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So it appears, Jason Kidd is on the trade block. One of the greatest point guards in the history of basketball, is suddenly available. The Lakers need to take advantage of this golden opportunity. Who says lightening does not strike twice. It appears the Lakers and the Mavericks are the 2 biggest contenders in the sweepstakes.
Jason Kidd is the answer for the Los Angeles Lakers.
First, to all the devout members in Lakers Nation, that are confused, Jason Kidd is not washed up. This man who averaged a triple double in the ’07 postseason is washed up? The case can be made, that it was in the weak Eastern Conference, however, a triple double is a triple double. Teams never get second chances to acquire big name talent, and this is the Lakers chance, to once again regain the glamour of Showtime.
Last year, the Lakers did have a deal in place with New Jersey to acquire Kidd. The Lakers however backed out, because they did not want to include Bynum. This made a lot of Lakers fans mad, myself included. But seeing the development of Bynum, I mean he is now one of the top prospects in all of basketball, and is starting to thrive as the starting center for the Lakers.
A deal for Kidd, would not cost as much as last year. Bynum is untouchable. He will not be a part of a deal for Kidd, or anyone else not named Dwight Howard. Who can the Lakers offer to exceed the needs of the Nets. The Nets do not want to rebuild, so it would have to take at least one player with some type of star power. Lamar Odom, fit’s this mold, as he would thrive in the Nets scenery, and Lawrence Franks up-tempo offense. Then a pick between Jordan Farmar or Javaris. Farmar would probably be the pick of the Nets, he has proven himself, and is seen by many as a shorter version of Jason Kidd, and would do well in that offense.
A deal based around those two would surely entice the Nets to at least consider it. Maybe throw in Kwame Brown, and take on one of there centers to make the numbers work. This deal would undoubtedly bring glamour back to Los Angeles.
Imagine, how much Kidd would open up the floor for Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum and our 3 point shooters. Kidd has never played with a center with the ability of Bynum, and has never had a sidekick the level of Kobe Bryant. This would make Kobe happy, as well as the fans happy. It makes a lot of sense and would not deplete our bench. A Kidd and Kobe back court would once again restore the Lakers franchise.
In every trade, there are risks, but this is one that the Los Angeles Lakers can not afford to pass up on. It is the type of deal, that would give L.A. the star power to potentially push us over the top, maybe not this year, but in the years to come.
Call Thorn Mitch, pull the trigger, we have a second chance at this.