Los Angeles Lakers: trades

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May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
10:12
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By the Kamenetzky Brothers
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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With Mitch Kupchak having made clear change is on the horizon if humanly possible, there was a lot of chat chatter about possible trade scenarios. Predictably, there were sensible proposals put before us, plus a fair share of nonsense incredibly lopsided in the Lakers' favor.

For a look at the good and the bad, here's the link to the room.

Your suggestions for the Lakers' postseason

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
9:23
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By ESPNLA.com
ESPNLosAngeles.com
Yesterday we asked our Twitter and Facebook audience for advice on what the Lakers should do to get back into the NBA Finals. No surprise, Lakers fans were passionate, emotional and quite funny. Here are some of your responses.

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Chat transcript!

January, 18, 2012
1/18/12
9:22
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By the Kamenetzky Brothers
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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The Lakers are headed to Florida for a two game roadie with the Heat and Magic. The Kamenetzky brothers are in L.A., taking the collective pulse of the fan base.

Topics tossed our way included the trade value of Pau Gasol, three-point shooting woes and defense.

Here is the link.

Afflalo illustrates L.A.'s free agency bind

December, 5, 2011
12/05/11
12:22
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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Heading into the weekend, ESPN.com's Marc Stein, reported the Lakers are among the myriad teams interested in Nuggets swingman Arron Afflalo. They, along with other cap-strapped teams like Chicago, "will continue to press the Nuggets to see if they’re amenable to sign-and-trade discussions."


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In a perfect world, Arron Afflalo (right) would be in purple and gold next season. This isn't that world.

Understanding why the Lakers like Afflalo so much isn't complicated. At 26, the L.A. native and UCLA product has taken what was once a game built solely on defensive intensity and scrappiness, progressively added more offense, and now is widely seen as a player on the rise. For three seasons, he has shot over 40 percent from 3-point range (including last season's 42.3), and has improved his overall percentage from the floor in each of his four NBA seasons.

Afflalo would fill multiple needs for the Lakers, including shooting, youth, defense, and supplementary scoring. Culturally, he'd be a great fit. Really, the whole thing is a spectacular idea.

I have absolutely no idea how the Lakers can actually get him.

A straight signing isn't an option. As a restricted free agent, Denver can match any offer extended to Afflalo and have indicated they'll do so. (Not only because he's good, but because the Nuggets have, like, three players under contract.) Certainly they'd pony up to meet the only offer the Lakers can make -- the mini mid-level worth just over $9 million over three years. This is assuming Afflalo would even sign such a wildly under market offer, which he wouldn't.

So what about a sign-and-trade? Between luxury tax levels remaining dollar-for-dollar over the next two seasons, the flexibility afforded by the amnesty provision, and the upcoming influx of dollars from their TV deal, the Lakers could handle the first part of the hyphenate. It's the "trade" part at the end causing problems. Remember in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" when the pair arrive in sparce Bolivia, and Butch tries to reassure Sundance that you get a lot more for your money down there?

"What could they have here," Sundance replies, "you could possibly want to buy?"

In many significant ways, he might say the same today about L.A.'s roster.

The Lakers lack top-end young prospects and high draft picks. Whether you're talking Metta World Peace, Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, or Luke Walton, none of the guys constituting the roster's middle class have any trade appeal. At the high end, plenty of teams would go for Andrew Bynum and/or Lamar Odom, and if put on the open market Pau Gasol would be sought after, too.

Except Gasol and Bynum are both far too good to give up for Afflalo. Moreover, if fans have any designs on trades for superstars like Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Dwight Howard, some combination of Bynum, Odom, and Gasol will be needed. It makes it tough to use those bullets on Afflalo, or anyone else.

So the bottom line appears to be this: Save some absolutely astonishing Jedi mind tricks played by Mitch Kupchak on opposing GM's, Arron Afflalo isn't coming to the Lakers. Not unless it's part of a mega-beyond-words trade netting the Lakers Afflalo and Howard (or Paul, or Williams), because when it comes to sign-and-trades, the Lakers may only get one shot, and basically need to blow up the Death Star with it.

Fire up your trade machines, and send suggestions to El Segundo (and our Twitter feed).

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Do it, Mitch!!!

July, 20, 2011
7/20/11
10:40
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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The comments section of my earlier post about free agent shooting guards included the following gem from LO'L regular JohnRobertPerry (or as he's often known, "LongTimeLakerFan"):
"I've decided to abandon reality in trade proposals for the day (to celebrate some of the ludicrous trades people have been proposing). Here's how the Lakers can get the backup SG they need... and they can get a backup PF in the deal:

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=...

It works in the trade machine so it must be a legitimate trade - Make it happen Mitch."

I don't want to ruin the surprise before readers click the link, but I think they'll agree everything from the satire to the phrasing ("backup PF," "backup SG") to the 2-for-1 exchange to the step taken by the Lakers' trade partner to ensure salaries match is nothing short of genius.

In tweaked Comic Book Guy parlance...

Best... ludicrous trade... ev-ver!

Oh, and make sure to check out "Hollinger's analysis," too.

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