum to get Dwight. You’re shaving so much cap in the long run. Sure, if the lakers do this, dont be shocked to see a package with Arenas or Turk in the Dwight deal. Both in which could change the dynamic of the Lakers in a good way. Artest could give Arenas some pointers, and Turk could be a deep threat off the bench and play PF or SF…while also if Shannon leaves Arenas could play PG or SG.

  • Kleanspam

    Kemba Walker (potentially) + Kevin Love for Gasol? I love Gasol but that would solve a lot of issues for our future PG.

  • Thedukejr03

    if the Lakers can get love, 2nd overall pick (kemba walker) and wesley johnson then i would say make the trade now lol but i doubt the wolves would give up johnson too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/arjun.dhanoa Arjun Dhanoa

      Wesley Johnson shouldn’t be the key point in the deal, he’s over rated, and what does he give us better than Barnes anyways? Love and the #2 would be attractive as it is, and LA wouldn’t spend the 2nd pick on Kemba. Frankly we just need a PG who’s a knock down 3 point shooter to keep the floor spaced, who makes good decisions & plays strong D. Kemba wouldn’t be a good fit in LA…

  • Thedukejr03

    if the Lakers can get love, 2nd overall pick (kemba walker) and wesley johnson then i would say make the trade now lol but i doubt the wolves would give up johnson too.

  • Poloman77

    If the Lakers can get the 2nd pick (from Wolves) and Kevin Love then this trade should be done immediately!!  Gasol CANNOT be trusted.  He failed Phil Jackson, his teammates and the entire Laker Nation with his soft out of touch play. 

    • Ak Best

      i agree if we trade gasol and luke for love and the second round pick then do it asap

    • Ak Best

      i agree if we trade gasol and luke for love and the second round pick then do it asap

    • m3

      Anyone who saw the playoff knows in their heart.. PAU MUST GO!! You dont pull that crap in the playoffs… Not to mention Love has great touch from 3point land, is a great passer, and a monster rebounder. Couple that with the number two pick and the shipping of luke walton and the Laker are DEFINITELY back in business…. With those ANGREY men that Coach Brown is looking for.

    • m3

      Anyone who saw the playoff knows in their heart.. PAU MUST GO!! You dont pull that crap in the playoffs… Not to mention Love has great touch from 3point land, is a great passer, and a monster rebounder. Couple that with the number two pick and the shipping of luke walton and the Laker are DEFINITELY back in business…. With those ANGREY men that Coach Brown is looking for.

    • m3

      Anyone who saw the playoff knows in their heart.. PAU MUST GO!! You dont pull that crap in the playoffs… Not to mention Love has great touch from 3point land, is a great passer, and a monster rebounder. Couple that with the number two pick and the shipping of luke walton and the Laker are DEFINITELY back in business…. With those ANGREY men that Coach Brown is looking for.

    • Giovanypuyuelo

      Gasol needs to go he is soft no matter how much he tries,and at his position you need a real POWER FORWARD as the word states look at past games film, he has trouble with black players at that position he thinks he’s a point guard…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689995672 Kevin Shiau

    If you want to win now, you keep Pau and hope he grows a pair.  If you want to think about post-Kobe future with HOPEFULLY  a healthy Bynum, you think about the Love trade.  If the trade boils down to something like Love, bad contract, bad contract, and their #2 pick, by default we would HAVE to send back Gasol and Odom at the minimum.  Nobody wants to include Odom in any trade, but as it stands, the Lakers have no expiring contracts, no young/promising filler, 1st round picks.  We’re basically loaded with veterans under some BAD contracts (looking at Luke and Blake), untradeable guys that nobody wants (Artest and Fish), bench-warmers (Johnson, Caracter, Ebanks), and Kobe.  I don’t know if getting Love, the #2 pick, and some losers from Minnesota is an upgrade from having Pau and Odom….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689995672 Kevin Shiau

    If you want to win now, you keep Pau and hope he grows a pair.  If you want to think about post-Kobe future with HOPEFULLY  a healthy Bynum, you think about the Love trade.  If the trade boils down to something like Love, bad contract, bad contract, and their #2 pick, by default we would HAVE to send back Gasol and Odom at the minimum.  Nobody wants to include Odom in any trade, but as it stands, the Lakers have no expiring contracts, no young/promising filler, 1st round picks.  We’re basically loaded with veterans under some BAD contracts (looking at Luke and Blake), untradeable guys that nobody wants (Artest and Fish), bench-warmers (Johnson, Caracter, Ebanks), and Kobe.  I don’t know if getting Love, the #2 pick, and some losers from Minnesota is an upgrade from having Pau and Odom….

  • milband

    If the trust issues Bynum spoke about are anything to do with Gasol and his girlfriend, maybe it’s better if he goes elsewhere. He obviously did not have the drive in the playoffs that he had the past two years, and rumors abound as to what actually happened between him and his girl.  Something about Kobe’s wife, Shannon Brown, who knows what is true and what isn’t.  At any rate, if Pau doesn’t want to play for these guys anymore because of what happened, it would be better for him and for the Lakers if he is able to go and start over with a new team.  That said, a trade for Kevin Love makes a lot of sense.  Tha guy is a beast in the mold of Blake Griffin, just with a bit more rebounding and a bit less scoring.  I think a good fit, and if Pau and Luke are the cost, it may be worth it.

  • RockitD

    Bynum is a question mark. He hasn’t played a full season healthy yet!!! If you can get the best center in the league (without giving up Odom), make it happen!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DX2L4BAEZEK2FDR7AG573N66YY Ronald M

    No it make no sense, Bynum will be a great player the Lakers don’t need Howard, they also need to keep Pau and forget about messing with their height advantage. Point guard for the bigs!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DX2L4BAEZEK2FDR7AG573N66YY Ronald M

    No it make no sense, Bynum will be a great player the Lakers don’t need Howard, they also need to keep Pau and forget about messing with their height advantage. Point guard for the bigs!

  • GooooLakers

    If Beasley and Klove aren’t involved in the Pau sweepstakes, forget about it, don’t do it

  • GooooLakers

    If Beasley and Klove aren’t involved in the Pau sweepstakes, forget about it, don’t do it

  • GooooLakers

    If Beasley and Klove aren’t involved in the Pau sweepstakes, forget about it, don’t do it

  • Jim

    Howard is the best center in the league, and one of the BEST players in the league, period! Trading Bynum or Pau and whomever else for Howard should be a no brainer! What is there to discuss?? How can anyone say that Bynum is anything close to Howard, when Howard is simply a BEAST all around (except ft) & Bynum is only a very good center, and that’s IF he’s healthy. Get real people…

  • Jim

    Howard is the best center in the league, and one of the BEST players in the league, period! Trading Bynum or Pau and whomever else for Howard should be a no brainer! What is there to discuss?? How can anyone say that Bynum is anything close to Howard, when Howard is simply a BEAST all around (except ft) & Bynum is only a very good center, and that’s IF he’s healthy. Get real people…

  • http://www.facebook.com/seanembreystine Sean Embrey-Stine

    Bynum will never be close to as dominant as Shaq or Howard, I think the Lakers have over-rated Bynum  since the day they drafted him. He, at best, will average around 15 and 12, and be a third scoring option for the Lakers, as well as providing solid defense. Howard is more athletic, better at shot blocking, catching alley-oops, and equal to Bynum at all the things Bynum does well. I have no problem with Bynum providing what he provides for the Lakers, but if there was any chance of Orlando actually going for this, I think you have to pull the trigger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arjun.dhanoa Arjun Dhanoa

    No doubt Byny’s got his positives, but the bottom line is Howard would give us a stronger defensive presence, plus he’s amazing at creating extra points through offensive rebounds. Also you have to recognize the impact the refs have on the game. Howard, as the 3 time defending DPOY, is allowed to get away with much more than Byny can dream of. How often do the refs attribute marginal foul calls to ‘drew? It seems like he’s in foul trouble pretty much every game. As much as I love Bynum, I feel acquiring Dwight would make us title contenders. It sucks to give up a true Laker, and a competitor like Bynum, but you gotta give a little to get something back…

  • branchlkr

    Bring on  K-love because PAu and Drew haven’t really shown they can play well together. No knock to Pau, but Love is one of those guys who can double double and you don’t have to run plays for him. Throw in a no.2 pick and it is a good deal for both teams. Besides who better to bring along the spanish point guard tha
    n Pau?

  • ThousandRoses

    GET HOWARD & (3) YOUNG POINT GUARDS TO BACK KOBE UP…… Period!!!!

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