First of all, yes. I would take a [expletive]ty contract like Barea's, if needed. Barea, Derrick and Peck for Pau, Morris and Ebanks/Sacre - any day.
So you would take a [expletive] contract like barea? This is what I'm going to say. If the lakers are not on a roll by the trade deadline, Mitch will do one of two things
1. He will trade Gasol for josh smith. Im telling you Mitch will get us smith easily.
2. Mitch will get another super deal where we trade Gasol for a star that will be our future with Howard. Trust me when I say he can get Kevin love.
IMO we will be ok and in contention. He will get either josh smith or Kevin love.
Second. Though i'm reluctant to doubt Mitch, the man who turned Kwame into Gasol and two championships, we probably wont get Josh Smith and we certainly will not get Kevin Love.