It is well known that Maggette tested the free agency waters and is reported to be targeted by two championship caliber teams in the Boston Celtics and the San Antonio Spurs. However, do and could the Lakers have a shot at landing Maggette? According to ESPN, they believe we’d have to give up Sasha & Ronny in order to sign Mags…

It’s believed that Maggette, without an offer from a team with cap room, favors San Antonio if he has to sign a contract starting at the midlevel. But he has also drawn similar interest from a variety of enticing contenders — Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Orlando, New Orleans and Utah are the known suitors — and the Lakers would be a dangerous suitor if they wanted to get involved given Maggette’s close relationship with Kobe Bryant. The Lakers, though, would have to abandon any interest in resigning Sasha Vujacic and Ronny Turiaf to sign Maggette, and the team still favors retaining those two key reserves

Interestingly enough, Bryant & Maggette share the same agent in Rob Pelinka. And I truely believe there is no way Pelinka and Maggette wouldn’t go Lakers, without hesitation, if there is equal money on the table. However, would it be losing both key reserves in Sasha and Turiaf over? You get a talent upgrade for sure and more flexibility… but ultimately, do you get what you need without creating another problem in terms of personnel? Sound off!

  • True Lakers Fan

    no keep Machine we got to keeep him and Ronny

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    I don’t think we need Ronny as much as we need Sasha…

    But hell, I’d LOVE Mags – or Posey.

  • T-Dub

    Maggette is a proven commodity! He can play! Take him over Sasha and Turiaf, Luke and Vladrad ANYDAY!…They haven’t proven anything and I’m not convinced they will. Maggette is definately worth more than all those guys COMBINED!

  • e-bucher

    (question mark)

  • daboss1848

    makes no sense – y would we lose sasha and ronny if we take mags BUT we wouldnt lose sasha and ronny if we take posey?

    If posey offer is 3 yrs – take him in a heartbeat!!

    If offer is 5-6 yrs, take mags!

  • DCLAKER

    I,personally,wouldn’t do it.My moto is nalue for value,meaning,lose Sasha get JJ Redick(shooter for shooter,not sayin’ they’ll lose sasha to Magic)lose Ronny get Pietrus(put LO back at PG/PF)or Posey.

  • LakersFirst

    I don’t think the Lakers would need to sacrifice BOTH Sasha and Ronny. In all honesty, if the Lakers were to somehow acquire Maggette, I think they would only lose Sasha, because it seems like Sasha would be more expensive to keep than Ronny. Ronny is probably looking at a $3M to $4M per year deal.

    However, one thing that has not been mentioned is the fact that on the Lakers, Maggette would not start as the starters would be Fish/Kobe/Bynum/LO/Pao. Maggette would most likely back up Kobe, which would be a stellar backup. But…does Maggette want to come off the bench (this is a problem with him and the Boston Suckadics- Maggette would not start there either)?

    San Antonio on the other hand, would most likely start Maggette.

  • banuelos_714

    do it if we can keep ronny
    he contributes more to the team than sasha
    but its better to jus try to get posey and keep both

  • gugy

    What about give up/trade Vlad, Luke amd Mihn…..

    Unfortunately, other teams are not so dumb to take on such garbage players.

  • ab4sure

    Lakers need toughness…D…. Chemistry… good locker room guy, experience. Maggette doesn’t seem the right fit. Boston and San Antonio would be better fits for him there becuz their D is already established. Lakers need guys like Kurt Thomas, PJ Brown, Posey, tough minded Defensive guys who add character and experience to the team. Don’t fall in love with glamour guys. They might greatly disappoint you. Glamour guys don’t have toughness. They want to be seen and worshipped. Sounds like our presidential election with our Messiah the Obama.

  • Freshh

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ .

  • http://www.hard-wood.org/?cat=34 Billy Kupchak

    *edit*

    However, would it be *worth* losing both key reserves in Sasha and Turiaf over?

    *edit*

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

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    i was going to say the same thing… i think ronny is a player that we all love… if we get maggette we can let go sasha because with mags, we would be getting shooting, which is what sasha gives us, plus in mags we get a complete player, not just shooting….

    but i dont think it will happen,, so keep the machine and ronny,, and sign posey…

  • lakerschamps08

    okkk wait so can can get posey and keep sasha and ronny but we cant get maggette and keep ronny and sasha?????? Y CANT WE GET ALL 3?????

  • west213

    give up luke, mihm and vlad

  • Michael_23

    TOO MANY SMALL FORWARDS ON THE TEAM AS IT IS.

  • gus26

    if this report is correct wouldn’t it mean that we can only sign ronny and sasha and no one else.. in other words we are not using the MLE on posey or mags.. we are going to use it on our own free agents.. i say we just sign our own free agents and try to trade luke or vlad for anything..

  • Michael24

    this is a risk i would take

    maggette is more reliable than sasha because sahsa is always on and off and he doesnt deserve the mle

    so the mle i hope will go to posey or maggette

  • gus26

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    i think that if we did sign mags.. he would only start at sf.. when kobe sits he would slide to the sg position.. and when kobe comes off the bench its usually to replace odom anyway so kobe would then play sf.. i think mags is athlethic enough to at least play descent d.. guarentee he doesn’t just let ray allen drive past him in the final minutes of a finals game..

  • JayC55

    Do it in a heartbeat. Maggette can play SG as well

  • DCLAKER

    As senseless as it may seem I would trade Vlad for JJ Redick RIGHT NOW!

  • MILO

    Mihm should just do everybody a favor and retire!!!

  • Mitch4Pres

    i say we should go after him if for no other reason than to prevent the celdics or the spurs from getting him. i think hes worth losing sasha and ronny even tho it pains me to say that b/c i love them so much no homo. i also think it would be possible to get maggette and keep ronny which would be fine with me. if we end up just keeping sasha and ronny tho i wouldnt be sad at all its a win win for us.

  • DCLAKER

    JJ Redick is wastin’ away in Orlando.Stan doesn’t know what he has in this dude,PURE SHOOTER!

    If Sahsa walks then this guy would be perfect but WE NEED SOME MORE BROTHERS(THIS TIME I MEAN THE DARK ONES…like myself)but WE NEED JJ!

  • ricky

    its strange that in the more recent decade, no exeptional free agent has ever been willing to sign with the lakers. the only 2 big names that we ever signed as free agents were malone and payton, unfortunately they were already at the end of their careers. but its always the other teams that get good, quality players. guys like posey, bowen, lewis, turkoglu, stojackovic etc.. the lakers have always gotten their talent mainly through draft/trades. i miss having guys like fox, horry, fisher (albeit he is back), and shaw who were awesome role players. we need players like them.

    i hope we do get maggette or posey but also try to retain at least either sasha and ronny as well because they add so much character and depth to our team. but when it comes down to it, sasha and ronny are the top guys i would want back.

  • NORCAL BEAR

    DO IT ! sasha and ronny are very replaceable !!! especially for a ring ! mag gives us another big body to pluge up the middlr and a great player to give kobe time to rest . he creats shots and gets to the foul line ! sasha is a shooter and will never be anything else AND ronny , yes he gives us that spark off the bench but hes a missing puzzle type player let them both go and get posey and mag!

  • DCLAKER

    JJ Redick!

  • willow

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    In a perfect world this would be a stellar move but you just answered my follow up question. No team would want to take our garbage just as much we wouldn’t wanna take theirs. Let’s face it, we’re stuck with Luke and Vlad for a few more years so we might as well use these extra bodies. I know Mags has been eager to start for a long time so I think San Antonio would be at the top of his list. They would still have Manu coming off the bench which Pops likes him that way and they’re still a championship contender which Mags likes so…it’s a match made in heaven for both parties.

  • http://getgarnett.com golakers75

    Just think about if we were able to sign maggette and then trade lo for artest and kenny thomas why the hell do you need ronny and sasha

    pg.. Farmar
    sg. Kobe
    sf. Artest
    PF. gasol
    C. byunm
    bench
    fisher, thomas, luke, vlad, mihm, maggette, ariza,
    the lakers would be champs

  • http://www.vladehasaposse.com Tim M.

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    And all of this magically makes Jordy a starter?

  • http://lakers.com lalal

    trade WALTON FOR MAGGETTE

  • gus26

    that sounds like a great line-up but we lose one great thing that we got last year.. experience.. (as a unit, together) as much as i love looking for new news everyday.. i think the best approach would be to wait and see.. i really feel that the smartest move would be to resign ronny and get posey.. i love the machine.. put if its between him and posey.. i take posey.. ronny is the type of player you can’t replace him.. we need him on the team..

  • ICE CREAM MAN

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    I agree….Half of me likes the idea of mixing it up a bit but the other half says “if it aint broke why fix it”. If only we can get rid of our dead weight a.k.a. Fluke/radmonovich.

  • Ko8e_f@n

    …too bad it’s not gonna happen. :P

  • JASON

    YO LET SASHA WALK !!!!! HAS ANYONE FORGOT ABOUT COBY KARL ????? HE’S BETTER THAN VUJACIC AT SHOOTING THREE’S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SIGN R O N N Y .. T U R I A F !!!!

  • kb24bestever

    lets just keep the same team dammit.
    get maggete only if were still keeping vujacic and ronny

  • yellowpurplefever

    Can’t wait until Wednesday. We will see a clearer picture of who’s going where and who will be avail. Maggette is a very nice addition over Sash anytime. But losing Ronny is a tough one. I love the guy’s attitude and energy. Again, we need another miracle trade to rid of Fluke and V-lady then Lakers will rule NBA 3-5 yrs!!

  • dub824

    get rid of sasha.. euro shooters are a dime a dozen

  • S-quire

    Tough call. I think it would be a big mistake to mess with the chemistry and history the team has built. Ronny and Sasha’s losses would eviscerate the bench mob and you’d lose two fan favorites. I will say though that the other day Joe McDonnel (AM570) made a great point about Corey “Xzibit” Maggette: He gets to the free throw line so much that it puts the other team’s guys in foul trouble, forcing them to adjust. I also think that helps stop the other team’s momentum and keep us in the game, i.e. prevent blowouts from forming. Still, I would hate to lose two guys, especially one big. I just don’t think there’s anyway Ronny goes, fans love his spirit and he will take less money to show loyalty to the franchise that stood by him during his health concerns. I’m super in for Kurt Thomas. Haha, and for a second I thought I was gonna see a DCLaker post without the words “Pietrus” in it.

  • BringDFishBack

    HELL NO. I don’t want some shoot first 5th option player over 2 role players. This guy will screw up any championship team.

  • b0it0i

    it’s a long shot, but if this does happen…

    it’s a no brainer…

    anyone who does not jump on this move needs to stop posting…

    sure sasha and ronnie are great, i’d love to keep them… but having maggette play a role > what sasha and ronnie brings to the team.

    worried about team chemistry? indeed it is important… But it’s not like the lakers would become a dysfunctional team. team chemistry will be good, if not great. With Maggette’s friendship with kobe, and his relationship with LO, how can anything go wrong?

    you now have either LO or CM at the three.
    depending what team you play, you can adjust and start either, and have the other come off the bench.

    either player is capable as a role player in the starting unit, and they both can be a leader for the bench. hell, both players would probably be in the running for 6th man of the year

  • lakrfan4life

    get rid of fluke!

    id love to see mags in a lakers uniform

  • Lakerboi

    We need Ronny to back up Gasol and incase Mihm or Bynum are hurt; we can replace Sasha. Plus, Sasha would want more money and maybe even MLE. I say sign Posey and keep Ronny. Leave everything else the same and we win the title. I don’t know what potential Coby Karl has, but we have an option to bring him back for about 750k. If Posey is gone sign Mag for Mid level, we can always trade him later….Go Lakers.

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com/HeadlineStories.asp?lc=NBA&c=1&TEAM_ID=&PLAYER_ID=&hd=20080630#STORY_9810 lakers-r-pimpilicous

    we dont need maggete over the chemistry that the team has in ronny, i can careless if we lose sasha, i dont want him to be the next luke, give him the full mle and plays worse then slava medthenko

  • Edward

    Honestly you can get both. Pay off Mihm’s real small contract. Try and trade walton and radmanovic, and you can let sasha go. Shooters like him are a dime a dozen, half his shots are open. However, hussle players like Ronny are a must have. The bottleneck here is that we have two small forwards that could be good that aren’t, and they have long contracts.

    JJ Redick > Sasha. Posey > Maggette for what we need. Either way we get what we need in a SF, but we are paying two players for nothing (Walton and Radmanovic). If we get Maggette, he starts at SF, and Ariza comes off the Bench, and Bynum is backup center. Fudge his agent for asking for the max, he can stay on the bench until he’s humble enough to know his place. Most important thing is to buy out Mihm’s contract freeing up a roster spot, the only thing that’s conflictual is the SFs that we have. All of them are injured, Ariza physically, Walton and Radmanovic mentally.

  • gspence001
  • west213
  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

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    I love this idea!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    gspence001 4 GM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

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    Add to that this is cool!!!!!!!!
    I see this make all 3 teams better.
    1.Kevin Durant needs a good decent center in Mhim and some that can dish the ball around pretty good in Walton.
    2.The Kings are recieveing 2 great 3 point shooters in Radmon and Karl, with a amazing promising point guard in Sun Yee.
    3. And we are getting the finisher in Wilcox and a All-Star in Artest.

  • Kent

    how bout a sign and trade with the clippers. Vlad and Luke for Corey Maggette. This way, we can clear up some cap room to sign ronny and sasha?

  • DCLAKER

    I’m KING(SIKE)!Only in America can simple,common man like myself can post some stupid comments about who’s should get traded and still get on the radio(Apreciate it JOEY MCADIEL,peace).

    ANDISTILLSAYPIETRUS.com,ok,if not him….mmmm…JJ Redick for Vlad,c’mon,WE ALL agree Vlad …how pu..HE @#$^,I mean he really @#$%(OK! WE GET THE POINT).

    …AND I DON’T WANT RONNY TRADED EITHER!!!

  • sclakerfan

    Maggette can create some offense when Kobe is out, but the Lakers need someone like Sasha to break down zone defenses. Maggette is an ok 3 point shooter, not great. With Sasha, the only others capable of making the three are Farmar, Fisher, and Vlade and these guys are not on Sasha’s level. If they can get Maggette AND Sasha, then it’s worth it, but if not, I wouldn’t go for it. With Odom who can play the 4, Turiaf is expendable.

  • sclakerfan
  • lakerschamps08

    i want maggette but if we keep ronny and sasha.. i dont understand why we cant get all 3.. i mean we can keep ronny and sasha if we get posey but not if we get maggette wtf??? is this????/ huh??? makes no sense…
    yes i want maggette he is either starting SF or 6th man to come in for LO and if need be come in for kobe… we all know wat he can do so if he wants sign him try and persuade him to come to the lakers….
    get maggette,keep ronny,sasha, if sasha must go to get maggette than i guess we lose the machine(sasha is just looking for money, all lakers offered was wat like 2.6 million, he gonna want more money)
    get maggette plus he can keep his number 50..

  • Tung

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    it’s delusional fans like you, that make us look bad. that was the stupidest trade link i ever clicked on.

  • kisofdeath

    get maggette

    pg fisher / farmar
    sg kobe / ariza/ maggette
    sf maggette / ariza / luke
    pf gasol / lamar / vlad
    c bynum / mihm / gasol

    and fillers for the other roster spots

  • varsityoptimism

    no

  • http://myspace.com/plummerrocks Machinehead18

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    I agree.

  • http://deleted kb4sure

    ide love maggette in laker uniform he’s d one can step up when pj is benching kobe in the 4q,he can be the pippen for kobe.posey can also be considered in a laker uniform,let sasha go if he’s looking 4 $.we still have coby I know he has soft shooting touch plus he is more atlethic than sashaand I more trust americans than europian,look what the all american celdics did to the lakers but we can try sun yue chinese guards are deadly shooters too.but pj must trust his player other than luke n vlad.give ariza and carl a room to improve their game.like what he gives to smush walton who is still a crap.

  • Diehardfan

    Anyone who would not rather have Mag over Sasha and Turiaf is crazy. Why wouldn’t the Lakers do that? He can actually replace Odom to. If Mitch pulls this off and somehow is able to get Posey or Artest we would be set.

  • freddy b

    DO WHATEVER U WANT WITH SASHA AND BRING IN WHATEVER…BUT DO NOT LET RONNY GO- HE’S THE ULTIMATE ROLE PLAYER – HE PLAYS BOTH POWER FORWARD AND CENTER, ALWAYS HUSTLE, CAN HIT THE 12-15 FOOT JUMPER, CAN FINISH STRONG INSIDE,BLOCK SHOTS, REBOUNDS, PRETTY GOOD DEFENDER (GAVE DUNCAN HELL), WHENEVER HE WAS IN THE STARTING LINEUP HE’S PLAYED WELL. GREAT TEAMATE,ALWAYS UPBEAT, SOLID CLUE GUY… GREAT VALUE FOR THE SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY HE’S PAID.THIS LEAGUE IS ABOUT GETTING VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY AND NOT OVERPAYING PLAYERS…HE’S WORTH MORE THAN LUKE,RADMANOVIC,SASHA,AND MAYBE EVEN ODOM IF YOU LOOK AT PRODUCTION VS PAY…KEEP RONNY …LAKER FOR LIFE

  • freddy b

    RADMANOVIC IS THE ONLY PLAYER THAT NEEDS TO GO…HE AND SASHA PLAY THE SAME ROLE (SHOOTER) AND SASHA IS BETTER…PAY SASHA, RADMANOVIC’S SALARY. EVEN LUKE CAN BE EFFECTIVE IN SOME MATCHUP’S (NOT VS BOSTON)BRING IN POSEY AND WE’LL BE OKAY.FORGET TRADING LAMAR HE’S TOO EFFECTIVE

  • Shaq786

    RUMOR: det wants to trade Billups for Al Harrington

    trade: Lamar and v.rad … for stephen jackson and Al harrington
    -swing Al harrington for billups in a 3-way
    BILLUPS IS THE PERFECT TRIANGLE PG!

    TRADE 2: WALTON, MIHM, FARMAR, JOE CRAWFORD…. for Maggette (S&T)

    Billups/d-fish/Yue
    kobe/stephen/coby
    Maggette/Ariza
    Gasol/Turiaf
    Bynum/Kwame/Zo

  • vintij

    Your an idiot to think this is a bad move. sasha is a confident shooter, ill give him that, but at times he is a burden because of his confidence to shoot 10 shots a game while making only 1. he has alot of 1 for 10, 2, for 9 type games so he definitely is not as good as maggete. Ronny would be the one I would not give up. He brings energy and fun to the bench. So ultimitely this is a good deal, but it will ruin what they had going with ronny being the lovable big guy, and sasha being the self proclaimed machine.

  • DCLAKER

    I was thinkin’(’bout time)if mitch can talk to LO about shedding some of that 13 mil.just to free up some space to get some quality players.

    …2nd try EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER MITCH to get Vlad OFF the roster…uhmmmmmm…I GOT IT! Call your ‘other’ trading partner,ORLANDO,yes.Trade Vlad for JJ Redick and Keyon Dooling,and let the “Magic” begin(Pun intended).

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    I don’t know.

  • S-quire

    Why is everyone so high on JJ Redick? I’ll give you he’s a good shooter, possibly even better than Sasha in creating his shot and popping quickly BUT I don’t think he has it in him to give 100% on defense. I’ll give that to Sasha, he’s a limited defender but he doesn’t give up on D. Anyway, just like a lot of people were talking crap about Mitch, I think at least either Vladdy or Luke will step up next year. I think it will be Luke. Vladdy just needs to play well enough to be tradeable. Just a straight swap more someone else’s “meh” player.

  • DCLAKER

    I only want JJ if Sasha walks,ONLY IF….and Vlad or Luke will NEVER STEP UP,sorry.Luke has been to the finals Twice and was special in the 1st vs Detroit but 4 yrs. later…well you seen for your self what Luke and Vlad can do when the pressure is on,NOTHIN’!

    That trade I proposed can get done but like usual Mitch plays it too soft unlike Jerry West who would’ve made sure right after the Finals(gane 6) that someone,more like someones are gone.

  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Mamba2410

    Don’t do it Mitch, instead, get Posey! Possible and quit possibly the best lineup to have if and once Posey comes to our team:

    PG-Fisher/Farmar/Sun Yue
    SG-Kobe/Sasha/Ariza
    SF-Odom/Posey/Walton
    PF-Gasol/Radman
    C-Bynum/Turiaf/Mihm/Mbenga

    Ariza is able to play SG and SF, and Radmanovic has played PF before with us and other teams, Mbenga might be staying and “could” play in front of Mihm as he is injured a ton and is also not as physical and strong as Mbenga, but hey, you never know, what do you guys think of this signing of Posey and lineup I concocked, to me this lineup sounds very good to me!

  • DCLAKER

    We have to get Posey but VLAD HAS TO GO and I’d rather take my chances with JJ Redick,trust me,when guys come to LA THEY PLAY 10 TIMES BETTER,ASK ARIZA(and JJ and Ariza are real good friends and had good chemistry when they played in Orlando and both had minimum playing time)!

  • kisofdeath

    does anyone know if its possible to get barry (replacement for sasha) and maggette?

  • laker-nate

    jj reddick sux, y wud we want a 1 dimensional player? jj is a straight up college player, he sux n pros…lotta talk about every1 wanting 2 ship out vlad, but i think he can be a awesome + if he comes off the bench…let him come n and hit a couple 3′s, and if he aint on, sit his ass on the bench lol…the dude is a shooter

  • DCLAKER

    The same could’ve been said about Ariza.None of y’all knew about Ariza until he came to LA and a couple of in the know guys like myself had to point you youngins’ to YOUTUBE and ‘OMG’ people started to take notice.JJ has never had the chance in Orlando,especially when Hedo came but he zstill has the same range he did in college and his defense is not THAT BAD!

    …and again,I ONLY WANT JJ IF SASHA WALKS,and I would still try to get’em ’cause VLAD JUST TOTALLY SUCKS,agreed?!?

  • sclakerfan

    Tung, man, that was a joke. I was just throwing out crazy trade ideas like the few posters before.

    Anyway, I lived in Boston for 9 years and it’s funny how some Boston fans used to call in all the time saying trade this or that garbage for MJ. I think Lakers fans are not as bad.

  • lakerschamps08

    MAGGETTE GOING TO THE WARRIORS.. JUST SAW IT ON ESPNEWS…

  • lakerschamps08
  • Geloman

    Looks like Posey is the guy for the Lakers. Go get him Mitch!

  • Kobe2k9

    haha the clips are fukd mag and brand gone i was hoping for an LA showdown