Kobe Bryant has gone into a deep silence, the draft has come and gone, Kevin Garnett is still available, and the Lakers are doing as much as possible to make significant moves this season to make a dramatic impact.
There are a few things that seem to be going the Lakers way, the Kevin Garnett sweepstakes as of now looks like to be between the Warriors and the Lakers. Unless, Atlanta wants to hook back up with Phoenix for a three team deal, or some other team like Dallas decides to seriously jump into the picture.
I still question why the Lakers didn’t deal some or all of their draft picks to acquire an established veteran or to package them in a big deal. While there draft picks were liked by draft experts. Let’s be completely honest, Crittenton is a good player but he is another young point guard. This whole off-season Kupchack has made it known that we want an established veteran point guard. That is why we have showed interest over free agents such as Mo Williams and Steve Blake.
As for the Chinese “Magic Johnson” and Pau Gasol’s little brother Marc. Those guys are going to stay overseas for at least another year. So we won’t see them in Laker uniforms anytime soon. So basically in this draft we got a young rookie point guard? Not too much of an upgrade by any stretch of the imagination.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel for all Laker fans. I believe that there is no better veteran point guard out on the market then recently released, former Laker Derek Fisher. This is a guy we never should have released in the first place. A excellent defender, can knock down the open three pointer, and stays in excellent shape. Being in Los Angeles can fill his needs as being a sure starter, and also providing great medical care for his daughter that suffers from eye cancer.
Bringing Derek Fisher would bring in exactly what the Lakers have been looking for, you might not believe in fate but with the weak free agent market especially at point guard I think that acquiring Fisher would be that Laker luck that we have had in so many other instances. I say give Fisher the full mid level exception, as Fisher’s agent says it is evident that Fisher is worth more than 5.5 million a year so getting him at this would be a steal. So teaming Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant in the backcourt would add the skill of great defense, hard work ethic, and most importantly playoff experience at the ultimate level. This would solve the Lakers point guard issues, and it would allow Farmer to learn under Fisher’s wing and assume a solid backup role at the point guard position.
The calling of Luke Walton’s agent a minute after free agency started, was a classy move by Mitch Kupchack. Getting Luke back was essential and it provides a small forward that is a master of the triangle offense and his precision passing spreads the floor.
All that being said, the Lakers still need to bring in that IMPACT player, and that impact player is the one and only Kevin Garnett. KG has LA written all over him, a sunny city, a team that is on the brink, he has a house in Malibu, and is good friends with Kobe Bryant. Not to mention the GetGarnett.com movement and all the users that would welcome the 10 time all star with open arms.
I love what Lamar Odom did last year and the struggles both physically and emotionally he went through. Most players would have quit or gave up but Lamar fought through everything to give us the best chance to win. However, to get someone good you have to give up someone good in return. So the Lakers will have to package Lamar and Bynum, and either offer more or get a third team involved. Either way the Lakers need to do everything in their power to get this guy. Jermaine might work and is a good plan B, but to make this offseason a success and make us a contender we need to do everything possible to get KG to LA.
Getting some more depth at center, and getting rid of Kwame’s expiring contract are all things that need to be addressed but to keep Kobe and make this offseason a success the Lakers need to…