UPDATE: Here are some of the Lakers reactions to the Melo-for-Bynum rumors:

Kobe: “They’re rumors, so we don’t really deal with the unknown. That’s (Bynum) our biggest strength… our size.” (via Kevin Ding)

Phil: “I haven’t given it a second thought … I haven’t even entertained it.” (via Mike Trudell)

Bynum: “I just keep playing. That’s all I can do. It’s happened before … I just have to keep playing basketball, can’t worry about it.” (via Mike Trudell)

Artest (on Charlotte rumors): “That’s a rumor? That’s not my expertise. My expertise is defense.” (via Kevin Ding)

By all indications, a Melo to L.A. deal seems to be quite a long shot…

UPDATE: It’s been about 24 hours since news broke of a potential Bynum-for-Melo deal. We’re still not sure about everything going on behind closed doors, but here’s the latest on what we do know for sure:

  • Sources are saying that the Lakers have not made an official offer yet.
  • According to Ric Bucher, the Lakers front office is divided on dealing Bynum, namely Jim Buss, who drafted Bynum back in ’05.
  • There are conflicting reports (via unnamed sources, of course): One source told ESPNLA that the deal was off and would not happen; another source said talks have continued. We won’t pretend to know who’s telling the truth.
  • Anthony and his wife LaLa Vasquez purchased a home in Los Angeles last summer, leading to speculation that Carmelo would be likely to sign an extension to stay in L.A.
  • The Nuggets are also talking with the Knicks and T-Wolves about a potential 3-way deal that would send Carmelo to New York. According to the New York Daily News, MSG chairman James Dolan and Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke have directly entered the negotiations, a sign that discussions are likely getting serious.
  • The Lakers did in fact reach out to the Bobcats about dealing Artest (potentially for Wallace or Jackson), but Charlotte’s interest disappeared when Ron publicly confirmed he wanted to stay in Los Angeles.

Out of Bounds columnist Jason Riley explains why he thinks the Lakers should deal Bynum:

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Voice of the Nation Host David Brickley weighs in on all the trade rumors:

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OPINION: Sifting through the ‘Melo to L.A. rumors has been quite a task today. Everyone has an opinion – or two, or three…

So, here’s mine… well, kind of.

As I mentioned on my Twitter this morning, you make trades specifically to fix holes and cover weaknesses. So far this season, and despite their size advantage over most opponents, the Lakers issues have been directly related to their inability to defend the paint and control that area of the floor.

Does ‘Melo help the Lakers plug that hole? Absolutely not.

Secondly, you have to think about the Boston Celtics – the favorites to come out of the East. If you take away Bynum’s presence (if healthy) vs. Boston, the Lakers (even with Anthony) become a jump shooting team. The Celtics will dominate the paint, win the battle on the glass (decisively) and neutralize Gasol much of the same way they did a couple of Sunday’s ago, and back in ’08.

Having said that…

I’m not in the “Bynum is the future” camp. In what world do athletes knees get stronger and more reliable as time goes on? If ‘Drew is having regular knee issues (and surgeries) in his early twenties, what are the chances that will magically stop happening in his mid-late 20′s? 1/1,000? 1/10,000? At some point, you have to stop citing potential and examine what’s right in front of you.

Can you imagine a day when the Andrew Bynum led Lakers go deep into the playoffs behind his dominance?

(Silence)

Me neither.

So, the question really is: Do you trade an injury-prone, but talented, big guy for a bonified 26-year old superstar? If that is the deal being offered (complete speculation of course), I think, well… 49% No, 51% Yes, and I can still be convinced one way or the other.

I can, however, be close to 100% sure that, despite all of today’s fireworks, the Lakers will still be playing well into June… without Carmelo Anthony.

———-

UPDATE: According to our buddy Kurt Helin, the Lakers recently (key word: recently) turned down a Carmelo for Bynum trade offer. Here’s what Kurt had to say about Frank Isola’s report:

Jim Buss — the son of owner Jerry Buss and the guy who is the real day-to-day head of the Lakers basketball-side operations — turned down a Carmelo Anthony for Andrew Bynum trade, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily Times. He says that Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant were dismayed.

To eliminate any confusion, there are no reports thus far that the Lakers have turned down this morning’s offer specifically. Stay tuned…

(Read the original report after the jump)

BREAKING: According to ESPN, the Lakers have officially inquired about Carmelo Anthony. Per Chris Broussard, the package would be built strictly around Andrew Bynum. Sources insist that the Nuggets simply aren’t interested in Ron Artest or Lamar Odom.

It’s worth noting that the Nuggets are also in talks with Minnesota and New York regarding a 3-way deal that would land Anthony with the Knicks — meaning this story could simply be Denver trying to gain some leverage in those discussions. I can’t see too many scenarios where the Nuggets would gift wrap their superstar to the team that has beat them up for the past few years.

However, this is the NBA, and crazier things have happened…

We’ll be keeping tabs on this story throughout the day, so tune it to our Facebook and Twitter for updates as they become available. You can also keep up with the latest Carmelo discussion in our Forums.

Would you trade Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony?

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  • Socal.s

    Do it.

    • MECKA

      dont do it.

      • the lakers rock!!!!!!

        don’t do it. The lakers have never had to built a super team to win. Taking drew out will limit our lenght in the paint making us unable to defeat boston. This team can win as it is, if it ain’t broken, then for f$%k’s sake don’t fix it, we are just lazy now, this team will 3peat as it is

        • Slick Vic

          Agree, we need bigs! That is one of our advantages…

          • kobe-wan kenobi

            lol we need bigs
            we need bigs that are not always fukking injured
            i am tired of his glass knees
            melo is a superstar fukk bynum that probably will be injured anyways come june

  • 151rummer

    Would it be for more than the remaining of this year? Or would it just be a rental of Carmelo till the end of the season? Bynum has potential, just cant stay healthy

  • CarmeLA

    Bynum, Artest, and Walton for Carmelo and Nene

    • Angelo

      This woud work perfectly.

      • LakersThe2010Champs

        I agree. That’s good for both teams.

    • Jeremy

      The nuggets arent interested in Artest. Bynum for Melo with Walton thrown in to balance out money.

      • jaydubb415

        If we can get this done today so melo can get a practice before we play boston and i still don’t know if they would play him but melo is 26 still young his wife lala wants to be in a big market city hey can’t get no bigger than ”L A”even if kobe is here melo can still thrive with kobe bynum is young but we can back into draft or free-agency n get a big.I know some people want like us giving up a young big but hell we play 65% of our schedule with out bynum anyway atleast the last few years.Kobe is not getting any younger this keeps him fesh for a few extra years.

      • jaydubb415

        What if denver wants bynum and then ask ” can i get a hot tub”what should we do ”act like a good neighbor”?

    • jaydubb415

      Take artest out there i understand his game has been way off this year but if it is bynum then you want to keep artest we need some defense after losing bynum n depending on a sometimes soft pau we will depend on artest defense to make up a little for bynum.

      • seperate the winners from the pretenders

        iknew this might happen after we picked up artest The one negative about having artest over ariza…artest has little to no trade value had this been an ariza and bynum swap for melo it would be a done deal

    • yolanda

      thatrs the best dealive heard since talk started

      • MAS

        this one is retarded. no one in the nba wants luke walton and clearly the nuggets dont want ron artest. nene is ballin right now. they wouldnt do it you crazy delusional people

    • wtf

      i doubt they would wanna give up nene. bynum and walton is all i’d be willing to offer if i were the lakers.

    • justin Weathers

      NeNe gets injured all the time too..

  • Angelo

    We need to get another big back. We’ll be too stacked at SF.

    • Kobe4Life

      I totally agree! At first I though this would be a great trade, but now that I think about it we loose size, and that’s a BIG problem! Boston is probably pulling for this trade to happen, so they don’t have to worry about the Lakers Bigs in the Finals. I say look for scoring in other directions, like find a way to persue Jackson or Wallace from Charlotte, or watch Detroit carefully and see if they release “Rip” so we can pick him up to add to our bench!

  • Lakerso0828

    I Would Do it

  • Erik555

    I don’t think Nuggets would take just bynum. I think we would have to give up maybe Shannon Brown too.

    • Lakerso0828

      or how about Luke walton

      • king-manu

        no one wants luke!

      • yolandabryant

        bynum and walton for carmelo and nene is great as long as we gain anthony he’s great

    • jaydubb415

      Not going to happen we give shannon they give lawson or they can rumage thru somebody else on our roster take fucking blake sorry fucking ass what aq fucking mistake a mistake that i called as soon as it happen got to see him first hand in portland n the only games blake did get amped up to play n play well was us n the rest of the NBA he wasn’t good for shit.

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  • jaydubb415

    How long is ratliff out not like theo is that shut down defender just on his size n not to put it all on pau but yes we would need a big n i doubt they would throw in nene unless we give them luke n artest on top of bynum n that might not be enough to get nene unless we can get a 3-team deal?

  • Braden

    melo and birdman for bynum, walton, and shannon brown. hurts to lose shannon brown, I love watching that guy. but i’d love to see birdman and melo in laker’s uniforms

    • PHATIUS

      thats a good one. id take it.

      • jaydubb415

        Me to nice won the bird would fly in the LAX. All day

        • Cesar Dexter Lopez

          i’ll say melo nene and billups for brown,blake and bynum and walton

          • Ameer

            i said jr smith, melo, and neneand for brown,bynum,walton,and artest
            or
            jr,melo,nene, biliups for brown,bynum,walton, artest, fisher or blake

    • the lakers rock!!!!!!

      F@#k the bird man, I hate that dude, he can stay in denver, this team can win as it is, we can’t sacrifice lenght, boston will kill us in the finals without lenght, lenght is the reason we won last year.

    • ilikebasketball

      don’t make me throw up.

      i dont want birdman anywhere near our team

      ARE YOU GUYS CRAZY.

      WE NEED A SMALL FAST PG!!!

      NOT A BIG MAN OR A SF.

      REMEMBER WHAT WE NEED.

      also it says in the article… this may be a three team deal with the knicks.

      WHO CAN WE GET FROM THE KNICKS THAT IS A PG????

  • PHATIUS

    ratlif should be practicing soon but on back on the court im not sure. if we do take melo we’d have to lose either, ron, matt, shannon, or luke. but no one wants luke. if we don’t move any of them then ron, matt, and shannon are going to get a huge decrease in minutes if any. maybe we could move one of them plus one of our dinosaur bigs for another big. from what i hear its possible knicks wanna get in the mix. i really want turiaf back.

    • jaydubb415

      Why do you want turiaf back first he was dumb for leaving ”i know can’t fault him for getting paid thats true”but ive watched turiaf the last couple of years n he’s picked up some bad habits on defense from playing with golden st.n the knicks ,that bench motivator is old now.

      • PHATIUS

        haha i love ronny. i mean we need a big. i doubt we get pull nene. shelden williams? petro? but that birdman one that branden mentioned is good. haha.

        • jaydubb415

          Yea birdman is cool im obvious steal ”salty” on turiaf leaving us + that was kobe’s best friend on the team at that time to.But if we could get him for nothing would be cool but i would rather have birdman?

          • kobe-wan kenobi

            turiaf never did anything in his career since he left la
            he doesnt even play much

            i dont want him back he aint that great
            birdman is a much better player, not even close

  • Shane Bien

    My gut tells me that it would be a Bynum-Walton for Melo and Harrington swap so they can shed that MLE salary as well in this deal and reduce the liability by a couple years

  • Walton Hater

    Birdman has drug issues which is why he wants to be in a small market. On basketball skill alone I would love to have him but bringing him to LA is a problem waiting to happen. We’re probably going to end up with Al Harrington or Maybe we can trade for another big if there are any out there Gorta form the suns maybe.

    • jaydubb415

      So theres no drugs in denver or better drugs in L A ,wait i know that answer.But steal it would be easier for him to do drugs in a smaller market in LA a bigger market you have more eyes on you + a legitmate chance to win a ring if thats not motivation to stay clean what is?

  • Mr. Anonymous

    Even if Denver doesn’t want Ron, we’d have to get rid of him somehow. Maybe by using a third party. ‘Cause Ron wouldn’t be happy playing behind ‘Melo. Not to mention they wear the same jersey number.

    • Mr. Anonymous

      Or, what Denver can do is trade Carmelo and Al Harrington for Big Drew, Ron, and maybe a draft pick. Then, if they still don’t want Ron, they can then trade him to another team for a couple of draft picks. Either way, Dever’s future is looking bright and the Laker’s chances of threepeating are through the roof.

    • jaydubb415

      At this pont artest should shut up n hope he doesn’t get shipped off to basketball purgatory in cleveland or detroit at this point.Everybody plays their part n this team just ask his best friend lamar he should be pissed off at his own game if he was ”playing better”we could trade him off to another team for somebody more consistent.That way we all get what we want we get a player who can make a damm shot or two when needed n don’t mind playing their part he can be the man n start on a team where he is the go to guy or 2nd go to guy lol its just that team would probably suck lol.

  • Lakers fan

    I’d love to have Melo. If it does’t happen that fine because i like Bynum. Lakers just needs to play defence and get better shot selection. If LAKERS do get Melo will artest change his number 15 or is Melo going to pick 23.

  • king-manu

    Jim Buss — the son of owner Jerry Buss and the guy who is the real day-to-day head of the Lakers basketball-side operations — turned down a Carmelo Anthony for Andrew Bynum trade, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News (on twitter). He says that Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant were dismayed.

  • Lakers fan

    LAKERS NEED TO TRADE LUKE FOR ARIZA.
    BRING BACK TREVOR ARIZA

  • harmony_smurf

    Getting our future re-placement star while getting rid of a 7 foot liability would be a bigger heist than the Gasol trade. Additionally, this would shut down future attempts for Le-hype to get any titles! Could you guys imagine the finals with Kobe, Carmelo, and Gasol vs. Lebroom, Wade, and Bosh, that would be unreal :-)

  • king-manu

    why did they turned it down??? WHY???? damn!!!

  • Nick

    So let me get this straight….. A team with known pussies such as Gasol, Odom, Blake, Kobe…. is going to trade the 1 guy on their team who might not be a puss.The guy that doesn’t back down to the Perkins and Dwight Howards and other beasts in the NBA. If I could have any big man in the NBA to start a franchise with going forward I’de rank it like this.

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Dwight Howard
    3. Andrew Bynum
    4. Kevin Love
    5. Al Jefferson

    Carmelo is just like a SF version of Pau Gasol. As talented at his position as anybody in the League, but they both are allergic to playing defense one on one or in a team concept. To trade a 7’1 franchise center for a no defense punk like Carmelo would be a franchise ruining trade. PLEASE MAKE IT.

    • king-manu

      did u idiot just say that kobe is a puss??? are u out of your mind?

      • Nick

        ya he is horrified whenever he faces paul pierce the boa

        • HATER

          P.P. stands for Paul Pussbring him a fuckin wheelchair.

        • deerek

          … wow

        • SHOWTIME4EVA

          Give me a break you’ve lost any credibility you could of ever had commenting bullshit like that..and another thing, no one, NO ONE! Calls pierce “the boa”

    • rawnoyz

      since when is bynum a franchise player.. franchise players play more than 40 games a year.. thats like saying oden is a good back up center.

  • T

    Here’s the trade that works for both sides

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine

    • rondo

      To bad you are not the General Manager.

  • Vic The Brick’s illegitimate son!

    Without Bynum we have Pau stuck on center, thats how we lost to Boston in 2008….

    • tony S.

      stupidass but we’re gonna have melo YOU IDIOT

      • Vic The Brick’s illegitimate son!

        True, I’ve thought about this more. DO THE TRADE MR. BUSS! I’M FEELING YOU!

  • rondo

    Kobe got about two more years Phil is gone next year. Bynum is the Lakers guy. With Kobe and Pau getting most of the looks. The Lakers have yet been able to see what Bynum can do. It will really be a shame if they let him go and he turn out to be a great ballplayer. What would Bynum do if he had the same roles as Lopez of the Nets Cousins of the Kings and Bogart of the Bucks.He looks like a better player then all three of them. He has never had that chance.

    • rawnoyz

      you dont think they ever practice and have gasol and bynum on separate teams? ahhaa dont be a fool,, you either got it or you dont.

      • rondo

        You are the fucken fool wanting to trade a small no D foward for Bynum.

    • Gelo

      The real shame is that he has yet to play a full season of healthy bball. He’s struggling to play in his limited role I can’t imagine how he can physically handle playing 30-40 min per game for 82 games plus playoffs.

      • rondo

        Why can’t he get out of the past fool!

  • 1234567

    I definitely think the door for bynum is slowly closing more and more. Hes what like 23 years old and been in the league several years already, and still hasnt really blossomed into a dominant center. I understand their are some centers out there that will out due bynum, but I think by now, bynum should of dominated most of the centers in the league. So I wouldnt mind a melo trade for bynum, its just I dont see how it will work when if you dont trade ron (whether its to denver or not), that this Laker team will still be able to dominate or at least a cohesive unit. If it so happens that the Lakers work out a 3 team trade with lets say the Knicks, I wouldnt mind trying to get the likes of a Wilson Chandler (highly doubt it and I dunno his contract) or Aaron Afflalo. But dang I think we would be underman at the center position.

    • LkrFn4Lf

      I will listen to your argument once you learn how to properly speak English and figure out how to spell

      • tony S.

        WE WILL ALL LISTEN TO YOU WHEN YOU STOP BEING A PUZZY AND LEARN THAT IS A BLOG WHERE NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT SPELLING YOU IGNORANT FUKC

    • rondo

      Most of you guys are young fool who don’t know what the hell you are talking about.

  • Sir

    I’m not sure how I feel about this…. on one hand yes Bynum does get injured a lot, but on the other he has been the only Laker playing good, tough D lately. *sigh* If we were to trade Bynum I’d rather it be for Dwight Howard or some other really good big.

    • ignard

      think about this…..maybe, just maybe Howard will want to come play with Kobe, Melo and Gasol when his contract is up.

      • rondo

        Maybe he won’t!

      • no way

        Lakers wont have the money to afford Howard in 2012 without losing one or more guys you mention

  • rondo

    Teams would love to take that size advantage from the Lakers. Denver says yea give Bynum away!

  • king-manu

    u have to do it! nor for this year but for the future… if u get howard as a FA next year and have an old kobe but a melo and a howard in their prime! you have to do it!!

  • MeloPurp&Yellow

    I don’t know about that Frank guy, it’s coming from New York media, and he probably doesn’t want Melo here. Pau was traded during a road trip, hopefully Melo too.

  • xtro

    nooooooooooooooo!!!!! our strength is our length! no to melo for bynum.

    • MeloPurp&Yellow

      Our Length is very overrated. Bynum doesn’t even finish most games, it’s Pau and Lamar and they still will be here.

    • tony S.

      IDIOT WE NEED TO TRADE SOMEBODY FOR POST KOBE-ERA
      SCREW BYNUM

      • xtro

        so you’re sacrificing this season, sacrificing the 3-peat for the future. baboso.

      • rondo

        You sound more like the Idiot. Screw you sucker!

  • Dragon

    Get rid of Bynum we can always go for another big later on. Get Melo but honestly I don’t see anything happening its just speculation we won’t know until it really happen and it shows up on the news.

  • Gugy

    Not sure if trading Bynum for Melo is that great. Sure Melo would be great and add on the offensive weapons and keep the Lakers contending for at least another 4 years.
    Bynum is huge asset for his size and if we play the C’s we will need him. On the other hand we have the injuries issues that have been a problem since he became a player.
    Unless we can get Nene to help Pau and Odom, not sure if I would do this trade.
    Tough call here.

    • Jonathan

      I agree with you 100% Sure this trade sounds good initially but once you delve a little deeper into who you’re trading for, Bynum’s size and defense are intangibles that are necessary for us to 3peat. The only thing that makes the Lakers so unguardable is their overwhelming size and length and not to mention Kobe Bryant. I’m also really hesitant to pull this trigger knowing that although we acquire a dynamic scorer, we also let go one of our biggest assets on defense.

      And defense WINS championships when its all said and done.

      Tough call here.

      • Alisa

        I couldn’t AGREE with you more. A straight up Melo and Bynum deal is not gonna cut it. IF they can somehow include Nene or some other big man in the mix then the Lakers may be more inclined to pull the trigger knowing how thin our Frontcourt Defense is going to be IF this trade materializes.

        I still like our chances with our current roster but if you have the opportunity to take on one of the most explosive scorers in the game today for a good(but not great) and an often injury prone center?

        • Jonathan

          That is exactly what I’m saying. I’m still a little torn whether or not it this is the best time to take apart the biggest strength of the team which is our size and defense.

          In all honesty, NOBODY in the NBA can match up with the frontcourt rotation of Andrew, Pau, and Lamar. You’ve got 3 legitimate 7 footers each with unique offensive/defensive styles to their game. And it is not often when you have the luxury of a true back to the basket center and wreaking havoc in the paint as well as making it difficult for the opposition to score on transition.

          Granted, Melo is a great scorer and an explosive player. I have nothing against his overall offensive game although his defensive prowess may need a little attention. However if there is someway we can get a dependable big man to include in this trade like Nene or Birdman to replace Bynum then I’m all for this trade.

          But trading Bynum for Melo straight up is a risk nonetheless for both teams but more so to the Lakers cause that would mean they are going to rely more on a shooting and transition type game as opposed to their “feed the post” type of mentality.

          • Sung

            What if we get another team involved and acquire someone like serge ibaka in the middle???

  • Anna

    I’d give up some pussy to get melo on our team. do it mitch

    • rawnoyz

      i happen to know jimbo personally.. give it up!

    • ignard

      classy

      • Heat Haterz

        If that was a dirty joke, that would be awesome for the Lakers. They don’t have to give Bynum, just some pus** for the Nuggets’ Thuggets!!!

  • Ronin99

    Pull the trigger…do it!

  • Daboss1848

    starting lineup:

    kobe
    artest
    melo
    lamar
    pau

    that will get it done fuck fisher and his non jumping can’t make a layup ass

    • tony S.

      YOU SHOULD SHUT THE FUKC NEXT TIME YOU TALK ABOUT FISHER YOU INGORANT PIECE OF SHITT HES ALL PLAYOFFS

      • daboss1848

        “INGORANT” thank you, you just made me laugh all day…

      • rondo

        Tony S you are a stupid mother!

    • daboss1848

      i laughing too

      • 33LALAKERS

        LOL, what the heck is, “I laughing too”

        • daboss1848

          for u english majors, it’s i am laughing too . . . its an inside shoutout to a TLN fan who is no longer with us (thanks for dredging up memories of long ago.

  • TripleOcho24

    Hell yeah we should do this trade and if we need eventually need a big man just resign Pau’s bro next season

  • c-los

    i wouldnt do it we need bynum in the playoffs!!! plus we would be too stacked at the samll forward plus melo aint no defender ,pau cant handle being a center that how we lost in 08 we would be top thin ,all of you guys saying we need to get get rid of andrew are idiots,we need he size!!!!

    • UK LAKER FAN

      melo dosent play defense

      • Sung

        melo has become a better on ball defender as he has shown by guarding kobe bryant in the playoffs, and plus, melo is rebounding 8+ boards a game this season.

  • rawnoyz

    this is a no brainer – if youre the FO of the Lakers, you do this trade. Sure everybody’s matched up to go against the Lakers, but you throw a monkey wrench in there and you just got everybody fucced! The Lakers’ problem is the lack of speed, athleticism, excitement and Melo is a guy that can get other guys going. The Lakers made it to the finals in 08 with Gasol as C, they can do it again in the West. OUr length is overrated and against Celts and Heat this year, our length didnt do shit. Plus next year the lakers can hunt for DHoward. It’s time to move on.

    • rawnoyz

      and besides, it aint even sure bynum will be healthy during the post season when players get rough!

      • Ruin818

        The Lakers are a great team right now but nobody is playing up to their potential and they desperately need that spark to get them going and I think this trade would do more than that. If we could get Melo for Bynum, that would open up one problem but solve most of our issues along with future issues which is a big one, if not the biggest.. which is Who is gonna be our franchise player when Kobe’s contract is up?? Bynum?? You really want to build around a guy who “can” be good instead of guy who is ‘already’ great and is only gonna get better?? Its just good to see that the front office is coming to its senses.. it may not be this trade, but Bynum needs to go. He’s not gonna get the touches he needs to get better until Kobe and Gasol are gone which is not gonna happen for another 3+ years and maybe more.. then when they’re gone, we’re gonna expect him to be great.. he needs to to go a team that will let him be the focal point now, and we need a player that can be the focal point whenever he gets the chance.. and that’s not Bynum.. But it sounds like Melo.

        • Vic The Brick’s illegitimate son!

          Nicely said! GET MELO NOW!

        • no way

          the focal point of our player is KOBE, not some scrub defenseless SF that will leave paul pierce take over the game. The trade will be good after this season, but when Phil and Kobe are still here

      • Sung

        i absolutely agree with you… I have been telling my friends that I miss Trevor Ariza the most who broght slashing, cutting, and activity; we need speed and athleticim most definitely. With Melo on board, there are so many things we can achieve. Moreover, lakers can acquire defensive minded center any time. someone like serge ibaka!

  • i0ioooooi0i

    try to get melo AND nene back.
    .
    anyone else here about this ric bucher report? Artest to the Bobcats for either S-Jax OR Gerald Wallace?

    • rawnoyz

      gerald wallace in a heart beat! forget s-jax, that dude is poison.

  • rawnoyz

    ok, so it says “recently” turned down bynum-melo, but theres more going on this morning.. this is good news.

  • Laker4Life

    The only way I would trade bynum for melo is if we get dwight in the future. If we lose bynum we will lose a guy that blocks shots and defends well.

    • LizzakeShizzow

      Agreed. Would you accept the trade now if Nene was somehow thrown in and we gave up Walton, Brown and/or Artest (even though they initially said they dont want Artest). I’d do it. We just need a big at the 5 spot. Gasol is the man but he would get worked too often by other true bigs.

    • rondo

      Laker fans think they have Dewitt Howard in the bag. Maybe you are counting your eggs before they hatch.

      • 242LakerFan

        That’s when you’re supposed to count them, before they’re broken into little pieces and you have a bunch of chickens.
        It’s “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch” not eggs.

        • TOUCHING_MYSELF

          CLASSIC!

      • kev

        worry about your own team say goodbye to big perk!

  • meaudi

    Lakerz are stupid if they turned down this offer

  • kobefinalmvp2011

    let get this shit done we need melo, byrum alway hurt

  • ek

    This sounds like complete BS, just a bunch of rumors, like when we wanted to getgarnett…dont beleive anything you read its just bologne!

  • Jesse

    Its amazing what a year will do to a guy. This was brought up last year when he went down with a mnor knee injury and I said now would be a good time to make a trade including Bynum. People commented on how dumb that idea was because of a minor knee problem but later in the season Bynum went down with a serious knee injury. Bynum is having trouble staying healthy! He has already had two knee surgeries and problems with his ankles and he is only 23 years old. The older he gets the more those injuries will start to slow him down. He hasn’t show to be a consistnt dominant force in the middle. If we could trade bynum and someone else and get Melo and a defensive minded big man in return I would say lets do it. Building around someone like Bynum won’t secure future titles.

  • purple-n-gold

    if denvertakes bynum , that means lakers have to sign some other big man cuz theo ratlif is just defense. have denver trow in birdman that would be nice .

  • Jsmoove

    Breaking News!!

    Yahoo.com reports Los Angeles Lakers have traded Andrew Bynum, Luke Walton and Derrick Caracter to the Denver Nuggets in return for Nene and Carmelo Anthony.

    Source: http://www.yahoo.com/nba

    • Jsmoove

      “The trade will become official by the end of today” One League Source has stated.

      • double

        I wish… and I hate you.

  • Jay T

    Disaster ready to happen…. no way Denver takes just an injury prone player for a All Star player. Crack? And whom will Gasol stop by himself….? MarshMelo has never won anything…… FYI

  • harmony_smurf

    Do it, before Bynum gets injured again.

  • DCLakeshow

    If we had a physical, energetic backup big man (I.E. Ronnie Turiaf, Joakim Noah, or Varejao)…this deal would totally be done. BUT… WE DON’T…so just go on about your day, and pay no attention to this rumor. Think about it. Pau has played like he’s had no knees or willing to be physical since the beginning of this season. Would you honestly want him to play more mins, not only more mins…but more mins in the center position…AND down the stretch of the remaining season? Do you have that much faith in Theo Rattliff, Joe Johnson? Like I said…ignore this, and get ready for Thursday’s game. I think we’ll be ready to play…I KNOW BYNUM WILL.

    • UK LAKER FAN

      i couldnt say it better myself!!!

  • Jsmoove

    Breaking News!!

    Yahoo.com reports Los Angeles Lakers have traded Andrew Bynum, Luke Walton and Derrick Caracter to the Denver Nuggets in return for Nene and Carmelo Anthony.

    Source: http://www.yahoo.com/nba

    • RJR

      Having trouble finding report. Where does it appear?n Thanks.

    • xtro

      you sneaky devil!

      • Jsmoove

        lol i was joking

    • rondo

      Jsmoove grow the fuck up little boy!

  • rawnoyz

    The question u gotta ask urself is: do you risk the threepeat and part with Bynum for melo or get melo for possible multiple chips in the future..

    • UK LAKER FAN

      i like what uve jus commented on even of they were 2 consider it kobe wud of told them no they cant get rid of bynum while there goin for the 3peat. pau just is not a centre

  • Tyler

    For the love of god trade bynum now.

  • ek

    just a bunch of bull and fake reports!

  • awesomerob24

    jim buss will be the end of the lakers!
    i truly believe he will turn this franchise into what the clippers have been for many years.
    I love bynum but there is no way you can pass up carmelo, just no way at all

  • mr.laker19

    I really like Bynum. You cant teach size and he has alot of it. But Mello is a superstar. I wonder how this would effect us in the short term but in the long term this could be a good move plus maybe open up doors for a potential D Howard pick up later. Idk… but this would be our line up with Mello

    Fisher
    Kobe
    Melo
    Odom
    Pau

    Upgrade?

    • awesomerob24

      huge upgrade

    • kobe24

      i think it should be Chris Paul, kobe, melo, pau and okafor

    • UK LAKER FAN

      pau isnt a true big man and plus he dosent like playing centre and odom dosent like playin power forward. i’ll tell u strait howard aint leavin orlando for L.A. granted they aint the same team we met in the finals but a few good trades and there a powerful team agen.
      ANY TEAM WIV HOWARD @ CENTRE IS A GOOD TEAM

  • LANative

    no one should pass up on this opportunity. we will find a viable bigman to replace bynum. im not worried about that. he will eventually get injured anyways.

  • Karlo_321

    C’mon Mitch! You dumbass. ughh lets just focus on Dwight Howard for 2012 now huuuh….

  • daboss1848

    over a hundred comments – gullible!

  • kngaling

    The lakers didn’t turn that shit down, New York Reporters just hoping that they did.

  • Laker8n4te24

    Is there a Denver nuggets site anything like our nation? I would really like to see what Denver fans are saying about this and what they prefer to Bynum package or a Wilson Chandler package?!?!?

  • BynumSupporter

    Bynum is young, he’s going to develop. Keep the youngster. Got the size. Can’t replace our twin towers.

    • Jesse

      He may be young but knee injuries stick with players. Look at Kobe after he had his first knee surgery! Every year Kobe has trouble with it and he didn’t even tear anything in his knees. We don’t want to lose the trade value Bynum has at the moment. What is he going to develop into, he has been in the league 5 years already and has help from Kareem. He still struggles on the Defensive end with foul troubles. He isn’t anything special and can be eaisly replaced with a high energy guy!

      • rondo

        Jesse:Bynum replaced (BullShit)

        • JV

          Really we just got beat my a tip in from one of the oldest guys in the league. Why wasn’t Bynum in at that point if he is such a good defender. Having a guy like Antonio Mcdyess would fit just perfect for the Lakers. Perkins isn’t a huge force in the middle but thats all the Celts need. The Lakers could get away with someone like him. We are risking our future on someone that hardly plays and has been injured more than he has been healthy. People have to think post Kobe!

  • BynumSupporter

    Think about it: Do we REALLLLY need this trade? I mean we are defending Champs! I think this trade will only really benefit Melo on a personal satisfaction bcause his possibility of getting a ring has just gone up.

  • lakers2000

    Not gonna happen!

    • evil empre

      I agree

    • 3StarAndTheSun

      y do u say that? Laker didn’t request this trade, Denver did.

  • Heat Haterz

    I don’t want to hear this “We’ll lose length by trading Bynum” crap excuse. Lakers won primarily without Bynum during both of their 2 championship runs in the playoffs. Therefore the excuse is INVALID. Case closed. Trading Bynum away is like giving up a player who doesn’t play for the one who will. This sounds good to me.

    • Lakers11

      are u forgetting how boston made gasol look like a girl in o8.

      • Heat Haterz

        No, but it’s an undeniable fact that Bynum has never played a full regular or post season. Length this, length that. It doesn’t mean anything when you don’t get to use it!!!!

        • keeponkeepinon18

          I still don’t see the Lakers winning in the Playoffs last season without Bynum playing. While, statistically, he didn’t contribute much, his big-body presence certainly helped out the Lakers, especially against the Celtics. This season, however, I think the Lakers win need a healthy Bynum IN the Playoffs in order to win.

  • lakerman34

    Trade Bynum for Melo, rent his ass for this yr, S&T him to NY this summer for Wilson Chandler and Landry Fields, get Dwight Howard.

    It’s time to start thinking a little bit about post-Kobe. I love winning championships, but I’m not tryna have a 10-72 Laker team post Kobe era.

  • not6not7not8not9

    As KB24 has ALREADY stated.
    “Ship his @ss outta here.”

  • rondo

    The Laker know they can’t pay you clowns any mind. The Lakers are waiting for Phil to leave before passing judgement on Bynum. If the Laker get rid of the triangle they will get a point guard and see what Bynum can do.

  • Randy Jackson

    It’s fucking Carmelo Anthony.

    Do it.

    • awesomerob24

      damn good point sir

    • daboss1848

      which is exactly y denver wont

      • Digi

        and lerbon never won i cleveland but does that change the fact of how Great he is, jason kidd never won, dirk,amare, chris paul, steve nash this is not about have they won a championship this is about how Good or Great of a player he is and no matter what yall think Carmelo in the triangle with Kobe is like Scottie and Jordan part 2 everyone knows this who knows the game and hate the lakers so the media and haters are going to discourage this, artest turns into rodman defense all day not have to worry about scoring in the triangle, and u still get 50 and 25 from pau and lamar, oh THIS CAN AND WILL WORK IF THEY DO IT i’m just not convinced they will, NO TEAM DON’T CARE HOW BIG THEY ARE CAN STOP KOBE AT 2 AND CARMELO AT 3 PERIOD POINT BLANK ITS A NIGHTMARE just like LEBRON AND WADE !!!

  • kobe24

    k trade bynum, luke, and ebanks for melo then trade shannon, artest,and smith for chris paul and okafor

    • 3StarAndTheSun

      r u high???

      • Heat Haterz

        Nah, probably just desperate.

  • 3StarAndTheSun

    how bout Artest, Bynum and 1st draft pick 2012 for Melo and Nene?

  • UK LAKER FAN

    from looking @ the vote it looks like u guys really want melo. but what i dont understand is how the hell u cud want melo for bynum when bynum is younger and good big man im not sayin he is howrd but if he stays healthy he is one of the best centres in the game

    • rondo

      UK: They are a bunch of stupid fools who want a lot of glitter. That comes from not knowing the game. When The Playoffs come, with Carmelo Anthony playing for the Lakers the lakers would get their asses handed to them.

      • Injury Prone Bynum

        False. Bynum is not guaranteed to be healthy at any game, any season. Lakers have proven they can win without him. Now, all they need to do is get rid of him and find a superstar who has reached almost his full potential and can BE THERE to play, not SIT OUT. It looks like YOU Bynum fanboys have it wrong.

    • LA LAKERS 1

      Agreed

      • LA LAKERS 1

        BYNUM IS ONE OF THE BEST CENTER WHEN HEALTHY. WE NEED ANOTHER ARIZA TYPE PLAYER.
        PHIL NEEDS TO PLAY EBANKS NOT WALTON.
        WHEN BARNES COMES BACK IT SHOULD BE BETTER
        WE NEED DEFENCE

  • rondo

    JIM BUSS (Bynum stays!) For all you wannabe general managers.

  • D

    DO IT!!!!! DO IT!!!!! DO IT!!! for the future of the purp and gold!!!!

  • fLAV

    Do the deal!!!!

  • Guildtank

    Talent-wise, Carmelo Anthony is an upgrade over Bynum. However, as Jason has eluded to, what are we going to do with the center position if we trade Bynum? If Gasol is having physicality issue when playing Power forward, it is only going to get worse if you ask him to play Center on a long term basis. Plus, it would mean pulling out Lamar Odom from the bench.
    Would Ron be willing to play off the bench? We will end up with a log-jam at SF position (Artest, Barnes, Melo) and thin at the center position.

    My position is:

    1. If we can find or trade for an adequate center (not sure how that will happen), then I am all for Melo for Bynum trade.

    2. if it means playing Gasol as center in long run, then I am against the trade

  • daboss1848

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4tbcgn9

    hinrich
    kobe
    melo
    bass
    howard

    Ill take it all day long

    • LANative

      although it seems we get a shit load back, why the hell would any of those teams involved makes this trade. we dont NEED to blow up our team. the more teams and player are involved, the more risk youre running.

      the only necessary trade would be the one for one, bynum for melo.

      man yall are going ape crazy over thisshit

      • daboss1848

        ok how about melo for walton, artest, and sasha’s trade exception and we tell them we owe you?

        • LANative

          if its on the table, they better take it lol…

        • daboss1848

          brilliant!!

  • Injury Prone Bynum

    For all Bynum ball suckers, what do you propose we do by keeping him? None of your excuses work, really. You say he has size, shot blocking ability, and Gasol will be bullied around. I KNOW THAT, but Bynum was never there when it mattered most. 08 & 09 finals, then game 7 of ’10 finals. The fact is he wasn’t there, and many are getting tired of this. You can’t use his length, size, blocks if he’s not there. What will it take to beat this sense into you clowns?

    Melo can compensate by his scoring, commanding double teams, and causing matchup problems. That way teams can’t double team anyone. Can’t do it to Kobe, Melo, Pau, or Fisher. You don’t double up at the perimeter, and doubling Gasol gives shooters open shots.

    • LANative

      thankyou. theres some logic in LA. shitjus the one for one trade. bynum WILL get injured soon. his length and shotblocking are somewhat overrated. we could replace that easy with another small trade or free agency. my point: do this melo deal already mang,shti!!

    • LA LAKERS 1

      I LIKE BYNUM but he rather have fun than get sugery to play for the lakers as soon as possible. bynum has alot of good skills that most center dont
      but ill take melo for bynum because he seems like he doesnt care as much kuz he is a two time champ
      Bynum been playing good though
      whatever happens im cool with it as long as lakers 3 peat. GO LAKERS

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      agreed i m tired of bynum
      he is always injured, we cant win this year if he s injured in play offs
      better melo 100% than fukking bynum injured

      did not bulls always won with horrible centers?
      we got gasoft
      he is better than longley and cartwright

      mello is a no brainer u idiot fukking retard buss son
      gtfo

  • ilikebasketbal

    bynum for melo is bad.
    it’s nto what we need.

    even if bynum has weak knees.

    who does knicks have that we could use?

  • Guildtank

    Bynum did play in last year’s playoffs. Without him, we would not have beaten Boston

    • LANative

      thats not to say that with melo we cant beat boston. seriously, this is a major steal. we could replace bynums length and shotblocking through other smaller trades or free agents.

      • Guildtank

        Like I said in earlier post. If we can definitely find a competent role player (with size) to replace Bynum, then I am not against this trade.

        However, we all know how scarce a big man who can be vaguely described as “competent” is……..

        Gasol played center for a long time earlier this season and we all so how exhausted he became. Another example is OKC. They have very good players in most positions but can not get over the hump because the lack of a truly good starting center.

        • LANative

          all very true. but we cant let this one pass. we’ll figure something to replace the center void. but hey, if the deals on the table i say run with it and dont look back. The thing is we know more than anyone how hard it is to find a competent big man cuz ours only plays 40 games max…hes due for an injury. you are correct.

        • Heat Haterz

          “Another example is OKC. They have very good players in most positions but can not get over the hump because the lack of a truly good starting center.”

          Correct. One of a good center’s requirements is to play the majority of the games. Yeah, they are hard to find, cuz Bynum doesn’t play. Get over it.

          Lakers finally have the possibility of acquiring a superstar that plays most of the games, and you still wanna hang on to the unproven “potential next Shaq” who doesn’t play. So illogical.

          • Guildtank

            We benefit greatly even if Bynum just play at 50% and 70% of the time.
            I would have agreed with you if Bynum was a no show like 08.
            However, it is not the case. He played injured in last year’s playoffs and was a huge reason why we were able to repeat.
            Plus, what about he dilemma of Ron, Melo, Barnes all logjamming in 1 position? You haven’t addressed that. Who is going to play center? I am not sold on Gasol playing out of position in extended period of time.

  • RUfus

    LA has nothing on the three kings even with melo-drama you guys still will lose to the spurs in 5!!!!!!

    • LANative

      yes maybe…in 5 years. dream on troll. lakers 3peating. aint nobody stoppin thisshit

  • LANative

    at the end of the day, this could just be leverage to get some sort of trade with NY. man LA would be crushed if we were just used as leverage…

  • LUCKY N’ LA

    Ask yourself, if getting a player makes other teams in the league go UH OH,do you do it? Now, if you’re the Celtics, Heat,Spurs and etc.,and the LAKERS pull the trigger on this deal, do we hear the UH OH? I know if any of those teams got him the answer would be yes.

  • Super Gasol Bros

    This trade is flawless, I should be a GM:
    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4gumj85

    • ilikebasketball

      too many goddamn teams in your trade.

      the only teams we know that are involved are knicks and denver.

      • Super Gasol Bros

        Learn to read. The Lakers and Knicks are the two teams Melo would sign an extension with, not the teams involved in a proposed trade. I could do essentially the same trade w/o the wizards, but then the Grizzlies wouldn’t (theoretically) agree to the deal. The wizards are there to make all the teams happy.

    • ilikebasketball

      plus are you retarded?

      you think they are going to give up melo and billups?

      riiiiiiiight

      • Super Gasol Bros

        you obviously know nothing about basketball. The nuggets wouldn’t give up melo if they had a choice, but if they don’t trade him, then they’d end up like the cavs. If melo goes, then the team will go into rebuilding mode. They will get rid of big, long term contracts to create cap space (like they do in my trade), get young talent (like Bynum and Mayo), and draft picks. They ship out their vets (like billups) because by the time they finish rebuilding, he’ll be retiring so they might as well trade him now when they can get young talent in return.

        • ilikebasketball

          read below.
          douche.

    • keeponkeepinon18

      That seems waaaay too drastic a trade for the Grizzlies and Wizards, two teams who are probably just looking to move certain pieces to get young talent in return. I can see a trade or trades going down for Zach Randolph and OJ Mayo but there isn’t really any reason for them to trade away Marc Gasol (who is in his final contract season); Darrell Arthur and Hasheem Thabeet aren’t really “pieces” other teams trade for. The return the Wizards get seems really crappy b/c its filled with older players or busts and consists of bad contracts ~ b/c of Wall/Young/Blatche/McGee, the Wizards probably want some solid veteran player (with a cheap value contract) and young talent; not a bunch more scrub players.
      On top of that, none of the other teams you used will be fine with the Lakers receiving Billups, Carmelo, Marc Gasol, and Hinrich for Bynum, Blake, Artest, Walton, and Sasha’s trade exception money.

  • Colin Beatt

    4 Team Trade. Melo to Knicks, but Lakers get SJax, Felton, and Turiaf
    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=45mzh7v

  • SHOWTIME4EVA

    regardless what happens here.the simple fact is if we get carmelo,and trade Bynum.we need a center in return also. Pau will not give us the ability to win playing the center position nor will any of the other undersized bigs we currently have. if you trade Bynum we will need Nene or some other center.bottom line is you can not make a hole to plug a hole..it’s simple logic.if you make a hole to plug a hole.you’ve gained nothing but if anything you’ve only created a mess.

    • Guildtank

      Exactly. We need a competent big to play center if we lose Bynum, that’s it.

      Either Artest or Odom (pref Artest) + any filler for Melo would be the most ideal situation.

    • Super Gasol Bros

      check out my trade (posted two above this post). We’d get Marc Gasol and have the Gasol Bros. also it fixes the problem of our PGs having two of the worst PERs for their position (fish is 59 and blake is 62 out of 65).

      • SHOWTIME4EVA

        The trick would be,getting the grizz to take Luke.

        • Super Gasol Bros

          it would be the wiz, but ya, I see your point. Kupchak usually finds a way to fix his mistakes (ex. Trading for kwame, then getting pau), so I’m hoping the wiz are dumb enough to fall for mitch’s tricks

  • Nick

    PG: Rondo vs Fisher advantage Boston
    SG: Ray vs Kobe advantage L.A
    SF: The Boa vs Carmelo advantage Boston
    PF: K.G vs Odom advantage Boston
    C: Perk the Beast vs Gasol advantage L.A (but does poor Pau really want to have to bang with Perk for 35-40 minutes??)
    Bench: Blake, Brown (who might be in Denver) Artest, and thats about it!
    VS
    Shaq, Big Baby, Jermaine O’Neal, Nate Robinson, Von Wafer, Delonte West, Marquis Daniels.
    Trust me my silly friends in LALA Land.. u dont wanna make that trade.

    • RUfus

      Hey i may not like the lakers but your in lala land if you think wafer, west, or soft headed dainels really matter in big games and last time i checked both o’neals are made out of glass and thats why the three kings will kill the celts…….

    • Guildtank

      I don’t think and old man like Pierce has any advantage over a 26 yr old Melo in his prime.

      Jermaine O’Neal’s knees are done, Shaq may or may not play due to his constant injury. You are overestimating the geriatric squad

    • keeponkeepinon18

      Sorry, I think you seem to have this “boa” mistaken with Paula. Also, the Lakers will have Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff off the bench… unless they are traded before that for a more quality player ~ if a Drew for Melo trade goes down, then Lakers will lose a player currently in their bench but are likely to try to trade for a back-up defensive C (a la Camby or Dalembert).

    • Sung

      you kidding me? paula vs melo and you give advantage to boston??? you are talking about two similar players that one of them primed and the other in his prime. defensively they are about neck to neck. offensively melo is better. rebounding melo is better. The only thing paul is better is his intensity and passion on the court. but melo will not need to put his passion and ego on the court for the lakers, for we already have someone who excels in that category. the only player that i worry the most in the boston squad is KG because he is the heart and soul of the team.

  • Super Gasol Bros

    artest and blake for aaron brooks and shane battier?

    • keeponkeepinon18

      Just because something works in the trade machine doesn’t make it rational.

      • Super Gasol Bros

        didn’t even try that one out. It’s rational because aaron brooks is ridiculous (especially in transition) and shane battier plays great defense and can hit the three. solves all our problems. Rockets put brooks on the block, so its not like they have a problem with trading him.

        • keeponkeepinon18

          And they’d just be willing to trade them for Artest and Blake? Everything can be a steal from the Lakers perspective. And, for now, Brooks hasn’t been 100%… once he does get back up to speed, he is one of their best players.

          • keeponkeepinon18

            **can’t

          • Super Gasol Bros

            I don’t think it’s that much of a steal. Artest was dominant on the Rockets, he’s comfortable with Rick Adelman and Adelman is comfortable with him. Blake would be a great backup to Lowry. Throw in a second rounder and I think that’s a fair trade.

        • keeponkeepinon18

          Artest might be comfortable with the Rockets and Rick Adelman but he is not the same player he was when he used to play there. Brooks offers potential Artest and Blake cannot provide. The Rockets are currently four games away from the Playoffs so trading for pieces that won’t be considered an upgrade or for the future isn’t likely. Also, compared to the beginning for the season, Artest and Blake’s value has dropped b/c of their poor play ~ this is obviously a reason as to why the Lakers might trade then but its also a reason as to why other teams are not likely to trade for them.

  • Trevor

    I would do this trade in a heart beat their shouldnt even being thought on this if this offer is legit, andrew bynum is not future of the Lakers simple as that

    • Guildtank

      who plays center if this trade happens? I can’t think of anyone. Gasol? He will be worn out by the time playoff starts.

      What are you going to do with Artest? off the bench? I don’t think he will be happy with that. And when Barnes comes back, there will be another unhappy chappy.

      • Super Gasol Bros

        trade for marc gasol

      • Heat Haterz

        You need to let go of your obsession with Bynum, please, all of you. Who plays center? Well….. who has LA been winning with at center during the past 2 championships? Not Bynum. These lame excuses just simply do not work when he does not play. Period.

        • Mountain Drew

          Were obsessed with bynum’s upside. The last three seasons before he got hurt he was rolling off 20 point games. Hes one of a few young centers with post moves and good footwork and hands. Dwight doesn’t have good moves or footwork, Bogut is good but I wonder how he’d do on a better team, Brook Lopez same thing as Bogut, Noah is an offensive retard, Cousins is an a-hole, Horford and Al Jefferson and Nene are all PFs, not true centers. Those are all the good young centers. And that’s why Bynum’s valuable.

          • Heat Haterz

            You’re proving the point I’m trying to make. You’re hoping for potential, something that is not guaranteed. Melo has already realized most of his potential, so you know what you will get from him. He has also proven that he is durable, as listed in comparison with Bynum on Kcal9. You’re argument is basically the same one I’ve been refuting all along. You don’t get it: Bynum doesn’t play due to injuries, and he’s not a proven superstar. Only crazy people will agree with you if you say that he is.

            If there is anything that should also warn you, the bruised knee should. These frequent injuries are not going to get any better – they only get worse. The bone bruise is a sign of weakness that you sound all kinds of alarms in still-sane people.

          • Mountain Drew

            Heat Haterz — Bynum isn’t a superstar, but he’s extremely useful. Anthony has had his fair share of injuries, also he’s a one-dimensional player, he plays no defense which is the lakers’ biggest issue. The lakers don’t play consistent team defense, and getting rid of the help guy for when westbrook blows past fish is dumb. Also, getting rid of our lock down defender can’t help on that end. We’re already an efficient offensive team, we just play no defense.

  • kev

    we should make the trade as long as its carmelo, nene, and jr smith for bynum shannon brown and or artest

    • Guildtank

      yeah, i would do it too, esp if Nene is included to cover the gap left by Bynum

    • Super Gasol Bros

      nuggets have no interest in artest, and I have no interest in a thug like JR.

    • keeponkeepinon18

      The Nuggets want to get the most in return for Melo ONLY because he has said he will walk in the off season (b/c he hasn’t signed the extension yet)… so the Nuggets aren’t trying to go into rebuilding mode but are simply trying to get the most out of a Melo trade (regardless of whether its a “rental” to the other team or not). What I mean is that their other players, outside of bad/long contracts (i.e. Harrington), aren’t on the trading block.

  • Pillzmayn

    Carmelo and Nene for Bynum Artest and Caracter

  • Sung

    Melo for Drew, and get someone like serge ibaka via a separate trade!

  • maxkobe

    yeeeeeeeeeaaaah

  • Pat Bateman
    • keeponkeepinon18

      You forgot to save it.

  • Heat Haterz

    One of a good center’s requirements is to play the majority of the games. Yeah, they are hard to find, cuz Bynum doesn’t play. Get over it.

    Lakers finally have the possibility of acquiring a superstar that plays most of the games, and you still wanna hang on to the unproven “potential next Shaq” who doesn’t play. So illogical.

    • Guildtank

      You have to stop your obsession with “Bynum doesn’t play”.

      He played in last year’s playoff and made certain type of contribution that only a big man can do – intimidation and rebound. Without him, Lakers will get killed on the board and point guards will not have to think twice before flying past Fisher and make an easy layup.

      Melo being in LA is great, but not at the expense of unbalancing our roster.

      Think about it, would you trade J-Noah for Chris Paul if you were the Bulls? I know I wouldn’t. Carmelo is a luxury, not a neccssity. Bynum, as a center, is a necessity. I know you are going to bring up how he gets injured so much, however, I think it just further highlights how bad our defence becomes when we don’t have a true center. Bynum at 70% is still more important to LA than Carmelo.

      • Injury Prone Bynum

        Circular Logic. Delusional Hopes: You can’t use a tool that isn’t there.

        • Guildtank

          you aren’t reading.

          As long as Bynum plays 70% of the time, including the playoffs, then it is enough. I won’t care even if he is a little injured. His intangibles and intimidation factor alone is worth it.

          And as I have mentioned before, I am not against the trade as per se, but I will only support it if we get a starting quality center (from anywhere, doesn’t even have to be Denver) in the trade as well.

  • LA2011CHAMPS
    • keeponkeepinon18

      And the Hornets would do want Drew and Artest why?? And, I haven’t even mentioned CP3 and Ariza…

  • SHOWTIME2011

    please do it

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      do what?`trade bynum for melo?then we don’t have a center.win the title with a four man team?

      • SHOWTIME2011

        bynum walton brown for melo chauncy and nene

  • james

    go for it.

  • kobe4

    love it

  • Heat Haterz

    There is something wrong with these people’s logic. It’s like they’re irrational. I say Bynum won’t last and plays like 1/2 the games, they give excuse like “Lakers can’t win with Gasol at C” or “Bynum has great upside.” Enough with this bullshit delusion you guys have of him already. Those excuses don’t do anything to further your argument because it’s the same ones you make all the time. This is called CIRCULAR LOGIC, if you fools don’t know.

    Someone tries to help you by making sense, but you stroke your ego by repeating the same azz shit. Plaine CIRCULAR LOGIC; you’re not getting anywhere.

    • Guildtank

      you are the one who is not making sense. If you think a 4 man team (as mentioned by a previous poster) can beat 5 man, you are gravely wrong.

      Gasol can not play center for an extended period is also a legitimate statement, btw.

    • Guildtank

      You know, there is a reason why Brooke Lopez is one player New Jersey did not include in the original package in their talks with Denver.

      • kobe-wan kenobi

        yup the reason is he is NOT ALWAYS INJURED
        open your fukking eyes bro

        • Guildtank

          a Bynum that is playing at 70% is more useful than a Melo because he is a center. As long as Bynum is available come playoff time, he will be a huge asset (injured or not).

          I still don’t see anyone offering a viable center alternative from those who say trade Bynum.

      • Injury Prone Bynum

        Sir, Bynum more useful at 70% than Melo? 70% in how many of the total games? 50 or 60 percent? You’re not making sense. The sense here is: you can’t use a player that keeps getting injured. These injuries do not get better, they get more severe. Look at Greg Oden and Yao Ming. Learn from those 2 and trade before Bynum’s knees are busted so much that he’s nearly useless.

        • Guildtank

          as long as he plays in the playoffs, he will be a bigger asset than players from any other position will give us.

          You can not compare Oden or Yao to Bynum. The nature of their injuries were completely different.

  • Lakers4life

    please get melo any way possible cause kobe is in his last stretch and we need to look to the future.

    • Guildtank

      by the time Kobe retires, Melo would be in his early 30s. Think he is a little old for the “future”.

      Would be awesome to have Melo, but I hope it would be take Artest or Odom rather than Bynum.

  • Josh

    bynum may give us defense but melo gives us offense defense and chemistry. if this would go through. the starting 5 would be gasol odom melo kobe fish. it will also give way for the bench players to have minutes. shannon ebanks caracter smith blake ratliff ron and luke. i say go through with this one. it will give more tenacity to the team.

  • iamrichard

    bynum is injury prone. trade bynum for melo.

  • Genius

    Bynum,,brown,,caracter,, for melo,,billups,,shelden williams,,

    works for both team

  • NBAmazkingKB24

    Nuggets will love this trade
    They will be getting a true center (if healthy)
    and they don’t have to get a crappy deal from
    WOlves/Knicks

    • NBAmazkingKB24

      I have a feeling out next game against Boston will be the deciding point of the trade. If it is going to take place…

    • LakersThe2010Champs

      Getting Bynum for Melo, Denver would be very happy. They would get nothing is Melo remains a Nugget at the end of season.

      But I think Denver is using this talk as a leverage in dealing with NY. The Lakers will not just deal Bynum for Melo.

  • http://jtshoopsblog.blogspot.com/ jtshoopsblog

    This rumour is complete bull***t. There is no way that Denver would give its star to a Western Conference rival especially when it is vying for what could bge their last playoff performance. Neither are the lakers are that stupid to give up Andrew Bynum, for a guy that would not be able to re-sign since they are far over the salary cap and deep in luxury tax territory. You have to be a complete idiot to believe such a rumor.

    • daboss1848

      He would sign the 3 yr extension before the trade happens if the trade happens so the lakers will have him for at least the next 4.5 years.

      • daboss1848

        mimic is right – any deal would be contingent on extension. regardless, this is pipe.

  • laluis226

    i think they should trade bynum for melo and some how trade ron for a big somewhere else a decent big. that way we get wat we want and get rid of artest.

  • Jonathan

    The only way I would sign off on this trade is if we include another team that would not only give the Nuggets the draft picks they desire but also give a reliable replacement at Center for the Lakers to plug in for Bynum’s absence.

    But then again which NBA team would want to be included in this deal to help the Lakers increase their chances to threepeat as NBA Champions?!! Therefore this deal is highly unlikely to materialize unless proven otherwise.

    In all honesty, I think these trade discussions are more likely a leverage move for the Nuggets to force the Knicks to sweeten their offer but it’s still fun nonetheless to dream and concoct numerous trade scenarios that would help benefit our team right? LOL

  • xtro

    hell no to melo. don’t forget how boston destroyed us in the paint w/o bynum in 2008 NBA finals.

    • Jonathan

      And they beat us that year convincingly with Kendrick Perkins, P.J. Brown, Garnett, and Big Baby not to mention only adding to their already experienced frontcourt with Shaq and Jermaine.

      Bynum is the only player on our roster that can give those guys fits as well as bang with them on the low post. Entrusting that sole responsibility to Pau, Lamar, and who else? Joe Smith? That spells a recipe for disaster just like 2008.

      I don’t care what everybody else says about trading Bynum. Bynum is, whether we like it or not, our only shot against competing with the Celtics, Heat, Magic, Spurs, Bulls and Thunder this year.

      Size is our greatest strength. Giving up our size for another high-powered scoring commodity (Melo) is giving up what makes the Lakers so great and what has helped us win consecutive championships.

      Sure, we didn’t NEED Bynum to make it to the Finals in 08, but we most definitely needed him to WIN in the Finals.

      (Lakers Finals Record)

      Lakers & Celtics 2008
      (Without Bynum)
      2-4

      Lakers & Magic 2009
      (With Bynum *played through injury)
      4-1

      Lakers & Celtics 2010
      (With Bynum *played through injury)
      4-3

      The results speak for themselves. Heck we haven’t even really had Bynum HEALTHY during the Finals. This just shows how much of an impact he is on the court despite his health concerns. Therefore why are we so eager to fix something that hasn’t even had the opportunity to defend itself?

      I say Keep Bynum. We didn’t need Melo to win our last 2 Championships and I don’t see why we would need him now either.

      • Injury Prone Bynum

        Circular Logic: Saying the same thing over and over again. You can’t gain from a player who will be there 1/2 the time and spoil Lakers’ money the other 1/2. Arguing this way you might as well tell the Rockets to keep Yao Ming and the Blazers to keep Greg Oden. Yeah, cuz you need “length, size, blocks, defense, and physicality.” Physicality my ass. Melo can play more physical than Bynum ever does. He’s soft for a 285 pounder. Look at
        Garnett. The guy is made of skin and bones and he pushes opponents around in the post like he’s 290 pounds. ………..LMAO what kind of logic is this? “I understand he’s hurt a lot, but his defense and post presence help us.” You can’t use a tool that isn’t there. Can you understand this logic?

        • Guildtank

          One question:
          Is Bynum playing now or is he not?
          Did he play in last year’s Final?

          Is Oden playing now?
          Is Yao playing now?

          Bottomline: You can not compare Bynum to those 2 because he is far younger and relatively healthier than them.
          Those 2 get injured by doing nothing while most of Bynum’s injuries were from contact or freak accidents.
          No doubt he is more injury-prone than an average player, but putting him in the same basket as Yao and Oden is a long stretch.

          • Jonathan

            Thank you!!! Just my point exactly!!! Forwards are a dime a ddozen. Centers and I mean GOOD Centers are HARD to come by. I say let us try and defend our Championship with this group that we have right now.

          • daboss1848

            yeap shouldve never traded vlade for kb – guards are a dime a dozen too . . .

          • 242LakerFan

            Yeah, it’s not like they replaced Divac with Shaq or anything…oh wait…

          • daboss1848

            which was 1st kb or shaq? r u saying a $15 million oft injured C is unreplaceable?

          • 242LakerFan

            If you don’t think they let Divac go knowing that Shaq was about to sign, you’ve got another think coming.

      • daboss1848

        u may want to listen to or read jerry west’s perspective on shaq – he was super stressed and had no clue they would get shaq. KB was something u couldnt pass up regardless of what u give up.

        • 242LakerFan

          Mind you, I’m still waaaaay up in the air on this thing, mainly because it’s so unlikely to ever happen anyway.

        • daboss1848

          lol i was just shooting down tht argument that u dont trade a Center for a star . . . best time for this deal to happen was summer – when PIG and Brad Miller and other lower profile Cs were available. Today, not only does Bynum hold almost 0 value, we shoot ourselves in the foot by moving Pau to the Center position. This move would be for the next 5 yrs not for this yr. LAL is foolish not to take Melo if DEN is foolish enuff to make that deal. Melo, not JR Smith, or Aflalo – MELO!!

          • dabοss1848

            afflalo*

          • daboss1848

            thank you.

  • richard

    I think is best we could get third team involve, we get Carmelo and Nene while gave up Byrum to Denver and Artest to some other team.

  • Jay24

    Surely the Lakers improving their offence with aquiring Carmelo Anthony, will make up for the decrease in defence in trading Andrew Bynum? The Lakers could possibly AFFORD to lose that defensive rebound or presence(for that 20mis max that Drew is on the floor,if even!), where they will obviously be more effiecient on offence with Melo! I think its win-win for both teams; IMO the Lakers would be better come playoff time, and its the Nuggets BEST offer which they either take or become the next Cleveland Cavs.

  • rawnoyz

    you fans against melo for bynum because we lose size and boston will kill us blah blah blah.. well i dont think boston gets passed miami this year! miami is peaking right now and just remember that the Cavs and Lebron took it to the celtics with lebron tanking the last 2 games! do you really think lbj is gonna quit again this year? if miami does reach the finals and i say they will, our size and length will do nothing but slow us down vs Miami’s back court! Think about it, the rotation of miami right now forces teams’ 2nd unit to deal with the lbj or wade which is why either one of them can errupt for a triple double on any given night. When Kobe goes to the bench, who guards these guys? When Kobe plays with our bench, he’s gonna deal with a great defender in wade and/or lbj. In the 4th quarter when both lbj/wade play, who does Kobe guard? He couldnt decide who to guard the last time because who ever guarded the other got burned. And i say our size wouldnt matter because Z and bosh would bring out our bigs with their perimeter shooting and open up lanes for wade/lbj. You gotta fight power with power and be able to keep up with miami’s energy. Our energy right now is lower than Boston. Think about it.

  • KobeDaBossfrmPA

    As long as Denver sends back a big ( Nene,Birdman) I’m with it…I like Bynum a lot but Melo is to good to pass up…We have to be serious for a second 90% of the games we play Bynum is on da bench the last 6-7 mins. of the 4th quarter anyway an Pau N Odom is on the floor…Birdman is a shot blocker high energy player off the bench & Nene solid big wit good passing skills…hell I’d settle for Dalembert defense n rebounding but his not straight up SF for a center. Celtics in 08 no comparison bc Ariza barely played, Vujacic was getting heavy minutes. Odom is playing his most consistent ball of his career N Melo would not allow them to load up on Kobe much more firepower so while it would be tough its still possible. I wouldn’t mind trying to get Hinrich from the Wizards to have a PG dat can play D an still hit the 3…Now if Miami makes the finals No1 will complain with the trade Gasol N Odom with some type of backup is more than enough for Ilgauskas, Bosh N Haslem…Melo On Bron, Kobe on Wade…Dream finals I believe we win in 6…We can’t base our team off Boston an I have faith in the 3 peat but its bigger than that…Melo allows Kobe to transition into his older years an have little drop off once he retires…LA is a big market + has a great legacy n attracting free agents won’t be hard for us…D Howard is always a possibility as well as other top free agents in the years to come. It’s a tough decision but one I think should be made for the future not just this year. It remains to be seen how Ron would adjust to the bench but with somewhat similar minutes dat Odom get off the bench now 25-30 as well as more opportunities to be involved offensively with the 2nd unit…eitha Barnes or Brown would have to go in the Bynum trade with the other getting mins at the 2 guard…if Character not in the trade he the backup PF with youth and some potential, ( Birdman,Nene,Dalembert,Camby?) backup center…either Blake but hopefully Hinrich at PG since there looking to move him partner with D Fish…Ebanks & Ratliff in the tuck…that sounds pretty solid to many for now as well as the future

    1 D Fish 2. Kobe 3. Melo 4.L Odom 5. Gasol
    Bench
    1. Blake/Hinrich 2. Shannon/Barnes 3.Artest 4. Character 5.Nene,Birdman,Dalembert,Camby…Ebanks n Ratliff for insurance…It makes plenty of sense…Mitch n Buss wake up and make some calls…it should be said I believe we can win with what we have now but it won’t last much longer…if we keep Bynum…it was reported Artest for Gerald Wallace I like that too…more athletic high energy player that gathers #’s w/o calling plays for him…offensive rebounds, hustle, transition, & free throws…its options out there review them all and do what’s best for LakerNation for the future…not just this year

  • lakerman34

    Our biggest advantage is our size. Other teams say the reason the Lakers are so tough to play against is b/c of size. Why would we give up our size? ONLY trade Bynum for Melo if it means Nene comes to LA as well. Otherwise, forget about it.

    • rawnoyz

      we have a better record without bynum than with.

      • LizzakeShizzow

        Slightly better. like 1 or 2 losses difference. Not enough to make the trade yet.

  • Coach Brian Shaw

    Thing is we dont need a player to replace Kobe yet. He’s in his early 30s and his production is still pretty solid. Melo is a great player, but is it really worth giving up Bynum for just another scorer? Thats all he really is and this team as it is 1st in offensive efficiency. There are gonna be plenty of players on the market in the future and Im confident that the FO will find someone to replace Kobe (like Howard, CP3, or Dwill) when he eventually does call it quits.

    Also we wouldnt get a center back in this deal, which means Gasol has to move over and play more minutes. Sure he was great in the early going this year at center, but soon after, his production started to drop after all the wear and tear. Pau is ok for center temporarily, but not fulltime. Plus, we would also have a logjam at SF, since we would still be stuck with Artest and Luke for the next few years.

    Bottomline is that Melo would marginally improve the offense, but our defense would take a big hit with Gasol at center which is why I dont think its worth the trouble.

    There were some rumors Bucher hinted involving Artest being sent to charlotte for Steven Jackson or Gerald Wallace. Those sound like better deals to me IMO. The FO should also look into Shane Battier or Marvin Williams. We can package ron, the trade exception, and/or caracter for one of them, although I would still be fine if they ultimately didnt do anything. Our talent I still think is good enough. Just need a little more consistency from everyone, thats all.

    • TOUCHING_MYSELF

      I feel what you’re saying here and you’re making some good points. I also don’t think that we need to replace Kobe yet either, however, I don’t think that bringing Melo in would or should be considered as “REPLACING” Kobe.

      Bringing Melo in would mean bringing a BIG TIME name into the franchise. He would be that guy the Lakers can mos def build around for the future. With Melo here now, it would also give Kobe a chance to rest and prolong his career and alleviate the burden of being that scorer. It would also ensure Kobe and the Lakers a higher chance of winning more rings within the next 5-6 years.

      And you can’t under value the fact that Kobe will have a few years to mentor Melo into being the TOP ALPHA DOG in the league, what it means to don the purple and gold, how a CLASS ORGANIZATION is runned and his responsibilities to it, and also how to become a CHAMPION!

      Kobe is the JERRY RICE of basketball! His work ethic is second to none! Melo and Kobe are close and Melo would be willing to listen to Kobe and be challenged by Kobe to be that player that Melo can be… A CHAMPION!

      Bynum has proved time and time again that he’s still just a kid and thinks too much about himself. Not working out as hard as he should, his conditioning is suspect, and postponing his surgery! All red flags.

      While I do agree with you that I could be good with the Lakers standing pat and not making a move, because I do think that this team is that good. I do think that the future of the franchise might be at stake with this possible trade.

      Bynum is NOT that player that the Lakers can nor should build around. Hell, Howard, isn’t that player either. Just look at the results of the Orlando experiments in the past few years. Melo can be that guy especially here in Los Angeles where winning is the of utmost importance!

      Everything happens for a reason and not everything is forever here on this side of eternity. Having said that, maybe Bynum’s journey thus far was to help get us a couple of rings and then be the piece that brings Melo over. And Melo’s disappointments over in Denver was to get him as hungry as can be for a championship that he’s willing to be mentored by Kobe!

      Just think about it this way… if the Lakers had a choice to draft either Melo or Bynum back in the day, who do you think they would have picked? Who would you have picked? I know that Jim Buss is enamored with Bynum because he has great potential and was his pick all along. If Jim would only see things in a different light… where he absolutely made the right choice in drafting a gold piece in Bynum, and that that choice would result in him being able to trade that gold piece for a platinum piece in Melo in the future, we would all say that Jim is a genius and has the basketball I.Q. to take over for his dad, Dr. Jerry Buss.

      While I do think that our talents will be good enough to win again this year and that I would be fine if the Lakers don’t make a move, I can’t help but to think of the possibilities of a future sans Kobe, but with a Melo who was mentored by Kobe to take over the reigns. I know that there might be others who may fit the bill to take over for Kobe: Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and such. Those opportunities may never present itself, but this one is here and this one is ripe for the taking right NOW!

      Imagine this…
      STARTING 5
      Fish, Kobe, Melo, Artest(LO), Pau
      Bench
      Blake, Brown, Barnes, Artest(LO), Rattliff
      X factors
      Caracter, Ebanks

      THE TIME IS HERE AND THE TIME IS NOW! TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY THAT HAS PRESENTED ITSELF! THIS CAN BE A PART 2 TO THE PAU DEAL!

  • mr.laker19

    One fact we are ignoring a little is that Nuggets have very little options here. First they HAVE TO TRADE. It would be extremely dumb if they didnt. And then the teams that Melo would actually resign with are limited. In my opinion he will probably only sign with New York, Dallas, or Us. And in my opinion we have the best offer on the table. Again, Idk if i want to give up size but we do have to start planning for the future. In the mean time a Kobe, Pau, Melo, Odom line up is scary

  • SHOWTIME4EVA
    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      hmm dont know why it didnt work but the article said this trade has zero chance

  • lakerman34

    HAHAHA! The Buss family. Freakin’ geniuses. Remember, Buss was in the business of Real Estate. The guy’s a salesman.

    You tell the Nugs that you aren’t interested, Knicks stand still, then Denver comes back to LA saying “FINE! We’ll take Artest too and throw in Birdman.” JUST so they don’t become the Cavaliers of 2011-12.

    I think the Lakers are going to land Melo. And if they don’t, so what? We have a good team as it is. Trust me. Buss is cooking something up, he’s just trying to maximize his return.

    Melo said he may just sign w/ Denver. Why? So the Lakers/Knicks grow a little more urgent. PROBABLY won’t work with us, but it may with NY.

    Carmelo Anthony/Kobe/Pau is starting to look like it’s going to be the BEST Big 3 in basketball.

  • rawnoyz

    if only jerry west was GM, decisions would be made in a snap. He traded size and length for Kobe Bryant. All mitch did was give luke a multi year deal before getting Gasol, which we can say was all Jerry West anyway.

    • LANative

      truth

    • Guildtank

      that’s because Shaq came in the same year, which made Divac redundant.
      If we have 2 reliable centers now, I am all for trading Bynum for Melo.

  • los lakers

    lakers don’t need melo, he is not the answer, i would be for if it was melo and nene for bynum and any of our sf’s… not happening… lakers can’t trade size, i think a trade wouldn’t surprised me, but melo for bynum is not the answer…

    • lakerman34

      I’m sorry, but Bynum’s numbers haven’t been impressive enough for me to care.

      Carmelo Anthony needs to stop being treated like scrambled eggs. The guy is a GREAT basketball player, and I think this is OBVIOUS if you’re the Buss family. I think they are just waiting it out, see if they can get rid of Artest as well.

      Also, it would probably be wise to announce such a blockbuster trade AFTER the Celtics game.

  • xtro

    hell no to melo. champs need another role player, another defensive big and a point guard.

  • harmony_smurf

    Poker!

  • Lakerfan14

    What about trading Bynum for Melo then trading Melo for Brook Lopez, Favors, Harris and some draft picks and getting rid of Walton and Blake?

    • kobe24

      no

    • LANative

      hell no

    • kobe4ever

      nets won’t give up Lopez. But if they did, then I like where you’re going with this, we get another 7 foot center to replace Bynum who is not injury prone, a new starting point guard to spell fisher, and get rid of two bad contracts along with draft picks. You’re a pretty clever guy but Nets would never give up Lopez.

  • LANative

    i hate trade rumors/talk/discussion. if there is no deal on the table stfu. damn. i would love for this move to happen but we got to move on if it isnt happening. shitman it was just preliminary talks. can we just get a damn football team?

  • John Robertson

    I think the game tomorrow against the Celtics will determine if the Bynum for Anthony trade will push through…

    If he’s presence will become a factor against the C’s then there’s no trade that will happen, but if he still not manage contribute more I think the Lakers will try to get Anthony in exchange for Bynum

    • ilikebasketball

      but Bynum, when he is healthy, always contributes!

      the ones who arent are Artest(this year) , Blake, Walton and perhaps…eve…i hate to say it…Gasol, since he’s been soooo freaking tired this whole year.

      but i’m not for trading Gasol.
      the other 3 i’m all for trading.

      but i dont think we need Melo’s position.

      we need a small fast pg who is great at defense. end of story. he doesn’t even have to be great at offense, ust adequate. right now Blake is not helping Fisher at all in anyway.

  • TheLAKERSwon09

    We can’t give up bynum. no way

  • alex

    how about we trade ron artest, the player exception from the sasha trade and caracter for gerald wallace or stephen jax!

  • Inverse

    The one thing that i have noticed and everyone seems to be disproving is that we do in fact need perimeter help. A lot of people say we are fine when it comes to perimeter offense, and it would be pointless to trade away our strength, but i beg to differ. Kobe cannot do it all, and as he is aging, it truly is showing. Teams are begging the lakers to chuck it up from the outside by not even guarding artest, and instead, packing the middle so gasol/bynum do not have enough room to operate. Let’s face it, we only have one perimeter threat from the outside, and that’s just not cutting it. Sure you win with big men, but the NBA is slowly evolving to a more perimeter oriented Europe-esque league. Look at all the power house teams in the league right now, they all have more than one good perimeter player:
    Boston: Ray-Pierce-rondo
    Orl: Jameer-hedo-j-rich-gilbert
    Spurs: Parker-ginobili-RJ
    Heat: Wade-James-Miller
    Mavs: Dirk-Buter(injured)-J-kidd
    Lakers: Kobe- Artest? fisher? blake?
    Sure the lakers are 2 time defending champs, but the league has adapted to them and their style of play. I’m not advocating for the trade, but i am not against it either. Alls im saying is look harder at our roster, the origin that’s really affecting everything right now is lack of perimeter play. Melo solves that obviously, and as a result, players like Pau will once again play up to their potential. This is like an injury. Sure you can cure the problem by addressing the symptoms, but you won’t really get anywhere unless you address what’s causing the injury itself.

    • John Robertson

      I agree with you bro.. Kobe is the only consistent perimeter player of the Lakers, I think if they trade Bynum for Melo they can replace him with a “not big name” Center but that is good in hustle and defense.

      For sure they will find the likes of Deandre Jordan, Javale McGee, Serge Ibaka

      • Guildtank

        none of those 3 is available

  • getgasol

    Let me start with a recap of what you already know:

    1) Carmello Anthony is arguably one of the top 5 best players in the league right now.

    2) Andrew Bynum is one of the best centers in the league – wait for it – WHEN HE’S HEALTHY.

    The problems I have with this trade is:

    1) As great as Carmello is, he doesn’t address our issues. Our main problem is defense, which he is not known for, while Bynum is one of our best defenders. Carmello brings offense, but we never had a problem scoring.

    2) Good Forwards grow on trees. In fact, we already have a few. There are only an elite few really good centers in the whole league. Therefore, centers are worth more.

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      thank you!

  • swim in the lake

    Bynum is a good center, lots of potential, but easily susceptible to injury (knees)

    Melo is a superstar player, SF

    There’s a chance that Bynum will get better, but like it said in the article, problems at a early age will probably mean that it’ll just get worse and worse.
    If we lose Bynum, we lose our center
    gasol is doing a good job, but he’s really not fit for that position

    I’d say that Melo on Lakers is a decent team, but if we get nene.
    =
    unstoppable

    A big player like him with Melo, Kobe, Gasol would be a crazy ass teamm.

    melo and nene for bynum, walton, artest, brown (sadly)
    I’m sorta out of it right now so this might not work^

    the fact is that melo would add much more offensive power, but it might not be enough to let the defense swoop down so low.

  • Guildtank

    Give me a center to replace Bynum , then it’s a done deal.

    Any candidate in mind?

  • John Robertson

    I wish we can see some magic again by Mitch, haha

    Like in the past when there’s a lot of rumors that we will get KG, J. Kidd, or J.O, in exchange for Bynum and others but instead we made a good deal with Memphis to obtain Pau Gasol without giving up our core players

    Use your magic wand Mitch…

  • Inverse

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=46wva5g
    What do you guys think? I know Denver is taking this deal.
    Looks good for the lakers because Nazr is an expiring contract

    • John Robertson

      The trade looks good but its hard to convince the two other teams… hehe…

  • stucktrader

    How about ‘Melo, Nene, and Lawson’ For Bynum, Artest and Brown?

    The thing is Melo can play with his back to the hoop… And he can play D when he decides to (like Kobe, Lebron, etc). And he definitely can score more efficiently than Artest

    Nene is NOT nearly as intimidating as Bynum, but he is active and able enough to get rebounds….

    Ty Lawson has what the Lakers need… Speed and Quickness. They need someone who the opposing PG will have to expend energy to stop. No PG in the league thinks that Blake and Fish will blow by them…

    If the Lakers want a 3-peat. This seems to make sense for both teams… Denver is the one lacking leverage… The Lakers need to infuse youth yet again. (we do miss Ariza)

    • Guildtank

      I would endorse this trade. Would the money fit?

      • Darkice23

        That deal would never happen, why would denver get rid of Nene one of their most consistent players and only offensive big man they have for bynum, & artest?

        • Darkice23

          * and Melo? Thats a lose lose scenario for them, think denver terms guys

  • http://nba.com John Robertson

    Bynum, Caracter, Artest, Barnes, Brown for Anthony, Nene, Lawson

    Just dreaming here…. hehe

    • Colin Beatt

      Why the hell would you give up Barnes too? He’s been money off the bench for us

    • LakerMarc

      nene … are you alright?

  • lakerman34

    It’s not happening.

    I don’t know why, but it’s not happening.

    • daboss1848

      lol – u dont know why?

      • lakerman34

        I’m saying I don’t know why b/c I thought it was a no brainer.

  • Mars

    Like Kobe said “we need Bynum’s size and strength”. Melo is going to the Knicks where he should be so it can be “Amare and Melo”. Plus Kobe wouldn’t want Melo as a team member anyway because that would take away from his glory.

  • xtro

    off topic: now that jerry sloane will resign as head coach of the utah jazz, perhaps he can be the new head coach of the Lakers when PJ leaves after this season.

  • 242LakerFan

    zzzzz this trade aint happening.. it is a denver ploy to get better deals

  • Jonathan

    Lakers just beat the Celtics! Looks like Bynum’s here to stay!

  • John Robertson

    Wow the Lakers won, I think there’s no trade that will happen…

  • ek

    when it really comes down to it…we need a pg i think the lakers need Deron Williams

  • pkcool226

    One thing is for sure….bynum is short term, and melo is long term. What does the laker organization want to do? we can win with bynum in the playoffs with that dam half court, slowed down, triangle offense. YES WE CAN. If however we aquire melo…we MUST get rid of that dam triangle offense. pick n rolls. fast pace game. up n down. go go go. we would be a fast pace team very hard to stop with the talent we have. lamar, brown, kobe, pau….who’s gonna stop this up and down pic and roll crew. NOBODY THATS WHO. the trade can be good for long term…we can always build around melo. kobe’s getn up there. having said all that …right now bynum in this triangle offense gives us the best chance to win it all again. good thing i dont make the calls…cuz this is tuff.

  • UNBREAKABLE

    would denver accept lakers season tickets for melo? http://bit.ly/a6iLTr