According to this John Hollinger from ESPN’s Insider, the Lakers are winners during the off-season. We’ve only just began… Hopefully.
11. Los Angeles Lakers
(added Javaris Crittenton, Derek Fisher)
I’m not sure if this is enough to make Kobe rescind his trade demand, but it helps. The Lakers point guards were disastrous last season, so adding the veteran Fisher to take over for Smush Parker should pay immediate dividends (although the Lakers overpaid and will hate themselves for this two years from now, that’s in the future — remember, we’re just looking at the impacts for 2007-08 today).
Crittenton was supposed to be a long-range pick, but he played well enough in summer league that folks may reconsider that position — especially since at 6-foot-5, he has the size that Phil Jackson craves in the backcourt.