Kobe BryantI’ve been listening to the sports radio for two weeks – national and local – and when the Lakers are discussed, there are a few repeated names which pop up.

Perhaps our favorite is Kevin Garnett. While some people label it as “dreamland,” others believe – given the right circumstances – it could be a reality. Then there is Ron Artest, who is apparently out of Sacramento come next season. And lastly, there is J. O’Neal.

While all three sound great and are of high interest to the fans, JO is the one who stands out in terms of being rumored more than idle speculation. The question is, who is the “large” piece that can change the Lakers organization?

The blogger at igottabasketballjones speculates that the “large piece” will come after the draft:

“… which is why I still am a bit frustrated that Phil couldn’t get everyone to buy into his system… well, one guy (and please, don’t worry- a LARGE piece is coming- right after the draft lottery is concluded and we know what could be).”

O’Neal? Artest? Garnett? Hmmm…

  • One35

    I don’t get it… why post what a random blogger says?

  • http://www.myspace.com/stevesspace TheEclectic

    I know JO is a great player, but I feel like I might be the only one who doesn’t really want him in LA. I think he is a) injury prone b) has a poor attitude c) not complimentary to Kobe since he needs the ball on the block to be effective.

    I would take a Chris Bosh any day over JO – even though Jermaine has excellent defense. I mean we all know the dream would be getting KG – but that doesn’t look plausible (even though he is the PERFECT fit). I would love for the Lakers to pick up a Gasol/Artest combo this summer over just JO who we would probably have to give up Lamar Odom over.

  • Christian Llanes

    Do you think that if Ron Artest does come to L.A. that there will be a high chance that J.O. will come to L.A. too. Because if you think about it, J.O. and Artest did suit each other back in Indiana and bringing them to L.A. would be a goof fit, especially if you have Kobe in the mix and possibly also L.O.

  • gamble84

    I think if we land Artest there may be a chance Bibby signs up in LA too.

  • KB24

    I think the edectic is right i don’t want JO in L.A We should rather get Pao in a trade and Artest and Bibby in a trade too.

    Lineup

    Bibby
    Bryant
    Artest
    Odom
    Gasol

  • Ricky

    Ever since I heard Gasol and Artest were possible acquisitions, I have stressed how much better off the Lakers would be if they made an effort to target those two (Gasol and Artest) rather than Garnett or Jermaine. Sure, Garnett is the dream acquisitions and O’Neal is just as good, but why settle for one all-star when you can possible get two. I absolutely love and support the idea of acquiring Gasol and Artest. I think those two will be fit in very well. As troublesome as Artest is, when he is out on the court, he plays hard and with excellent energy. His defense is what the Lakers really need to help them get to the next leve. Gasol also brings to the Lakers a consistent post threat, whether its scoring points, grabbing rebounds, or blocking shots. The thought of having both of these all-stars join the Lakers is just giving me the goosebumps.

    possible Lakers starting 5

    C- Pau Gasol
    PF- Lamar Odom
    SF- Ron Artest
    SG- Kobe Bryant
    PG- Jordan Farmar

    just imagine all the rebounds between Gasol, Odom, and Artest! they will clean up the glass everytime. WOW!

  • rmeazy82

    Gasol and Artest would be a good fit for us. That has atleast 2nd or 3rd round all over it. Farmar will come back twice as good as he is right now, I think Phil is the best person suited to coach Artest. Gasol will benefit the most because of the attention Kobe gets. If Kwame caught the ball with the attitude Gasol has he would have averaged atleast 15 or 16. We need to get a solid 6th man with this team and I think we will be right there.

  • rjpnoi408

    the best line up…..

    PG – JASON KIDD
    SG – KOBE BRYANT
    SF – RON ARTEST
    PF – KEVIN GARNET
    C – J.O. / GASOL

  • ronnie l.

    i truly support the idea of acquiring gasol and artest.that would be a very potent line up plus kobe and odom, or maybe gasol and mike bibby.i think with that line up the lakers will be able to reach the conference finals.

  • Wolves Fan

    [quote comment="421"]the best line up…..

    PG – JASON KIDD
    SG – KOBE BRYANT
    SF – RON ARTEST
    PF – KEVIN GARNET
    C – J.O. / GASOL[/quote]

    You do realize that the salaries of these four additional players is about the same as the total of every player on the Lakers roster not named Kobe. And, the total salary of this starting lineup is 23 million over the salary cap.

  • lakers

    pg-williams
    sg-kobe
    sf-artest
    pf-gasol
    c-???
    LETS BE REALISTIC

  • Wolves Fan

    [quote comment="471"]pg-williams
    sg-kobe
    sf-artest
    pf-gasol
    c-???
    LETS BE REALISTIC[/quote]

    That was my point.

  • KB24

    That lineup is realistc Wolves fan

  • Wolves Fan

    Which Williams are you talking about? Mo Williams is going to stay with the Bucks. If you were talking about Jason Williams, it is not realistic because he is at 8.2 a year. That added with Bryant’s 17.7, Gasol’s 12.3, and Artest’s 7.5 will put the Laker’s at 46 million for four players. And who is really going to give you these players for the players that you have now?

  • Ricky

    It is important that the Lakers somehow get a “Large” piece this offseason. The only two good trade baits the Lakers really have at this point are Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum. If the Lakers attempt to acquire a player like Garnett or O’Neal, then Odom is gonna have to be packaged in order to get either one of them. Now, the problem that the Lakers will have is that if Garnett and Kobe are together, I don’t think they will be as effective as most believe. If people look around the NBA, they will see that most teams now have a good core group (Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas, Utah). A tandem was able to get by and win in the past (Kobe and Shaq), but nowadays, most teams are better because they rely on more than two stars. Such as in the past, the Kings had a better “team” than the Lakers, but at the time, Kobe and Shaq were just too good. But again, tandems are no longer the fad/trend to team success. That is why I feel that the Lakers need to find some kind of trade that will improve them and at the same time keep Odom because without him, the Lakers won’t get far even with a tandem of Garnett/Kobe or O’Neal/Kobe. Lamar would make an excellent third option.