Kevin GarnettHOOPSWORLD.COM: With apologies to GetGarnett.com, the Los Angeles Lakers must not overpay if Kevin Garnett becomes available.

Though it doesn’t appear that the Minnesota Timberwolves are trading the Big Ticket; if he is put on the block . . . the Lakers need to pass if price is too high.

While some might think a package built around Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum would be the starting point; that already is too much for the former league MVP.

On the surface Garnett seems like a move they should make at all costs. Pairing up two of the best players in the league in Kobe Bryant and Garnett would seemingly guarantee a championship. The Lakers would be able to win rolling out two on five . . .

Nope, basketball is a team sport.

As it is, LA is already facing a significant talent gap. They have major holes at guard and significant questions at center. This summer’s crop of Mid-Level Exception (MLE, $5.5-$6 million) players is sparse.

The team would need to rely on players like Kwame Brown, Vladimir Radmanovic, Brian Cook and Sasha Vujacic more than ever.

Even if the Lakers took back a guard like Mike James, Marko Jaric or Ricky Davis, the Lakers would still not be a contender. It would take a couple of years to put the proper role players around the two stars.

It’s certainly possible a championship team comes together . . . but in all likelihood it wouldn’t happen as quickly as fans would expect.

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  • http://www.kb24.com darkice18

    is it possible to get Garnett w/o trading Lamar Odom???? any ideas anyone?

  • http://www.friendster.com/3581534 CV_LEX7

    [quote comment=”321″]is it possible to get Garnett w/o trading Lamar Odom???? any ideas anyone?[/quote]

    That’s no way, but if we could wait for another season for KG to Opt out and sign for us for MLE next summer. that’s the onli way we could do it without Odom. I wouldn’t wanna pay the price of giving up bynum and odom this summer to get KG.

  • http://www.kb24.com darkice18

    what about this…

    ……..heres my plan to keep odom and get a good center….lets say memphis gets the 2nd draft pick….and they draft Kevin Durant….Pau demands a trade cause he has issues there and decides he wantsa come to the Lakers…we give them Bynum, Vlade, 19th draft pick thats a great idea cause they will have Bynum and Kevin Durant, and Rudy Gay as their young core and will be conteders in the near future… also we trade kwame for Artest cause they wanna get rid of him and theirs our dennis rodman….plus we keep Odom…and our lineup would be :
    (Starters) (Bench) (free agents/MLE)
    KOBE SASHA veterans
    FARMAR LUKE two-2nd round draft picks
    LAMAR COOK MLE- another PG/center
    ARTEST RONNY
    PAU GASOL MIHM

    …we would be dramatically a bigger and better defensive team…and our offense will run smoothly wit PAU and LO….and kobe will be kobe perhaps win MVP finally…while artest will take care of defense….and Farmar will improve everyear and playmake for us….CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS!!!….good idea???

  • http://www.kb24.com darkice18

    heres my plan to keep odom and get a good center….lets say memphis gets the 2nd draft pick….and they draft Kevin Durant….Pau demands a trade cause he has issues there and decides he wantsa come to the Lakers…we give them Bynum, Vlade, 19th draft pick thats a great idea cause they will have Bynum and Kevin Durant, and Rudy Gay as their young core and will be conteders in the near future… also we trade kwame for Artest cause they wanna get rid of him and their our dennis rodman….plus we keep Odom…and our lineup would be :
    (Starters) (Bench)
    KOBE SASHA
    FARMAR LUKE
    LAMAR COOK
    ARTEST RONNY
    PAU GASOL MIHM

    …we would be dramatically a bigger and better defensive team…and our offense will run smoothly wit PAU and LO….and kobes will be kobe…while artest will take care of defense….and Farmar will improve everyear and playmake for us….CHAMPS CONTENDERS! !!

  • #32

    Yeah, thats right – package of Odom and Bynum is too much for KG by itself. But, also, we cannot hope that KG will sign MLE with us – not today, not tommorow. No way!

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Rok

    I want Garnett.. they should trade odom ,kwame for garnett.. and train bynum better… mihm sucks anyway.. and vujacic too… so we have to get some useful players in the draft :)

  • Just_A_Laker_Fan

    CV_LEX7 no Odom has to be part of the deal because Garnett is about 20 plus million a season which means that you have to send at least two or three players to have that trade going to happen. Plus the other team will ask for certain players and the Lakers can counter it. But most likely they would not want to deal with Bynum and Radman because of how many years left with the contract. Plus Radman haven’t shown any great sign last season unless he picks up his game and became that three point threat. Then that trade wouldn’t be too bad if the other teams wanted that sort of package deal….

  • Just_A_Laker_Fan

    Opps, sorry about the CV_LEX7 I was talking about Darkice18……

  • http://www.friendster.com/3581534 CV_LEX7

    [quote comment=”330″]CV_LEX7 no Odom has to be part of the deal because Garnett is about 20 plus million a season which means that you have to send at least two or three players to have that trade going to happen. Plus the other team will ask for certain players and the Lakers can counter it. But most likely they would not want to deal with Bynum and Radman because of how many years left with the contract. Plus Radman haven’t shown any great sign last season unless he picks up his game and became that three point threat. Then that trade wouldn’t be too bad if the other teams wanted that sort of package deal….[/quote]

    Mr. i’m quoting from someone else… ofcourse i know that we can’t get KG without giving odom… READ MAN!!!!!

  • Just_A_Laker_Fan

    Hey man I said my bad and yes I do read just I wrote the wrong screen name on…..Doesn’t matter if we all wrote the same thing or the same concept on GetGarnett.com, we are all Laker fans and we can agree or not with everyone views on how the Lakers will turn out for next season. No hate in here aight…..

    Just_A_Laker_Fan (aka Mr quote)

  • hapa

    Get Garnett! I think if the team decides the championship is more important in the short term (1-4 years) you need to get him. Superstar pairings don’t come along too often.

    I’m in MN and am sick of seeing KG languish on a crappy team with no GM vision for the future. Please spare him, we have already given up on the wolves.

    The Lakers playoff exit was sealed once the playoff seeds were solidified. The Suns had the depth at too many positions. Remember who dropped 42 and ended the suns 17 game win streak? They had no answer for KG. Imagine a consistent 24 point, 14 rebound, 5 assist player who should also be considered one of the leagues top defenders with Kobe…

    If you want to return to the finals, GET HIM!

  • ben

    I say Odom & Bynum for KG is a good deal.
    We dont know how good Bynum will be in 2 or 3 yrs, Kobe’s contract will be up, will he sign with the Lakers again, will the Lakers want to keep him or trade him? he will be 33 then.
    Who will compliment Bynum & deliver a championship if Kobe’s not around?
    Odom is a great player, no doubt, but i do believe we need a proven center for this team to take it to the next level, when will Bynum be ready?
    Can we win with Kobe/Odom and the other players we have now in the team next year?
    Im not so sure about that.

  • Kobe_Rizvanolli

    i doubt bynum will be like shaq, maybe oden yes. kobe cant wait for bynum to grow up, we all cant wait. we dont want to lose every time at the first round, that hurts. odom is one of my favourite players in the league but it’s time to trade him and bynum cook for KG i think. plus kidd can come, or williams as a fa.
    kidd/mo
    kobe
    radman(i think he will be good this year)
    wallton
    garnett
    i dont know…

  • Just_A_Laker_Fan

    You’re right ben just Kobe, Odom and another addition to the roster isn’t enough for the Lakers to go all the way to the final dance. I really do believe they need two bigs down low so we can more defensive and able to get rebounds/second shoots when we miss a shot outside. I think the T-Wolves wants more then Odom and Bynum for that deal to happen because price wise doesn’t equal between those two players and Garnett which means we have to be involved giving up three or maybe a forth player. But hey we’ll never know right, things can happen in the NBA and might work out a deal with Garnett, just depends on the deal/pacakge the Lakers are putting together.

    I still like the Gasol and Artest, although some people might disagree with me on Gasol and rather have Jermaine. But yeah, right now if I was the GM and I couldn’t get Garnett and look at Gasol and Jermaine I had to go for Gasol because he is alot less expensive then Jermaine and Jermaine is coming off of surgery. Not sure how long he will take to recover especially that Odom is due to miss some of the games in the start of the season because of his torn labrum. So yeah, facts are Jermaine has been proned to injuries and Gasol isn’t. Again Lakers are looking more at the Price Tag and Gasol is very tempting then Jermaine at the moment even though Jermaine has a lot more presence down low then Gasol. But hey both plays well defence and offense in their roles; just think Lakers will gun for Gasol then anyone else if that happens….

  • leo

    get kg for odom(mini kg), bynum(bust) and someone else…wit kg we’ll have 2 of the best 5 players in the league..plus we still have the best coach in the world….all we need to do then is to build around those two superstars…with kobe n kg we are already 55 wins team…if we cant get kg…then gasol for kwame n bynum then we start wit tat…

  • kobebobo03

    heck no….the lakers should settle for kg and nothing less.but odom and bynum is a little too much, maybe we can sign mo williams and maybe trade kwame for artest cause kwame sucks and he is a baby and artest would definetly work w/kg and kobe cause they all got heart and artest brings in a hell of a defneder that the lakers could put on t-mac or vicinity or lebron,melo…u name artest could guard em and they want the championship….kwame just plays to get paid…not kobe or kg or artest they don’t play 4 salary (even though they have big $ contracts) they give it night in and night out 100%.and if they could listen to my brilliant advice they have a roster like this
    pg-mo williams
    sg-kooooobbbeeee brrryyannnt
    sf-rooonnn arrrttttesttttt
    pf-the big ticket
    c-? maybe bynum if they could get away w.that

  • saipanlakerfan

    this article makes some seriously good points. make some big trades, but don’t overpay for what you might get in a year in free agency. we gotta lose the guys who don’t play with fire, and bring in the guys who really do. of course, kg is the king of fire. but i don’t predict greatness for bynum. look in his eyes. he can achieve maybe jermain o’neal status in lets say 4 years. but he ain’t going to kg’s level. has the body, but not the fire. so deal him, cause other teams are wetting themselves over his potential. must get down low help. agree that pau is the best deal out there since he wants to be traded and $. artest would be sweet. remember this: when the bulls signed rodman, THAT’S when they became a lock to win the championship, and they got another 3-peat. defence wins championships. point guard? may be hard to get a real good one after dealing for artest and o’neal, but if it were artest and pau then we might be able to land bibby. hey, he’s got the fire, and we know better then anyone that he can hit big time presure shots from outside.
    what do you think about bibby,artest, and pau with kobe? any way in hell to keep lamar? if we had him with those 4, yikes!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V0N8WH1X6A Just_A_Laker_Fan

    Just a source

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  • Dan_Andreas

    [quote post=”153″]what do you think about bibby,artest, and pau with kobe? any way in hell to keep lamar? if we had him with those 4, yikes![/quote]
    At first, I was thinking ‘get garnett at all costs’, but the idea of those four on the court at the same time is sounding pretty good, assuming they get Bibby in the deal. Great ideas, not sure if Bibby deal would work (Artest and Bibby for Kwame and some lame? Not very appealing) but the idea had my attention!
    But on this topic and the possibility of getting Garnett, people forget what having a good team is like. When players see we have the best players in their respective positions (KG, Kobe), we can sign people for dirt cheap. Look at how the Heat were (before they got swept, players are running like rats from death now!) but players were flocking there ’cause they could smell a ring. And they didn’t win a championship in ‘a couple of years’ like this article says, it only took 2. AND they traded Lamar to get THEIR big man, and they turned out alright. AND KG’s got more in his tank than Shaq did at the time. Players would sign for the league minimum just to play for a championship contender (Remember Gary and Karl). We wouldn’t have to go look, players would come to us. Maybe even Kobe and Garnett would restructure their deals in 09 and 10 to help us out with the cap if they smell rings too! (MAYBE, that’s going a bit too far) They should restructure anyways, makin’ people sick with those contracts!

    Garnett Kobe = Rings (or Ring, with 1 Guaranteed at least)
    Kobe and anyone else = ? (Maybe, especially with the above lineup, but not guaranteed)
    Chris Mihm = Only guy ever to get injured and posterized at the same time. Just thought I’d throw that in there. Lakers PLEASE get rid of this guy already!

  • kobebobo03

    ok…thanks for the comment i realize that bynum will not be in his prime when kobe is in his.when i think a bout it it seems obvious that the lakers need kg and who the heck cares about o’neal. sure he brings inside presence but kg brings that and so much more. the lakers need to make the trade 4 the ticket this summer cause next summer if kg remains in minesota kg’s playing level will start a downward spiral because his confidence will be gone. kg wants a championship and he deserves one. he gives it 110% night in and night out. why should he settle for anything less? he already has the mvp award fot the league, mvp 4 2004 allstar game,a bigillion time allstar, and is finacially secure 4 life. kobe knows the lakes need him and he needs to say i want kevin and he needs to demand the trade. moving on lakers should trade the baby they have in kwame brown….i like kwame but he’s just too fragile and he’s only healthy for 50-60 games max a season. trade him cook and sasha for a great d-fernder like artest. i love his tenacious d that he brings. he’s awesome…he’s like the dennis rodman but he is more gifted. a perfect small foward ….once he realizes he wants a championship badly he will give it his all and make the lakers THAT much better. definetly sign mo williams …he brings u so much…a shooter,passer and a potential great floor leader and smushy baby i’m sorry but mo’s got and u don’t and that’s why the lakers are waving u this summer. besides kobe, and maybe walton they should keep turiaf i loooooveee em. he’s a energizer battery. puts it all on the floor every day like most players don’t.that’s it 2day right more later

  • http://www.yahoo.com lakersfan546

    We should keep lamar!! Just make a deal 4 gasol and lets wait for the
    2007-2008 starting 5
    Pg Bibby sign him mle
    Sg kobe mvp
    Sf ron artest trade him 4 kwame and radma
    Pf Lamar odom
    C pau gasol trade him 4 cook and or bynum
    bench
    farmar
    evans
    luke
    ronny
    mihm
    I would really like to see garnett to be a lakers, but it wouldnt work im reall sorry.

    those players will be better than to get kg what all of you think?

    2007-2008 champ kobe 4 mvp agree with me or wat!!!!!???