at peace.L.A. Times: If Monday brought expectation and exhilaration to Lakers fans, Tuesday delivered silence.

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor met with team officials in Minneapolis and then left for a honeymoon in China without signing off on a deal to send Kevin Garnett to the Lakers for a package including Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, which put the Garnett-to-L.A. scenarios back where they were a week ago — remote territory.

The buzz in the Lakers organization after owner Jerry Buss spoke with Taylor a few days ago was replaced by the fact that Kevin McHale’s initial reaction to the trade proposal had carried over into Tuesday.

McHale, the Timberwolves’ vice president of basketball operations, felt the Lakers don’t possess a good enough pick in Thursday’s draft (19th overall) or enough promising youth beyond Andrew Bynum to part with Garnett.

Furthermore, The Times has learned that the Timberwolves are not overly enamored with Odom’s contract, which has two more years worth $27.4 million with no opt-out.

Continue reading ‘Lakers stay on Garnett watch’

  • kb24

    not gonna happen

  • lakerfan81

    its doubtful but it could happen. stranger things have happened.

  • http://www.mr47.com mr47

    Dammit I was excited there was an update but this was posted this morning.

  • magicbalala245

    if some of you can’t view the article i think the most important thing from that article that is stated is what they say about lakers and the hawks “The head-to-head dealing isn’t necessarily dead between the Lakers and Timberwolves, but a third team would probably have to be pulled into the mix to supply the Timberwolves with another youthful piece and a better draft pick. The Atlanta Hawks, with the third and 11th picks in the draft, would be a logical place to start.”

  • ericthaimyshoe

    “… The Lakers, meanwhile, haven’t abandoned all hope of partnering Garnett with the increasingly frustrated Kobe Bryant just yet. Another concept in circulation Tuesday raised the possibility of a multi-team trade in which the Indiana Pacers’ Jermaine O’Neal would go to Atlanta, with Lakers forward Lamar Odom and young center Andrew Bynum heading to the Pacers. That package, at worst, would send the No. 3 pick in the draft to Minnesota as the main payoff for Garnett. …”

    Does this mean there’s still a chance? =O!

  • http://getgarnett.com GOLAKERS75

    ALL I HEAR IS THAT THE SUNS ARE WILLING TO TRADE AMARE TO GET KG. LET THEM THIS WILL NOT MAKE THEM ANY BETTER. THE THING THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IS LAKERS NEED TO FIND A TRADE PARTNER BE IT THE BOBCATS ARE THE HAWKS AND FIND A WAY TO GET GARNETT TO THE LAKERS SO THEY CAN RETURN TO THE PROMISE LAND. PLEASE MITCH PICK UP THE PHONE AND GIVE LAKERS A GOOD REASON TO REMEMBER, NOT FOR TRADE SHAQ FOR LO, CARON, AND BRIAN GRANT, AND THEN SENDING A FUTURE ALL-STAR IN CARON FOR THE BIGGEST BUST IN NBA HISTORY KWAME PLEASE MITCH WAKE UP AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN

  • lakerfan81

    yes a small one, about the same as it was before.

  • kb24

    our best chance is through charlotte because atl is NOT trading ther pick according to espn

  • http://www.aeonstarmusic.com aeonstar

    PHOENIX – Reports the Phoenix Suns were nearing a deal to acquire Kevin Garnett were downplayed Wednesday by an NBA official with knowledge of the situation.

    Contrary to several reports, the official told The Associated Press, the sides were not close to a three-team deal that would send Amare Stoudemire to Atlanta and Garnett from Minnesota to Phoenix.

    Publicity regarding the Suns’ possible acquisition of Garnett had been overblown, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject. However, the Timberwolves and Suns have talked about Garnett, the person confirmed.
    Source

  • lakerfan81

    I think its kind of funny that because they do not hear any rumors that nothing is happening. Ummm I am pretty sure that Mitch is trying lots of deals, alot more than what we hear about. The rumors that leak out are probably about 15% of the discussions that go on.

  • LAalltheway

    If ESPN says that the Suns won’t trade Amare, and I just read on ESPN.com that Ainge probably won’t trade the 5th pick (of course Marion said he wouldn’t go there anyway), doesn’t that make LA the most likely candidate? I think at this point that the wolves are more desperate for a trade than they’re letting on. Hopefully Mitch and Buss are talking to ATL right now, and if we have enough to get the 3rd pick out of them, don’t we at least have a chance? Does it seem to anyone else like everyone (including the media) are hating on the Lakers, willing the deal not to happen? It’s the ONLY deal that makes sense at this point, in my opinion. Of course, I’m a little biased. But everyone is so quick to say that we’re out of it. Fuck that shit. We still got a chance.

  • kb24mvp

    ya i believe that we dont hear everything like any1 is gonna tell momas boy bucher a trade is goin down.i think KG is gonna be a laker he did call KOBE so he is obviously more interested in L.A plus his wife and house are out / from here

  • WATZGOOD

    I AGREE WIT “LAalltheway”, I ALSO HEARD A REPORT ON ESPN SAYING DAT THE SUNS HAD NO PLANS OF TRADING AMARE, WHICH MAKES SENSE BECUZ HE’S ONE OF THE BEST YUNG BIG MEN IN THE GAME RITE NOW. ALSO I THINK DAT IF DA LAKERS COULD CONVICE THE HAWKS TO TRADE AWAY THEIR PICK, THERES A GOOD CHANCE DAT K.G. WILL BE IN A LAKERS UNI NEXT SEASON.
    SO YEA ALL US LAKERS FANS JUS NEED TO KEEP OUR HEADS UP.

  • lakerfan81

    i would say the chances of a trade happening before tomorrow night is low though. But that makes it harder to trade KG. But after so openly shopping him it would be really hard not to trade him. So if a trade does not happen who do you think the lakers will take with the 19th pick?

    I’d say Stuckey if he is available, or nick young (i’m not completely sold on him yet though). But I was thinking with the 19th pick why not take a gamble and take sean williams if he’s still there. I know he has all that baggage but at 19 you won’t do better talent-wise. Besides he can just smoke with odom. I also think he will be a good trading commodity after the draft. a lot teams are not going to be willing to take that chance with a draft choice but they are probably more willing to take it in a trade after someone else drafts him.

  • kb24mvp

    i think your right ‘laalltheway’ i have been sayin mitch better not sleep till KG is a laker. phx really doesnt want KG they just want to move up in the draft the coach of phx even said it and marion dont wanna go no were.and KG wants out for sure and minasota wants picks so lakers better be talkin to charlote or atl KG wants to be here we dont need a first rd pick send it and cha/atl pick and whoever other than kobe to atl/char/min.

    KB24 KG21

  • kb24

    phx is not gettin kg. suns are not willing to part wit amare and the are already an the luxury tax.98% kg is stayin in minny and 2 % hes goin to LA

  • http://kb24.com MO6

    we still have a shoot at KG b/c Atlanta doesnt want to go through with the deal and Minny is desprate on trading KG http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2919016

  • http://kb24.com MO6
  • kb24

    lamar to charlotte for eight and bynum 19th and 8th to minny for kg and hudson

  • ray

    i truly believe if garnett does not come here, kobe will not back off his demands to be traded. plus, bynum and odom is too high to trade for oneal. please mitch, and dr buss…get garnett here!!

  • ChaosRR

    this is high stakes poker and jerry is playing his hand …

    he’s not going to eat 80-100 million of crap unless he has to (been there, done that!)

    now that KG to PHX is dissolving with Hawks mania running wild I expect KG to LA and we’re going to have to eat troy hudson and/or jaric and they’re going to have to eat Odom.

    nothing else makes any sense, O’neal makes no sense unless poker face mitch can do that without giving up Odom … (and Jerry eats the $$$ to make that work).

    How much revenue outside the measured maintstream NBA team revenue does a KG type deal really generate for the team/ownership ??? I dont have a handle on that …

  • ray

    i agree with ‘laalltheway’…..jerry west didn’t sleep until he made sure shaq would be with the lakers….mitch has to get it done! i understand buss will extend garnett’s contract to the max, too. can anyone verify that?

  • MindKontrol

    LAalltheway: Agree 100%. KG doesn’t make the suns any better than they already are. That leaves LA as the only logical choice in the West, and no choices at all in the East. Glen has to trade him otherwise they’ll get nada for him once he exercises his opt-out in less than a year. Bynum and Odom is as good as it’s gonna get for KG.

    This is all posturing on behalf of McHale, Glen and all the Laker-haters in the media. They can’t give in to the Lakers on the first go-around, not given the history of everyone involved. At least if they fail with Suns/Boston, they can say “they tried” to keep KG out of LA.

    What we’d all like to see right now is KG “demanding” to be a Laker. That would make things happen real quick. He doesn’t owe McHale or Glen shit.

  • LAalltheway

    Yeah mindkontrol, I’m with you on that. They did try their best to keep KG out, didn’t they? I respect KG’s integrity, but I’d like to see him be more aggressive. I mean, it is ultimately his future at stake here, isn’t it?