Kobe doing some serious recruiting on his old nemesis. It seems that he is dead serious on having Raja on the team!

ESPN: Bell is traveling to Los Angeles this week to watch the ESPYs and has arranged to meet with Bryant to hear the Lakers’ face of the franchise make yet another recruiting pitch to the 33-year-old swingman.

  • Go Get Raja

    Go get Raja Bell!! Great defense + shooting!

    • More Cookies 4 Kob
      • jonathan

        We should trade Sasha or Walton for Marc Gasol. Marc Gasol would be a great backup for the Lakers playing with his brother Gasol. He’s big, good rebounder, and can shoot. He’ll also do well on the bench because he’ll get good minutes since Bynum is injury prone.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1460601006&ref=profile OaklandLakers

          Memphis is letting go of that talent man.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1460601006&ref=profile OaklandLakers

            Correction “Memphis IS NOT letting go of that talent”

        • http://Nolansprepaidlegal.com Nolan

          Yeah I been saying the same thing for along time. We should get him next year though Marc is a free agent then so more likely to sign him then.

        • nath

          He was a part of Pau trade, I doubt that Memphis would let him go, especially for big burden like Sasha and Walton [less talent and big contract]. They would keep him for bigger contract or sign and trade for some assets. Don’t be biased

          • LAKERFAN2010

            Retarded trade makes no sense

        • DON’TBEANIDIOT

          Don’t be an idiot for your own sake.

    • kb24dbest

      Go get him Kobe…..This makes sense, If Raja signs he can lock down Dwade and Ron can lock down Lebron.. Kobe will only have to worry about offense and scoring 40 a night.. haha:-) A run for another league MVP and a 6th ring.

      • jaydubb415

        Yea i like ‘raja”but i didn’t know he was 33,don’t get me wrong i wouldn’t mind having him on the team,but were starting 2 stack these 30+ players,i’m just saying but yea i wouldn’t mind him but i just don’t know if he’s that ”raja”from phoenix????

        • nath

          He is not Sun’s Raja any more but he still has some juice in present Bell. And I believe any player at his calibre come under Phil will contribute better

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    I’m liking it… I’m liking ALL the moves that the Lakers are making during this off season! The signing of Blake, Fisher, and now possibly Raja… and the letting go of Farmar, it’s all good moves! I hope that there’s still another move or 2 left in Mitch’s bag of tricks.

    Another Big to back up Pau and Bynum would and/or another swing man for Kobe. I think that our Christmas list this year is getting filled in a hurry! Can’t wait for that Christmas Day Game! The Lakers will deflate all that hot air in those 3 QUEENS’ FAT HEADS!

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!

    • jonathan

      We should trade Sasha or Walton for Marc Gasol. Marc Gasol would be a great backup for the Lakers playing with his brother Gasol. He’s big, good rebounder, and can shoot. He’ll also do well on the bench because he’ll get good minutes since Bynum is injury prone.

    • jaydubb415

      I feel your ”enthusiam”4 the lakers n free-agency,but in all we really haven’t made any moves other than ”blake”n possibly raja,i guess the lakers n some fans are content with ”walton”sitting on the bench sucking up ”cap space”n a position while getting rings atleast farmar has enough ”heart”2 say i want 2 go 2 a team n get more playing time you would think the son of ”bill walton”who acted like he was Mr.self righteousn how he was the company man n play the game the ”right way”were he has a son who’s turned into a ”straight bum”who doesn’t mind riding the bench doesn’t ask 2 be traded what a ”fucking waste”!!

      • lakerjay

        i’m with you we should of traded walton and sasha for draft pics.and used the money towards free agents.just looking at the players we could of got with sum extra cash.miller felton harington tmac its alot of players we could of used in your system off the bench.i still hope we go after tmac.reports are he would play for the heat.with miami bluiding some type of super team we need to upgrade he we havnt did that yet.we just did enough to get pass the west.the goal is to win the whole thing.and bell rather play for miami.

  • lakers2000

    I am thinking that Bell WILL be a Laker! This is a great off season for Mitch and the Lakers.

  • xxv112002

    Hell yeah do it Mitch I mean Kobe! Raja can play 3 positions, PG, SG & SF. Mitch, if you won’t do it.. Pat Riley will.

    • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

      The Heat can’t offer Raja anything. They used their MLE on Mike Miller and used up more of their money bringing back Haslem. If he goes to Heat, they offer less than we do.

      • say queensbridge

        heat don’t get an MLE since they where under cap salary(I Think), but you’re about the heat offering less than what the lakers can offer. I think raja will go to the team that values him more, and right now its obviously the lakers

  • ceballos-neverforget

    Mitch has definitely started to make a name for himself these last couple of off-seasons. I can remember his vlad and walton re-signings, and the mis-step in signing garnett, and we cursed his name.

    Just like any nba player, it takes time to develop your abilities. At the end of the day, Mitch learned from the best (The Logo, himself) and he will keep the Lakers roster hunting for championships for years to come!

  • HATER

    Get Raja! Win another Championship! GO LAKERS! 1,2,3-PEAT!!

    • Lakersrockagain

      YES!!!!!!!!!

  • 151rummer

    how awesome would it be if kobe just walked into the room and didnt say a word, runs up to Bell and just clothe-lines him in the middle of the room…..stands over him and says “Welcome to my championship team….KID!!!!!” lol.

    that aside….i think bell would b a good addition!!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

      I just laughed so hard at that comment. It was too funny! Yes he would be a great addition, but I also wanna get T-Mac. We can’t sleep on him, he still has it.

      • DaTruthBme11

        finally someone whos thinking like me

        • nath

          and me

          • Hunt4Six

            ..And me!

    • Ingram

      That was funny! I could not stop laughing

    • Showtime4eva

      Lmfao

    • 242LakerFan

      I can see it now; every presser, Kobe referring to him as “The Kid”. “I thought the Kid made his presence felt in tonight’s game.” “The Kid really slowed Melo down tonight.” “I thought the Kid got under DWade’s skin a little bit, took him off his game.”
      Classic!

      • Ronin99

        More of a classic: Throw in a Bell clothesline on Wade and a Ron-Ron elbow to LeHype!!!

  • http://superblognba.blogspot.com/ Josep Àngel Colomés

    And there are more good news. Devin Ebanks and Derrik Caracter they seem to me very good picks in the draft. Let’s go Lakers!

    • queen james

      I agree with you… Devin Ebanks is just like Trevor Ariza. He is more shooter than Trevor…

      • kb24dbest

        Yeah. Ebanks and Caracter are impressive for their draft number. Caracter reminds me of Glen Baby Davis with energy, rebounds, and post moves. Ebanks reminds me of Trevor Ariza and Eddie Jones combined, but a lil taller 6’9 and advance on his shooting than Ariza is at in his rookie year. I hope the lakers sign this two on the team and let them play a little so they can develop.. Good potential..

        • ugHh

          With Phil notorious for not playing rookies, how can we expect these two to get some exposure?

      • jaydubb415

        Why doesn’t ”mitch”just post a comment on NBA.com reading ”The lakers are looking 4 key utility players must be able 2 play defense,hit 3-pointers n must be 30+yrs old”come on if we get ”raja”n people are still saying get t-mac.Don’t get me wrong i do think both players can help us you just got 2 be careful putting 2 many older playes on our team why,because both t-mac n rajaare coming off some injuries,that being said i do want both of them but just have 2 be careful how many injury prone players we pick up?

  • Zenmaster86

    Ebanks os the second coming of Trevor Ariza! Did you see all the comparisons being made between the two? During Summer League, Stu Lantz just could not stop commenting about the eerie similarities in their games!

    • jaydubb415

      I got 2 see them play yesterday i forget against who,but saw more of ”ebanks”in college just because i’m a west virginia fan started off a ”foot ball fan first”then when huggins got their i start watching the basketball team.Ithink these rookies will get playing time their just ”2 talented”not 2 get no playing time.So i guess if we could get ”raja”along with our rookies ,n blake we’ll be right their baby in the end ”

  • http://AOL NICK PEREZ

    lets get him and 3peat lakers all the way see ya at another parade.

  • B-Boy

    Haha! Get raja n Kurt thomas lol

    • DaTruthBme11

      no…raja and tmac

  • DaTruthBme11

    raja….tmac…ebanks and shaq (for PJs final stand)

    • http://TLN DaqnG13

      Right on! Sign Shaq! Great backup for Drew.

      • Kamakazi

        I’d love to see that happen but its either raja or just tmac, cos they cant have both- MORE than likely.

        • Ingram

          Kobe does not want Shaq on this team and neither do I…Shaq is a cancer…although if Shaq joined the team Kobe would always be one championship ahead of him no matter what.

          • Kamakazi

            if kobe ever allowed him back on this team it’d be HIS team and not shaq’ and shaq would have to understand that and his role.. but kohb is the loudest dog here.. so from that perspective if it ever happened, given that kobe is the man in the league and what he says goes, i dont know why shaq wouldnt be smart enough to put his beef and whatever aside to accept his role IF that happened.. and thats a big IF, because he would be an asset to the team, if not a liability, but who knows weve seen strange stuff happen before, what the lakers do need though is youth where they can get it right now, and there aren’t many legitimate backup C’s that can score. So maybe Congo Cash does come back

      • PRLaker

        f%^k shaq!!!!!!

      • Lakers_The_Truth

        NO SHAQ!!!!!!!
        The dude is a gigantic jealous animal that will bring disarray and headaches to our roster.
        Leave him alone Twitting his hatred away. Let him watch Kobe get more rings.

        • Arizona Laker Fan

          Lots of IF’s about Shaq. Why not try signing him to the vet’s min? If he starts to act like a cancer on the team, then release him. That would be so embarassing for him. We need his big body. He can still score–just look at all the points he had last year. We only need him to play 10-15 minutes. He doesn’t need the money; he wants more rings. He knows Kobe will always have one more than him. As I mentioned, we can always release him if he becomes a distraction. Please reconsider.

          • NYs Biggest Laker fan

            I say sign Shaq, he will go down as a great laker prolly hall of fame as a laker let him come back contribute off the bench win a couple more championships and retire a laker. They can coexist he knows its kobes team, and with bynum always hurt we need a solid backup

          • Cali Kush King

            never fuk with shaq again he left and disrespected the lakers ,kobe and the city….fuk him

  • http://TLN DaqnG13

    I like this!!! This will allow Koby to get more rest in games. Also sign our rookies Caracter & Ebanks and lets get to work!!! Can’t wait for the season to start!!!

  • RingMyBell

    I hope Raja takes Kobe out again!!!

    • 242LakerFan

      I know you just meant that to be an ass, but actually, it WOULD make for some really intense practice sessions, wouldn’t it? LOL

      • Hunt4Six

        Hey, a hated enemy always makes for a great teammate!….C’mon Mitch, let’s make Bell a Laker.

    • Gotta Admit

      take him out where?…to dinner lol

  • kobe_mvp_11

    good news for lakers nation bell lakers. go lakers

  • xtro

    defense is offense. get raja.

  • Lakers_The_Truth

    I hate Raja due that Suns series. He was a jerk.
    But if Kobe thinks he will be a good adition, then that’s fine.
    Hopefully the dude can play good D and shoot.

    NOW

    Mitch please, unload:
    Sasha
    Luke
    Than we are good

    • Ingram

      If… there were any way possible to get rid of Sasha and Luke…wow that would be great. We could then get some contributers for the next title 2011!!!

      • LakErS 3 pEaT

        True I agreed. There is a sign and trade that’s one way to get rid of them…

      • kb24dbest

        I think Sasha is a free agent next year and he’s making $5 million a year.. I think Luke makes another $5/ year. They are both overpaid. Let Sasha walk after this year…or do a trade with another team. Luke is a free agent in 2 years, so he can walk too…

  • Kamakazi

    Free-Agency update: Chance to get raja is increased to 69% from 45% before haslem, and mm to the heat.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

    “One source close to the situation said memories of Bell’s takedown, which earned him a suspension for Game 6 of the series — the Suns, down 3- 2, won the game at Staples Center without him — are actually one reason why Bryant sees Bell as such an ideal teammate. The premise? Anyone with the gumption to hit Bryant that hard is someone he wants on his team.”

    • Marwan Deletes My Comments

      This is taken straight out of Marc Stein’s article (http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5375672).
      .
      Marwan, plagiarizing is NOT allowed.
      This should have been posted in quotations and credited to Marc Stein, but you present this as your own free creative thoughts.
      .
      Marwan, you get an F.

      • Back2Back

        If you dont like it why dont you start your own Laker website and fill it up with your own creative thoughts. Or Maybe u’ll rather run an APA MLA Format website. Get off Marwan Nuuts.

        • Marwan Deletes My Comments

          If anyone here is on Marwans nut sack, it’s you! You’re the one defending him. Get off his nuts man!!!
          .
          As far as starting my own blog, not enough money in that for me, but thanks…

          • riorondoisafaggot

            He put quotation marks tho

          • Rio Rondo

            my name is like a dick, hoe’s cant keep it outta there mouth

          • Marwan Deletes My Comments

            Quotations were added after my comment…

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

    I’m not sure why no one on the Lakers have tried to recruit T-Mac.

  • LakErS 3 pEaT

    My prediction for 2010 – 2011 season. Lakers repeat beating Miami in six games at Miami. Therefore showing them the fans in Miami that Riley and Micki can’t buy a team!!! Riley YOU TRAITOR!!!

    Sign Raja Bell or Anthony Marrow and Shaq for the Vet min plus the rookies.

    [ Do a sign and trade with Sasha and Luke for Jason Kapono and a first round pick for 2012 ] Therefore:

    Here is my new team: 3 Peat and may even 4 Peat
    Derek Fisher / Steve Blake / Devin Ebanks
    Kobe Bryant / Raja Bell or Anthony Morrow
    Ron Artest / Jason Kapono
    Pau Gasol / Lamar Odom
    Andrew Bynum / Shaq O’neal / Derrick Caracter

    • Kamakazi

      numbers don’t add up @ all! lakers could never afford SHAQ+TMAC+RAJA+KAPONO+BLAKE,, etC ETC not happening not now not ever blake is in the books, fisher is in the books, kobe, gasol, odom, artest, bynum thats the core of this team. Stop being greedy honestly because most of these purported trades and additions will never happen in the real world due to the salary cap.. eg (cant add more than 1 vet @ the vet min etc)

      • LakErS 3 pEaT

        Okay Expert… like I don’t that… So you’re the only fan that knows all the financial process? C’mon… I’m just writing options for the Lakers to do list during the off season duh…

        • Kamakazi

          should’ve mentioned it in the off-set there are loads of affordable pf’s c’s and some combo guards out there besides tmac-raja, etc.. so who knows what happens in the next few days…

          • LakErS 3 pEaT

            Raja bell and T-Mac can help but they are not my favorites to join the team next season? The person I like is Anthony Morrow but he just finalized his deal with the Nets. Another person is Jason Kapono but he doesn’t want to opt out with the 76ers. But If their not making anything this off season. I hope their’ll do something during the season.

    • Reality

      The Heat will not make it to the finals. Boston, Chicago and Orlando are going to be better TEAMS.

  • Sir

    If we are able to get Raja AND T-Mac…OH.MY.GOD… hope that it happens.

    • Reality

      Can’t have both. Won’t fit under the cap. Reality check given! Your welcome.

      • Sir

        Oh, so they can’t use the remaining MLE on one, and the vet minimum on the other? T-Mac can take the minimum if he wants a chip. Reality check rejected! YOU’RE welcome.

        • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

          Actually, we can get both if they are willing to take $1.8 million regardless of MLE or Vet’s Min, as they are the same amount.
          “Sir” and “REALITY”, we can get both, but its a matter of whether Mitch will pursue both.

        • Sir

          So, in other words, like I said we can get both.

    • Lakers=beast

      me too! that would be a BEAST of a combo!

  • jonb

    y r ppl so OBSESSED w/ Raja? the guy is old and non-ATHLETIC which is what we need. Sure he can defend and “was” a great shooter, when’s the last time he played? Come on kobe go after BARNES or TMAC instead, we need another SCORER off the bench not another defender.
    .
    .
    what’s w/ kurt thomas too? u guys want washed up OLD guys on the team, we need YOUTH and SPEED, the thunder are right on our necks. If there was any vet big man to get it’d be brad miller, a great passer but will probably be given more money than the lakers can afford to pay….

    • xtro

      vets and defense wins rings. ’nuff said.

  • http://www.myspace.com/626bones Lakers 24 7

    Kobe is recruiting all the defensive stoppers so they can shut down LeBron and Wade. Artest + Bell + Kobe = LOCKDOWN!

    • Lakersrockagain

      Amen!!

  • LakErS 3 pEaT

    Dang Anthony Morrow is going to the Nets… I’m getting depressed… man Mitch… c’mon…

  • Kamakazi

    STFU anthony morrow is great but i dont think the lakers can afford him and add another backup C/PF. FUCK you i like my lakers unlike you naysayers idk why you cats are even fans tbqh

    • LakErS 3 pEaT

      So you like Sasha and Luke huh? Yeah right… What have they done lately?

      • LakErS 3 pEaT

        Hey Kamakazi wash your mouth with soap man

      • Reality

        You do realize that Sasha and Luke are ROLE players, right? And that PJ loves Luke in the triangle, right? Stop looking at box scores and stats……they don’t tell the whole story. Sasha CAN shoot. And the ball DOES move better when Luke is on the floor with the second unit. The triangle is predicated on good ball movement from the post and the elbow. Enough with the hate on a ROLE player, man. It’s old and makes you look basketball illiterate.

        • Kamakazi

          ok, elaborate how what you said:”Dang Anthony Morrow is going to the Nets… I’m getting depressed… man Mitch… c’mon…” makes you depressed. I like my lakers lineup and ill pick them against anyone’s in the league.. now u go ahead and explain how it depresses you.. Are you a doubting Mary? Cos Im not. We just signed steve blake and kob is about to pitch to raja bell, and there are loads of serviceable backup guards left. As far as me liking sasha and luke, stop putting words in my mouth. When did I say that? I previous posts I said that they couldn’t do the trades because even the Nets wouldn’t take on the deals.. they can more than likely do this sometime in the mid-season when teams go shopping for expiring contracts. stop being illiterate man it doesnt reflect good

          • LakErS 3 pEaT

            Again… like I don’t that… Wow you’re such an expert…

        • LakErS 3 pEaT

          So illiterate huh? So Sasha can shoot? Has he proven it during the pass few years or he just bricks all over the place? Yeah he has his moments but not consistent… Yeah when Luke is on the floor the ball moved but when does he help out with the offense in the second unit? Passing doesn’t help us to score points… when was he helpful during the second unit and give the starters rest?

          • Kamakazi

            Totally off base from what I said. I didnt say they were great if you listened I clearly stated that from a business-basketball perspective it makes no sense for another team, for example the knicks, nets, jazz who have cap space to to take on those contracts a-la 5Mil a pop for the same reasong you just outlined. It would only happen in a sign and trade because the way the league is setup you cant just dump the salary or tell a team “buy sasha for 5mil a year”. Cos it wouldn’t happen realistically. The nets wouldn’t do it. Sasha is signed until 2011 and the lakers own his rights until then. Until then or if somebody wants to take on the expiring contract they can get some other player when his contract expires and thats a big IF. The lakers haven’t been trying this for years? There were always rumors about trading bynum and sasha and luke for bosh.. but it never happened.. because its hard to pay sasha 5mil a year.

          • LakErS 3 pEaT

            Yeah okay Expert… So what do you think of trading Sasha and Luke’ contract which is 10 million more or less for Jason Kapono which is about over 6 million?

          • Kamakazi

            jason kapono is good and they dont want sasha, im trying to be nice. you want to be a effing jerk you can continue to be, but I already explained it to you elementary terms why it cant happen “mr expert”

          • Kamakazi

            serously do you even know what you’re saying??? give me ONE team that would take on the contract based on the market rightnow.. i dare you to come up with your supposed trade.. exactly til then shut the heck up and stop making us real laker fans sound stupid

          • LakErS 3 pEaT

            How do you that they wouldn’t take Sasha’s expiring contract? But you should say, I don’t if they’ll take Luke’s contract instead. Who sounds stupid now? And remembered you are the one that started this mess… Mr Expert

  • Marwan Deletes My Comments

    Looks like KB24 is doing his best to stack this team up his pitbulls.
    Fisher is back, Blake never backs down and is mentally tough, KB24, Ron-Ron. That’s a pretty tough group, then add Bell?
    Now if LA could only get rid of that muffin Luke Walton…
    The icing on all of this would be Barnes taking a one-year “go for the ring” minimum deal.
    .
    Fisher, Bryant, Artest
    Blake, Bell, Barnes
    That’s a PACK OF PITBULLS you don’t want to f*ck with…

    • Kamakazi

      I agree with the latter man- that’s a nice ‘core’ if i ever did see one. ala 1996 chicago bulls. Those guys were impossible to beat

  • Laker$ 3 peat

    All you T-Mac supporters get off his nuts, he is washed up and an Injury plagued player. Every time Bynum gets injured all the comments “fans” start going crazy asking for
    a trade. Why would you want a guy “T-Mac” that hasn’t played a full season in god knows how long. Get Bell he will at least contribute.

    • Sir

      Umm I dunno, maybe because unlike Bynum he’s not a starter and would be good for our bench.

  • DCLakeshow

    TO ALL OF YOU NAYSAYERS…ASK YOURSELF THIS….
    Between you and Kobe Bryant, who do you think has a better judgment of whom should be on this team? You the blogger??or KOBE, who STAYS in the film room dissecting every player…every match up that he’ll confront this year?
    AGAIN…You the blogger with championship t-shirts or KOBE, the player with 5 championship rings?
    Contrary to what some of you are saying…yes Raja Bell can still defend, and yes, he can still hit that jumper. With the Lakers, if he’s given the amount of open shots that Ron Ron was given…expect to hear a lot of NET. NO…I’m not a big fan of Raja the person, but if Kobe can let bygones be bygones so that we can 3peat…then so can I.

    • kb24dbest

      Kobe likes tough, hardnose players, who can defend and make shots.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1460601006&ref=profile OaklandLakers

      Definitely, you always have to take into consideration the hours upon hours of film study. And then these reports of him meeting up and in person, at that tells me alot. Kobe isn’t goin to just “hang out”.

      • Kamakazi

        He is the guy that’s recruiting him the hardest in case some of you aren’t clued in yet…. I’ll agree with whatever kob does he’s actively recruiting the only player back in the day that had the audacity and gall to even go at him like that, and kobe sees that its better for him to join him in the team than not

  • no

    i think Luke Walton and Sasha Vujaic are good pieces for our team.

    • Lakersrockagain

      Are you Serious?! I never coulkd understand why we keep Luke. What is basketball I.Q.? Forget that. Get someone with some confidence…Luke has none.

  • http://www.myspace.com/peopleofthesun Evil Empire

    I hope this gets done. He is a better fit then t-mac.

  • TheLAKERSwon09

    We are gonna be a great defensive team yet again. This all so adds new championship hunger to the team because blake&raja havent won yet

    • TheLAKERSwon09

      also*

      • Kamakazi

        yup

  • GO247

    Kobe knows what we need. Defensive toughness, and 3 point shooting. If we can get this done, then the Lakers would then trade Sasha for some other need. Maybe a big.

  • Patrick Bateman

    Raja Bell can hit the 3, play solid defense
    Why wouldnt we want him on the Lakers?

    Yea he had beef with Kobe and had surgery last season
    and 33 years old but he can be a great role player for us.

    IMO sign him for the rest of the MLE for a 2 year deal
    with a player option on the 2nd year.

    Who can we get 4 the vet minimum?

    • jonb

      didn’t u just describe SASHA who we already have. I say go after matt barnes instead.

      • kobe-wan kenobi

        really you compare sasha defense with bell?
        r u blind?
        bell>>>>> sasha by a lot

  • DaTruthBme11

    were gona get raja….now i jus want tmac and shaq……..
    shaq is not a cancer hes a player and he has already hinted numorous times that he wouldnt mind comming back

  • http://www.myspace.com/guszo gus26

    fisher/ blake
    kobe/ bell/ sasha
    artest/ ebanks/ luke
    pau/ LO/ caracter
    bynum

    what are we missing??? didn’t mitch say he was going to look for a veteran big man with 10+ yrs experience after the finals… what are our options?

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      for a big i think anthony tolliver would be a good pick up…

  • Dragon3435

    They need to get rid of DJ mega and Josh Powell

    • DCLakeshow

      SERIOUSLY…AMEN!

      Luke’s not going anywhere until Phil is gone.
      Sasha is going to be a vital bench player who knows the system.

      Congo Cash and Powell are doing ABSOLUTELY nothing but taking up space. I wouldn’t even consider them able big bodies to give our big guys a rest.

      BTW…Ilgauskas has agreed to play with the Heat

      • Kamakazi

        you never know if congo cash will be ousted immediately.. what if caracter doesnt pan out like we thought there arent other bigs that you could go to, so hypothetically they can still keep congo cash in the team. Its not easy to let players go if you cant replace em, but that being said i wouldnt be surprised if he was let go to another team.

  • 3-PEAT
    • 3-PEAT
      • Kamakazi

        They wont take on luke.. lose out on marc for luke ? unless they were buying expiring contracts.. but nice try tho i dont see how the grizzlies benefit at all :/

    • yash

      you must be stupid. why in the world would they trade their two of their best players for avg role players?

  • Drake Ramoray

    Once Bell signs, look for the lakers to offer barnes or t-mac the vets minimum of $1.4 million, or they will try to pursue trade options like Shane Battier or James Posey using Sasha’s expiring contract along with a sign and trade for Shannon Brown. The first seems more logical with Barnes accepting the deal and T-Mac being the very last option. Word is Houston wants to unload Battier or Ariza via hoopsworld.com and Hornets have been trying to trade Posey for 2 years now. I was the first to mention Raja to the Lakers back in February so you all can thank me and Kobe when he signs. I’m saying it first, Barnes, Posey, Battier, T- Mac, or Ariza, in that order, will be the last meaningful pickup for the lakers this offseason after Bell!

    • Kamakazi

      Funny thing you mention I was just over @ the ESPN raja comment board and somebody mentioned the fact that Shane Battier was the better defender in the old 06 series against kob and the lakers. I inquired about this, and I came out with the conclusion that thats more feasible than previously thought. The theory is that the more better players you get, you sign blake, then you get bell him being the main domino effect.. everybody else will climb on board. Thanks for breaking it down Drake

    • SliqRiq

      Drake…. I remember you saying this back in Feb about getting Bell and I couldnt agree with you more on your post.
      Good thinking homie

      • Kamakazi

        Posey would be great, and still a good 3pt shooter off the bench? Wow.. seriously nice breakdown bruh

    • Robert.

      Drake, thanks for bringing this up. I had also mentioned Battier a while ago, but thought (of course) that he was a keeper for Houston.
      .
      If they’re really shopping him, then S&T would work!
      .
      And I should remind everyone, what did Kobe say during the Finals (esp. when the Lakers lost games to the Celtics)? … and I repeat it here:
      .
      D WINS PLAYOFFS
      .
      So, if we had Bell and Battier, then the Lakers would become a formidable defensive team that NO team could stop. The Lakers already have length, and that will STOP the Heat just on that alone. Adding the killer B’s (Bell, Battier) would strangle them.
      .
      BTW, I also was on the Bell bandwagon back in February. (you can look it up, if it’s still on the site).
      .
      But, who cares who said it first – YOU are bringing it up now, and we need to give it momentum!!!
      .
      (getting Ariza back would be killer too! I think the Lakers are going to become a juggernaut soon. So I say to the Heat —– BRING IT ON!! When the Lakers win a few more championships, it will trump the LeBronathon).

    • In └A We Trust. (D UP LA)

      Hey man, yeah those are very good players. But Mitch has a problem, we don’t have cap space, but adding Bell is a really really good move. Defense win championships. Battier is also a good shooter and defender, but Houston won’t give him away though. James Posey is a good player, but he’s like 34 now. Probably the best move we can do now is get Ariza back, oh yeah! We don’t have cap space. But, I know we will still be getting our 3peat. Good luck to the Heat. 3peat over 3heat.

  • Popcorn

    Kobe doing work indeed. Get Bell and add a backup center.

  • Lakers2010Champss

    hopefully they dont fight each other lol but trade walton or sasha n a 2011 first round pick to the wolves for brewer or sixers kapono lol

  • lakers37
    • F**K THA HEAT

      That’s actually pretty good trade that helps all sides.

    • F**K THA HEAT

      Except the T’Wolves would need to unload one more long contract to make up for Luke’s, since they want to get rid of Sessions.

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Refresh my memory…How many years left for Luke and Sasha’s contract?

    • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

      This is Sasha’s contract year, meaning his last with the Lakers unless the Lakers re-sign him in the next offseason but it looks unlikely considering he’s been missing since 2008.
      Luke is locked in till 2013. So in the 2013-2014 season, he won’t be with the Lakers if they don’t re-sign him.

  • B-Boy

    Luke got 3 more years and Sasha got 1 more years!

    • ICE CREAM MAN

      Luke is a thief. It’s like showing my boss that I can do a lot of thing and have great potential to do even more. I get a hefty raise and a contract. Then I get hurt and have to work from “home” and still pull in my hefty pay. Then when I feel good on certain days I come in to work and suck at it.

    • Gotta Admit

      Mann it seems as if Luke has a never ending contract…what did we do sign him to an 8yr deal OMG!
      are we stuck with him forever

      • http://thelakersnation.com l.alakeshow

        thats exactly how i feel seriously

  • kb24thebest

    this move will be great. not only will kobe have more energy for the season but also the playoffs. we all know kobe can drop 40 anytime he wants to but as you can see his not a stat guy like queen james. i hope we get him so we can try to three peat! Kobe will finally get his 6th to tie jordan.

  • Patrick Bateman

    Shane Battier has one year left on his deal, We can go after him next summer with the MLE after Sasha expires next summer.

    We still need a backup center/pf

    Kurt Thomas is still available.
    He is 37 but can still shoot the ball.
    For the MINIMUM and play 5-10 minutes, not a bad pickup

    What about Scola?

    • jonb

      scola is a top tier forward that will most likely get a lucrative offer. He’s not backup material or “5-10″ min. a game guy.

      • Back2Back

        We dont need aging veterans. It will hurt us in the long run… We need young talent that could be Diamonds in the rough. The ‘Arizas’ ……..

        • Kamakazi

          Scola is considering playing overseas so, but he would be beast to have no doubt.. as a backup? Will he like being backup or playing 15 a night? Not sure…

  • justdogm1

    4 for 26 in a game 7 of the finals…is that getting 40 any time he wants?

    • LakersDaBest

      You are a fucking idiot. Get the facts straight before you talk.

      • Back2Back

        How easy we forget:
        Michael Jordan
        92′-93′ Age 30.. 13 for 26 close out game vs PHO. Won finals
        94′-95′ Age 32.. 8 for 19 Loss to ORL playoffs
        95′-96′ Age 33.. 5 for 19 close out game vs Sea. won finals

        These are not legendary shooting nights to close out games and he is
        the GOAT.
        SO STFU !
        and Kobe is not done yet ….

  • LakersDaBest

    I think Mitch can take a vacation this summer after he’s gotten Bell/Tmac and Kurt Thomas/Shaq. Go Lakers! Fuck the Miami Hype!!

  • rondo

    Kobe don’t want Shaq to get another ring. No Shaq

  • justdogm1

    kobe can get his points ,stats all he wants and has proven that but he shrinks in big games like everyone else…..very forgettable.

    • Back2Back

      Funny how all your focus in on Game 7. Kobe lives for big games and big moments..A healthier Kob will prove that Next June. Lakers won get over it…

    • Robert.

      Whaddya mean shrinks? Kobe had 15 boards. FIFTEEN. That’s higher than Dwight Howard’s ‘season’ average.
      .
      Keep in mind, that players who play STRONG defense tend to do so at the expense of their offense, in particular games. So ALSO recall that Kobe mentioned (and I repeat for the thousandth time): D WINS PLAYOFFS.
      .
      SO .. KOBE WON GAME 7 WITH HIS DEFENSE !!!!
      .
      Also remember, that GENERALLY, high scoring players tend to be weaker on defense (again, recalling that it takes effort to play both strong offense and defense). So, both MJ and LeBron PALE in comparison with Kobe, the best ALL AROUND player EVER. Proof? Kobe has been ALL-D for the last decade (the ALL-Defensive FIRST team). And MJ? LeBron? ….
      .
      Who else is on that team (quite a bit, during the last decade?). Ron-Ron – one of the greatest defenders EVER.

      • Kamakazi

        “Also remember, that GENERALLY, high scoring players tend to be weaker on defense” and vice versa. He spent so much of his energy splitting assignments with Fisher and did a little of everything.

  • Rio Rondo

    sup bitches

  • Rio Rondo

    Well all you guys are stupid and boring!
    So stfu and go Heats!

    • Robert.

      watsa matter? lonely?
      .
      I’m surprised that you’re rooting for the Heat (not the ‘Heats’). That means that you have ALREADY given up on the Celtics. So that makes you a fair weather fan.
      .
      I’m telling on you.
      .
      Rajon? Kevin? Paul? … we have a traitor here on our site. Not only does he like to blog with us Lakers fans, he thinks that the Heat are going to win – AGAINST YOU GUYS.

      • Rio Rondo

        lol some phoney is using my name to make me look like a jack ass.. i will forever be a celtic fan in a lakers forum :)

        • RIo Rondo

          Fuk the celtics Heats are the bomb with a capital B

          • Rio Rondo

            lol

        • cjm

          you do a good job all on your own (of making yourself look like an ass)

    • wbgk

      Hopping on the Heat Bandwagon huh.
      Wow, what a surprise…..
      Still hurting that Lakers went back-to-back?
      Go cry emo kid, pull your lip over your head and swallow real good. You’ll be doing the world a favor.

      Anyway,
      Lakers are just 2 pickups away from a 3-peat.
      Get Bell and Barnes!

      • Rio Rondo

        wbgk never heard of you so yea anyways

        • wbgk

          That’s ok.
          Many people haven’t.

  • tHE ONE!

    get Gerald Green!

  • tHE ONE!

    GERALD GREEN!!!

  • Nigga Mamba

    Fuck green and raja and Kurt thomas will be a lakers!

  • LakersDaBest

    Hey everybody, it’s that stupidass motherfucker Rio Hondo again!

    • Robert.

      Probably unhappy about the Heat. The Lakers ruined the Celtics ‘last chance’ to win a championship again. And now, it’s TOO LATE for them. They have to go through the Heat. Even if the Celtics made it to the Finals, it’s a sure bet that the Heat would wear them out at some point in the playoffs (that team will be too fast for them).

  • http://myspace.com/taeyongpark Day
  • regie francisco

    Lets GO! LAKERS

  • Los Lakers

    Raja to the lakers done deal… take that to the bank

  • Rio Rondo

    guys the mavericks seem really really good on paper

    • bLuE

      They did late last season also.. Big Deal

      • Rio Rondo

        there deep as hell tho marion,butler,kidd, chandler and dirk. with some key bench players should be good to watch

  • Schism

    If you want to get rid of Luke, you’re gonna have to give up something else. This woud be a reasonable transaction for all teams involved.
    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=27d2nsn
    Detroit -Gets 2 big men
    Atlanta -Gets a Bigger scoring PF +reserve
    Lakers -A scoring SF + healthy reserve with less cap over the long run.
    BTW, this is just an hypothesis, not that it would happen.

  • The Beastly Laka Fan

    Fuck Heat and Celtics. Once we get Raja Bell we will have the best defense in the league. We wil pwn the Heats asses. 3 peat baby 3 peat!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahah

  • Patrick Bateman

    Miami still has a weak bench, and Boston and Orlando are IMO still the “TEAMS” to beat in the east.

    Its the Role players that help win games and championships. For Example, Artest, Fisher, Ariza, Horry, Paxson, Kerr, ect.

    Wade: Lakers still team to beat.

    From the horses mouth.

  • SHOWTIME4EVA

    We are filling our bench nicely.now we need a big! i have NEVER been in favor of the idea.but now having second thoughts ofShaq as a back up center.he still gives good minutes an could tire the hell outta a guy or guys!while resting Drew or Gasol.if he can keep his mouth shut an do his job.we should go in that direction instead of a smaller big. Tolliver is a shooter and young but small as is Thomas but Thomas is old.kinda makes me hope we can make Shaq work.makes sense until Shaqs ego starts to talk.

  • Lakers Reloaded

    So whats the word on Raja bell?

  • LA Fan

    Lets go Kobe,bring home the “BELL”

  • LAKER NATION WILL HURT YOU

    Raja Bell on dinner with KB24 tonite!

    • Drake Ramoray

      After watching this video, Raja Bell should be a Laker by the end of the week if not next week.

      • LAKER NATION WILL HURT YOU

        Utah from left field. He was saying it was either Miami/LA this afternoon. Damn SLC Motherdunkers!

  • SHOWTIME4EVA
  • White Mamba

    Raja bell is going to Utah for 3 years (10 millions) so no bell in da team nomore!

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      YEAH,WE BETTER SIGN T-MAC.OR THE HEATS GONNA SIGN HIM!

  • JenFD

    Looks like he won’t be going to LA at all :(

  • http://nba.com John Robertson

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5381152

    hay our last hope is Tmac……… go for it, i think tmac will accept the vet. minimum