Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Deals LA Should Stay Away from This Summer
Two second-round exits smells trouble for the Lakers organization, an organization used to winning championships. There is a chance that the team could have a whole new look next season.
Here are some deals the Lakers shouldn't be interested in come this summer.
No Kevin Garnett/Ray Allen
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While both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are strong weapons, they are too old to be productive over the long haul of a 82-game season. Chances are that the Lakers will have to give up a lot for this to happen. It's not worth the risk.
It's unlikely that these two would end up in a Lakers uniform, but there has been speculation regarding this.
If it's so, this could be a dominating group, but in the end, do the Lakers want to go down this path? Los Angeles wants younger guys who can help it win championships.
The veterans have won a championship, but won't be good fits in the long run.
Don't Give Up Ramon Sessions
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Ever since the Lakers signed Ramon Sessions, the point guard has been the glue to the Lakers offense. In his first 18 games in a Lakers uniform, Sessions averaged 13.8 points and 6.9 assists.
Sessions is a perfect fit for Los Angeles. He's developed a starting lineup position and has really matured since he's been traded.
Although Sessions didn't look great in the Oklahoma City Thunder series, he gave solid minutes for coach Mike Brown.
Sessions averaged 11.3 points and 5.5 assists this season.
The Lakers Are Limited with Money
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The Lakers don't seem to have much money for free agents. An example of this would be Deron Williams. Los Angeles doesn't have the money to get some of these players without a ridiculous pay cut, which isn't going to happen.
This brings up the possibilities of trades, but would Deron Williams, Dwight Howard and others be worth giving up so much? It's a risk indeed, but one that could benefit Los Angeles.
Either the Lakers could go the safe route and keep their players and keep trying to build, or they can go after these star players.
However, who would they have to give up for a Deron Williams or a Dwight Howard? Names that have popped up are Steve Blake, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
Keeping Mike Brown
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From what the aftermath of the season has shown, Laker fans aren't necessarily happy with head coach Mike Brown. Whether it's who he plays, his decision-making or just not being fit for a big market, the Lakers can look for other coaching options this summer.
It was a thought that if the Lakers did not defeat the Denver Nuggets in Game 7, this was a certainty. His bags would be packed and the news would come immediately. The Lakers were able to win, but eventually fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the second-round.
Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy and Jerry Sloan are some names that come to mind as possible replacements. These guys have been known to develop players, something Brown hasn't necessarily been able to do. He's a guy who has had more talent than anything.