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May 30, 1:30 PM ET
Chat with the Kamenetzky Brothers

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:30 PM)

Hey everyone. Thanks for coming by. We're here for the next hour or so to answer all of your Lakers/NBA related questions. Fire away!

Sam (Illinois)

The Lakers should ask Kobe if he's willing to take a 20 million dollar salary cut and make a measly 8 million next year. Surely he'd be cool with it.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:32 PM)

Sam-A, no he wouldn't, and B) even if he was, it wouldn't be allowed under the CBA. Contracts can't be re-negotiated like they are in the NFL. If the Lakers wanted to remove Kobe's cap figure, they'd have to amnesty him, in which case they couldn't re-sign him until after the 2013-14 season. That's not going to happen.

Carlos (Miami, fl)

Is the possiblility of Deron Williams coming to the Lakers viable??

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:34 PM)

Hi Carlos-The only way D-Will makes it to L.A. is via a sign and trade, and likely the only piece the Lakers have to offer that would interest Brooklyn is Andrew Bynum. I don't see how Gasol does the trick. If the Lakers were willing to dangle Drew and the Nets wanted him, it could work. I don't think it's likely to happen, but it's at least possible.

ROY (LA)

Gasol for scola/lowry or iguadala/and filler. Which do you prefer? I personally would like iguadala/jrue holliday for Gasol and someone else (maybe a signed and traded sessions?) We need to get Mike Brown a tougher defensive PG to really implement his brand of D.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:36 PM)

Hey Roy. It really depends on what constitutes "filler" in the Philly deal. I'm a big Iggy fan. He fills a stat line in almost every category, and is one of the best wing defenders in the league. Acquiring him allows the Lakers to amnesty MWP... but then you're really asking if their haul from Philly is better than BOTH Metta and Pau. That's a different calculus (which is why the other names in the hypothetical really matter). As for the Houston deal, if the Lakers could get Lowry in a deal for Gasol, it would have some appeal for sure.

teamn (virginia)

What do you see as the biggest reason for why San Antonio has successfully navigated the transition between eras with the same stars versus the Lakers? Or, is this comparable to the Shaq-Kobe to Kobe-Pau transition and the Spurs will decline again in a couple of years?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:38 PM)

They're incredibly well managed. No team spends money more wisely or drafts more efficiently than the Spurs. It helps too they've been able to convince guys like Manu and Parker to sign for perhaps a little less than they might have seen in other markets, keeping their cap figure reasonable. But really, it's the ability to fill in with incredibly useful role guys year after year. They know how to plug guys into very specific roles, and let them thrive.

robert (cerritos)

how in the hell do the lakers get darren williams AND dwight howard?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:40 PM)

The only real path to that is to S and T Gasol to Brooklyn, then trade Bynum to Orlando for Howard. The latter could happen, but I don't think Gasol works in a Williams deal. He doesn't elevate the Nets to where they need to be, and meanwhile they'd be on the hook for nearly 40 million over the next two seasons. Gasol will draw interest from teams with a shot to make the jump to the next level, not from bottom feeders like the Nets.

evander texas [via mobile]

do u think both bigs will be back?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:41 PM)

No. If they are, it's likely because trade talks didn't work out the way the Lakers would want.

LongTimeLakerFan (Burbank)

Do you think the Lakers will pursue Beasley again, once trading re-opens?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:43 PM)

Assuming Minnesota doesn't make him a qualifying offer and he becomes a free agent, the Lakers could make him an offer with their mini-mid level. But other than that, they don't have many options.

LongTimeLakerFan (Burbank)

Do you think there is any way the Lakers could keep all three of Kobe, Pau, and Bynum and find good enough role players to put them back in legitimate contention?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:44 PM)

Honestly, no. The Lakers have only that mini-mid level to work with in an effort to entice free agents to L.A. They don't have picks to flip in trades, nor many appealing assets beyond guys like Gasol and Bynum. Someone like Devin Ebanks doens't fetch much in a trade. So the only way to add more good players, high end depth, or whatever is to include either Bynum or Gasol. This is the box they're in.

Jake (Los Angeles)

Hey k bros do you think the lakers should look at OJ mayo to help out our bench?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:46 PM)

If they could figure out a way to get it done, sure. But the "how" with Mayo is very complicated. Memphis can go a long way to keeping him with a reasonable qualifying offer. Despite their first round exit, the Grizz are a team on the rise. Why would they give Mayo away to the Lakers, who have little to offer in return?

LongTimeLakerFan (Burbank)

If Houston was willing, would you take a revised version of what they were willing to give up for Pau? In other words, Pau (plus maybe Blake) for Lowry or Dragic, Martin, draft pick, and either Scola or someone less pricey?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:47 PM)

More or less. I think with Gasol, the likely trade is to try and add high quality depth at a couple positions. Two or three players that help the Lakers broadly, even while weakening them at power forward.

Amit (San Francisco)

if the nets dont get a top 3 pick, then they got nothing to offer for d12. then lakers trade bynum for d12. then the nets are faced with either losing deron to dallas for nothing or getting back pau for deron in a sign and trade. the nets then head into brooklyn with a pau led team. pau's contract then expires in 2 years when lebron, wade and bosh can all opt out. it can happen!

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:48 PM)

It can, I suppose... but I don't think it will. :)

Dano (Mankato, MN)

Drew's immaturity was a bummer to me this year. I've always been a big fan of his upside. What's your preference if we take him "as is" right now......sign him long term or trade him for top notch talent coming back??

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:52 PM)

Dano-I think this is a brutal decision the Lakers face. On the one hand, Bynum obviously has the talent to be a superstar in the league for a while. His production this year, even while paired with Kobe and Gasol, was still very, very good. As more a focal point, many of those numbers would rise. But yeah, his attitude is concerning. Can the Lakers afford to take a risk on a guy who hasn't shown the willingness to play hard every night? Who has handled his first steps into responsibilty on the team poorly? Bynum at his exit interview said the right things, but he's said them before. If they sign him long term and his maturity and leadership don't ramp up, it could get ugly. So in short, if I could trade him for another elite player who I felt more comfortable with, I'd do it. But otherwise, I'd keep him around and cross my fingers.

Tony Stark (Milky Way Galaxy)

Greetings. May I ask this: Is a Rajon Rondo trade to the Lakers plausible and/or probable? Will the Lakers go after a top-tier point guard?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:52 PM)

Plausable, yes. Probable, no. I say this because almost every blockbuster trade scenario is a low odds proposition. But I do think the Lakers will look hard at every available elite or near elite PG they can find.

bingo (san francisco)

do you think there is a realistic chance the Lakers don't trade Gasol? I mean rather then make a trade just for the sake of making it. I'd hate to see us get flotsam and jetsam in return. The way Scola played last year, it would be like trading Gasol straight up for Lowry.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:54 PM)

Sure. They could bring him back, and won't give him away simply to do it. The immediate savings won't be there (the Lakers have to take back salary in return). And you're right, Scola's drop off this year was a little worrisome, and given that he's on the books for two more years I'm not sure the Lakers would relish the chance to acquire him, unless it came with a couple young prizes like Lowry and another chip.

Dano (Mankato, MN)

I'd a huge Gasol fan....top 5 C in the association, seems to be a good team guy....but it seems he's gone. Is there anyone on the Laker's radar that we haven't heard about for a realistic trade target? I keep hearing he won't bring back "elite" talent...but he did bring back Chris Paul less than a year ago......almost

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:56 PM)

He did, in combination with Lamar Odom. But that was a year ago, when Gasol was a year younger, and in a situation where the Hornets HAD to move Paul. There isn't quite as comperable a situation this year, unless you consider the D-Will thing to be the same (I don't).

Vincent (Salt Lake City)

Do you think the Lakers could contend with no changes and MWP playing like he did at the end of the season?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:56 PM)

Didn't they just lose with that formula?

Danny (New York)

What is the top priority of the offseason? Dwight? A pg? Bench scoring? Shooting? Youth? What do you think if my trade machine proposals?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:58 PM)

It totally depends on how the team is constructed, but it's fair to guess they'll need a genuine floor spacing shooter. Whether they have an elite, penetrating PG who will need an outlet on the kick or a team built around bigs in the post, someone has to shoot. So that's a good place to start. From there, I don't think any one player is a priority. They don't have to get Dwight, they don't have to get an elite PG. They have to fill holes and improve the roster.

Jesse (la)

Lakers get Deron Williams, Kevin MartinNets get Kyle Lowry, Ron Artest, Patrick Patterson, Houston 1st round pickHouston gets Pau Gasol, Ramon SessionsWho says no?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:59 PM)

The Nets.

Jesse (la)

The only way Lakers trade Pau is if a team is willing to take Peace or Blake. Right?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (1:59 PM)

No. I don't think the Lakers are in position to make that stipulation.

Frank (LA)

Are there any FA's the Lakers can get to help the team with our cap situation?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:00 PM)

Frank-The FA rolls this year are relatively lean. The best bets are guys like KG who might be willing to sign for less money to chase a ring. But with only 3 mil to play with in that first year (more or less) they won't be in the market for the best young names.

Diallo (DC)

Would a good trade for both teams be Bynum for Westbrook?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:01 PM)

I don't know why OKC would make that trade. They have size inside, and Westbrook is an outstanding player. The formula they have is working.

Chris (Irvine)

Pau isn't the problem. The problem is Mike Brown. He doesn't know how to run an offense.

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:02 PM)

Alrighty, folks. I'm gonna take us to the home stretch!

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:02 PM)

I think there's some truth to that, but some of it is the roster. The Lakers lack certain key pieces that would help players like Gasol (and Bynum, and Kobe) and because of it had to use Pau in a limiting way. I can't say Brown did well with Gasol this year, but fundamentally the big issue is that Bynum is now a true 37 minute a night presence, meaning the old way they did it in which Bynum and Gasol didn't share the court nearly as much b/c of Odom's presence, doesn't work anymore.

Ram (India)

With the Big three making close to 65 million, Mike Kuptchak need produce a miracle to make the Lakers compete again. Should he trade Pau for a decent PF and a 3 point shooter to make good use of Bynum and Kobe ?

Zooey Deschanel (Los Angeles, CA)

Is that rain?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:04 PM)

Hi Ram-That's a choice, for sure. Something has to be done to add more pieces to the roster and balance out the skill sets, even if it's at the expense of Gasol or Bynum. Clearly the core they have isn't going to work, and the chances of substantive improvement without trading a big piece are low.

Hurricane Jeff (Byesville, OH)

Hey fellas, it's me, Hurricane. Who has the potential to do more damage in the playoffs, the Dodgers or the Angels? Hurricane still comin' at ya!!! Heee-yaa!!!

Brian (Porter ranch, ca)

Am i the only one rooting for the horents to get the top pick so we call all talk about david stern fixing the NBA again??

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:04 PM)

Brian: Accusing David Stern of nefarious puppet-string pulls never gets old. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:05 PM)

Hurricane! I'm impressed with what the Angels have done (eight straight!) but still thing ultimately the team their chasing is too good to catch over the long haul. The Halos dug too deep a hole to win the division. The Dodgers, on the other hand, ought to take theirs. So I'll go with the LAD.

Drew Abell (Mississippi)

How different do you realistically expect the Lakers to be come the start of training camp?

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:06 PM)

Very. I think they're going to make every effort to overhaul the roster. It won't be easy, but they'll try.

Brian Kamenetzky
  (2:06 PM)

Hey everyone. I'm done here. Andy will take it the rest of the way. Thanks!

Joel (Newbury Park)

Do you think Jordan Hill will make it back on the Lakers next year? I liked what he provided the team when given the minutes.

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:07 PM)

Joel: With Hill,it's all about the money. If he can be secured at a reasonable price, I have to imagine the Lakers will at least consider resigning him. He performed well late in the season and has far more pure potential than Josh McRoberts. But if there's a bidding war of any kind, the Lakers will likely be priced out, and I imagine Hill will take a larger and/or lengthier offer.

Dano (Mankato, MN)

There were reports on the internet today that Lamar Odom really wants to come back to the Lakers, no matter what it takes. After his "tantrum" last season is he done here? Or would they consider bringing him back if he accepted the mini mid-level??

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:13 PM)

Dano: I've heard mixed feedback on the Lakers' interest in LO. Some way they're intrigued at a return at a discount. Others insist they're not interested in getting the band back together. But I do think it's worth consideration at the right price, since the Lakers are hamstrung by limited options and, frankly, even in 2012 form, Lamar might have improved the Laker bench. It was just that bad. I wouldn't commit to LO without a long meeting first. Get a real feel for his vibe, commitment to basketball, his conditioning, and where his head's at. Any doubts? Don't do it. The Lakers don't have time for failed experiments, even moderately priced. But if Lamar appears genuinely dedicated to playing at a high level again, it's a move worth mulling.

Sofiane (France)

Don't you think Metta desearves to be back next season instead of Blake? I understant that we'd save more money but Metta is a better player

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:17 PM)

Sofiane: As I wrote in today's report card for MWP (plug!), among other times, if the decision were purely about basketball, MWP would absolutely stay ahead of Blake. There's no question he's been the better player over the course of the last two seasons. But money is unfortunately a variable when it comes to the Amnesty provision, and MWP also makes about $7 million more than Blake over the next two seasons, and after two consecutive postseason suspensions, the issue of reliability comes into question. Thus, I can see it going either way, if the Lakers opt to use the provision.

Adam (Chicago)

What the possibility of trading Paul to the Rockets and sending all those assets to Milwaukee for Brandon Jennings. He's not resigning with the Bucks and he's on record wanting to play in LA

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:21 PM)

Adam: Unless Kyle Lowry is part of that deal (and there's no guarantee he will be), I can't imagine Milwaukee trading Jennings for the likes of Scola, Martin, Udrih, etc. He's younger than all of them with a much greater upside. Even if the Bucks are concerned about their ability to retain Jennings, they can do better than that package. As for Jennings' desire to play in L.A., that's a "Brandon Jennings" problem, not a "Milwaukee Bucks" problem. He doesn't have the type of juice to force trades yet.

felipe (los angeles)

Any way l.a can send pau to Chicago for deng n Hamilton then send mcroberts sessions Hamilton and mwp for deron Williams?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:24 PM)

Felipe: The first trade isn't enough for the Lakers, and the second trade is laughable from the Nets' perspective. Why on Earth would Brooklyn make that deal?

Zolty (NY)

Any chance the Lakers would sign Fisher next year as cheap free agent?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:25 PM)

Zolty: No, and the disinterest is mutual, I think. That ship has sailed away from a bridge that's burned.

Krishnan (NJ)

How abt we amnesty Pau and save more money than MWP and use it to sign multiple FA?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:28 PM)

Krishnan: If the Lakers amnesty Pau, they're still too far over the cap to make big moves via free agency. It's a bad use for one of few trade assets the team possesses.

Nick (Syracuse)

Should the Lakers do the unthinkable? (FYI: "The unthinkable" would be trading Kobe.)

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:30 PM)

Nick: Unless Kobe wants out, it's a non-issue. Kobe has a no-trade clause, so he can't be moved unless he's the one initiating the process.

Jaminus Sweetimus (Long Beach)

Hindsight being what it is, do you think the Lakers blew up by not hiring Brian Shaw and keeping the band together for at least one more run?

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:34 PM)

Jaminus: I was a big proponent of hiring Shaw rather than Brown, and the reasons had less to do with Mike specifically but the situation the Lakers faced. Lockout shortened season with no training camp, fewer practices, etc. The window shrinking for Kobe as a focal point of a championship team. Teams around the league getting better, etc. In my mind, there wasn't time for a "get to no you period," which a new coach and system guarantees. For pragmatic reasons, I'd have brought in Shaw, or maybe split the difference with Adelman, who runs a system similar to the triangle. Again, it's not so much an issue with Mike, but rather an acknowledgment of the difficulties this season guaranteed. Continuity is king.

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:34 PM)

Jaminus: I was a big proponent of hiring Shaw rather than Brown, and the reasons had less to do with Mike specifically but the situation the Lakers faced. Lockout shortened season with no training camp, fewer practices, etc. The window shrinking for Kobe as a focal point of a championship team. Teams around the league getting better, etc. In my mind, there wasn't time for a "get to no you period," which a new coach and system guarantees. For pragmatic reasons, I'd have brought in Shaw, or maybe split the difference with Adelman, who runs a system similar to the triangle. Again, it's not so much an issue with Mike, but rather an acknowledgment of the difficulties this season guaranteed. Continuity is king.

bozz (Mordor)

K. Bros.! Give me a plausible scenario where The Machine comes back to Lakerland.

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:36 PM)

Bozz: It likely involves an assumed identity, facial reconstruction and work with a dialect coach to lose the Slovenian accent.

Andy Kamenetzky
  (2:40 PM)

Alrighty folks, gotta run! Thanks for dropping by. Don't forget to check out the report cards (today's "student?" Metta World Peace) and we'll be back in the studio soon enough for another podKast. Also, if you haven't heard it yet, please check out our interview with Brian Banks, the recently exonerated former football star of Long Beach Poly. His is a powerful story about a travesty of justice and a remarkable person overcoming horrific adversity. Thanks. http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/31104/podcast-brian-banks-former-star-at-long-beach-poly