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Lakers’ Priority Number One, Point Guard Position

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When the Los Angeles Lakers were swept out of the second round of this year’s playoffs, the major topic surrounded the possibility of acquiring Dwight Howard.  As some time has passed and the Laker community’s shock of an abrupt departure from the postseason has started to fade, the true needs and weaknesses are in full exposure, waiting to be addressed.  

With the recent hiring of new head coach, Mike Brown, the first need can be checked off the list.  One of the Lakers’ needs is to become more youthful and athletic.  However, the issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible relates to the point guard position.

Derek Fisher will without a doubt go down as one of the best point guards in the history of the Lakers.  Even though Fisher maintains the ability to make shots in the clutch, his level of performance for the entire 48 minutes of each game has been diminishing over the past two years. However, Fisher has stated that he intends to play through the remaining two years that are left on his contract.  While Fisher’s leadership cannot be replicated and he plays an integral role to the team, his minutes on the court and his overall statistical contributions are expected to dramatically decrease next season.

The addition of Steve Blake did not live up to expectations last season, which made the loss of Jordan Farmar even more apparent to Lakers fans.  The Lakers seemed to get by the regular season hiding the true weakness of the point guard position through stellar performances by Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom.  It was in the playoffs that this need was exposed by Chris Paul, Jason Kidd and J.J. Barea.  With the NBA becoming a league of the point guard, the Lakers must address this issue and address it this summer.

Some are calling for Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak to go after the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul.  Paul is a top three point guard in the league, but his acquisition would require a trade.  It is not known what Lakers would be on the trading block, but at least one of the Lakers’ bigs would have to go.  The length of the Lakers is and will continue to be the biggest strength among their competitors.  Therefore, the Lakers might be better off focusing on the player’s potential and fit with the rest of the team, rather than going after a point guard simply because of the player’s name.

Since this upcoming season is about transition and rebuilding, the Lakers might benefit from acquiring a skilled point guard through the draft or free agency.  After all, this need is the Lakers most important agenda item for this off-season.  This especially holds true based on Dwight Howard’s recent comments and activities indicating that he is going to stay in Orlando, at least to test the free agency waters in 2012.  The Lakers may need to move on from their interest in Howard and focus on the point guard position.

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  • Richardv0218

    Great story ill make sure to follow your stories!

  • Richardv0218

    Great story ill make sure to follow your stories!

  • MIKEMB21

    steve blake and ron ron for monte ellis!!!
    luke walton and draft pics for wes johnson!!
    LAKERS 2012 CHAMPS!!

    • Ruben91702

      they wont go for it.

    • Ruben91702

      they wont go for it.

      • http://twitter.com/GregSarpy GregSarpy

        Haha I can see that going over well “Take Steve Blake and Artest from us for Ellis..”    “Oh you mean the two most notorious Lakers for missing wide open 3′s for our 3 machine? Sounds like a deal!”

        although I think Blakes assist ability and Artest’s defensive Bill Laimbeer style of play would benefit the Warriors.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6U2ZHU7AJD6E7HFK4SRW3ETZNI rigged4fun@yahoo.com

    Much in the way Eric Pincus has been hedging his answers, the CBA will dictate what the Lakers will be doing regarding trades. I can easily see the Hornets trading Chris Paul for someone like Lamar. If Brown decides to make the offense more up tempo we will need someone to direct it like Paul. We still would need an effective outside shooter to take the weight off of Kobe. I guess we’ll see if there’s any stomach for making a big move after the CBA is settled.

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.lleonart John Lleonart

      CP3l would be that outside shooter. Blake and Barnes are good shooters who just felt hesitant learning the intricacies of the triangle. I’m sure our next offense will be more shooter friendly. I’m more inclined to keep Bynum and get rid of Gasol for CP3.

      • mcado

        Get rid on Pau.
        How avg 78 games a season.
        Who’s avg 18.4 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
        Who played in the past 3 NBA finals Pau Gasol.
        Who is one on the most highly skilled big men in the League!

        No Sir LIeonart. No Sir John.

        Bynum is good but he will never be able to play a full season.
        Bynum is slow, not highly skilled and his immature attitude will only get worst.
        Bynum can’t play in an high tempo game we saw that this year, why because he’s slow.
        What the film’s on Bynum and see how many plays he takes off during the coarse of a game.
        It’s not that he’s lazy but he just doesn’t have the desire or will to put through. At least it appears that way. Or He’s playing scared not wanting to get injured.

        Pau can play for another 5 years. Bynum will not. 

        • Dynamo84

          I am sorry Mcado you are so wrong I love Pau Gasol but he was nobody before joining the lakers.The reason why GMs like Larry bird and others in New Jersey Denver and Minnesota (if they could  do the Garnet trade over} wanted Bynum is he is that good.Some times numbers don’t always tell the full story.Do you score in the crutch  or do you stop people from scoring.Rebounding block shots keeping people out of the paint that’s what I want from my big man,I could get scoring from other positions on the court.I want my center scoring more in the paint than from the out side it puts more pressure on the other teams defense.One more thing If Orlando had to choose between Gasol or Bynum  if they are loosing Howard who would they choose.

        • Dynamo84

          I am sorry Mcado you are so wrong I love Pau Gasol but he was nobody before joining the lakers.The reason why GMs like Larry bird and others in New Jersey Denver and Minnesota (if they could  do the Garnet trade over} wanted Bynum is he is that good.Some times numbers don’t always tell the full story.Do you score in the crutch  or do you stop people from scoring.Rebounding block shots keeping people out of the paint that’s what I want from my big man,I could get scoring from other positions on the court.I want my center scoring more in the paint than from the out side it puts more pressure on the other teams defense.One more thing If Orlando had to choose between Gasol or Bynum  if they are loosing Howard who would they choose.

          • mcado

            Who would they choose?
            It’s simple they would choose a young 7″0 — they would choose Bynum.
            Betting that he would at least guard the paint – but Bynum is very limited in his skill set.
            It’s youth that they would be choosing not Bynum’s skill set – because let’s face it out of the 332 some odd games Bynum has played in – he may have about 75 solid games.
            If you’re watching the same games everyone else has been watching.

            Are you watching the Laker games? Yes Bynum’s had some spurts but out 5 years in the NBA he’s not played a full season.

            For the record Pau Gasol stats.  being the NBA Rookie of the year is not bad.
            Pau was NOT a nobody – the fact clearly show.  Bynum’s this good?
            2× NBA Champion (2009, 2010)NBA Rookie of the Year (2002)4× NBA All-Star (2006, 2009–2011)All-NBA Second Team (2011)2× All-NBA Third Team (2009–2010)NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)FIBA World Championship MVP (2006)EuroBasket MVP (2009)Spanish King’s Cup MVP (2001)Spanish League Finals MVP (2001)All-Euroleague Second Team (2001)7× European Player of the Year

            I’m not saying Bynum isn’t good but you’re making him out to be a franchise player and he’s not. Bynum uses his hieght as good as Wilt did but until he can longer periods of dominate a games from start to finish , he just a good big man not a great big man.

            Bynum has been in the league 5 years now – has not played a full season. The NBA is being played faster, faster and faster. Will he keep up? If you still think he’s all that and a bag of chips – then I’m glad Bynum has a fan base.  However, I think the Lakers need energy, youth, athleticism and quickness. Now is the time to get it – hence, I would trade Bynum to get it.

        • Dynamo84

          I am sorry Mcado you are so wrong I love Pau Gasol but he was nobody before joining the lakers.The reason why GMs like Larry bird and others in New Jersey Denver and Minnesota (if they could  do the Garnet trade over} wanted Bynum is he is that good.Some times numbers don’t always tell the full story.Do you score in the crutch  or do you stop people from scoring.Rebounding block shots keeping people out of the paint that’s what I want from my big man,I could get scoring from other positions on the court.I want my center scoring more in the paint than from the out side it puts more pressure on the other teams defense.One more thing If Orlando had to choose between Gasol or Bynum  if they are loosing Howard who would they choose.

      • Dynamo84

        It’s good see somebody who understands the game of basketball and talks smart about there team there are a lot of crazy ideas out there.

  • rondo

    Lebron James tell Dwight Howard what happens when you try taking the easy way out. Nothing good comes without a little hard work and some heartbreak(Dallas Mavericks) World Champs!

    • Dynamo84

      I am not a big fan of lebron James but Dwight Howard needs to leave that team if they don’t get a Chris Paul or Williams to Orlando.Nelson is not a super star he his numbers because he plays with Howard.Bad trades mess up the team they had in the Finals just two years ago all they really needed was a point guard at that point.Go Dwight go

  • lakerstillidie

    trade LO or Pau for Kevin Love and the no. 2 pick in the upcoming draft. then draft brandon knight. he is a very good point guard.

  • lakerstillidie

    trade LO or Pau for Kevin Love and the no. 2 pick in the upcoming draft. then draft brandon knight. he is a very good point guard.

    • Marty

      Add the 20th pick as well to the above.

    • Dynamo84

      Kevin Love big numbers on a losing team I just don’t buy him yet.I will keep LO and Gasol who have played under the pressure of being a Laker.

  • Dusty Church

    We obviously need to upgrade the point guard position, but this hasn’t been a point guard league in 20 years, so please stop writing that it is. Isaiah Thomas was that last pg to win a title as the best player on his team.

    • Bean Bryant

      It is a pg driven league buddy… U need a point to guide the team.. No one is saying the point has to be the best player on the team but u need a good point to win.. Mavs had jkidd and barea without them they wouldnt of won.. Spurs had tony parker, boston rondo.. Look at the future teams that we have bulls with drose and thunder with westbrook

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CAPG775SGO46RFCHQ4IB3P7JDQ catch you on the rebound

        gasol for westbrook and a 1st round pick?then we can get DH next year.

    • Ruben91702

      get cp3 and he will be the best player on the team.cp3 = championship!

    • Ruben91702

      get cp3 and he will be the best player on the team.cp3 = championship!

    • mcado

      You’re right.
      But if the Laker will address the issue then people would stop talking about it.
      The real is Mitch’s inability to draft and trade well.
      Jim Buss doesn’t know how to select players this is pretty clear.

      The NBA is moving to a pg driven league. For the Past 20 years the Lakers have won most of the Titles. So your right GREAT talent (Magic/Kareem, Shaq/Kobe and Kobe/Pau) will get you ring.

      But since the issue of PG is still outstanding – the Lakers need to address it – well they that’s the bigger question.

    • mcado

      You’re right.
      But if the Laker will address the issue then people would stop talking about it.
      The real is Mitch’s inability to draft and trade well.
      Jim Buss doesn’t know how to select players this is pretty clear.

      The NBA is moving to a pg driven league. For the Past 20 years the Lakers have won most of the Titles. So your right GREAT talent (Magic/Kareem, Shaq/Kobe and Kobe/Pau) will get you ring.

      But since the issue of PG is still outstanding – the Lakers need to address it – well they that’s the bigger question.

    • mcado

      You’re right.
      But if the Laker will address the issue then people would stop talking about it.
      The real is Mitch’s inability to draft and trade well.
      Jim Buss doesn’t know how to select players this is pretty clear.

      The NBA is moving to a pg driven league. For the Past 20 years the Lakers have won most of the Titles. So your right GREAT talent (Magic/Kareem, Shaq/Kobe and Kobe/Pau) will get you ring.

      But since the issue of PG is still outstanding – the Lakers need to address it – well they that’s the bigger question.

      • Hooter

        This is a pretty ridiculous comment.  “Mitch’s inability to draft and trade well”?  Dude, no GM in the league has brought their organization so much talent for so little in return.  Remember the Gasol trade? Getting Ariza for Brian Cook? Signing Artest? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/gmcorp Roly L Tan

    i believe they need chris paul more than they need dwight howard….trade bynum for cp3 and LA will be fine.

    • mcado

      Bynum for CP3.
      No way.
      Bynum for Howard now that’s a better trade.

      Getting a PG that’s better than Fisher is easy.  The Lakers need to be looking toward the future.
      Bynum is not it. Pau is not it. Kobe (even though still has some gas left) is not it.

      Bynum is young and strong but he will never ever play a full NBA system. So why continue to take a risk on a player like that?

      CP3 would be a great help as long as Kobe is there. If Kobe can win with Fisher, heck he’ll do real good with CP3.  But this would only be a short term fix.

    • mcado

      Bynum for CP3.
      No way.
      Bynum for Howard now that’s a better trade.

      Getting a PG that’s better than Fisher is easy.  The Lakers need to be looking toward the future.
      Bynum is not it. Pau is not it. Kobe (even though still has some gas left) is not it.

      Bynum is young and strong but he will never ever play a full NBA system. So why continue to take a risk on a player like that?

      CP3 would be a great help as long as Kobe is there. If Kobe can win with Fisher, heck he’ll do real good with CP3.  But this would only be a short term fix.

    • Dynamo84

      are crazy man!! who is going to play defense on the blocks Gasol? You really need to learn this games.Chris Paul is great but good Bigs are harder to find and Bynum may not be as good as Dwight Howard but he is younger and not that far off in talent.You could find talent closer to Paul in the NBA for a lower asking price.  

  • Chrmngblly

    The trouble with replacing Fish is that there are few pgs the Lakers would want that could co-exist with Kobe, as far as sharing the ball and leading the team.  I think LA needs to move Kobe over to pg and get a new sg.  That would extend Kobe’s career plus, it is way easier to find a guard that can shoot and defend if they don’t have to also run the offence.  Anybody else agree?

    • cliff

       disagree..Kobe cant constantly make plays he’s getting old too you know. He needs to save his energy. As i stated before kobe is not the same young kobe, he cant drive to the basket at will,he cant do the things we used to do. Kobe needs to play off the ball.
      We just need a a new pg.

      • Anonymous

        also, couldn’t disagree more … in fact it would be better for Kobe and his offense to move him to small forward. Either CP3, Steve Nash or Deron Williams would not only bring needed offense from the guard position, it would let Kobe slash/ cut/ alley-oop and unleash Bynum. Let Brown or Barnes play shooting guard primarily as defensive assets.  I think a healthy Barnes has plenty in the tank and  Shannon … if he stays … has a lot of upside under a defensive coach. Fish could rotate in and out as needed to back up point guard.

      • mcado

        cliff. 
        Very good response.

      • mcado

        cliff. 
        Very good response.

  • ram

    i think these points are right on.  no blame on fish, but we had no one to stop paul and barea.  you’d think with shannon brown’s athletic skills that he could get in front of, stay in front of, and outrebound anyone — maybe the coaching staff can address that.  plus, his 3-point shooting became 0-point shooting.

  • ram

    i think these points are right on.  no blame on fish, but we had no one to stop paul and barea.  you’d think with shannon brown’s athletic skills that he could get in front of, stay in front of, and outrebound anyone — maybe the coaching staff can address that.  plus, his 3-point shooting became 0-point shooting.

    • mcado

      Great reply.
      Shannon is a “D” league player. He’s good but not as the person who comes in for Kobe.
      Why? becuase his “D” sucks and his offensive is very inconsistent. Now he could do better with a new offensive but he’ll still be limited as a defensive player. 

      The Lakers need to upgrade that position.  The player coming in for Kobe (in mind opinion) should be a player like Nick Young.

      Shannon Brown needs to go or moved lower in the rotation.

  • Ray

    Derek Fisher’s wisdom in the game of basketball is what the Lakers need. He is a great leader and still a great player. 

  • Ray

    Derek Fisher’s wisdom in the game of basketball is what the Lakers need. He is a great leader and still a great player. 

  • mcado

    Good article.

    Fisher is rank 32 of the 32 starting point guard in the NBA. How the Lakers management allowed that to continue for so long is the real issue. 

    Luke Walton is another issue. His skill levl has never been good enough to be in the NBA but Lakers for some reason allowed him to they on the roster at 4.5 million. How the Lakers management allowed that to continue for so long is the real issue.

    And even though Andrew is a good player but he’s slow, moody and would not hold up in a faster pace offensive.  Plus Bynum’, contribution during the regular season is good but its not great its. For the Lakers could get the same level of contributions from the Clippers Kayman.

    Artest is a  solid player and may do better under Brown’s system but can the Lakers take another chance on another year of poor offensives performances.

    The Laker were able to win 2 NBA title and visit the NBA finals for 3 years straight with an inferior team.
    Management is the reason why the Lakers got kicked out of the finals. 

    You’re right about Fisher but throw in the bench players to.

    • Dynamo84

        you are so far off about bynum it’s not even funny.There is only one center in the NBA better and he plays in Orlando.Kayman come on man you need to stop looking at just numbers they don’t always tell the story.If Bynum was the focus of the lakers offense he would have big numbers.Remember he is just 23 not in his prime yet.The only down side to Bynum is that he has been injured  a lot during his career.You remind me of the people who always wanted to trade James Worthy back in the 80′s remember them.

    • Dynamo84

        you are so far off about bynum it’s not even funny.There is only one center in the NBA better and he plays in Orlando.Kayman come on man you need to stop looking at just numbers they don’t always tell the story.If Bynum was the focus of the lakers offense he would have big numbers.Remember he is just 23 not in his prime yet.The only down side to Bynum is that he has been injured  a lot during his career.You remind me of the people who always wanted to trade James Worthy back in the 80′s remember them.

      • mcado

        for the record – i was not one of those people who wanted Worthy traded.
        for the record -  Worthy as good as he was.. the trade rumors were warranted for his inconsistent play.
        Worthy was not traded and now he’s in the Hall-of-Fame.
        Old news.

        We are not talking about Center play here and I’m not talking about numbers. You missed the point I was making – Bynum can not play in an up-tempo game. The type of game the the new coach wants to play. If Bynum is force to play an up-tempo game —– he will get injured again.  Until Bynum proves me and others wrong – He still is a high risk players.

        The NBA only has 2 or 3 real centers anymore.
        And I agree with you Bynum is a top rate Center.
        However, there’s only 8 or 9 guys over  6″10 in the NBA that are playing – only 4 play in the paint.

        But only 3 that are productive.
        But you must acknowledge that since the numbers are so small on quality Centers it’s easy for Bynum to be rank high.

        Right now its now a Centers game. The NBA right now is a pg game.

        But here are the facts as you put it Bynum is 23, which according to all medical examiners should be in his prime physically but he’s not. He’s already had 3 knee surgeries. 
        Do you think that going to get better over time or worst? 
        At 23 yrs old Bynum is already packing his knees with ice during the game.
        He’s never played an full season.
        He’s defensively slow.
        He’s not highly skilled (meaning his range is limited; he can’t handle the ball etc. etc)

        Those are the facts as i see them.

        No knock on Bynum – but with the Lakers needing to get the most out the team for the next 2 years.
        Do you really think Bynum is going to be there? If there is doubt, trade him at least that’s what i would do. Trade him while he has some value because if Bynum get’s injured next season – No GM will risk a high value player trade on him.  He’s done.

      • mcado

        for the record – i was not one of those people who wanted Worthy traded.
        for the record -  Worthy as good as he was.. the trade rumors were warranted for his inconsistent play.
        Worthy was not traded and now he’s in the Hall-of-Fame.
        Old news.

        We are not talking about Center play here and I’m not talking about numbers. You missed the point I was making – Bynum can not play in an up-tempo game. The type of game the the new coach wants to play. If Bynum is force to play an up-tempo game —– he will get injured again.  Until Bynum proves me and others wrong – He still is a high risk players.

        The NBA only has 2 or 3 real centers anymore.
        And I agree with you Bynum is a top rate Center.
        However, there’s only 8 or 9 guys over  6″10 in the NBA that are playing – only 4 play in the paint.

        But only 3 that are productive.
        But you must acknowledge that since the numbers are so small on quality Centers it’s easy for Bynum to be rank high.

        Right now its now a Centers game. The NBA right now is a pg game.

        But here are the facts as you put it Bynum is 23, which according to all medical examiners should be in his prime physically but he’s not. He’s already had 3 knee surgeries. 
        Do you think that going to get better over time or worst? 
        At 23 yrs old Bynum is already packing his knees with ice during the game.
        He’s never played an full season.
        He’s defensively slow.
        He’s not highly skilled (meaning his range is limited; he can’t handle the ball etc. etc)

        Those are the facts as i see them.

        No knock on Bynum – but with the Lakers needing to get the most out the team for the next 2 years.
        Do you really think Bynum is going to be there? If there is doubt, trade him at least that’s what i would do. Trade him while he has some value because if Bynum get’s injured next season – No GM will risk a high value player trade on him.  He’s done.

  • Christopherboozer43

    I agree with this article to a point.The lakers should go after Chris Paul, Or Derron Williams. Any one who feels that the Lakers should trade away half of this team for Howard and Ellis is crazy and  really does not know basketball and is nothing but a bandwagon jumping fan anyway. Why give away your whole team when the only need right now is a valuble point guard that can make a huge impact for our team and for Kobe Bryant. You want to continue to win championships? Then go after what we need and that is a good point guard. The lakers in my opinion should go after Chris paul Or Derron Williams. Every one say’s  the Lakers Need to rebuild for the future. Then starting with one of these guards would be not only good to run and play with Kobe while Kobe game is still good, But you can also build your team around Paul or Williams while they are still running for championships. Give up Gasol if you get a player like Chris Paul Believe me he would be better for us with Bynum and Kobe and the Lakers will have two Big time super stars that play big and play to win. Why give up Lamar Odom are crazy why give up fisher who could come off the bench we still need that leadership.Blake and the others get rid of but you got a young player in Ebanks that has potential, and Blake brings a attitude to the Lakers we need.Gasol is good but weak and if we could unload him now and get a player like Chris Paul or Derron Williams then the Lakers should work that plan I am sure that Chris would Love to play in L.A with Kobe and Kobe would love to have Chris or Williams playing beside him because they play to win and they are Motivated to go after a championship. Think about. Lakers if you never read another article please read this comment here and think about going after Paul or Williams and build the team the right way and you will alway’s be going after championships even when Kobe retires.

    • Christopherboozre43

      Sorry for some Mistakes I meant to say the Lakers needs to keep Barnes not blake Barnes brings a  attitude to the Lakers they have been missing and the Lakers need to put time in with Ebanks this kid has the potential to be a good player for the Lakers. Chris Paul or Derron Williams. Get rid of gasol and bring in a Good point

      • http://twitter.com/GregSarpy GregSarpy

        I agree. While I would love to see Ellis and Howard in purple & gold, I don’t think it’s smart to trade away strong players with chemistry. Barnes as a bench player averaged more points (7.4ppg?) than Fisher (6.8ppg). Fisher is one of my all time favorites, but he isn’t what he used to be and is getting up there in age. Hell he is up there. I think Raymond Felton or Derron Williams would be incredible additions. Have one of them rotate with Fisher while he finishes out his contract.

        I am not sure that I like the idea of losing Gasol, but honestly what other option is better than him that maintains his kind of trade value. It will be a very interesting off season to see what the Dr. and Kupchak decide to do.

        • mcado

          Get rid of Pau Gasol?  Are you serious?
          If the Lakers get a PG that can move the ball and penetrate the paint, who is a better fit? Bynum or Pau?
          Bynum can only play in the paint. Bynum can’t run the floor. Bynum is not a highly skill player.  This guy has been in the league for 5 years now and has not played a full season yet.

          If the Lakers need to trade someone for a PG then I think it should be Odom.  Yes, I said Odom.
          Why? because it’s easier to replace him with Barnes. This is the BEST time to trade him while he has just won the 6th Man of the Year award.  Best time, best value equals trade.  Bynum will make $15,157,667 going into this next season.  What has he done to prove that he’s worth that much value? Yes he’s had his moments but not consistently and not for a full season.   Right now not many teams would want Bynum at that price tag.

          The Lakers don’t need a superstar PG (even though I would love to see them pickup CP3) what they do need is a solid guard that can handle the ball well (very well) and who can hit the outside shoot consistently when needed, someone who is fast enough to stay in front of other pg in the league.

          Odom is the best trade value for the Lakers not Pau and not Bynum.  Even though i would love to see Bynum, Walton and Brown be moved.  

        • mcado

          Get rid of Pau Gasol?  Are you serious?
          If the Lakers get a PG that can move the ball and penetrate the paint, who is a better fit? Bynum or Pau?
          Bynum can only play in the paint. Bynum can’t run the floor. Bynum is not a highly skill player.  This guy has been in the league for 5 years now and has not played a full season yet.

          If the Lakers need to trade someone for a PG then I think it should be Odom.  Yes, I said Odom.
          Why? because it’s easier to replace him with Barnes. This is the BEST time to trade him while he has just won the 6th Man of the Year award.  Best time, best value equals trade.  Bynum will make $15,157,667 going into this next season.  What has he done to prove that he’s worth that much value? Yes he’s had his moments but not consistently and not for a full season.   Right now not many teams would want Bynum at that price tag.

          The Lakers don’t need a superstar PG (even though I would love to see them pickup CP3) what they do need is a solid guard that can handle the ball well (very well) and who can hit the outside shoot consistently when needed, someone who is fast enough to stay in front of other pg in the league.

          Odom is the best trade value for the Lakers not Pau and not Bynum.  Even though i would love to see Bynum, Walton and Brown be moved.  

  • Christopherboozer43

    I agree with this article to a point.The lakers should go after Chris Paul, Or Derron Williams. Any one who feels that the Lakers should trade away half of this team for Howard and Ellis is crazy and  really does not know basketball and is nothing but a bandwagon jumping fan anyway. Why give away your whole team when the only need right now is a valuble point guard that can make a huge impact for our team and for Kobe Bryant. You want to continue to win championships? Then go after what we need and that is a good point guard. The lakers in my opinion should go after Chris paul Or Derron Williams. Every one say’s  the Lakers Need to rebuild for the future. Then starting with one of these guards would be not only good to run and play with Kobe while Kobe game is still good, But you can also build your team around Paul or Williams while they are still running for championships. Give up Gasol if you get a player like Chris Paul Believe me he would be better for us with Bynum and Kobe and the Lakers will have two Big time super stars that play big and play to win. Why give up Lamar Odom are crazy why give up fisher who could come off the bench we still need that leadership.Blake and the others get rid of but you got a young player in Ebanks that has potential, and Blake brings a attitude to the Lakers we need.Gasol is good but weak and if we could unload him now and get a player like Chris Paul or Derron Williams then the Lakers should work that plan I am sure that Chris would Love to play in L.A with Kobe and Kobe would love to have Chris or Williams playing beside him because they play to win and they are Motivated to go after a championship. Think about. Lakers if you never read another article please read this comment here and think about going after Paul or Williams and build the team the right way and you will alway’s be going after championships even when Kobe retires.

  • Ro-me

    Great Article Liz! I agree wholeheartedly! Dwight Howard is just Wishful thinking for everybody including the Lakers! We just need a really good point guard. Superstars have a steep price. They would Gut our team. JJ Barea is on the Unrestricted List of Available PGs this off-season for example and lots more. Lakers and fans alike need to relax we are still A VERY ELITE Team and still a championship thoroughbred! As for D. Fish… I love D. Fish but unfortunately we need to move on… Sad for me to say but we need to get young on the Starting PG. Gudday Liz and LAKERSNATION!

  • Oldunclemark

    I dont think the upcoming season is about transition and rebuilding but the Lakers need a small guard who can shoot and handle JJ Berrea…who destroyed their defense..

    With out a top draft choioce to deal..its unlikely the Lakers will get Paul or Howard until 2012

    ..I’d stay with Fisher, Blake and Brown and try to find a defensicve guard to rond out the rotation.

    Then..and I know how this soundfs..I’d stay with the rest of the roster,

    Blake and Barnes arer better than they showed..

  • Aaron71575

    The Lakers need a fast penetrating point guard someone like Raymond felting and and athletic small forward

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