The Lakers traded forward Lamar Odom and a second-round draft pick to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night for a first-round pick (and an $8.9 million trade exception). At this time it seems the Lakers have gotten worse. Much worse, really.
Even the previous trade which would have netted the Lakers Chris Paul, might have initially made the team worse. Under that scenario the team would have given up both Pau Gasol and Odom.
“To be honest with you, I don’t like it,” Kobe Bryant said when asked about Odom’s departure. I can’t blame him. Kobe goes on to talk about how Lamar is someone he and the team has been through battles with. Good “team speak”, but it’s more than that. The Lakers are worse today than they were yesterday.
That said, I feel as though the tides will be shifting. I imagine it is still only a matter of time before Los Angeles turns that first round pick from Dallas into Dwight Howard.
The Magic would clearly like Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol from the Lakers, but reports have surfaced saying that the Lakers’ offer will
end up being Bynum, the trade exceptions acquired in a Lamar Odom trade, and two draft picks.
Howard will likely end up in LA with Kobe, and the West will get a heck of a lot more interesting again. Even Andrew Bynum knows it. “If I’m here, I’m looking forward to the season,” Bynum told reporters. Bynum specifically addressed the Dwight Howard rumors saying, “If they were able to pull a move like that off, it would be great for the organization, and I’d be in Orlando hooping.”
Not getting CP3 will be a blessing in disguise for the Lakers and their 2012 championship aspirations.
And the Howard move is going down. It seems not t be a matter of if, it’s just a matter of when.