Mark Stein was on this morning on Jim Rome’s radio show. laker_guerilla from LG.net summarized the interview (though added his own words in it), but you can listen to the whole interview by listening from the audio archive.

 Here is a summary about what Stein said on KG (not word for word, but a summary):

Rome: Is Minnesota going to move Garnett?

Stein: That’s still the word I get. One exec, whom I trust implicitly, said “I know for a fact that MIN still wants to move KG before the season starts.” They really wanted to do it before the draft. Wanted Noah badly. Likelihood is that they do something…because how do you bring Garnett at this point? …KG finally does want to leave now, even though he won’t ever come out and say it … his trust in management has eroded …Taylor/McHale will be back and KG won’t want to work with them anymore … Chicago is the team that has the most ability to make a deal but doesn’t want to gut the team… If Boston was willing to deal Jefferson, deal could be done (they’d have to ignore his threat of not being willing to play there … but perhaps now with Allen and Pierce he could be) – it’s a financial question – can BOS pony $60M for 3 players? … GS still has the pieces to make a deal … Dallas and the Lakers are still very interested but would have to compile 3 or 4-team deals … MIN not interested in what the Lakers or Mavs have straight up.

  • One35

    Nothing new

  • KOBE

    same ol shit different day!!!

  • One35

    Same fucking shit different toilet basically. its like wiping your ass and flushing it thats how it is.

  • Fatty

    At least someone is talking about it, even if it is nothing new.

  • One35

    Who the fuck cares if someone is talking about it? it doesn’t mean shit what we need is new concrete info none of this opinion bullshit we keep hearing and these fake ass rumors that makes fans riled up.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    [quote comment=”8002″]Who the fuck cares if someone is talking about it? it doesn’t mean shit what we need is new concrete info none of this opinion bullshit we keep hearing and these fake ass rumors that makes fans riled up.[/quote]
    One, watch your language.

    Secondly, Stein is a reporter for ESPN who has been covering the KG situation closely. This is VERY news worthy.

  • Brett

    Ya it’s the same old same old, but i agree with fatty, at least some one finally has opened their mouth about it, it’s more than we’ve had in a while. I still have my hopes on the rumor about hat 3 team deal with boston.

  • dub-quad

    how is odom and bynum not enough for KG? thats why mchale is considered one of the worst gms in the league along with isiah and mitch…i feel odom and bynum and a pick is more than enough…it just feels like he belongs here, so ship his ass overnight express delivery !!!

  • double

    I’ve become addicted to all Laker buzz, truth or rumor, new and old. I want to read it all, especially if its coming from Marc Stein. Thanks for the post.

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 darkice18

    http://www.clublakers.com/forums/anyone-have-a-jim-rome-subcription-stein-on-kg-and-kobe-t77973.html

    yo LD2k i found this on Clublakers.com :

    [quote post=”542″]This is not a transcript – I summarized some of it in my own words … can only type so fast … but here was everything on your Los Angeles Lakers:

    Rome: How was Vegas?

    Stein: Good but not great – hoping for a big deal to go down (ALL the league’s GMs go there now – it’s like baseball’s winter meetings) and too bad that Oden was unable to play H2H with Durant (that would have been tonight).

    Rome: Is Minnesota going to move Garnett?

    Stein: That’s still the word I get. One exec, whom I trust implicitly, said “I know for a fact that MIN still wants to move KG before the season starts.” They really wanted to do it before the draft. Wanted Noah badly. Likelihood is that they do something…because how do you bring Garnett at this point? …KG finally does want to leave now, even though he won’t ever come out and say it … his trust in management has eroded …Taylor/McHale will be back and KG won’t want to work with them anymore … Chicago is the team that has the most ability to make a deal but doesn’t want to gut the team… If Boston was willing to deal Jefferson, deal could be done (they’d have to ignore his threat of not being willing to play there … but perhaps now with Allen and Pierce he could be) – it’s a financial question – can BOS pony $60M for 3 players? … GS still has the pieces to make a deal … Dallas and the Lakers are still very interested but would have to compile 3 or 4-team deals … MIN not interested in what the Lakers or Mavs have straight up.

    Rome: Kobe not commenting – does he still want out of LA?

    Stein: He wants out more than he wants to stay, but they’re not going to trade him. He knows that. He won’t have a hammer until a year from now. He’s resigned to the fact that he’s going to be there when training camp starts in Oct.

    Rome: Realistically, is Mitch’s big move going to be the signing of DFish or is there another move he can make?

    Stein: They’re trying desperately to make a deal. Indiana would love to trade JO to the Lakers right now. They’ve been wanting to for months. Indiana loves Odom and Bynum, but the Lakers simply won’t deal them in the same deal for JO. (For KG, that’s something else). During the playoff series (I assume he means LAL-PHX) there were rumblings and I asked Kobe about the possibility of JO. He did seem excited about it. But now, it doesn’t even seem like getting JO would make him happy, and those guys have been friends since they came into the league together. IND is waiting, still hopeful Lakers change their mind, but doesnt look like this deal will happen. Lakers are still pursuing KG and any big trade scenario they can manufacture. They have such limited assets, it’s really hard for them to make any bigger deal than going out and signing DFish.

    Rome: Did Kobe create a sense of urgency, light a fire under the organization – or were they going to do all this anyway? Did Kobe effectively give up all the goodwill he had bank?

    Stein: No, he’s so beloved in LA – once he starts throwing up 30s and 40s it’s all good. But he killed LA’s leverage – everyone sees they’re in a desperate position. IND is sitting back expecting LA to eventually give in. So Kobe’s heaping more and more blame on the organization did more harm than good. [/quote]

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 darkice18
  • LAalltheway

    So possible destinations would be: Chicago, Dallas, Golden State, Boston, and Los Angeles? It doesn’t seem like Mark Stein mentioned Golden State, but they probably still have as good a chance as anyone. Chicago is not sure whether they want to gut the team, and why would KG want to go to a gutted team anyway? Same goes for Golden State. And of course Boston can’t get a straight deal with Minnesota because they’d have to deal Jefferson, and I don’t really think the addition of Ray Allen will change KG’s mind much.

    Personally, I think Dallas and LA are the only likely choices, even though this article kind of puts them on the back burners. They always have to be mentioned because they are unchanging in their interest in Garnett. They have the money to do it. They have stars (Kobe for LA, Nash for PHX) that can lift KG’s game. On all the other teams, KG will be their most valuable player. It seems to me that Garnett would only OK Dallas or LA.

    Bottom line: We have a very good, realistic chance of getting Garnett. Let’s just hope that KG doesn’t want to go to GS, Boston, or Chicago, and that LA can make a better deal sooner than Dallas. And we can still keep our fingers crossed that the 3 team deal with Boston is a possibility.

  • Cruz

    fucking shit mirda ass puta shit ass shit ass shit ass shit ass shit ass news………… Its always the same motherfucking news ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i just screamed because iam tired and iam going to cry over this fucking whole deal shit

  • TheMagicMan32

    [quote comment=”8004″][quote comment=”8002″]Who the fuck cares if someone is talking about it? it doesn’t mean shit what we need is new concrete info none of this opinion bullshit we keep hearing and these fake ass rumors that makes fans riled up.[/quote]
    One, watch your language.

    Secondly, Stein is a reporter for ESPN who has been covering the KG situation closely. This is VERY news worthy.[/quote]

    haha too many clowns (one35) think they know what theyre talkin about. all they have to say is criticism. we dont need clowns on this site. this IS news worthy

  • Fatty

    When you really look carefully at what Stein said….He’s just making up stuff. Look what he said about Kobe. Kobe didn’t tell him he is more wanting to go than stay…that the Lakers won’t trade him so he is just going to have to play…He just made that up. it was just an educated guess….Kobe is not talking to anyone about that. Why would Stein have knowledge about Kobe when NO ONE has anything? An honest reporter, who can find?

    None of these teams are talking publicly, that’s for sure. All of the trades so far have been completely missed by the reporters. Few of the free agent signings that were promised, happened. In fact just the opposite. Few have been right on until just before signing.

    This year more than ever, reporters are in the dark. They just don’t know anything and are frustrated. NBA teams have learned not to leak. They are not sharing anything. No deals being wrecked because of leaks. They’ve learned its not worth the harm to the players getting scared into thinking they are being traded.

    Its interesting, because he was on Jim Rome and we have no other news. He will get us talking and that’s good. So let’s talk.

  • jerry riley

    how sad it will be when this sight come to an end,no kg folks it will not happen we have nothing to trade no one want the junk that kupchak has put together,the insiders have lied so much that they do not make sense anymore. it is over folks

  • One35

    This has nothing to with Marc Stein’s comments it has something to do with the rumors that fans always believe. it’s easy to get attention when people make up rumors out of their ass and GetGarnett keeps feeding them by posting what they say.

    Rumors don’t come from random posters it comes from people who know shit and trust me none of us fucking know shit. when a rumor gets posted out of someones asshole people believe it and spread it like its the real deal when it’s not.

  • nba analyst

    Stein is dead on, Laker fans. The Lakers have very limited assets to deal (as I’ve been writing on this blog…thank you very much) and Minnesota doesn’t want Odom and Bynum. That deal would have been done a month ago if McHale had wanted it. A three or four team deal would have to involve one or even two GM’s being stupid enough to take less than what they are giving up.

    And the more teams you include, the more complicated it is and the more unlikely it becomes.

    To think that a KG daal is realistic is a bit too myopic…for obvious reasons. It has less than a 10% chance of happening. Fans blabbering about it, wishing for it and talking about it, allegedly putting pressure on Kupchak doesn’t change the fundamentals of a lack of assets that have market value.

  • KBisDarthVader

    get the hell off the site if you dont want to bs about lakers rumors. we’re all frustrated, but if you want to act a fool go hate on a celtics or suns forum

    BIATCH!

  • KEEPbynum

    [quote post=”542″]This has nothing to with Marc Stein’s comments it has something to do with the rumors that fans always believe. it’s easy to get attention when people make up rumors out of their ass and GetGarnett keeps feeding them by posting what they say.
    Rumors don’t come from random posters it comes from people who know shit and trust me none of us fucking know shit. when a rumor gets posted out of someones asshole people believe it and spread it like its the real deal when it’s not.[/quote]

    thats all anyone can ever post. speculation. there isnt anything concrete when it comes to kg. all anything will be is rumors. so if you dont want to read rumors then you shouldnt come here. i mean really. if it werent for the rumors that youre complaining about. this site would be flat out dead. and besides. i dont think anyone wants to hear your opinion anyways

  • http://deleted Faith

    I’ll take anything I can get…so long as the KG to LA lives.

  • One35

    Their is a difference between a Rumor and a false Rumor. in this case we keep getting feed false Rumors. we don’t need none of this shit. i have a reason for being pissed off Rumors are not only made-up in sports it’s made-up regarding personal life/relationships. this is all bullshit we don’t need this. we don’t deserve false hope we have been through hell this off-season and we keep getting feed by horse shit rumors. enough is enough stop feeding and start ignoring.

  • TheComeBacKid

    [quote comment=”8020″]get the hell off the site if you dont want to bs about lakers rumors. we’re all frustrated, but if you want to act a fool go hate on a celtics or suns forum

    BIATCH![/quote]

    Damn Straight! It’s obvious One35 and nba analyst don’t know shit. Take your hate back to the L.A. Times blog or wherever else the fuck you came from.

    The article is significant because it shows that Minnesota is deffintley gonna trade KG. Stein’s source is obviously someone from Minnesota or someone working for McHale and is just spewing off their crap. Notice how the Lakers are at the end of the list because thats the last place they want to trade KG. They want pieces from Chicago or Boston, but those are dead ends. At the end of the day, it sounds like KG is gonna end up a Laker, but for now, McHale is trying to put the screws to the Lakers.

  • nba analyst

    Actually, I kinda revel in watching the idiots hope for KG when you know it isn’t gonna happen. It’s kinda fun to see people get more and more frustrated with the state of the team….putting more and more hope as the trades get more and more ridiculous.

    And there isn’t a darned thing a fan can do to help Mitch Kupchak try to make chicken salad out of chicken manure in trades.

    Carry on….

  • steve

    one35.none of us know shit..are you apart of none of us?.Not one person from this site is holding a gun to your head and saying you gotta go to the site everyday..try something different..i dont know maybe go hire a hot air balloon fill it with loads of gas and float around for a while

  • Vahe

    even though i hate tto say it the last few words are right…Lakers aren’t putting up a good offer =[

  • nba analyst

    Vahe…what people don’t want to hear is that the Lakers don’t have the stuff to make a good offer. It is amusing that all these players that are trashed by fans in the regular season by the Laker nation…Odom, Bynum and Brown…are guys they think other teams are going to want to have in a trade for a top ten player.

    The buzz is that Odom is a slightly above average player, Bynum has some upside but remains a risk and Brown is, well…a terrible mistake for Mitch to take on. These guys together can’t bring in a superstar. Trades like this seldom work out for the team that brings in three and four average guys for a star. I offer Exhibit A….Shaq to Miami for Grant, Odom, et al.

  • Fatty

    nba anal guy

    Most GM’s in the league would disagree with you on the Lakers available assets. Hey, but what do they know?
    I’m glad we have someone who has such understanding of the game and can expalin it all for us.

    So do you talk to Mchale on a regular basis to know what he wants and doesn’t want? I mean, you seem so sure of yourself. Maybe you should work for ESPN or SI, with all that incredible knowledge you have.

    Where did you get that 10% chance? Why so optimistic?

    Please, share with us more of your wisdom and be sure to pass it on to Mitch. I bet you, he can’t wait to here from you as well.

  • TheComeBacKid

    “Trades like this seldom work out for the team that brings in three and four average guys for a star.”

    Your comment belies your ignorance. Aside from free agency, typically the only scenario that a top talent is traded is when the relationship between the team and talent has become irreconcilable. Shaq forced the Lakers hand and demanded a trade. Lakers knew they could not get equal value, but wanted to get as many “assets” as they could.

    Here, Minn wants to trade KG and KG wants to leave Minn. Thus, the relationship is beyond repair. Furthermore, Minn stands to get next to nothing by waiting until the trade deadline and will definitely get nothing when KG leaves after next season.

    Also, KG’s contract is so onerous that not many teams can take that on. That means Minn is obligated to take what that team has to offer. You just dont get equal value, but have to do the best you can. This has no doubt caused Minn to hold out as long as it has in the faint hopes that some miracle deal from Chicago will present itself, but that won’t happen. The Lakers will remain as the best of Minn’s worst alternatives.

    Therefore, your analysis is not precise because there is no such thing as an even swap when it comes to marquee players. The Lakers would have the same issue with Kobe, which is why they will never trade him. Hoping for an even trade is pure naivete. That is the risk a team takes in rostering a marquee player.

  • LAKERS4 LIFE

    To all laker fans,

    I suggest that maybe you all get a life and stop worrying about the damn politics of the game. THINK ABOUT IT, IS KG GOING TO MAKE U A ***ING LIVING. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm……….. Ur all spoiled people who come to this site excessively. I bet I more of a lakers fan than all of u who understands that Kg isnt going to bring an automatic championship after losing are whole front court.

    Memo to Mitch:

    Get JO TOMORROW because they’re waiting while kg is hiding from reality.

    I’m out.

  • k0be da 1 andonly

    [quote comment=”8035″]To all laker fans,

    I suggest that maybe you all get a life and stop worrying about the damn politics if the game. THINK ABOUT IT, IS KG GOING TO MAKE U A ***ING LIVING. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm………..[/quote]

    ur fukn dum

  • LAKERS4 LIFE

    Y’all may think i’m a hater but im a better fan of the lakers than all these people who are praying to get kg who is hiding from reality.

    Memo to Mitch, please read:

    get jo by tommorrow cause indiana is waiting for ur damn ass. stop being greedy and make the F’ing deal. Wait a minute i think i already said that and nothing happened. DISAPOINTING

    Haters are welcome to comment on what i say cause i dont give a shit BACKSTABBERS

  • Rpoc

    People who somehow meet the owners and then spout off their “insider” information on the internet say KG will go to L.A.

    Meanwhile ESPN and the like have been saying L.A. is unlikely for what they have and their leverage damaged.

    All signs point to the Lakers are still in an unfavorable position as usual. Unless Mitch gets that magic wand workin’, the status quo won’t change. Every Laker fan hopes for KG but let’s understand what the situation is here.

    Every team wants us to over pay or we don’t have enough. Simple.

  • steve

    Your telling all laker fans to get a life ….LAKERS4LIFE.you must be getting peoples opinions and thoughts mixed up with employment.This(getgarnett)is a forum for people to air what they think..Just incase you hadnt noticed yet politics are a part of the nba

  • wise1

    i have given up hope of getting garnett i say just keep odom and bynum and bring artest here for kwame brown and i think thats a good team that will at least go past the first round. because think about it guys they have alot of young players when these young players play with each other for couple years they start getting chemistry with each other. i mean look at chicago it took like about 5 years. so keep the players they have except try getting artest with a kwame trade, and re sign mihm!

  • LAKERS4 LIFE

    [quote post=”542″]i have given up hope of getting garnett i say just keep odom and bynum and bring artest here for kwame brown and i think thats a good team that will at least go past the first round. because think about it guys they have alot of young players when these young players play with each other for couple years they start getting chemistry with each other. i mean look at chicago it took like about 5 years. so keep the players they have except try getting artest with a kwame trade, and re sign mihm![/quote]

    Wise 1

    So far, I dont think anyyone on this site has come to realistic sense except for u. People like us need to let these my OWN hatin’ laker fans know that getting someone like kg isnt a deal that should be expected.

    Haters are welcome to say

  • LAKERS4 LIFE

    Thats what i thought, no reply on the story of the offseason

  • LAKERS4 LIFE

    Maybe LD2K, the founder of this website who i think did pretty well, should let me take care of the issues fans are havin’ with the blogs.

  • wise1

    [quote comment=”8046″]Maybe LD2K, the founder of this website who i think did pretty well, should let me take care of the issues fans are havin’ with the blogs.[/quote]

    i agree with you i mean i believed kg was coming to LA but now im thinking realistic not fantasy so we know that there isnt anyone else in the market thats good for a odom and bynum deal so forget it we got fisher now we need artest. i mean if we trade odom for any other player is a dumb move period!because if we want KG the closet player that comes close to the style of play is odmom. so forget the KG deal because if we make a trade its like we are giving up KG, and bynum for KG we are getting the worst deal. because we give up bynum. so all you laker fans i say keep the team phil jackson can make it work he always made it work, from the bulls dynasty to the lakers dynasty, he will make another lakers dynasty mark my word!

  • lakersforlife77

    [quote comment=”8038″]Y’all may think i’m a hater but im a better fan of the lakers than all these people who are praying to get kg who is hiding from reality.

    Memo to Mitch, please read:

    get jo by tommorrow cause indiana is waiting for ur damn ass. stop being greedy and make the F’ing deal. Wait a minute i think i already said that and nothing happened. DISAPOINTING

    Haters are welcome to comment on what i say cause i dont give a shit BACKSTABBERS[/quote]

    it’s the reincarnation of RC……. lol

  • lakers4lyfe

    [quote comment=”8035″]To all laker fans,

    I suggest that maybe you all get a life and stop worrying about the damn politics of the game. THINK ABOUT IT, IS KG GOING TO MAKE U A ***ING LIVING. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm……….. Ur all spoiled people who come to this site excessively. I bet I more of a lakers fan than all of u who understands that Kg isnt going to bring an automatic championship after losing are whole front court.

    Memo to Mitch:

    Get JO TOMORROW because they’re waiting while kg is hiding from reality.

    I’m out.[/quote]

    hahaahahaha…are u jealous of us dawg?? why you calling us spoiled. and do not say ur more of a lakers fan. where u from??

  • lakers4lyfe

    [quote comment=”8038″]Y’all may think i’m a hater but im a better fan of the lakers than all these people who are praying to get kg who is hiding from reality.

    Memo to Mitch, please read:

    get jo by tommorrow cause indiana is waiting for ur damn ass. stop being greedy and make the F’ing deal. Wait a minute i think i already said that and nothing happened. DISAPOINTING

    Haters are welcome to comment on what i say cause i dont give a shit BACKSTABBERS[/quote]

    i dont think ur hater, i just think ur plain stupid. dont judge him guys…hes too ignorant.

  • Fatty

    Twolves owner in a bizzare contradictory statement says KG won’t be traded and KG is fine with that. He wants to play with a young team. (a team that can’t win) They were just fooling around and were never serious about trade. But then says if a good deal were to happen they would trade KG. What a liar. Is he trying to repair damage with KG? And he his trying to tell his fans KG is happy with losing?

    Read for yourself.

    http://www.twincities.com/walters/ci_6391619?nclick_check=1

  • Fatty

    Sorry about the link not working correctly. Here’s the article.

    Taylor: Garnett wants to stay with Timberwolves
    SHOOTER CHARLEY WALTERS
    Pioneer Press

    Article Launched: 07/17/2007 12:01:00 AM CDT

    The Timberwolves kept star Kevin Garnett apprised of trade inquiries before the recent NBA draft, but Garnett expressed a preference to remain in Minnesota.

    “His preference was that we not trade him,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor said.

    Speaking publicly for the first time since the draft, Taylor said Monday, a day after returning from a three-week honeymoon in China, that he never sought to trade Garnett, 31, but for the first time decided to listen more seriously to what teams had to offer.

    “In the past, teams had asked me, and I just said, ‘No, we’re not interested,’ ” Taylor said. “But this time, I was going to be more involved and said we probably should just see if something makes sense for us.

    “I talked to K.G. about it; I said, ‘You’re going to hear a lot of (rumors) stuff, but I’ll call you if something really happens.’ I just asked him (about a trade), and he’d say, ‘No, I haven’t changed my mind.’

    “I said, ‘We’re probably going to bring in (top draft pick Corey) Brewer with one more young guy, so you’ve got young guys, and you’re going to have a younger team.’ And he said, ‘I don’t think I mind playing with those guys.’

    “In the end, nothing really happened.”

  • lakerfan81

    Two things:

    1. I don’t know how everyone expects to get Artest. The Kings are not going to trade him to a team in their own division unless they got an offer that was just too good to turn down (an example: San Antonio traded the draft rights to Scola to Houston, even though they did not want him in the west, because they saved about 7M in the deal. It was just too good to turn down). Kwame for Artest is not a good deal. The Kings just signed Mikki Moore and drafted Spencer Hawes, so I do not think they need any more big men. Plus why would they trade Artest for an expiring contract when he can just opt out after next season; same thing. Even if you threw in Farmar and a 1st round pick the deal is not good. They would basically be trading Artest (to a division rival) for Farmar and a mid to late 1st round pick. I am pretty sure that they could do better if they wanted to move Artest.

    2. A Garnett trade is a long shot. It always has been. But from everything I read, the likelihood of Garnett being traded is getting higher. That means that the likelihood that he comes to LA is getting higher as well.

    Boston has the best chances of getting Garnett. They have everything Minny wants: Ratliff’s expiring contract, Al Jefferson (he will be a stud in the middle in a year or two) plus I think they still have Miiny’s 2008 1st round pick. But the problem for Boston is two-fold. One is luxury tax; by trading for Garnett they would have 60M tied up in three players. This would give them little room to bring in players around those 3. The other problem is making salaries match. If they wanted to trade for Garnett without him agreeing to the trade then they would have to match 22.92M in salary (thats alot). Ratliff and Jefferson only add up to 14.15M, so they would still need 8.77M more to match salaries. that means they would have to send 2-3 more players just to make salaries match. You can not trade 5 players for 1. Garnett could agree to the trade making it much easier for them to get Garnett, but he already said he did not want to go there.

    Chicago has the next best offer for Minnesota. The problem here is that they do not have any expiring contracts and Paxson seems unwilling to take any gambles as a GM. To make salaries match Nociones would have to agree to a sign and trade (unlikely) or they would have to trade Wallace and I do not think Minnesota wants Wallace’s huge contract.

    Dallas does not really have anything to offer unless they wanted to gut their team. After winning 67 games, even with a disappointing playoffs, I do no think they want to make drastic changes.

    Golden State can offer young talent as well, plus they can use their trade exception to take back a bad contract. The problem here is that they would have to send Minnesota at least 1 large contract (Foyle or Harrington). Plus to make salaries match Garnett would have to waive his trade kicker (or at least part of it) so again it comes down to being Garnetts decision.

    There are a few reasons why Minnesota does not want to trade Garnett to the Lakers. One McHale does not like Lakers; actually I do not know if that is a reason or not. the Lakers are in the same division, and I do not think Mchale wants to team KG up with Kobe. The other reasons are that they do not want Odom’s contract (its not that they are not interested in Bynum its they do not want Odom) and any draft picks we give them are likely to be mid to late 1st rounders. The plus side is that the Lakers could take back a bad contract from Minnesota, assuming KG waives some of his trade kicker. But since they do not Odom the Lakers will likely have to find a 3-team trade that works. Or Minnesota has to drop their asking price. That is the problem with trading superstars, you can never get full value back. Most of the time you can’t even get 50 cents on the dollar (look at the Shaq trade).

    In the mean time JO will still be available, and they are likely to drop their asking price or throw in another quality player (Foster) in order to get what they want.

  • lakerfan81

    Fatty, what is wrong with Garnett. I know he is a very loyal guy, that is not a bad thing, but there has to come a point when you just want something better for yourself.

  • http://WWW.ALLSOUNDMUSIC.COM JCOTA

    [quote comment=”8038″]Y’all may think i’m a hater but im a better fan of the lakers than all these people who are praying to get kg who is hiding from reality.

    Memo to Mitch, please read:

    get jo by tommorrow cause indiana is waiting for ur damn ass. stop being greedy and make the F’ing deal. Wait a minute i think i already said that and nothing happened. DISAPOINTING

    Haters are welcome to comment on what i say cause i dont give a shit BACKSTABBERS[/quote]
    IT’S MAKES MORE SENSE!!! I agree with you on this…KG is always our preference but not a realistic one…it has something to do woth who the Lakers are dealing with also…former celtics…mortal enemies…there has to be a way to keep L.O. and get J.O. from what i’ve read nobody else is really hot for him…

  • http://WWW.ALLSOUNDMUSIC.COM JCOTA

    i love to read the rumors …it helps pass the day but i’m not gullible enought to believe everything i read…bring on ther rumors…they’re a good read…but i realize that there is a lot of bull in them…we’re all emotional because we want to be rooting for our Lakers of the past…winners…trophy holders…we have the best in the game…we need to make a move and it needs to be now…it’s been interesting so far and i’m sure that what happens and i think something will happen…it will be a major drama situation…Kobe is here for another year at least…all this depends on the F.O. of what used to be a very proud oranization…

  • Fatty

    lakerfan81

    Before all hell breaks loose here, a thought about your post. I was thinking Minnie wouldn’t mind LA being good because Minni would be rebuiling and by the time the Lakers would be in decline 3-4 years, Minni would hope to be a good team again.

  • showtime88

    Ld2k…thanks for the updates..as always this is the first site i go to after i wake up.

    Truth, no truth, rumors, news, more news…you guys have it all.
    I like that.

    What is more sickening than hearing rumors without substance is fans attacking this website, albeit subtly with stupid comments like “why do you post this old news…why do this why do that!” balbhlabhablh

    whatever people.

    If you arent a fan of the lakers then dont critize this site.

    props to you guys.

  • showtime88

    That was meant to say if you ARE a lakers fan..dont critize.

    peace out.

    get garnett!

  • Fatty

    A side thought about Mihm. (Utah has already spent a portion of its MLE on Hart)

    Salt Lake Trubune

    One of the more interesting free agents still out there is Lakers center Chris Mihm. He missed all of the 2006-07 season after undergoing ankle surgery but was a regular double-double guy as a full-time starter the two seasons before that.

    Apparently, Mihm has worked out for a lot of teams to try and prove he’s healthy, one of them being the Jazz. The Lakers would like for Mihm to return but have to be concerned with a payroll that will crest over the luxury-tax threshold once Derek Fisher signs. The Jazz like Mihm but are cautious about players with foot problems after Curtis Borchardt

  • KBisDarthVader

    mihm owes us some games played

  • Big D

    Damn it…it’s only 8:15 and already all this news for the day.

    Well let’s start with the KG news: I say this is just posturing for the Mini fans in case no trades happen this summer. If you think about it for a second, it makes perfect sense that they would posture like this. After all, it’s time for the fans to be thinking about season tickets and all.

    “Taylor said Monday, a day after returning from a three-week honeymoon in China, …” This is an indication that Momo (or whatever his name is) might have indeed seen and overheard a conversation between Taylor and someone else in Asia regarding the three-team trade that has been discussed/debated over the past few days.

    As for Mihm, he is just being smart and shopping himself around. I bet he still winds up a Laker, but for less $ than he was making last year sitting on the bench. Plus I doubt the Lakers will re-sign him until some sort of KG or JO deal is in place.

  • KBisDarthVader

    St. Paul Pioneer Press:

    Taylor: Garnett wants to stay with Timberwolves
    SHOOTER CHARLEY WALTERS
    Pioneer Press

    Article Last Updated: 07/17/2007 12:10:40 AM CDT

    The Timberwolves kept star Kevin Garnett apprised of trade inquiries before the recent NBA draft, but Garnett expressed a preference to remain in Minnesota.

    “His preference was that we not trade him,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor said.

    Speaking publicly for the first time since the draft, Taylor said Monday, a day after returning from a three-week honeymoon in China, that he never sought to trade Garnett, 31, but for the first time decided to listen more seriously to what teams had to offer.

    “In the past, teams had asked me, and I just said, ‘No, we’re not interested,’ ” Taylor said. “But this time, I was going to be more involved and said we probably should just see if something makes sense for us.

    “I talked to K.G. about it; I said, ‘You’re going to hear a lot of (rumors) stuff, but I’ll call you if something really happens.’ I just asked him (about a trade), and he’d say, ‘No, I haven’t changed my mind.’

    “I said, ‘We’re probably going to bring in (top draft pick Corey) Brewer with one more young guy, so you’ve got young guys, and you’re going to have a younger team.’ And he said, ‘I don’t think I mind playing with those guys.’

    “In the end, nothing really happened.”

    The Wolves will continue to discuss trade scenarios, Taylor said, but they won’t include Garnett.

    if this is true, (which i doubt, how could KG WANT to stay in minni after they shopped him? how deos taylor have the balls to say he never shopped kg?) then we dont need another guy who doesn’t care about winning on our team. as much as i love kg’s game, maybe he has grown too accostomed to loosing and is comfortable playing for a third rate franchise

  • dlakerfanforlife
  • showtime88

    more and more after reading about Garnett..i love his instinct..but i seriously doubt he wants to WIN…much like kobe loves to win….i dont believe KG for a minute..if not he would want OUT of his situation..i just dont see it.

    he is more concerned with money and his clause and all this garbage..i dont want him anymore.

    sorry.

    Anyway, I think we need artest ..if we can get artest…and keep lamar..we should be in good shape.

  • dlakerfanforlife

    Im tired of the Artest talk. Artest wont make the Lakers better. Hes a crybaby and needs the ball in his hands to be good on the offence. Why do you think Bibby had such a poor year. Artest doesnt move the ball. We need some one that can be a team player. And Artest is all about himself. The worst part is he is not Laker material. Let build a team with some character, some pride. Artest has no character, hes just a thug. A zebra cant change its stripes and Artest wont change either. Worst move the Lakers can make is Artest.

  • KBisDarthVader

    its soooo annoying for taylor to take the position that they were not serious about trading for garnett…but if thats the stance he is taking now, maybe its time to move on. if we can get jo for the right price, we should do it rather than waiting until the trade deadline for kg…because at this rate, the wolves will start their season with kg hoping to sell some tickets and probably wont think about moving kg until the deadline. they obviously have thrown winning out the window at this point and are trying to use the Big Ticket to bilk a few more dollars out of their fans before kg walks at the end of this season. after all, they will have 23 mil in cap space if kg walks

  • nba analyst

    I love to respond to the clowns….like the Comebackid….

    Your comment belies your ignorance.

    >>>>Apparently not!!

    Aside from free agency, typically the only scenario that a top talent is traded is when the relationship between the team and talent has become irreconcilable. Shaq forced the Lakers hand and demanded a trade. Lakers knew they could not get equal value, but wanted to get as many “assets” as they could.

    >>>>>Didn’t work out for LA, did it?

    Here, Minn wants to trade KG and KG wants to leave Minn.

    >>>>>Both assumptions are wrong in fact.

    Thus, the relationship is beyond repair. Furthermore, Minn stands to get next to nothing by waiting until the trade deadline and will definitely get nothing when KG leaves after next season.

    >>>>>>Only a $22 million salary slot to fill…nah, nothing at all.

    Also, KG’s contract is so onerous that not many teams can take that on. That means Minn is obligated to take what that team has to offer. You just dont get equal value, but have to do the best you can. This has no doubt caused Minn to hold out as long as it has in the faint hopes that some miracle deal from Chicago will present itself, but that won’t happen. The Lakers will remain as the best of Minn’s worst alternatives.

    >>>>>>>Turns out the Lakers were the worst of the alternatives…because, cupcake, the Laker players just aren’t all that.

    Therefore, your analysis is not precise because there is no such thing as an even swap when it comes to marquee players.

    The Lakers would have the same issue with Kobe, which is why they will never trade him. Hoping for an even trade is pure naivete. That is the risk a team takes in rostering a marquee player.[/quote]

  • IE Laker

    >>>>>>Only a $22 million salary slot to fill…nah, nothing at all.

    Dude, you’re an idiot. CBK is right T-Wolves will get nothing if KG leaves. No one in their right mind will voluntarily go to play in Minnesota where there is no KG. What’s the attraction of playing there post-KG, to play along side Marko Jaric?