HOOPSWORLD: As Amick suggests, the Lakers might need to “engage a third team in the deal.” While multi-team trades are extremely rare, the Lakers would need to get a lot more than the unpredictable Artest if they’re to give up Odom.
One player who the Lakers sought out when the Chicago Bulls had called for Kobe Bryant last summer was point guard Kirk Hinrich (LA also wanted Luol Deng and a number of other considerations). Hinrich has been linked by a number of sources this summer to the Lakers – but again LA isn’t willing to part with Odom without getting significant value in return.
Chicago has been interested in Odom for a number of years. In the Eastern Conference, Odom would be one of the better power forwards. The Bulls apparently would love to add an unselfish post player who can rebound and pass like Odom.
If the Bulls and Lakers could come up with enough young prospects to appease the Kings – more than perhaps Linas Kleiza or Brandon Bass – maybe a three-team deal could come together.
Obviously it’s a long shot but the Lakers might consider giving up Jordan Farmar and Chris Mihm with Odom if they could land both Ron Artest and Kirk Hinrich. If Chicago were willing to give up perhaps Tyrus Thomas to the Kings, would Sacramento be willing to make a deal if they also get Farmar and Mihm?