As depressing as last week was by losing out on the KG sweepstakes, Lakers fans are buzzing with the new s this morning about Jermaine O’Neal and his desire to play in LA alongside Kobe Bryant. So far, it has seemed as if the Lakers lost a lot of leverage with Kobe’s trade demands, but it looks like the pendulum is finally starting to swing back in our direction. Obviously, if the Lakers are somehow able to land JO without giving up Odom, it would be an ideal trade.
The question is, does management see it that way?
Well my fellow purple and gold friends, we will soon see. Since last season’s trade deadline where the trigger was not pulled for Jason Kidd, Lakers fans have really began to understand just how untouchable baby Bynum is. Well, with this JO talk now surfacing, Lakers fans will finally know whether or not the team is going to build for the present around Bryant or build for the future around Bynum. It is decision time for Lakers management, and though a trio of KB/LO/JO doesn’t win you a championship alone, the foundation to be put in a championship position would be in place.
So, if Odom is not in the deal, what would the deal be? Would you deal Bynum, Kwame, Cook & Crittendon for JO and possibly Harrison? Obviously, the fillers can change, but if it meant keeping Lamar Odom, do you pull the trigger??
My opinion: SHIP HIM OUT!