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HOOPSWORLD.COM: August is traditionally the vacation month for the NBA and news surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers has been notably quiet. Other than the recent signing of a camp invite (Larry Turner), there really hasn’t been much to write about.
The Lakers have tried to upgrade the team but Plan A died hard when Kevin Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics.
Plan B stalled when the Indiana Pacers refused to back off their demand that both Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum be sent for Jermaine O’Neal. The Lakers are equally steadfast and no deal appears possible.
Plan C might be considered a trade with the Sacramento Kings for Ron Artest. That seemed to lose life once the Kings managed to sign free agent Mikki Moore. They’ve yet to find a suitable package for either Mike Bibby or Artest. Until they have fully committed to the rebuilding process, there’s no reason to tear apart the team incrementally.
Jumping down to Plan Z for a moment . . . trading Kobe Bryant appears to be the last choice after nearly an entire alphabet of “letting them gel.”
With the top three choices apparently off the table, Plan D would be the focus.
Plan D is some off-the-radar deal that lands the Lakers some unexpected help.