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February 22, 1:30 PM ET
Chat with the Kamenetzky Brothers

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:34 PM)

Hi everyone. Sorry for the slow start. Technical difficulties!

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:34 PM)

Let's get rolling.

bozz (LaLa Land)

Hey K Bros., any chance the Lakers look into either Jrue Holiday or Evan Turner and if they do how realistic do you think it is that they could pry one of those guys from Philly? Thanks!

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:36 PM)

Hey Bozz-I'm sure they'd love someone like Holiday, and with Turner playing better and showing all that potential at his age, he'd be great as well. Getting them, though, seems next to impossible. Not sure why Philly would give up two young, inexepensive pieces at a time things are going so well. That's a tough sell, even for someone like Pau.

Pamela (San Gabriel,CA)

Is Derek Fisher going to be on the Lakers roster next season?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:36 PM)

Oh yeah. He's not going to pass on his player option. I'd be very, very surprised.

Zolty (NY)

The raw numbers for Gasol are still pretty good, and I bet on most teams he would be a 20-10 guy again. Why aren't the star-less teams (Denver, Indiana, Philly) going after him harder? Seems like he could be had.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:38 PM)

Zolty-I don't think there's a lack of appeal when it comes to Gasol's play or skill set. But he is 31, and is VERY expensive going forward. He has to be a guy that could be a true difference maker for a squad or it probably doesn't work. Indy, Philly-- those are teams with good young cores growing together. I'm sure they'd love to have a guy like Gasol, but there's the question of what they'd have to give up from their cores to make it happen.

Macio (Norfolk)

Im on the verge of being addicted to the trade machine but in doing so I found 3 teamers can solve a lot of the Lakers problems. Any thoughts on Lakers trying another three team deal?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:38 PM)

Macio, I think it's highly likely whatever trades the Lakers make (blockbuster editions, at least) come with a third team, maybe even a fourth.

Lex (LA)

What up K-Bros, other than the offensive outburst by Fisher against Portalnd (8pts.) the other night our PG play and SF play has been a dissaster. Why not play Goudelock more since he is about the only other guy other than Kobe who can actually create a shot for himself and actually ants to score? It cant hurt to give him more minutes when our PG's dont even get to 10 pts a night, right?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:40 PM)

Lex-I think Brown will find more ways to get him on the floor. Unfortunately, there is something of a trade off in terms of how he runs the offense in terms of real PG skills. He doesn't have that kind of floor vision. His real value on the floor comes as a backup two, though that does pose some defensive questions. But you're right-- he's the only other guy they have available who can put the ball on the floor and create a shot. To some degree, it doesn't even matter if they go in. They need the threat. Look for him to play more in the same backcourt as Blake.

Aaron (NYC)

Any chance the Lakers can get Beasley and Sessions for picks+cash and compete for the championship?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:42 PM)

Yeah, I think so. At least in terms of getting those guys. The real calculus is in balancing what assets they'll give up to make mid-roster moves if they threaten their ability to get Howard down the road. I'm not at all convinced DH ends up here (I've been saying nay for a while) but it could take every asset they have to put together the right package with however many teams end up in the transaction. But the price for Beasley will be small (Broussard was talking about a second rounder, and he could fit into the trade exception). Sessions will take picks, but they do have a couple. Just depends on what they want to do big picture.

Bobby (Rochester, NY)

Why are we not pulling the trigger on Sessions? (assuming we can get him for a late first round pick)

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:44 PM)

Two things-- First, we don't really know what it'll take to get him. Cleveland has an asset, and the closer they get to the deadline the more it's likely worth. They're in no hurry. But like I said, to some degree the Lakers have to figure out where they're going to spend their assets. As the market starts to flesh itself out closer to the deadline, they'll have a better idea of what they can get, and at what cost.

Mike (Long Beach)

Provided that there are no dramatic roster changes at PG, do you see Blake taking the starting job from Fisher at any point this season? Or is he more valuable coming off the bench?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:45 PM)

No, I don't think he'll start, but he'll play the significant minutes down the stretch more often than not. It doesn't make sense for Fisher to come off the bench, because he needs the support of the starting unit to be effective. Relatively speaking. With the reserves, he'd be a greater liability

Colton (LA)

Note to Mitch: I have panicked...do something!

Short (San Francisco)

Hey K-Bros, long time reader, always appreciate the work you guys put forth. If our offense ever catches up to our defense, do you think this team can win a championship without major moves and a razor thin margin for error? If they catch fire like Dallas last year (grant it they had more talent on their team), anything is possible.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:47 PM)

Hey Short. Thanks for following along. We really appreciate it. As for your question, the answer is yes but the premise doesn't work. They can't catch up effectively enough on offense without doing something relatively significant (and by that, I mean adding talent and shoring up the 4-6 spots on the roster, not necessarily a blockbuster). I think this Big Three is good enough to compete, though, no question.

Lex (LA)

Why not play Kobe at the 3 more? He has the size and defense to play the position and that way your concerns over Guadalock playing the point are not there anymore since he would be playing SG.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:48 PM)

Not a lot of people will be arguing with you. Barnes has done what Barnes does, but Metta has offered little. It's not a great arrangement in big minutes, but in shorter bursts it makes some sense.

Jay Bridges (Santa Monica)

Let's say the Lakers sign Gilbert Arenas and trade for Michael Beasley. Don't we have to get Captain Jack (Stephan Jackson) to pair with Metta and Barnes to create the Craziest Starting Five Ever? What team wouldn't be terrified of that lineup?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:48 PM)

I tell you what, trot those guys out there, and NOBODY gets to call the Lakers boring anymore.

Ram (India)

@KBrosWhat are your thoughts on Lakers trading for Raymond Felton who looks like he has fallen off coach Nate McMillan's good graces????

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:49 PM)

I'd certainly be interested, but what would it take to get him? Plus, Portland isn't really swimming in replacement options, and isn't interested in solving the Lakers problems for them, especially when they're competing against each other for playoff position.

Ryan (Anaheim )

How has Dallas improved so much from starting the season out 0-3?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:51 PM)

I think the biggest thing is familiarity with the new roster. They made a ton of changes, and had to figure out how to play together. Not having Tyson Chandler around is significant. Plus, and this is also huge, as a team they were in horrible shape physically to start the year. Talking to one guy who is around them a lot, he said basically everyone on the roster was not in shape when the year started.

John (Boston )

Do you think that the Lakers can go to the Finals with this current roster? And Is Gasol for Rondo and Ray a possibility?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:51 PM)

No on both, though if the Lakers can get that trade, they should pull the trigger.

Nidal (Germany)

Hey KBros! Greetings from Germany, love your blog!When you talk about trading for Dwight a lot of times you're mentioning that we would have to take on Turk's contract like it's a negative. I know that contract is bad but just looking at it from a basketball standpoint, he could really help us! Dwight makes us way better defensively (way more mobile than Drew (P+R -D!), better shotblocker and slightly better rebounder) and a bit better offensively (also more consistent). Then you can add the 10-15 points, ballhandling and shooting from Turk. Then if we scratch together (that's a german expression, dunno if it works in english) the remaining trade assets after the Dwight Deal (remember the TPE) to get a decent PG we are right there with Miami, OKC and Chi. At least next season after a decent training camp and maybe 1 or 2 additions. Or maybe Turk is too weak defensively? what do you think? also do we have the mini MLE next year or is it every other year? thanks for reading, i know it's long :)

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:53 PM)

Hey Nidal-It's a great point about Hedo, and one that we've made a few times. Turk's contract a) isn't the worst around, and b) he'd fill a need for the Lakers. They're one of the few teams that could actually use him. Hedo isn't a horrible player, just an overpaid one. I believe the Lakers get the mini-MLE every year, yes. But I always like to double check the rules on the new CBA. I haven't committed them all to memory yet.

Pamela ((San Gabriel,CA)

What do you think of Michael Beasley possibly becoming a Laker?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:55 PM)

At low cost, he wouldn't hurt anything. They'd need his scoring punch off the bench, no question. Is he very good? Not really, not as complete player at least. Moreover, the commitment isn't long. If the Lakers don't want to keep him, they don't hav eto make a qualifying offer for next year and they're done. It's a no harm no foul thing. There are reasons not to like him, but Beasley can score, which they need. And remember, if he was really, really good, he wouldn't be available.

Ram (India)

Should the lakers seriously consider trading for Micheal Beasley and how well will he fit in with a veteran team with his maturity ????

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:56 PM)

I think the hope is getting on a team with a lot of structure and hard core vets like Kobe and Fish will help straighten him out and keep him in line.

mrv (anaheim)

How feasible is Pau and a 1st round pick(s) for DWill and the trade exception for beasley? What more could be needed to get either?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:57 PM)

The problem is the first half, not the second. The Nets aren't going to move D-Will until Howard is completely off the market, and even then I'm not sure how appealing Pau would be as a replacement piece. He wouldn't make them a winning team fast enough.

Never (LA)

If I change my name to Chaz and go to bartending school, will I be hired as a scout for the Lakers?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:57 PM)

Apparently, yes.

Dave (Tampa)

What's the deal with not signing Arenas? The Lakers have NOTHING to lose by signing him. Guy supposedly is in great shape. I just don't get it.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:58 PM)

Read the recent interview with SI.com's Sam Amick. Even Gilbert acknowledges he's not ready to play yet, and may not be until after the break. Remember, if he was in brilliant, phenominal shape, another team would bite. This isn't a Lakers thing, it's a leaguewide thing.

Dustin (OC)

Why does M. Brown continue playing MWP and Fish when they are statistically the worst players at their position?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:59 PM)

Lack of alternatives, for one.

Pamela (San Gabriel,CA)

I have a reason to believe Michael Beasley PPG 15.6 RPG 5.8 career stats.He is 6'10",235 pounds and just turned 23 years old.He is athletic and extremely talented he was drafted #2 overall in 2008 behind Derrick Rose.The Lakers will be getting a finisher on the wing much like James Worthy was but of course Worthy is a legend no disrespect to him,just my thoughts on Beasley fitting in with the Lakers.TPE and a 2nd round pick is a major steal for the Lakers if they get it done like that.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:00 PM)

It's certainly too early to write him off. The kid is too talented. That said, it's also totally over the top to use the words "James Worthy" in in the same sentence as Beasley. In any way, shape, and form.

Hank (Pomona)

My buddies and I are chipping in for our friends' wedding gift. What's a better present: a 42" plasma or a pair of dre beats?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:01 PM)

Go in with a friend or two, and get both.

dave La [via mobile]

Hey guys!What about Arenas or Rafer alston? 2 guys that would help offensibly.Have them play with second unit.Then use trade exception and pick for Sessions.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:01 PM)

Rafer Alston doesn't qualify as help.

Maximus (LA)

Any way we are able to win of the road games before the break against Dallas and OKC, cause I dont see any way we can win one of these games with our road struggles?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:02 PM)

Maximus-A split would be spectacular. I don't think there's any question about that.

Nick R (Chicago, IL)

What's the deal with Mike Brown's offense? I know he's a defense-minded coach (and maybe offense is left to the coaching assistants), but our offense is so painful to watch. I look around the league, like at the Bulls for example (also lead by a defensive coach) and there's so much more motion in their offense, whereas ours is based on standing around and gets so stagnant. I'm not a real X's and O's guy, but is our problem one of coaching/system or of roster pieces?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:04 PM)

Part of the issue is personnel. The Lakers have three great guys at the top end, one player basically who is league average (not an insult) in Barnes, and a bunch of below average players. That makes a difference. So does the lack of time they've had to integrate the sytem. But coaching is a question, too. Brown has started lightening up on the reins a little, not calling plays on every trip down, which helps. But he's never had a rep as a guy who runs a good offense. His numbers weren't bad in Cleveland, but many feel that was a function of LeBron, not Brown.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:05 PM)

OK, folks, that's it for me. Andy is going to take you through the last half hour or so. Thanks for the great questions.

Jay Bridges (Santa Monica)

It sounds that Gilbert Arenas is somewhat healthy, got his head on straight and could be a solid addition. Why do you think we're hesitant? Don't you think it would help in a Dwight Howard trade?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:06 PM)

Jay Bridges: I imagine the wait with Arenas is related to the process of putting out feelers on who else the Lakers can get (i.e, better options, and how relatively quickly). They may want to avoid having to adjust the lineup and schemes twice. As for how it would affect Howard, my guess is minimally. I've yet to hear anything from his camp about wanting to play with Arenas.

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:08 PM)

Hank: I'd go Plasma, but I'm also not a headphones geek.

Jeff (West Hills, CA)

If the Lakers trade for Ramon Sessions, do you think he would start? He seems to perform well when he starts games.

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:12 PM)

Jeff: You can make an argument for Sessions starting or also playing off the bench to help make them a more productive unit. Their inconsistency is a big issue for the Lakers, particularly on the road. Fisher's minutes have been reduced as a starter with Blake anyway, so the same can happen with Sessions on board. If Mike Brown thought a Sessions/Blake backcourt would work, my guess is he'd continue to start Fisher.

JT (LA)

Is Kobe going gun for another All Star MVP?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:15 PM)

JT: I'm guessing he won't. Last year, Kobe went after that MVP trophy in transparent fashion, but it was also an ASG in L.A., most likely the last one of his career. He wanted to win the hardware in front of his fans, and it's what everyone in building wanted him to do. As I wrote at the time, I thought Kobe essentially gave the people what they paid to see, and I had no issue with it.

Zolty (NY)

Does John Ireland really need that much makeup?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:18 PM)

Zolty: Not only does John DESPERATELY NEED that much makeup, but sources far from the situation say he actually undergoes plastic surgery before each KCAL broadcast, just to maintain what little he has to work with.

skoolpsyk (Juniper Hills, CA)

What's the over/under for new faces on the Lakers squad come March 16th? two?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:20 PM)

Skoolpsyk: I think 2 is a fine "over/under." I'll put my number on "under," but I think a push is a strong bet as well, even though, technically speaking, one can't bet that in the first place.

Mac (Los Angeles)

Am I crazy? I want Jordan Farmar back in a Laker uniform.. groom him as PG of the future, GLock SG of the future. I always liked Farmar... Nets could use assets trying to acquire DH, TPE can help..

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:22 PM)

Mac: You're a little crazy, but sadly, I understand why.

Bobby (Rochester, NY)

Which Kamenetzky brother was the better basketball player growing up?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:23 PM)

Bobby: Brian, but neither was anything to write home about.

Amare (LA)

Do you see Greg Oden ever playing again? His career in Portland is over, but is he done with the NBA completely?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:24 PM)

Amare: Unfortunately, I think we've reached the point where Oden and a basketball career seems like an impossible dream. He can't even stay healthy while not playing, much less when he's actually in a Blazer uni. It's such a sad shame. Oden's a really nice kid and this has to be incredibly disappointing. Not to mention frustrating.

Dee (ca)

K Bros- Does it go down as this season's biggest what if, if LA had held on to Odom for one week, saw the Clippers obtain Billups and Paul, and flipped Odom for Mo Williams straight up?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:29 PM)

Dee: I don't know if the Clips would have made that move. Putting aside how Odom wasn't in a great mental state, which could make a team nervous about giving up an important player for him, Odom and the Clips parted on horrible terms. That makes me skeptical about the prospects of reunion.

Dan (CA)

Pau and Blake for Monta and Lee? Who says no?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:34 PM)

Dan: The Lakers, although I'm not sure it's a great trade for either team. I don't know if Monta and Kobe could co-exist, it's a defensive downgrade, and that's a lotta money to absorb. David Lee's contract runs until approximately 2028.

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:35 PM)

Alright, folks. I gotta run. Thanks for dropping by, and be sure to check out Lakers Late Night after the Dallas game!