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Thanks to JCool, we have another rumor to digest. This has no substantiation meaning, no reporter, news organization nor radio station has even mentioned this. But, it has “intrigue value,” which simply means, in my book, it made me say, uhm!
Here’s the rumor. Lakers trade Kwame, Farmar, Mo, and a 2008 #1 to Milwaukee for Yi and Bobby Simmons.
Seeing as we have little else to talk about, I decided to do a little research on the players involved in this trade.
First of all Yi. This has been a “what if” possibility since the Bucks drafted him. From the very beginning, Yi’s people were very clear, NO MILWAUKEE! But the Bucks foolishly didn’t listen and now have a problem… Yi won’t sign. So what do the Buck’s do? They trade him. But you have a problem. As the #6 pick in the draft, Yi’s trade value has been set by CBA rules, a little over a mil. Not much for a player with such potential. So what does a team do to compensate for the loss of trade value? You throw in someone with a lousy contract and look for takers. In comes Bobby Simmons, 9 to 10 mil for 3 more years.
Don’t get me wrong, Simmons is a fine player. But he did miss all of last year to a foot/ankle injury. He’s on track to play this year. Attached is a article from his signing with the Bucks and maybe, why they would pay him so much. (Remember, he was a 42 pick in the draft)
Did they over pay him for 5 years/47 mil? Sure they did. But he IS a promising talent — Athletic, good defender, excellent rebounder, an elite three point shooter. He’s what the Lakers were hoping Devean George to be. Actually, he’s more like Caron Butler, you know, the guy we traded away. He does have all star potential, and is being paid like one, even though not having that privilege yet.
Does this potential trade make sense? Maybe. Ever since Slava Medvedenko left the Lakers, Phil Jackson, has had a large hole left in his heart for a seven footer who can shoot from the outside. Vladimir Radmanovic has not satisfied that hunger in PJ’s heart. Maybe Yi can do it?
We have Luke Walton and Vladimir at the 3, so why Simmons? Because he is so much better at that position than what we got. That leaves us with 3 three’s for 20 mil. Way too much. Someone has to go. Not necessarily. Simmons can play the 2 as well behind Kobe.
Yi is a future project, coveted by many a GM.. Simmons can help now. Absolutely a third scorer that we all want and need. Coupled with Kobe and Lamar Odom, he would excel in our system.
This has a recipe for a win-win situation. Making a good pot of chile for Mitch has been troublesome. He might just have the right ingredients now. Add some spiced Weber to the pot, and we might have the right stuff to compete in the Big Chile Cook Off, the NBA Playoffs.