I noticed this from the SacBee blog today. Interesting stuff. Amick claims Artest could be traded very soon as well.

Sacramento Bee: I’ve been told by numerous reliable people that it could happen quickly and that the Kings have already received calls from some of the expected pursuers of the small forward. The Lakers rang with no call back as yet from the Kings, and it appears the pieces in that possible deal have not changed.

The Lakers are willing to offer forward Lamar Odom, but the question is whether they’re willing to take on the contract of forward Kenny Thomas (two seasons, approximately $18 million left).

  • e-bucher

    that trade goes through…bb turiaf

  • shakobe

    do it mitch and resign sasha……………. and please dump dj, luke, vladi, chris, and bring back sasha….

  • DCLAKER

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    I’d rather do Vlad for Keyon Dooling and JJ Redick than this trade.

  • David

    I don’t see the trade happening any other way. Kenny Thomas pulled a Luke Walton. He was half way decent until he got his extension. Now that Ronny is gone though it might not be that bad of a trade.

  • nyla

    Not after what he did. No thank you!

  • T.A.

    Has anyone heard this rumor??

    read it this morning

    Odom & Sasha for Josh Smith

    Hawks would sign and trade him

  • kPoAbUe

    T.A.
    Jul 9th, 2008 at 10:03 am
    Has anyone heard this rumor??

    read it this morning

    Odom & Sasha for Josh Smith

    Hawks would sign and trade him

    i like that trade.

  • LakersFirst

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    That’s a good point about Kenny Thomas. Now that Turiaf could leave, the lakers will need a backup power forward.

    By giving up LO, the Lakers could acquire the physical perimeter defender that they need and a back up power forward. The big road block would be the fact that Kenny Thomas is set to make $8.5M AFTER next year, which doesn’t the help the Lakers and the luxury tax situation.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

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    They will make the luxury tax back in ticket sales.

    I don’t want to hear the woes of luxury tax from them ;)

  • Greg Wright

    Now that Sac has signed Ronnie. The Lakers should sign Ronnie and then trade him to SAC for Artest.

  • kPoAbUe
  • Short Diezel

    This sounds like a decent trade except for the 9 mil going to Kenny Thomas for 2 seasons.. but I would pull the trigger

  • LakersFirst

    [Comment ID #44240 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t know you worked for the privately held company, the Los Angeles Lakers. Since you do, you know their financial situation better than all of us.

    Let’s face it man, no one here knows the Lakers what the Lakers organization make in a year and no one know here knows their profitability.

    If you don’t mind about the luxury tax situation, then I’m sure you’re not concerned with the fact that they are way over the salary cap, which prevents the Lakers from acquiring any major free agents, but I’m sure you won’t mind if the Lakers have a roster of $90M+ like the Knicks with zero flexibility.

  • D Lo

    9 million for 2 years to KT is a bummer but hey it becomes an expiring deal after this coming season so if Buss is willing to keep shelling out the dough we can perhaps get yet another piece with that expiring deal.:)

    …or they’ll just trade him for picks or let him walk. either way, i’d do this deal.

  • kb24bestever

    please mitch dont do it.
    its not gonna help us at all

  • xtro

    Do it Mitch!!! Defense wins championships!

  • Motown

    Artest would be a good addition, but taking back Kenny Thomas would probably be a deal breaker, with bad contracts like Luke and Rad, the Lakers already appear more worried to overpay Turiaf and Sasha, so taking on an obviously overpayed Thomas, something just seems unlikely about that to me

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    [Comment ID #44248 Will Be Quoted Here]
    I was being sarcastic of course…

    Most people ignore the Salary Cap in trade situations. I don’t claim – nor am I an expert – at the Salary Cap. However, I DO KNOW FOR A FACT Jerry Buss will pay out – over the cap – if it brings us a championship or two…

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com/HeadlineStories.asp?lc=NBA&c=1&TEAM_ID=&PLAYER_ID=&hd=20080630#STORY_9810 lakers-r-pimpilicous

    [Comment ID #44231 Will Be Quoted Here]

    if this is possible i agree, but cmon fat chance that would trade JOSH SMITH for LO

  • lskerfan567

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    when does kenny thomas contract expire?
    when D wade and lebron james are free agents
    2010 one of the greatest free agents class

  • thisbedo

    where have you heard this rumor? i would love to read about it myself and i would do it sorry lo you dont live up to the hype!

  • Lakerfan101
  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    Ugh, I want to keep Odom.. but we need a perimeter defender AND a backup power forward(Kenny Thomas).

    Man I have no idea what I would do. Good luck Mitch.

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    Ugh, I want to keep Odom.. but we need a perimeter defender AND a backup power forward(Kenny Thomas).

    Man I have no idea what I would do. Good luck Mitch.

  • lskerfan567

    59 lakers-r-pimpilicous
    Jul 9th, 2008 at 11:04 am
    Fantastic5LAL on July 9, 2008 at 9:58 am said:

    Brandon Bass (Limited Salary Protection)
    Kwame Brown
    Ryan Gomes
    Kurt Thomas
    Dikembe Mutumbo
    Carl Landry
    Patrick O Bryant
    PJ Brown
    David Harrison
    Paul Davis
    Nick Fazekas
    Chris Richard
    Lorenzen Wright
    Primoz Brezec
    Francisco Elson
    Undrafted Free agent

    Just some names

    the names on top are the one’s id prefer

    A guy that i think is very underated and that nobody mentioned is Josh Childress, this boy is bad and hes only 25, he went to stanford so hes a cali kid, we could sign him easy
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=2373

    lakers-r-pimpilicous IS RIGHT JOSH CHILDRESS IS VERY UNDERATED

  • Dante
  • mike

    yes likes thiz trade make it happen mitch

  • Diehardfan

    Taking on another big contract? Why would the lakers do this? The kings would be getting a better rebounder and someone who is younger. In turn we get a great defensive player who has more toughness than Odom. I would say that is an even trade. Especially since they both are expiring contract players.

  • daboss1849

    Mitch you will be gm of the year if u can pull this off. Not only can artest dominate at the 3 he could back kobe up and then trevor can play the 3 and then we can let Sasha go also. Do it mitch and do it now!!!

  • lskerfan567

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    hmmmmmm

  • tl
  • Dante
  • PeanutButterSpread

    Repeat after me: Say no to Ron Artest.

    At least for now.

    Seriously, let’s first see how well the foursome of LO, Kobe, Pau, and Bynum workout before we start shipping ppl out.

  • lakerschamps08

    wow idk bout this trade… but we c wat happens. i know boss48 will be mad if this trade happens… lol

  • phill

    i hope this trade happens….lamar needs to be traded.

  • BringDFishBack

    What does it take for you guys to believe that Odom won’t be traded? Do they actually have to come out and say he won’t? Oh wait, they already did that.

  • http://myspace.com/lakerspau Lakerspau24

    keep odom espn has proved that odom is a better shooter and he could take it to the rim artest needs at least 15 shots to get his 20 points odom could just shoot 8 and have 20 points ODOM IS STAYING IN L.A.

  • pjt

    Would Sac do a trade with the Lakers? To get Artest we would have to sacrifice a Farmar, or a Ariza sort of player, or maybe even Odom, does Sac want Odom? Even if the Lakers would have to take on a 2nd player’s contract, this would be a good trade…

  • RoCa24

    The only players that we have to ship out are mihm, mbenga,newble,vlad-rad and maybe luke. Instead we can add artest or josh smith, francisco elson, posey or bring back either mo evans or d-george,these two guys know bout the triangle offense and and knock ot 3 pointers.

  • RoCa24

    Vlad-Rad and Mihm for Artest, Dante you’re a Genius!

  • Sako

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    hahaha, i highly doubt the Queens are that stupid

  • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo i love odom

  • e

    i love odom, but im all for this trade

  • D Lo

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    ESPN has proved that a PF gets more points on less shots BECAUSE HE’S ALWAYS NEAR THE BASKET!!!

    Jesus christ people you cannot compare a SF to a PF with stats. It’s moronic.

  • D Lo

    sorry, **proven.

    i’d much rather have a guy that brings it every night and is consistent and plays D than a friggin ADD air head with all the talent in the world but only shows it once a week.

  • Dracul

    If the Lakers wait another year, they can get Artest for free essentially (meaning they wont have to trade anyone for him). Odom should be kept, the guy is still young and he can still get you 14ppg. If anything, he can come off the bench.

  • yellowpurplefever

    That rumor on Josh Smith is Awesome. Mitch do it or the Clippers will. Josh is young and athletic also lefty for a lefty, perfect. Can we throw in V-lady for Childress

  • lskerfan567

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    we better make this trade or at least trade for childress

  • Shaq786

    BEST CASE SCENARIO: lamar for artest and sheldan williams!

  • DCLAKER

    Here’s another guy nobody even thought about…..MATT BARNES,HMMM!

  • daboss1848

    whats to think about . . . another SF?

    focus on needs

  • lakerferlife7

    wow when the fuk does lo consitantly score 20 points…..and wit artest his defense will cause more turnovers and bad shots which means he can shoot those 6 extra shots to score 20……LAMAR HAS PROVEN HE ISNT SMART ENOUGH FOR THE TRIANGLE BRING IN ARTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://lakers.com lakers625

    KEEP LO…

    TRADE WALTON, MIHM, KARL, BHENGA, RAD FOR ARTEST AND THOMAS!!!!!!!!!

  • DCLAKER

    They take one of ours….WE TAKE ONE THEIRS,KELENNA AZUBUIKE?!?

  • david

    getting artest would be great but not likely but the barnes scenario sound like a good we already have two bruins on our team why not a third

  • lakers4life

    lo and sasha for josh smith is the worst trade ever

  • lakers4life
  • Dante

    Even though everyone says that we are overloaded at the shooting forward spot, we still need a real shooting forward!!! Lamar is too inconsistant and can’t spread the floor in the triangle because he lacks the three point shot but he a great rebounder. Ariza is an athletic, local guy with a lot of potential but he can’t shoot the three either. Vlad can drain threes but sucks at defense and pretty much everything else. Luke is average on a good day at about everything he does. I think we should trade vlad because he is the worst. Keep Luke and Ariza as backups and try to see how lamar does at the three spot. Who knows, maybe with pau and bynum he succeeds. Just give it one more year and we will have 15 million off the books right there!

  • freddy b

    I THINK THE LAKERS SHOULD GO HARD AFTER POSEY,IF WE CAN GET HIM,THER WOULD BE NO NEED FOR ARTEST…BESIDES I’M NOT CRAZY ABOUT LOSING ODOM…HE HAS MULTIPLE SKILLS, REBOUNDS LEAD THE BREAK,SLASH, CAN SEE THE FLOOR, HE WORKS WELL WITH PAU IN THE HIGH LO OFFENSE…ARTEST IS BETTER AT DEFENSE AND THAT’S ABOUT IT…I ALSO THINK IF ARTEST GET INTO THAT L.A. LIMELIGHT HE COULD BE TROUBLE, HE LOVES THE ATTENTION AND HE LOVE THE MEDIA…IF HE THINK HE’S THE REASON THAT L.A WINS A TITLE NEXT YEAR, WATCH OUT!
    POSEY IS A PROVEN DEFENDER WITHOUT ALL THE HYPE…PROVEN ROLE PLAYER ON 2 TITLE TEAMS.

    GET POSEY…KEEP RONNY…KEEP LAMAR…LATER SASHA

  • lskerfan567

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    GET JOSH CHILDRESS….GET BRANDON BASS….
    TTheres some many option and ifs thats could happen and the thing is that the biggest move that lakers are gonna make is most likely resigning sasha and turiaf

  • http://getgasol.com getgasol

    We CAN NOT give up Odom yet. Not for anyone. We have to see our big 4 together in action first. If we don’t get it done this year, Artest is a free agent next year and we can get him without sacrificing any players.

    If we can get Artest without losing any of our big 4, we can talk.

  • Nocturnal Dream

    Artest = Poison.

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