JO wants out. A new story coming in this morning has JO quoted as saying he “would welcome a trade to the Lakers.” This is good news for the JO fans, and perhaps, helps the Lakers in terms of packaging a deal up. If JO wants here, then “GetJO!” And if possible, keep Odom please.
SI.com: If Jermaine O’Neal gets his wish, he will not be playing for the Indiana Pacers next season. If he gets his dream, he will be suiting up for the Los Angeles Lakers alongside Kobe Bryant.
While here Sunday for a charity basketball game hosted by Baron Davis and Paul Pierce, O’Neal said he doesn’t want to be a part of a Pacers youth movement and that it would be in his and the team’s best interest to part ways.
“I would welcome a trade to the Lakers,” said O’Neal, who averaged 19.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots last season. “Indiana has given me the opportunity to establish myself as a really good player in this league, but they’re into rebuilding and going really young, and I’m just not in a position physically to go through another five to six years with a lot of losses and a lot of down time.”
Something I found interesting in the article, was the part about Kobe & JO being in close communication; something that wasn’t done with KG & Kobe:
“We’ve spoken a couple times this offseason,” O’Neal said. “Me and Kobe have been on each other since we were 15, playing AAU basketball, adidas All-American Camp, Nike All-American Camp. It’s been a long relationship that we’ve had. We talked about maybe playing together. … We just want to make sure that our thought processes are similar and now we’re going to let the business handle itself. I mean, we could talk for years, but if [Lakers GM] Mitch Kupchak and [Pacers president] Larry Bird don’t decide to make the deal, then it’s all talk.“