L.A. Lakers: Deron Williams Can Still Be a Laker Contrary to Rumors
According to Marc Stein at ESPN.com, Williams has narrowed his choices to the Dallas Mavericks or re-signing with the Nets, and the Brooklyn-bound franchise will not even consider a deal from the Lakers unless it includes center Andrew Bynum.
So what's the hold-up?
I am one of Bynum's biggest supporters, but I would trade him in a second when it comes to what he could be and what Williams is right now.
I know that you should never traditionally trade size for a perimeter player, and while Bynum may fit the traditional model of a low post center which is a rarity these days, is it enough to by-pass the chance to acquire a proven NBA star?
And a lead guard no less.
The Lakers may not need an elite point guard to contend with the strength of Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and the quickness of San Antonio's Tony Parker, but it sure couldn't hurt.
Parker spent his last few regular season games against the Lakers destroying the good vibes that Ramon Sessions' arrival had inspired, and in the playoffs Westbrook pretty much killed any theories that Sessions might be the Lakers best option going forward.
In fact, Sessions' pitiful performance in the Western Conference semifinals only added more questions to a team desperately seeking answers, and it's never good when the lead query is something like "is Sessions really that bad defensively?"
Yes he is, but what's worse is the way that Sessions faded when it mattered the most. Offensively, he was a non-factor and defensively he never showed up.
There are some Lakers fans who are willing to give Sessions another chance despite his on-court indiscretions and his decision to opt out of his contract and test the waters of free agency.
I am not among that contingent.
If Sessions has the desire to seek his fortune elsewhere, the Lakers should let him walk, but they shouldn't try to replace him with Kyle Lowry as some fan have suggested.
I like Lowry, but I also liked Nick Van Exel, Eddie Jones and Cedric Ceballos who all played for highly-entertaining Lakers teams who went absolutely nowhere in the postseason.
The Lakers have not crafted their championship legacy by chasing players like Lowry, but Williams certainly fits the description.
Is it a risk to trade a 24-year-old true center who has talent and skill that might suggest greatness?
Of course it is, but it may be just as bad to pass over potential realized.
Lakers coach Mike Brown would have to adjust his scheme a little to accomodate Williams, but a starting lineup of Williams, Kobe Bryant, Gasol, Metta World Peace and Jordan Hill doesn't look too bad.
There is a prevailing feeling that Bynum, along with Kobe, is untouchable when it comes to roster moves, especially when you consider that Lakers president Jim Buss is credited with discovering Bynum.
The Nets may have left a crack in the door when it comes to the chances of landing Williams, but are the Lakers willing to kick it in to rejuvenate the franchise?
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