The Lakers are trying to climb up from their recent defeat against the Celtics although they are still the team to beat in the NBA but the game 6 disaster was a sign that needs to be taken seriously. They need some changes on their young team and with Andrew Bynum getting back in the rotation they need to reevaluate their roster. Bynum will be on the Center position and Gasol slides down to the Power forward which leaves Odom in the small forward position which could very well clogged up the post position with fisher and Bryant manning the frontcourt. The Lakers will be looking for a trade to solidify their roster and be a championship contender next season. Lamar Odom is a good versatile power forward who creates mismatches but his inconsistency proved to be his Achilles heel he was passive when the Lakers needed his offense in the finals and maybe this time the Lakers are shopping for trade candidates for Lamar aside from getting the best trade the Lakers could clear their salary cap and could sign some veteran players to booster their lineup.
Shawn Marion– I think the Lakers should get a Shawn Marion who could shoot and defend the 1-4 position. Marion is a proven and tested versatile player he could open up lots of options for Kobe and Gasol. But if the Lakers sign Marion they would have to clear their salary cap and could give up one or two players for the trade.
Ron Artest – Dennis Rodman was the bad boy of the 90’s but Phil Jackson has his way of controlling Dennis. Although Ron is far better than Rodman he still is considered as the present emotional defensive player and the bad boy of the present. He gave Jordan a rib injury in their pre-season game and could very well defend with the likes of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Artest is what the Lakers needs now to stabilize their defense and a trade with Lamar is a good trade. Sacramento needs a versatile player like Odom who could very well provide the athleticism and could replace the gap with Miller and Abdur Rahim injured. Phil Jackson needs a Ron Artest who could shoot the perimeter and a very good defender.
Rasheed Wallace– Sheed had a good run in Detroit but the disgruntled Piston’s management wanted a change and Sheed is part of that change. If traded to the Lakers the Lakers would be a powerhouse team. Rasheed can shift from 5 to 3 and can very well defend Garnett or other tall athletic centers and Power forwards. But this is unlikely to happen since Detroit needs a player who could compliment and fill in the void left by Rasheed and Lamar’s inconsistency would be a disadvantage to the Piston’s.
Elton Brand– A small size power forward who has a mid range jumper and a good post defender Elton is a consistent doublex2 player but the Lakers need a wing man who could shoot and defend although Elton is a good catch but his yet to be tested with his recent injury last season.
Luol Deng– Deng is a good defender with long wingspan he could provide the shooting and the added muscle for the Lakers but with Odom the Lakers should bargain more with Sefelosha adding in the mix.
Shane Battier – He solved the Kobe riddle and Bowen and Pierce followed through. Shane is a defensive player who could shoot very well. Shane could guard the 3 position very well and could very well fill the depleting 3 position of the Lakers.
Andrei Kirilenko– AK47 is also a good trade in but like Lamar inconsistency makes Andrei sub par to greatness. Though the Lakers might be interested on AK47 but I think he’s better off at Utah.
We might see a rejuvenated Lakers next season and Lamar Odom’s future still on hold. Odom is a tested player who could create lots and lots of mismatch the Lakers will have to look for a deserving trade for him but as far as im concerned I think whatever happens its for the best of Lamar. It’s his ability that made him a good player its his inconsistency that bared him to be great.
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