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Lakers Trades 2012: Grades and Analysis of Trade Deadline Deals

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Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2012

The Lakers' front office put loyalty and any sentimental value they had on players aside and made shocking moves just before Thursday's trade deadline.

While many thought it would be Pau Gasol traded, after months of speculation, the big man is staying put. Such was not the case for Derek Fisher and others, who bare a new uniform, much to the dismay of many Lakers fans.

Here are grades for the deals that went down and how these moves impact the Lakers.

 

Trade 1

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Lakers and Cavs have agreed to a deal that will land them Ramon Sessions.

Cavs send Ramon Sessions & Christian Eyenga for Luke Walton & 2012 Lakers first rounder. LAL gets right to swap '13 1st rounder w/Heat pick

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) March 15, 2012

 

Lakers Acquire: Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga

Lakers Give Up: Luke Walton and Lakers first-rounder in 2012. Lakers also swap firsts with Heat first-round pick in 2013.  

Grade: B

Ramon Sessions is not and will never be an elite point guard, but he's an upgrade from what the Lakers have. And with the Derek Fisher trade creating a void at the position, this is a much-needed hole to plug.

With just over 10 points and five assists a game, Sessions is better than any point guard the Lakers will obtain, drafting as late as they inevitably will be this season.

Luke Walton is a non-factor, and Christian Eyenga adds close to nothing to the lineup.

 

Trade 2

According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have agreed to a deal that will send Derek Fisher to the Rockets.

Let's fix this: The Lakers have traded Derek Fisher and a 2012 first-round pick (via Dallas) for Jordan Hill, league sources tell Y!

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 15, 2012

 

Lakers Acquire: Jordan Hill and a first-round pick

Lakers Give Up: Derek Fisher

Grade: C-

Jordan Hill has been a disappointment since he entered the league. With five PPG this season and less than five rebounds, he's bringing nothing to the table for the Lakers.

Some would say the Lakers owe Derek Fisher. He's played a huge role in the organization. But with his numbers way down this year, the Lakers aren't going to miss his 5.9 points and 3.3 assists on the season.

Fisher brought a lot to the team off the court. The locker room loses a leader, and this move doesn't help them win now whatsoever.

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