BREAKING NEWS: Lakers Traded Radman for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown
Posted February 09, 2009 - 11:38 AM
Posted February 09, 2009 - 11:55 AM
The reality is that Mitch Kupchak would have taken whatever he could have gotten to get rid of Buzz Kill and alleviate some financial pressure to make it easier to re-sign Trevor Ariza and maybe Lamar this summer. I would have done that, too. In a heartbeat. Mitch probably sees Shannon Brown as a possible jewel in the rough, but Morrison's going to warm Buzzy's old spot at the end of the bench. He's a bust.
Kapono and Korver are both good rotation guys. Both add a valuable dimension to their team. He could be good for this team, just not great individually.
Imagine Luke on most teams, asked to create for himself or be a leader...not a pretty thought. But on a team with a offense built around his strengths, he's valuable. Same with Morrison. Doubt he's going to challenge Bynum or Pau for 2nd or 3rd best player but I can see him contributing a valuable role to this team.
Just don't expect him to come in and be this "steal". Give him time to find his way and let his role find him, instead of trying to box him into one.
That's the problem with the perception of Bynum, Luke, Sasha and (previously) Vlad. They contribute(d) at a level equivalent to their talent...not what people expected because of salary or minutes.
Edited by GCMD, February 09, 2009 - 11:55 AM.
Posted February 09, 2009 - 12:02 PM
Anything the Lakers get from either one of these guys over and above their expiring contracts will be a bonus. I'm sure Mitch and Philip look at it that way.
Posted February 09, 2009 - 01:04 PM
Posted February 09, 2009 - 09:29 PM
I've seen Morrison play a lot, and he's headed for the D-League or the Inactive List barring some major turnaround. Larry Brown gave him every chance to play in every role possible and the kid just doesn't hit shots. Shannon Brown is a decent pick-up. Cheap, can give a spark off the bench, and an ending contract. I've heard the Lakers are trying to move Morrison in a second deal, but there isn't much interest.
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