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warrenweelim
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If it came down to us, who would we rather keep? We have 4 interesting names, among which, should a JO deal push through, that two of the four must go.

With Jermaine O'neal's salary pegged at 19.7M, the Lakers will be heavily playing the numbers game on this one. As a requirement, the Lakers have to part with 85% of the incoming salary (at least 17M of total outgoing salaries) in order to pass the CBA ruling on trades.

Based on the payroll situation in Indy, it would make no sense for them to take back a long-term contract like Luke Walton, Derek Fisher and Vlade Radmanovic. Andrew Bynum will be the focal point of the trade. IMO, so will Javaris Crittenton be. In order to match the numbers, Kwame and Sasha must be included as well. These 4 players now add up to $14,281,151.00 just 2.8M shy of passing the requirement.

We can always choose to sign-and-trade Aaron McKie for 3M a year with the 2nd and 3rd year being non-guaranteed team options. This will enable us to keep our other players from being salary fillers. We could still add Brian Cook to this deal in exchange for 2 minimum salary players like Kareem Rush, Andre Owens, Stephen Graham and Orien Greene.

Rounding up, Indiana will be receiving Andrew Bynum, Javaris Crittenton and Kwame Brown being the prominent names, while the others serve as expiring contracts salary fillers.

Just to point out, the Lakers MUST NOT TRADE JORDAN FARMAR. I know 80% of Lakerland fancies Critt over Farmar but JF is the kind of PG we need to run the triangle. He may not be big nor quick, but he is my kind of poised PG built for championships. I just cannot envision the Lakers w/ the big three running the show with a rookie PG. More so with Derek Fisher. Lets conserve him for the playoffs.

six.chris
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I agree with not trading farmar... even though critt is explosive. what good would it do if he's not going to be trusted by pj? Farmar is one of the few who have earned their playing time with pj in their rookie season. and when it oomes to the trade.. i think vlad might be thrown in, even though he is a longterm contract..i wouldn't be surprised if they use him to balance salary caps. and buy him out. would make sense right? why get players who will collect dust in the bench. when you can get 1 player to do the same job. not only that..if they decided to use any of the players..vlad would be more useful to indiana than a cook or sasha...and besides if they get vlad. they can have more room to throw in an exp. contract. maybe tinsly? and lakers would have to suck it up, cause they're not giving away odom.

let me know what you think warren

warrenweelim
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Vlad Radman is a bittersweet pill for me at this point. IF the Lakers land JO, we might be needing the services of Slalom Vlade after all. He will be a decent spark of the bench with now a well-balanced superstar team. But if Indy takes him for whatever reason, perhaps as a shiny spray can, I'm all for it.

RandyPandy
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Ultimately, I think Larry Bird wants Lamar Odom in the mix for that deal. But we cannot give them both Lamar and Andrew just for JO. I like what Warren is suggesting or is proposing.

What we are giving the Pacers is a future. Since they are sure that they are in the rebuild mode, and JO insisted that he doesn't want to be a part of that, we can surely fill the needs of their team.

We give them Andrew Bynum, who happens to be one of the most talked about trading piece this year. If his potential catches up on him, I can see him being a feared center in the East. He is a project for sure, but his upside is through the roof.

We give them Kwame Brown, whose big body and expiring contract may attract Larry's interest. If they choose not to resign Kwame, they can have room in the salary cap for sure. That will make them instant favorites to get a big named player from the 2008 free agent class and draft in the lottery, for sure.

We give them Javaris Crittenton, who surprised a lot with his stellar play in the summer league. He can steer this team to the next level if he gets playing time.

And of course we give them the fillers, who ever they may be, just to match JO's salary.

I think this is a good offer for a team that is rebuilding, if they really are so. They get a serviceable big, an expiring contract and a good inexperienced PG to fill the holes in their lineup.

warrenweelim
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I just think that Indiana ultimately is "better" by receiving a Bynum-centered deal. They not only enjoy cap room, they will enjoy snug-fit pieces as well.

Granger is a wing player while Diogu is a post up PF. If they could add Javaris, a PG/SG combo guard and Bynum a C, then their future is set. I boldly say better than that of Portland's. Whereas, Odom will conflict the positions played by Diogu (as PF), Shawne Williams (as SF) or as Danny Granger (wing SF).

six.chris
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i agree with you on that warren. young players will only benefit indiana..but i just feaer we don't have enough to please bird.

RandyPandy
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How about Luke? We signed him with the thinking that he would be great playing in the triangle as a starter. I won't complain if we get LO to play SF and JO to play PF, but what about Luke?

How about this lineup: Farmar, Bryant, Walton, Odom and O'Neal?

I mean JO played a little bit of C before right? Remember the 2005-06 season? Luke was not a starter at the start of the season and by the end of the season and start of the playoffs, Luke was in the starting 5. You know why? Phil Jackson saw how good Luke was playing the Tri and the team game. That was their BEST five.

I think that if we get JO, our starters will be Farmar, Bryant, Odom, O'Neal and Mihm.

But I think that our BEST lineup will be Farmar, Bryant, Walton, Odom and O'Neal.

Phil Jax will change the starters to this within the season because he will notice that this is our best lineup to play against opponents.

six.chris
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the question in my eyes will only be answered depending on who we give up.. i understand your concerns for luke..but i think he would be a great bench player. as he was in the past. and hell. they might be able to alternate the lineup to throw teams off. starting luke at times. and at times using him as a bench presence..there is no rule that forces us to keep the same line up every game..so why not try it? i do love your idea of keeping LO at the pf. and moving JO to center..we'd have mihm to back him up and not have to find another center. and for pf. we have turiaf and odom.. small forward rad/luke/karl

then the rest is obvious kobe for all but 4 minutes of the game..and which ever guard is left over plays those 4 or 5 mins.

only problem is...we'll only have 4 bigs. if we decide to keep odom.. what would we do then?

RandyPandy
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We could really benefit from the changing of lineups. If we play SA, we start Mihm. If we play PHX, we start Luke. We'll keep them guessing!

I am guessing that if we do indeed sign JO for Kwame, Andrew, Javaris, Cookie and Sasha plus draft picks, I think we can woo CWebb over for the veterans minimum or some other big guy we can sign.

six.chris
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true. but what is to guarantee he will be available if the trade happens?..regardless we'd need another big...

and btw.. i've been thinking... 2 players who haven't been mentioned in trades for lakers..that a team could really use are Mihm and turiaf. how much value do you guys think those 2 have?

i mean mihm=small contract + experience

Turiaf = small contract + Unlimited energy

warrenweelim
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Again, this is the speed lineup and theres the bulk lineup. Generally, teams all over the NBA will have a hard time playing Odom at SF. He is a match up nightmare. This mismatch will eventually lead to easy baskets as they now have 3 heads to defend. Mihm and Farmar will be surprised at how open they will be this year.

six.chris
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but would we even have a bulk line up? its something that would fall apart easily. whether its (may god forbid) an injury a big. or foul trouble..and then what?

RandyPandy
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I hope the deal happens at August 23. Its the Lakers gift to Kobe for his birthday. I hop Kobe really will have a happy birthday. You are the cake JO! Very Happy

warrenweelim
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Randy's proposed lineup might see the light of day more often. We need backup centers to our lineup as Mihm is the only one left. Being the case, JO may end up playing C.

six.chris
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or if the lakers are idiots "happy birthday kobe, you're being traded to the bulls for an all star janitor"

RandyPandy
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I think that that will be our lineup come playoff time. Farmar, Bryant, Walton, Odom and O'Neal will be it. Unless Mitch pulls off another trade before the deadline... if he does... if he can...

six.chris
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lets not get ahead of ourselves. first we gotta hope he can pass level 1 of this off season.

RandyPandy
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Yeah, like getting in a Laker jersey first. I hear you Chris. It is just nice to hear that we are the likely destination of JO.

warrenweelim
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hey I just noticed I reached Die Hard 4.0 Laker Fan state Smile

RandyPandy
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Congrats dude. You are one of the best posters here. Keep it up Pare!

warrenweelim
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Isn't it ironic that the Lakers have a duo of 24/7? Jermaine should wear #77 or #00.

warrenweelim
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Since it would not be off topic to discuss "numbers" in this thread...

#1 Javaris Crittenton

#2 Derek Fisher

#4 Luke Walton

#5 Jordan Farmar

#6 Maurice Evans

#7 Lamar Odom

#8 Kobe Bryant

#10 Vladimir Radmanovic

#17 Andrew Bynum

#18 Sasha Vujacic

#21 Ronny Turiaf

#24 Kobe Bryant

#31 Chris Mihm

#43 Brian Cook

#54 Kwame Brown

Diamondbull
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how about JO be number 52. that way the lakers would have 24/7 for 52 weeks of the year *laughs* that would be pretty cool!

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