Former LA Times Lakers reporter, Mark Heisler, now works over at Sheridanhoops.com
In a recent column he explains that the Lakers didn’t get such a bad deal after all. In regards to the new CBA that the players and owners have agreed to.
Heisler points out that the NBA did not get a full ban on sign-and-trades. With that being said it gives the Lakers room to work with their fortune and still sign big time Free Agents.
When the NBA couldn’t get a full ban on sign-and-trades, it left his Lakers in position to pull off a coup they’re dreaming of, which would make signing LeBron James pale by comparison.
If Dwight Howard and Chris Paul wind up on the market — a safe assumption as far as I’m concerned — the Lakers could offer Andrew Bynum for Dwight and Pau Gasol for CP3, or vice versa.
Nothing says that they will be enough to land either player, but it should put the Lakers in the running for both.
(Oh, and Dwight likes the Lakers. Asked which All-Star he would most like to play with last season, he answered “Kobe Bryant.”)
It would seem that landing both guys would be a pipe dream. One or the other may be more realistic.
Would you rather have Dwight Howard or Chris Paul? More importantly who are you willing to give up to attain one or the other?