Louis Penna |Managing Editor|
The Lakers have been waiting diligently and patiently in the days leading to the trade deadline. Incessantly scheming to make that one Lakerland breaking move to shift momentum towards a championship in 2012.
Sweet release from all the post-Chris Paul trade drama and disapprobation can end in one fatal deal. Two words: Deron Williams.
Laker’s front office is reported to have reached an agreement with the technical foul extraordinaire and volatile two-year retiree.
As if the Lakers did not have enough old,—oh excuse me, experienced—slow (there’s no euphemism for slow in basketball), outdated players that we couldn’t trade for a box of stale donuts.
Jealous that every team ahead of us, aside from the Spurs (the William Shatners of the Western Conference), is young and full of cumulous talent. While the Lakers are settling for, well, Rasheed Wallace: old and cumbersome.
That description can fit most of the Lakers roster, cumbersome.
You have the artless artist, formerly known as “Ron Artest;” graceful and coordinated as a pregnant yak. Troy Murphy, who shoots a jump shot flatter than Shaq at the free throw line and at a lower percentage. And the small forward spot is in constant balance between inconsistency and inability.
Let’s just say that last line goes for the whole squad, and that Mike Brown is left with a heavy heap of fading talent.
You would expect the front office to do everything they can to turn the tides. The Lakers have been in a team talent decline since the strike ended. That’s something the Lakers just don’t do.
In a league like the NBA, if you’re not getting better, its harder to to convince your fan base that you’re not going to get swept out of the playoffs again.
The Laker have a little over two weeks before the trade deadline to make sense of adding another 37-year-old to the roster.
This could be a move to secure a bit of depth before trading off the only young talents remaining like Josh McRoberts, who hasn’t played significant minutes in over a month since starting the first four games of the season.
He may be coupled with the likes of Darius Morris and the remains of Lamar Odom in the form of a trade exception to acquire a legitimate sixth-man who can improve on the team’s 93.1 scoring average, the lowest I’ve ever known.
I plead with the front office: please for all that is sustainable shooting and scoring do no put Andrew Goudelock in that mix.
Lakers are reportedly once again interested in acquiring Minnesota’s Michael Beasley. Beasley was most likely going to be the Pau Gasol’s replacement after Chris Paul was scheduled to arrive in Lakerland, but CP3 hit a Stern detour to Lob City.
If the Lakers want to get leaner and meaner off the bench, and possibly a long-term option at forward, look no further in Beasley. The asking price couldn’t be lower for potential all-star talent; reportedly just a 2012 first-round draft pick.
The Timberwolves are said to be done waiting for Beasley to mature, but I think Kobe Bryant and Laker culture can implement some attitude adjustment.
The real deal is still yet to be made however. The Fisher/Blake platoon at point guard is no match against the Russell Westbrooks or Chris Pauls of the NBA. The lack of ability and quickness at the position will sure to be the Lakers’ demise.