The rumors are finally over and Dwight Howard is officially a Los Angeles Laker. After months of negotiations in what seemed like a never ending “dwightmare,” Laker fans are able to celebrate. The self proclaimed Superman has big shoes to fill as the Lakers have climbed the ranks and become an instant favorite to win it all this season.
The Lakers will host a press conference with Dwight Howard at 5:00pm today.
In other news, Jodie Meeks has agreed to a 2 year deal with the Purple and Gold. Meeks will serve as a back up to starting point guard Steve Nash.
The Los Angeles Lakers are seeking all possible options to acquire Orlando’s Dwight Howard after the collapse of a deal that would have sent Howard to Brooklyn. The new proposal is a three-team trade involving the Magic, Rockets and Lakers that would send the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum to Houston, Orlando’s Dwight Howard to LA, while Orlando would receive young talent and future draft picks while clearing cap space.
In a key development, the Lakers have become more open to taking a fairly bad contract in a trade, the one for Orlando guard-forward Jason Richardson.
“They’re still trying,” said a person familiar with the talks who was not authorized to speak publicly about them.
In addition to the Lakers pursuit of All Star center Dwight Howard it appears the Brooklyn Nets have reached a pivotal point in negotiations vowing to “resolve” the situation by day’s end. This means that either Howard will be a Net by the end of the day or the Nets will focus elsewhere. The Nets are fearful that Lopez will receive an offer sheet from another team if they don’t act by the end of the day, which would kill the opportunity to move him in a sign-and-trade for Howard.
Stay tuned for more developments as this story begins to unfold
It is official! The Los Angeles Lakers have inked in future hall of fame point guard Steve Nash. The details of the sign-and-trade has the Lakers sending two first-round draft picks in 2013 and 2015 as well as two second-round draft picks in 2013 and 2014 to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Nash.
The Lakers will hold a press conference at 12 p.m. PT to introduce Nash as a Laker for the first time on Weds. July 11.
After months and months of speculation, the Lakers finally made some noise as the trade deadline approached. LTR is here to break down the trades and discuss where the Lakers stand heading into the final stretch of the season. The first trade the Lakers made was the acquisition of a much needed point guard.
Ramon Sessions Trade: Lakers send forwards Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, and 2012 first-round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for guards Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga.
This was a much anticipated deal for Lakers fans. Ever since the CP3 deal was nixed by commissioner Stern, the Lakers have been on the prowl for a young/quick point guard. Ramon Session is not the all star caliber point guard they once hoped for, but his impact to the team could be significant. The Lakers were able to keep there “big 3″ in tact, and now with the addition of a savvy guard to run the offense, look for Pau and Bynums to have an easier time down low. The addition of Eyenga was more of added bonus for Los Angeles and might turn out to be a steal at shooting guard.
The Lakers improved significantly with this move and also were able to get rid of Luke Walton’s absurd $5.8 million contract for next season.
Derek Fisher Trade: Lakers send guard Derek Fisher and a 2012 first-round draft pick to the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward/center Jordan Hill.
This one stings. It will take some time for Lakers fans to get used to not seeing D Fish in the purple and gold. Fisher is 5th all time in games played as a Laker. His contributions have been tremendous and he has played an integral roll on 5 championship teams. However, every era has to come to an end. Despite losing a Lakers legend, the team will only get better from here on out. The Lakers also have gotten rid of Fisher’s contract ($3.4 million this season, player option next season). This was clearly a move to save money.
With the tweaks to the roster the Lakers definitely improved. Can they contend for a championship? Though unlikely they will pull it off, the Lakers are at least in the discussion. Anytime a team has 3 of the best players in their respective positions you are automatically in contention. The addition of a point guard helps the situation and even lifts the Lakers to second in the West, right behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers have been exceptional at home this season and with Andrew Bynum improving every game I am eager to see what the next part of the season has in store. The biggest area of concern is the bench play. The Lakers bench is among the worst in the NBA and has struggled to find any rhythm or cohesion. The acquisition of Michael Beasley would have helped a great deal, but unable to make something happen, the Lakers need to find a way to get more production out of the bench.
Laker fans, what do you think about the trades that went down? Are the Lakers contenders now or do they still need someone else?
It all started when Ronald Lazenby tweeted: “It seems we’ll soon be getting news that Gasol has been traded. No details confirmed, but he’s apparently gone.” No sooner did he hit the send button and “Pau Gasol” was trending worldwide.
Again, nothing has been confirmed but it has been no secret that the Lakers have been looking to trade Gasol. The main suitor appears to be the Houston Rockets. They have been inquiring about Gasol all season.
The only trade that makes any sense is Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry for Gasol. It addresses the Lakers dire need for a point guard and Scola will be a serviceable replacement for Pau.
There are rumors that the Rockets don’t want to part with Lowry, though. If the Lakers can’t get Lowry I say this is a no deal. And to make things more complicated, Lowry was hospitalized today for “fever and abdominal distress.” Rockets are listing him as day to day.
So if the Lakers do get Lowry, will he be able to play?
In a somewhat shocking move, the Dallas Mavericks acquired Lamar Odom from the Los Angeles Lakers late Saturday night.
The move comes on the heels of the news that the three-way trade between the Lakers, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Hornets that would have sent Chris Paul to LA is officially dead.
The real question here is why the Mavericks would help the Lakers in this way. Instead of sending out players, the Mavericks sent the Lakers the trade exception they just acquired as part of the Tyson Chandler trade. The Mavs were expected to use that exception to absorb additional salary in a trade for Dwight Howard.
Now it seems the Lakers will have the opportunity to try and do just that.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA owners were irate that the (NBA owned) New Orleans Hornets agreed to this deal. According to a source the NBA has killed the potential three-team swap.