The Lakers are currently 5th in the Western Conference with a 14-11 record. Given, they have beaten some pretty impressive teams, but LA’s overall record is anything but overwhelming. With this on the minds of Laker management and players the team’s Big Three weighed in on ways forward for LA.
Bryant came out this week and told ESPN, “I’m sure they’ll do something. I don’t know what, but I’m sure they’ll do something.” Trade rumors have been swirling around the City of Angels ever since the CP3 trade got nixed by Stern before the season started and the feeling is a trade is imminent.
Bynum went on record with ESPN saying, “They’re going to start doing things” and Gasol agreed stating, “There’s always a sense that if something was going to happen before it might still happen.” Looks like everyone in LA is confident something will be done to boost the Lakers from the solid team they currently are to the title contender the city has grown to expect in the Kobe era.
The two biggest options on the table would appear to be Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. Both would obviously be amazing additions to any team, but would lift the Lakers to ring contenders. Williams would give the Lakers the solid 1-guard play they are currently lacking. No disrespect to Fish, but he’s only capable of playing in limited time and his defense is a thing of the past. Howard would give them the best big man in the game and everyone in LA remembers the success the Shaq / Kobe combo.
When asked which player Kobe would rather acquire he candidly responded, “Give me both, how about that?” I’m sure David Stern would have some input on that trade. If LA does acquire one of these two players their team will instantly be positioned for a deep playoff run, but maybe the real question is what might LA have to give up to get what they want.
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