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roflmcwaffles is offline Old 02-13-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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To Los Angeles: Dwight Howard, Luis Scola, Jameer Nelson
To Houston: Pau Gasol, Matt Barnes, LAL first-round pick
To Orlando: Andrew Bynum, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic, Chandler Parsons

The Lakers don't have many pieces to give up, but Gasol and Bynum are the two best options Orlando could get. Bynum is no Howard (sorry Shaq, it's true), but he's still one of the best centers in the league and would make the 5 a strength for the Magic in the years to come.

Gasol, on the other hand, has little value to the Magic because of his age and because of Anderson. He'd become the Rockets' best player, though, and they can give up some of their great depth for a star. Earlier in the season, they were willing to give up Scola, Martin and Dragic. Adding Barnes and a first-round pick could convince them to throw in promising rookie Parsons too.

Gasol and Bynum are a steep price for the Lakers to pay, even if they add the future face of the franchise. But at least Scola and Nelson, who are now extraneous pieces for the Magic, would fill big holes for Los Angeles, especially at the much-maligned point guard position.

In the end, though, why do the Lakers make this trade? They do it because they're motivated to shake things up to better compete for the 2012 NBA championship, which is looking highly unlikely right now for L.A. In fact, our NBA playoff odds give the Lakers just a 1.4 percent chance of winning another title if things keep going the way they are.

That percentage just isn't good enough for Kobe. Something needs to change, and GM Mitch Kupchak might decide to take a risk. As any seasoned salesperson knows, a motivated buyer completely changes the game. If the Magic can parlay L.A.'s lust for championships and discontent with the status quo into negotiating leverage, the Magic can trade Howard for the pieces they need to win, both now and in the future.

Same trade as before for Houston essentially. Not too big on giving up Parsons for a late 1st rounder and Barnes (I think Barnes is worthless, and Parson is already playing like a mid 1st rounder, so the value just isn't there).

Worth reading I guess. I personally think the Net's trade is a great offer for both sides.

Starting 5 of: Lopez, Hump, Anderson, RANDOM PLAYER, Brooks. Has potential to be good in the coming years.
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