NJ.com: It was about a year ago that Rod Thorn dialed Mitch Kupchak and floated Richard Jefferson-for-Lamar Odom. The conversation, we’re told, didn’t last long. Not interested, Mitch said. Besides, I’m a little busy right now, trying to dodge the molotov cocktails Kobe keeps tossing through my office window.

Care to bet the Nets try again?

And want to bet they stay on the phone a little bit longer?

We said a few months ago that the Lakers are going to find out one thing about their team, with the postseason pending — whether a frontline of 7-1, 7-0 and 6-10 is the matchup nightmare that it appears to be on paper; or whether they really need another type at the three-spot.

Though we never saw that frontcourt, it’s pretty clear where the Lakers are heading. Odom took the biggest hit in the aftermath of Game 6. If L.A. moves anybody, it shall be him, because Pau Gasol is best suited for the four-spot anyway.

But is RJ the right replacement at the 3? If the Lakers figure to meet up with Paul Pierce again next June, there’s no one better. Nets fans know that better than anyone.

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  • sK

    …. i dont know. I think Lamar’s worth is bringin in Ron Artest. It seems that Ron Artest is really close to LO. So for that sake, I dont let go of LO.

    …. Im afraid of Jefferson is getting older. truth is i know he is a solid player…. loves california… bff with Luke…. but I dont know that he is the answer…

    IS THERE ANY POSSIBLE WAY TO GET ELTON BRAND ?? HE REBOUNDS AND HITS SHOTS.

    I would also rather have a Shaun Marion before RJ.

  • Shawn

    Yeah i donno about that deal SK said id rather have Matrix and Wariur before RJ

  • leo

    RJ is better than lamar…he can shoot, penetrate and shoot 3′s..spreading the floor for kobe bynum gasol….he may not be as good a passer as lamar but we dont need him to be…with him he will be an upgrade over lamar because he can defend(lebron,pierce,etc)…plus he is not afraid to drive and finish at the rim…also he is not a headcase like artest who at anytime could run into the stands and destroy the whole teams season…lamar has had his chance to be the “third” or “second” option of our team and has not met expectattions…RJ will be GREAT

  • Michael_23

    Dunno, interesting…

    We don’t “need” another scorer.

    We need DEFENSE.
    2nd is scoring. Our execution has been good throughout the season with exception of the Finals.

  • John

    [Comment ID #41168 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Jefferson getting older???? The guy is 27.

  • DCLAKER

    THE ONLY WAY I WOULD TRADE LO!

  • DCLAKER

    The only man Pierce is AFRAID OF,DO IT!

  • Lakerfan101

    I think we should get him!!!

  • PGMVP

    not RJ…….no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get artest

  • kingkb24

    interesting but hes to expensive
    think artest first and if stays in sac town then maybe consider jefferson

  • Sopi

    HELL NO

  • Martin

    No, No, God no.

    Jefferson, like Odom, is a big ol’ softie. His skills are also too similar to Kobe’s. He’s a typical midsized athletic swingman. We give up Lamar’s skills and get only slightly more consistant on offense.

    Artest is the answer. Ron Artest. Its a no-brainer. He’ll submit himself to Kobe and he’ll instantly make us tougher. The example he sets on defense, along with Kobe, will trickle down to Farmar, Sasha, Andrew and the rest of the youngsters. Also, we forget, Ron-Ron is a top 15 offensive player in this league.

    Do you see us going from WCCs to World Champs by swapping LO for Jefferson? No way.

    Fisher/Farmar
    Kobe/Sasha
    Artest/Ariza
    Gasol/Turiaf
    Bynum/Mihm

    Thats an airtight defensive lineup (on the left hand side at any rate.) The only possible defensive liability is Gasol, but he’ll have big ‘Drew reaching over to help out.

    Ironically enough (and its been said repeatedly) Caron Butler would be another perfect fit. Goddamn it Kwame.

  • http://andrewbynum.com Russel Westbrook

    rj desn’tplay d

  • T-Dub

    I would wait…I’d rather have Artest at SF at the mid-level if he’ll do it. That way you get to keep LO and extend him at half of what he makes now and bring him off the bench as a 6 man. I don’t think he would have a problem with that seeing how he doesn’t have any aggression anyways.

  • junjun

    Noooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • e

    so he’s a defensive guy as well??
    if he is, its not a bad deal..i like rj a lot

  • BringDFishBack

    I’d take Jefferson over Odom, but there’s others I’d rather have than RJ (but I’d take RJ over Artest). The reason this could work is the nets desparetly want to make a run on Lebron in 2010 and are trying to clear as much cap space as possible. Odom is 14 mil expiring contract.

    From ESPN.com:
    “The Nets, I’m told, did not make a promise to draft Gallinari — in part, that’s because they might not keep the No. 10 pick. They are trying to find a deal that brings them a star in the draft and/or allows them to move Richard Jefferson to clear cap space for the summer of 2010. Right now, it looks as though the cap space solution is the more likely option for New Jersey.

    With the Lakers flaming out in the Finals, it didn’t take long for speculation about Lamar Odom to begin. A number of teams covet Odom because of his expiring contract.

    I’d expect the Lakers to hear from the Nets (for Richard Jefferson), the Bulls (for Andres Nocioni), the Kings (for Ron Artest) and the Grizzlies (for Mike Miller).

    The Lakers and Grizzlies, as you might remember, have a history.”

  • DCLAKER

    Let’s be truthful have anybody besides me(seeings though I’m closet to NJ,being from DC)seen a FULL Nets game?

  • leo

    of course artest would be great too…but iono if i trust his craziness…wit RJ we kno wat we are getting….his stats for 07-08 (22/4/3/1)…ppl back off of lamar wen he has the ball…no one will back off of rj…

  • lakerfan

    [Comment ID #41193 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Ha! good one. So I guess he’d fit in well with the Lakers.

    Odom for RJ doesn’t make sense. I would think the Lakers could get more than that for Odom. I would rather stay put with Odom and take my chances with him than RJ.

    Lets remember we were in the finals. We can’t just make moves just for the sake of “making moves”.

  • lakerferlife7

    y the fuk does everyone think we need a change…we wint to the finals..got beat down…but we didnt have ANDREW BYNUM!!!!!!!!!…we got the title next year..and rj is better than matrix!

  • lalaland

    if they throw in sean williams then do the trade otherwise forget it. ron ron is the guy we need but it looks like he wants the big payday so forget him.

  • http://golakers golakers

    Amen Lakerfan. If it aint broke, don’t fix it. We were all in a deep depression about this time last year for a different reason. Things looked to stay the same, Kobe and a bunch of so-so player failing to get out of the first round. Since then, most of the players have shown great improvement and the future looks very bright. Barring injuries and with the help of home court advantage, the Lakers WILL finish the job next season. There is no reason to panic and look for wholesale change. I think this Laker squad is good enough to get it done.

  • ab17

    getartest.com!!!!!

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    c´mon, LO is way better… dont do it…

  • http://mrsfox411@aol.com FOXXY

    WE NEED A BAD BOY…RUFF NECK….AND THATS RON ARTEST FO SHO!!!!

  • gugy

    ARTEST Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE NEED “DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDEFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DCLAKER

    LO better leave the weed alone,I don’t care,STOP SMOKING and maybe I’ll start asking for the trade.It has been 4 yrs. and this gets intimidated when we need him the most,I don’t know?I’ve been conflicted about him since the beginning of last yr.,yes I love to keep’em(which they ‘probably’will)but we need scoring and a defender which RJ is.LO has length,which is why Lakers are finding it hard to trade him….even if they don’t trade LO we need to TRADE VLAD AND LUKE(I don’t care what his daddy says,HE’S SOME CUT{DC slang for CRAP}for Mickael Pietrus.

  • goodfella

    attention all Laker fans. the lakers need a legitimate 3, pau gasol is taking the four next year which i think gasol can do a better job at that position than LO. so now you need, a thug, a brawler, LO isn’t. hence we need to desperately get ARTEST or The Matrix.

    one more piece, and that’s a taller, well round point guard, right now fisher is a cool back up pg. but the lakers need a bigger,quicker point guard.

    get these two issues solved this summer and we’re having a parade on fiqueroa next year.

  • almostchamp

    damn IT SOUNDS GOOD CUZ HE IS AN ASSASIN LIKE KOBE I THINK WITH HIM WE WILL GET TOTHE FINALS NO DOUBT BUT WITH ODOM AND BYNUM WE STILL HAVE THE SAME CHANCE I THINK IT WOULD BE A GREAT OPORTUNITY BUT WE NEED TO CUT SOME CRAP LIKE FLUKE AND VLAD FOR PIETRUS HE CAN SHOOT AND PLAY D AS WELL AND HE IS CHEAP AS F*CK AND I THINK IF INJURIES DONT KILL US NEXT SEASON ARIZA WILL PLAY MORE AND BE READY FOR PIERCE
    TELL ME WICH ONE WOULD YOU LIKE THE MOST:

    1
    FISHER/FARMAR
    KOBE/MACHINE
    ODOM/ARIZA
    GASOL/TURIAF
    BYNUM/MBENGA OR MIHM(IF HE APPEAR NEXT SEASON)

    2
    FISHER/FARMAR
    KOBE/MACHINE
    PIETRUS/ARIZA (VICEVERSA)
    GASOL/ODOM (IMAGINE PAU IN FOUL TRBLE AND ODOM COMES FROM THE BENCH!
    BYNUM/MBENGA/MIHM
    AND CUT VLAD OR/AND LUKE

    3
    FISHER/FARMAR
    KOBE/SASHA
    ODOM/ARIZA/PIETRUS (I LIKE THOSE 3 AS STARTERS I DONT MIND PHILS DECISION)
    GASOL/TURIAF/ODOM (IF HE DOESNT START)
    BYNUM/MBENGA/MIHM

    OR
    FISHER/FARMAR
    KOBE/MACHINE
    JEFFERSON/ARIZA (SOUDS CONVINCIN)
    PAU/TURIAF
    BYNUM/MBENGA/MIHM

  • MILO

    stop it please!

  • DCLAKER

    Was any of you guys around when James Worthy or Byron Scott played?Well in RJ’s defense,he’s that type of player…in other words,if we had to trade LO,this who is better suited for the Lakers.Name one person he hasn’t slammed on,now here’s a list of the ones he has Garnett,Shaq,Yao,Dwight,the Dunk on Mutumbo was THE #$%^!

    ….in other words RJ is reasonable business wise because of the similar prices,LO makes 13,248,596 and RJ makes 12,200,000….plus,Marion makes 16,440,000 so he’s out.Let’s say Artest comes to LA,as some Celtics have dooged me about that,who else do you get?

    I just feel alot of us are gettin’ our hopes up tooooooooooooooo fast(me too)and we’ll let a opportunity like gettin’ some ‘QUALITY’ players slide while we wish for 1 player(Artest).I’ve heard so many people say Kobe NEEDS HELP,I’ll top that by sayin’THE TEAM NEEDS HELP!

    …and how about a article about gettin’ Vlad and Luke out of LA for Mickael Pietrus and Udonis Haslem.Remember,Riley owes us one for Shaq,a 3 way trade anyone.

  • almostchamp

    HEY DID YOU GUYS KNOW THAT GERALD WALLACE IS ON THE MARKET!?
    DAMN HE I THINK HE IS BETTER THAN PIETRUS AND HE IS NOT VERY EXPENSIVEE WE SHOULD GET HIM ALSO TAYSHUN PRINCE BUT I HATE HIM ANYWAY HE WOULD LOOK LESS UGLY IN PURPLE AND GOLD
    HOWEVER I THINK THE PISTONS WILL KEEP HIM

  • LakersFirst

    I agree with M. Thompson of the Loose Cannons when he said earlier, that LO is better than RJ. RJ is not the outside shooter than Phil is looking for and to be honest RJ is not a consistent outside shooter.

    Not to mention, RJ has 3 years left and about $42M left on his contract.

  • DieHardFan

    Why is everyone talking about RJ as if he is an old man. He is younger than LO. Actually, RJ turns 28 tommorow June 21st. So, that kills the argument about him getting older. LO turns 29 this year. Besides he avg over 22 a game and can defend better than Odom. Just look at NJ vs Celtics past matchups and look at what he did to Pierce. We love LO but he is not that consistent.

  • KING-BQ1981

    HELL MUHUFKKING NOOOO!!!!!

    DONT TRADE LAMAR…. WE NEED DEFENSE AND NOT ANIOTHER SCORERE. GET ARTEST…….

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    keep LO… RJ is not the missing piece in our puzzle..
    plus if we want to get artest.. we SHOULD keep LO.. cause he is artest´s bf…

  • http://lakers.com GET_ELTON_BRAND

    HEY WAT ABOUT ELTON BRAND..HE IS FREE AGENT..N OUR HOMETOWN…Y NOT?????????????BRING HIM IN

    TRADE LUKE WALTON AND DJ BHENGA FOR ELTON BRAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DO THAT MITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • xtro

    Keep LO and getArtest.com

  • DCLAKER

    Mitch & Phil,apologized so….NO TRADING LO!

  • yellowpurplefever

    Very tempting but just wait. Lakers are a legit contender. Just be patience they will come. Sure love to get rid of Vlad and Fluke in some miracle trades. Resign Sash and Ronny 3yrs/12 mills

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  • almostchamp

    yeah i like that bynum will make the difference just get rid of luke and vlad and get pietrus he is not happy with the warriors besides he play D and shoot.

  • DCLAKER

    How about trading Vlad and C.Karl for Haslem.

  • daboss1849

    If we could unload walton in the deal and pick up a first round draft pick i would do it…

  • DCLAKER

    Jerry West would’ve done it after the Finals and if y’all don’t believe me,ask Eddie Jones and Nick van Exel after the series with Utah in ’98 or ’99.

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

    [Comment ID #41246 Will Be Quoted Here]
    You have the right idea my man ‘xtro’

  • tradekwame11

    Odom and Walton = Jefferson 1st round pick (10th pick)

  • killo

    I bet walton would pop one when he hears this rumor haha. I think its an okay trade. I personally like odom on are team and I would prefer if he stayed. Ron artest would be a benefit for our team but I don’t think we could get him. The rumors that we explode and expand are the deals that don’t usually go down. So we can’t get our hopes up….plus bynum is coming back so we need to see how we do before we do anything. I’d rather have marion then jefferson as well. He is like lo and artest together. He can defend the 1,2, and 3. He can score. He is a pretty decent passer. He’s like a prince with a weird shot lol

  • http://mcjerome.weebly.com Addicted-to-lakers

    GOD NO WAY!!!DONT TRADE ODOM FOR RJ,RJ CANNOT DEFENT BIGGER FORWARDS…LAKERS CAN GET SHAWN MARION…MARION IS A DEFENDER,HE IS A GREAT REBOUNDER,HE RUNS FAST AND HE SHOOTS SOMETIMES…OKAY.

  • http://deleted berks24

    you like artest very much,and I’m not the best fit to trade odom is elton his also 6 10 or matrix his talented,but I’m ok with rj yes odom has a length but I’m sick of him if he doesn’t make those open lay-up atleast rj could have dunk and bring it to their face that’s entairtaining.weve been wit odom 4years and he played w/ mvp type superstar.and gasol lets give rj a chance he’s fun to watch either than odom.for me as a fun I like entertainment aside from winning.lets bring back showtime lakers.bynum/gasol/rj/kobe/turiaf/ariza/mbenga haha!championship+entertainment =NBA

  • mauriceaj

    no!!!! Don’t trade Odom.
    Odom>Jefferson
    He is a better rebounder, a better passer.
    Hell Jefferson doesn’t have a good jumpshot…..LO is just the better player
    DON’T TRADE ODOM

  • Fantastic5LAL

    Jefferson and their 2nd rd pick.

    Then draft Joey Dorsey, DJ White, or Nathan Jawai with pick 40

    Then draft DeMarcus Nelson or Richard Hendrix with our 58 pick

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