Deal or No Deal? Deal!

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There comes in point in every fan’s life when he realizes his jumper isn’t Jordanesque, gravity is a force to be reckoned with, and the 11-inch growth spurt isn’t going to arrive. While most of us are able to come to terms with not being an NBA player, the delusion that we could be GMs is harder to surrender. Every parent thinks their kid is a genius, and every basketball fan thinks they could have made a better trade for Shaq. Unfortunately, this isn’t baseball. There’s no turning to the Florida Marlins to solve all of life’s problems. This is the NBA; salaries have to match (kind of) and even the Raptors seem to get it right sometimes. While the Lakers don’t have much expendable talent, they do have lesser commodities: draft picks (there are already enough servings of youth) and the expiring contacts of George and Medvedenko. No trade talk can omit the possibility of Ron Artest. Odom? Not enough of a talent upgrade (if at all) to justify the risk. Bynum? Call it Jermaine O’Neal-itis, but pass. Mihm or Kwame, expiring contracts, and picks for Artest and whomever Indiana wants to unload? Only someone as confused as Artest is though to be would turn that down. However, the Epic of Artest, which seems to have more in common with Kafka than Elias, should not obscure other possibilities. George, Medvedenko and the #1 from Miami might net P.J. Brown. The Lakers would get the tough veteran they sorely lack, while the Hornets would have contracts coming off the books and a young player to show for their efforts. A similar package could get Joe Smith from the Bucks; and an Al Harrington visa, if not too expensive, should be looked at. A backup guard is another necessary addition for the Lakers, but the likely answer is a healthy Aaron McKie, or an agent that can convince Latrell Sprewell to read for the part. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Armchair GMs rise up! Or at the very least, raise your voices. You want to see “Showtime,” not “fivehundredsomething.” A superstar is the easy, although hard to get, answer. Still, the acquisition of the right role players would ensure the Lakers look their best more often. They don’t necessarily have to be blockbusters, but some deals have to go down.last_img

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