With Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reporting that Deron Williams has interest in joining the Lakers, and assuming the Rockets are still interested in acquiring Gasol, Lowry's recent tantrum may have created the perfect storm that brings Williams to the City of Angels.
I propose the following three-team trade:
Lakers Trade: Pau Gasol (and Steve Blake unless they feel they need him in an Orlando trade)
Lakers Receive: Deron Williams
Nets Trade: Deron Williams (sign-and-trade)
Nets Receive: Kyle Lowry, Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson and the No. 16 Pick
Rockets Trade: Kyle Lowry, Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson and the No. 16 Pick
Rockets Receive: Pau Gasol (and possibly Steve Blake)
The above is a trade that the Lakers, Rockets and Magic brass should seriously consider. Don't worry, Mitch Kupchak, I won't require a consultancy fee this time.
Now, for all you Lakers fans out there who are wondering who in the world would man the starting power forward position for your team next season if Pau is traded: Have no fear, for the options are almost endless!
I personally would follow up the above trade with a second trade of Andrew Bynum, Steve Blake, Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga to the Magic for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu.
While I believe Mitch Kupchak would do the same (unless, of course, he can pry Howard away without having to take on Turkoglu's horrendous contract), even if the Lakers stick with enigmatic Andrew Bynum, they can easily find a solid frontcourt mate for him.
Lamar Odom is the first name that comes to mind as he should be available for the veteran minimum once the Mavericks buy him out of his contract.
Another name that comes to mind is Elton Brand. I believe the 76ers will amnesty him before the start of next season in order to have the necessary funds available to re-sign both Lou Williams and Spencer Hawes.
If the Lakers are able to acquire Dwight Howard from the Nets, Odom would again be a perfect complement to Howard. However, another name that comes to mind is Antawn Jamison, who should also complement Superman Howard perfectly.
Hope is not lost in Lakers land, not with Kyle Lowry providing it in bunches and the dreams that are Deron Williams and Dwight Howard still being available for the taking.
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