May I preclude what I am about to write in saying that this is NOT an all-star team I am about to make, but instead, taking the team as is and trying to simulate trades to help the roster in all the aspects of the game. I will be choosing players of reasonable value and factor in the possibility of it happening.
PRIORITY TRADE #1 - defense (perimeter)
Instead of the famous consensus on Ron Artest, I honestly think his ego is way too much for the Lakers and the bright lights of Hollywood. Instead, I choose Shane Battier. Arguably the best defensive "3" in the league next to Bruce Bowen and Ron Artest. Houston might find this interesting as they are doing a 360 from being the hard-nosed defense of Van Gundy to the free wheeling offense of Adelman.
2008 1st rounder
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It must be noted that while we consider Vlade and Cook as crap, other teams do not. By adding a 2008 1st rounder, we might just have ourselves a deal. Shane Battier will now defend the other team's best player i.e. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Tmac, while Luther Head is an insurance for the next deal:
TRADE #2 - more defense (interior)
In view that our weaknesses lie on the PG and C spots, we address the daunting interior defense problem by acquiring the Defensive Player of the Year no less. Camby has expressed interest in playing for LA and he will be an awesome fit. Their need for a PG and the signing of Blake to Portland suggests this deal has the possibility of happening.
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We know that Denver "laughed" at us offering Kwame for Camby. However, I still insist they do this. Its now Kwame and Farmar which might now be a little more interesting.
Denver replaces Camby with Kwame while getting an excellent court general in Farmar (less offensive minded) to compliment the offense of AI and Melo. JR Smith, while he has been a welcome surprise this year, clashed with now Denver Coach George Karl. These problems might be resolved thru trade.
TRADE #3 - shooting
Due to the loss of Vlade Radman and Brian Cook, we are now in need of players who can light it up. Those that can do it on a consistent basis and be an integral part of the triangle. At this stage, we have Derek Fisher and Luther Head to do it. Another shooter will always be welcome.
My list includes Mike Miller and Kyle Korver. Both of which might be unavailable so we might have to consider the likes of Eddie House (free agent) or Damon Jones, who might now be out of place in Cleveland due to Pavlovic and Boobie Gibson's emergence.
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At this stage, this is my 2008 Laker squad:
Derek Fisher / Javaris Crittenton / Luther Head
Kobe Bryant / Mo Evans / Damon Jones
Shane Battier / Luke Walton /
Lamar Odom / Ronny Turiaf /
Marcus Camby / Andrew Bynum / Chris Mihm
NOW THIS IS A CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD. WOULDN'T YOU SAY?