Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Laker rumors have received more attention in LA lately than the best team in baseball, the LA Dodgers. Most of these rumors have been surrounding the twin towers in Gasol and Bynum, but Stephen A. Smith, and many other highly regarded NBA analysts have stated Odom’s interested in returning to the Lakers. As for Ariza, the Hornets are in cap space mode and Ariza will be their second highest paid player next year earning $7,258,960. Though I’m sure most people don’t follow Hornets rumors, Ariza has been a hot topic in trade rumors lately in the Hornets’ effort to completely rebuild around the plethora of draft picks they have. For those who follow the Laker rumors closely, the Lakers still have the 8.9 million dollar trade exception they received when they traded away Odom. For the Hornets, if they were to sign Odom to the veterans minimum, they would be able to swing Ariza and Odom to the Lakers for the trade exception, and potentially a second round pick or two. This would then create a ton of cap room for the Hornets AND give the Lakers two exceptional role players who are very familiar with the Lakers players. This also gives the Lakers a reason to amnesty Metta World Peace, and get his 14+ million dollars off the books, and allow the Lakers more room under the hard cap (maximum amount of spending on players), to resign Ramon Sessions, or go after other point guards like Steve Nash or Raymond Felton in free agency. Let’s be realistic here, a complete overhaul in player personnel that has Gasol and/or Bynum being shipped out for new players is a process that will likely take over a year for it to start paying off in potential championships. EX: the Miami Heat. Now lets face it, Kobe Bryant doesn’t have too many more years at his current playing level, so an adjustment period with new players may not be the best direction. However, adding guys familiar to the Lakers like Odom and Ariza won’t take much of an adjustment period and the Lakers will be more than capable of being ACTUAL contenders next season. This scenario is just one of many that have been circulating around the Laker Nation, but in my opinion I think it is one that should be heavily considered. -Abergel
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

Shanahan: injuries are not why Robert Griffin III struggles

Kyle Korver ruled out for remainder of playoffs

Randy Moss attends cancer survivor's graduation

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

French Open Women's preview: Who will make the quarters?

WATCH: Bryan Price gets ejected before game starts

WATCH: Vin Scully narrates fan's marriage proposal

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.