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HOOPSWORLD.COM: August is usually the vacation month for the NBA but after signing four players to contracts (Luke Walton, Chris Mihm, Derek Fisher and Javaris Crittenton), it would appear the Los Angeles Lakers have done the bulk of their summer heavy lifting and have begun their holiday a little early.
The furor caused by Kobe Bryant’s trade demand has subsided. Bryant presented a professional front recently in Las Vegas as he scrimmaged with Team USA. The last conversation (known publicly) between Bryant and General Manager Mitch Kupchak was an apology from the Laker guard.
Bryant hasn’t necessarily taken his demand off the table . . . but he has tempered it some. The new plan is to “wait and see.”
To date the Lakers have tried and failed in their quest to land Kevin Garnett (but then so has every other suitor). If the Minnesota Timberwolves renew their efforts to trade the former MVP, the Lakers will certainly make a pitch.
To count on such a long shot would be foolhardy, so LA for now has moved on.
The same can be said for Jermaine O’Neal who remains available . . . but not at a price the Lakers would deem acceptable.
Allegedly LA made a pitch for Gerald Wallace, orchestrated by agent Rob Pelinka who represents Wallace and Bryant. The bait was reportedly Lamar Odom in a three-way deal with the Charlotte Bobcats and New Jersey Nets.