Kobe Wins Lakers Have to Trade for Kevin Garnett

Dave FinocchioSenior Writer IMay 31, 2007

IconIt's clear Kevin McHale is listening to trade offers Kevin Garnett, and it's time for the Lakers to step up to the plate.
Kobe Bryant just played his trump card—and in the fallout, Jerry Buss and the Lakers will give in to his will. 
Maybe Jerry West is a prerequisite here.  More likely he's not.
Aside from the whole "I don't like Phil Jackson, I don't like Jerry Buss, I don't like Jim Buss, I want to watch my son play basketball at WVU, I'm taking a year off" mantra that's being floated on West's behalf these days, I just can't see how or why he could pull off some miracle deal that Kupchak can't.
That said: It's a desperately vague solution to a deeper problem—but if you're the Lakers management, you do make a run at West to keep Kobe happy.
Maybe you give him big bucks to come in as a consultant, maybe you don't. The important thing here is how your actions are perceived by Bryant and by the media and fans.
Done and done.
Now on to the important stuff like, "How are we going to win more basketball games?"
Here's where Kobe really has Buss by the balls. Everyone under the sun knows that the Lakers need to do something drastic from a player-personnel standpoint. Zach Randolph isn't going cut it. Jermaine O'Neil isn't going to cut it. I suggested earlier that Pau Gasol might be an intriguing option—but honestly, Gasol alone is not going to make the Lakers a championship-level team.

As I see it, the Lakers have one option and one option only: Do whatever it takes to trade for Kevin Garnett.

If he still has the authority, Mitch Kupchak should propose the following:

The Lakers receive Garnett and Craig Smith in exchange for Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, and the Lakers' 2007 first-round draft pick (19th overall). If Kuppy needs to throw in the Lakers' first-round pick in 2008 to get the deal done, so be it.

The Timberwolves get their center of the future (Bynum), an above average 3/4 (Odom), and a solid reserve at worst in Brown...who will likely find more success in a smaller market with fewer distractions.
The draft picks are a nice bonus, especially because, as it stands, Minnesota doesn't have any for about 20 years.
Thank you Senor McHale.
The Wolves can build a team around Randy Foye and Bynum, with some immediate veteran help from Ricky Davis and Odom. No it's not the most hopeful situation in the NBA—but it's a hell of a lot better than losing Garnett for nothing or just-about-nothing next year.

On the flip side, the Lakers get their impact superstar and become immediate championship contenders. They start Farmar (or a new vet point guard) with Kobe, Walton, Smith, and Garnett. It should be good enough to satisfy Kobe...and to keep the fanbase engaged for the next five or six years (assuming they can resign Garnett after next season—an extension would probably need to be agreed upon pre-trade).

Pull this off and all is well in Lakerland, Kobeland, Garnettland and David Stern's office.
Then we can finally put this whiny melodrama to bed.