HOOPSWORLD.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.