Zach RandolphHOOPSWORLD.COM: The early offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers continues. Before the draft lottery on May 22nd, teams are essentially limited to brainstorming sessions.

In the meantime fans clamor for answers that even Laker owner Dr. Jerry Buss can’t give.

Recently the idea of trading for either Jermaine O’Neal or Pau Gasol has been discussed in this space. The idea being that the Lakers’ best trade bait is the young Andrew Bynum whose prime is not likely to coincide with Kobe Bryant’s.

Since Bynum is on a rookie contract and making approximately $2 million, he would have to be paired with at least another player (probably Kwame Brown) to match salaries if LA brought in a big named/big salaried star.

With so much size going out, the Lakers would either have to make a Bynum deal for a star center or power forward . . . or have another deal lined up to do so.

Back on May 9th, former shoe magnate Sonny Vaccaro was on local radio and though by his own admission had no inside information predicted that “the Lakers make a monster trade” with “Indiana.” He specifically mentioned O’Neal.

The next day Laker Vice President of Player Personnel Jim Buss joined the Loose Cannons on the same station and said, “I agree with fans we have to make some major changes. I listened to your show yesterday I believe Sonny was on there. He was close to what he was saying . . . yes, we will be going after a big name.”

Now that isn’t exactly confirmation that LA will pursue O’Neal but it certainly is suggestive.

In clarifying his position on the Laker roster, Buss tipped his hand that the Lakers are also eyeing Kevin Garnett.

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  • http://none reece muirhead

    the KG trade is the best thing we(lakers) can go for at this point we need a big name and we need it know. Kobe the best thing you can do if you love to win so much is to call KG and talk to him about making the trade to LA try and get him to come to LA you love to win KG loves to win put 2 and 2 togeather you can win it’s their no playoff hex in LA a new start. if their is no big name trade made in this off season the LA Lakers can say good bye to Kobe Bryant and i hate to say that but it’s the truth we need KG come to LA KG we need you Kobe needs you and you need Kobe i don’t evea want to see a Kobe trade it will break my hart in my life i wont even get the chance to see kobe play Live. i love the Lakers and i lov Kobe for what he stands for in the Basket Ball world. so make it good for you and me! and i come from a small country town in the out back off Australia please take note of this KG please!-Carpe Diem

  • Just_A_Laker_Fan

    Yes I think that the Lakers are not going to look for a point guard like Jason Kidd. Though his leadership and ability to create plays especially if he uses the Triangle. Come to mind even though the Lakers need a point guard I believe they would be a lot more better with two big guys down low. Two are in mind, Ron Artest, great defender, 15 pts a game and can rebound around any big man. Second is between Jermaine and Gasol. Though I love to see Jermaine in LA but I think NY might to give more players then LA would. Plus Gasol looks like a nice fit in the Triangle also a good defender and 20 pts person. Not sure if I wanted to trade Odom for him though because I would rather see the starting five with Kobe, Farmar, Odom, Artest and Gasol/Jermaine. I think if they did do that you know our front line up just looks great creating havoc on the floor and the other teams have to do one on one. This also means that Kobe is now not going to be double team as much because you have to worry about Artest, Odom, and Gasol/Jermaine down low. I would say to Buss, thinking big is a good idea. Also don’t forget about picking up a vetern player like Grant Hill or Eddie Jones, just some help like when we had Ron Harper.

  • *LaKeRfAn15*

    I think the starting line up should be
    andrew bynum
    kobe bryant
    ron artest
    kevin garnett
    mo williams
    thats the 2008 nba championship team!!!!

  • http://getgarnett.com kevin olivas

    i like that lineup *LaKeRfAn15* but i think that the lakers would make abetter desision if they keep lamar odom and realese andrew bynum.

  • http://www.mrgarylee.com Gary Lee

    KG for Lamar and Bynum is totally acceptable in my eyes. If they get greedy, then throw in Radmanovic or the 19th pick to the Wolves. KG’s in southern california as we speak, so I hope Kobe is driving up PCH every day and knocking on KG’s malibu front door to get him to come play for the lakers. Kevin’s gotta realize that he’s already shown more than enough loyalty to Timberwolves, but all they have done is spit in his face with the asinine moves of Kevin McHale.

    Consolation Prize – Jermaine O’Neal is injury prone, but I think he’s worth the risk. I would say a Lamar, the 19th and maybe Radman for Jermaine deal is the only way to go. Giving up Bynum for him would be too much right now.

  • Just_A_Laker_Fan

    The line up if it goes as plan is:
    Kobe
    Farmar
    Luke
    Artest
    Garnett

    My opinion is
    Kobe
    Farmar
    Lamar
    Artest
    Gasol

    If we look at the trade and salary Lakers will have to do four and one trade meaning the Lakers send four players to get Garnett. I wouldn’t mind but knowing Garnett he has to take action inorder that trade to happen. Otherwise nothing is going to happen. There is still another option for Garnett which means he can opt out his contract. Again it’s up to the guy to do so.

    Mo Williams will be nice but the Lakers wouldn’t have enough money to pick him up especially there are several times out there that can give him more money. Maybe if the Lakers can make him see something like bringing in Artest and Gasol or Garnett, he might go a lower pay and play with LA. I see people like Grant Hill, Eddie Jones, PJ Brown.

    Lamar Odom for Garnett wouldn’t be too bad, just that it can not happen with that just one on one trade. They have two different values in salaries the amount they are making per season. That’s why Odom and Garnett trade; just those two can not happen. Just to explain to some people here who wants all these players but most likely is not going to happen.

    Most likely Andrew Bynum is going to be traded along with Brown, Sasha, Cook and maybe Luke ( Cook and Luke are unsure if they are going to be traded, but might be part of a package deal?

    Artest to Lakers
    Brown ( might include either Luke or Sasha or Cook) to the Kings

    Gasol to the Lakers
    Andrew Bynum and another player ( might be Sasha or Luke or Cook). People want Radmanovic to be traded but his contract has 4 more years which teams doesn’t want to touch.

  • *LaKeRfAn15*

    Andrew bynum will be the next shaq in a few years.we need 2 trade lamar because hes injury prone.We need 2 trade him and kwame brown.
    If i was the pistons i would sign billups and trade him 4 odom and mckie. Or we can trade lamar and bynum and get greg odom from the grizzlies when they pick him!!!!
    07/08 championship linup!!!!!
    Oden
    bryant
    billups
    garnett
    artest

    trade vladimer and williams and parker in a sign and trade!!!!!

  • http://getgarnett.com Rick

    I like that Billups reference. He is way under the radar right now. That would be sick along with KG

  • tim

    i dont mean to be an ass. but just a laker fan and lakerfan 15. are you guys smoking crack?

    “Andrew bynum will be the next shaq in a few years.we need 2 trade lamar because hes injury prone.We need 2 trade him and kwame brown.
    If i was the pistons i would sign billups and trade him 4 odom and mckie. Or we can trade lamar and bynum and get greg odom from the grizzlies when they pick him!!!!
    07/08 championship linup!!!!!
    Oden
    bryant
    billups
    garnett
    artest

    trade vladimer and williams and parker in a sign and trade!!!!!”

    yes this would be an incredible lineup. but i think my 3 year old brother could come up with a more realistic trade.

  • Just_A_Laker_Fan

    Hey Tim, the thing is no one will trade Radman and williams and parker is all ready out of the picture for a sign and deal trade for Garnett. If I was T-Wolves they really think I was smoking crack if I trade Garnett for those three players. Billups wants more money just he choice to play for lesser money and Artest we are in a 50/50 on that, depending on the Kings trading to us or Denver.

    Pistons doesn’t need Odom because they have their players set all ready and letting Billups go for a trade with Odom doesn’t make sense. Piston wants how the team right now and they are most likely to resign Billups and C Webb back. I don’t think they’ll make the same mistake like when they let go of Big Ben; they were lucky to pick up C Webb because everyone thought he was going to the Lakers.

    Bynum is a good player and yes he probably be the next Shaq, but are you willing to risk that? I mean Jermaine didn’t get better until he was traded from Portland to Indiana and it took him 6 years to develope to what he is now. Unfortunately Phil hasn’t really played Bynum because of lack effort in Bynum part. I know he’s 19 and growing but two more years down and still averaging about 2-4 pts again and really getting more fouls then points. But if was sent to the D-League when we picked him up and brought hime back fromt the D-League to Lakers now he would have become like Shaq and wouldn’t be here talking lets get Garnett….
    All in all you want KG you need to trade with the right players and your trade is not what the T-Wolves are looking for and so are the Pistons…..

  • Just_A_Laker_Fan

    To Tim please read the article on “Larry Coons FAQ” on this site, you’ll see why your trade does not work out for your trade for Garnett…..

  • Brandon

    Hey Just A Laker Fan. Tim wasn’t suggesting that. He was quoting LakerFan15. Tim was just saying how ridiculous lakerfan15 trade scenario is.

  • Just_A_Laker_Fan

    Hi Brandon, actually I think he was including me in it because he said, “i dont mean to be an ass. but just a laker fan and lakerfan 15. are you guys smoking crack?”

    But it’s all good, we are all Lakers Fans in here and really want to best for LA Lakers to get back into the game and become champs once again…. Go Lakers….

  • *LakeRfAn15*

    Im tim and we all want whats best for the lakers.They need to pick up mo williams and we need someone like greg oden.So trade bynum for him when they pick him.ANd we can trade brown and like williams and mckie and farmer and who evr else for garnett.Or we need to pick up someone like vince carter!!!!

    07/08 line up!!!
    Oden
    bryant
    garnett
    williams
    carter
    now that like the next 5 championship team!!!

  • lakkadakka

    “Since Bynum is on a rookie contract and making approximately $2 million, he would have to be paired with at least another player (probably Kwame Brown)”

    Kwame Brown isn’t worth anything to anyone in the league. Why Buss and Kupchak thought it was a good idea to pay this guy a ton of money, I’ll never understand.

  • http://none KB24

    I think we need to get Pau Gasol and Ron Artest. I don’t really like Jermail O’neal I thik he is a little overrated.As much as I would like us to get KG I don’t think we would get him he is to expensive. Unless Kubchak does make a trade I doubt he would. We should also pick up Chauncey.

    Starting Five

    Billups
    Bryant
    Artest
    Odom
    Gasol

    Champions

  • http://myspace.com/lakerfan15 lakerfan15

    Now

  • http://myspace.com/lakerfan15 lakerfan15

    who is that Tim??????can they edit ur words on this site?

  • tim

    who posts on this site? are you guys twelve years old? all your projected rosters are completely unfeasible and you cant even spell players and peoples names right. itd be great to actually get some intelligent discussion here.

  • *LakeRfAn15*

    Tim,Ur like a twelve year old!!!A twelve yearold whould ask a stupid question like are you on crack?Why would you think that?I like kb24 roster!!!Thats a championship team!!!!I like just_a_Laker_fans starting 5 too!!!!Just_a_laker_fan whould knnow what best for the lakers than you tim!!!ANd dont make stupid coments like u did earlyer!!!!

  • tim

    you are a cute kid lakerfan15.

  • Lakers24

    trade bynum and 1st round pick and farmar to Minnesota. trade kwame and future 1st pick to sac town for Ron Artest. Pick up Billups resign mihm. resign walton. sign grant hill. this would be our roster next season. billups kobe artest lamar kg bench hill vlad evans walton mihm turiaf cookie shammond williams and pick up another pg in the 2nd round of the draft