Los Angeles Lakers: J.J. Barea

Would J.J. Barea look at the Lakers as a Plan B?

June, 27, 2011
6/27/11
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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Assuming we're all translating his comments to primerahora.com in Puerto Rico, yes.

His strong preference, expressed both by Barea in the story above and his agent Dan Fegan, is to remain with Dallas, which I suspect will happen no matter what rules are in place whenever the players and owners finally agree on a new CBA. Acquiring Rudy Fernandez on draft night hedges against, or perhaps guarantees, the loss of either or both Peja Stojakovic, DeShawn Stevenson, but does nothing to provide Dallas credible backup to Jason Kidd in the absence of Barea. Combined with the normal desire to keep the band together when defending a title, the fact Barea played well for the Mavs this season and crushed it in the playoffs, his high degree of popularity in Dallas, and that Mark Cuban would just as soon gnaw off his own arm before losing Barea to a team like the Lakers, and the likelihood he re-ups with Dallas rises even more.

Still, it's nice to know should things fall through, Barea seems willing to look towards L.A. He would, basically by definition, represent an upgrade over last season's PG rotation of Derek Fisher and Steve Blake, but the Lakers don't have much flexibility in what they can offer (a mid-level), at least under current rules. Whether that would be enough, or if the Lakers would even be willing to use their entire exception on one player in a summer with a few needs to address is an open question. (Again, this assumes something similar to the mid-level exists in the new CBA.)

Big picture, figuring out how much is too much for a guy like Barea -- dynamic for sure but with limitations -- is a tricky proposition. In a free agent class very light on quality point guards, Barea is in prime position not simply to get paid, but overpaid based on his very high profile postseason success, probably his best sustained production as a pro. While Barea is no Jerome James, who parlayed a couple of good playoff rounds into a big deal from the Knicks, it's worth noting what we saw this spring could be his top end, and day-to-day his numbers would more reflect career norms. In what will surely be a more restrictive salary structure in place for next season, investing too much in the wrong guy could have major consequences. For the right price, though, Barea would be a very nice addition.

The Triangle previews Lakers vs. Mavericks

April, 30, 2011
4/30/11
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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With the Western Conference Semi-Finals kicking off Monday, the Kamenetzky Brothers and 710 ESPN basketball analyst Dave Miller break down the matchup between the Lakers and Mavs. Sometimes these things just write themselves, you know? Among the subjects covered...
  • Who has been L.A.'s playoff MVP thus far?
  • Who is the most important player for each team? In the series, overall?
  • Does Pau Gasol bounce back from a tough opening series?
  • Who wins, in how many games, and why?

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