Lakers Rumors: Why LA Is Smart to Keep Pau Gasol & Andrew Bynum After Nash Trade
ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will send him to the L.A. Lakers in exchange for the Lakers' 2013 and 2015 first-round and 2013 and 2014 second-round picks.
The Lakers also have one of the most talented frontcourts in the game with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
After landing Nash, the Lakers main focus now needs to be on keeping both Gasol and Bynum and not falling into any of the trade bait that could be offered for either of their services.
The Orlando Magic still have Andrew Bynum as their top trade target for Dwight Howard, as reported by Adrian Wojnarwoski. While Howard is a tempting option, he's not the center the Lakers need.
It will be challenging enough for the Lakers to adjust to running an offense led by a true point guard instead of running an offense that consistently begins with Kobe holding the ball out on the wing.
The last thing the Lakers need is to have to work two new players into their rotation, especially with the immaturity that exists within Howard and the way he could approach a potential trade to the Lakers.
Before they landed Nash, the Lakers almost made the same mistake by trying to trade Pau Gasol to the Hawks for Josh Smith. Luckily, the Hawks weren't interested in that trade because of the $38 million due to Gasol over the next two seasons.
It's not that Smith would have been a bad addition for the Lakers. It just would have been a difficult transition for the Lakers to make while also focusing on building chemistry with the addition of Nash in the backcourt.
The biggest issue for the Lakers heading into next season will be their ability to create chemistry between all the starting players, and that's easier to do without breaking up their twin towers.
Even though Howard might be a more athletic and more defensively-sound player than Bynum, the fact that Bynum has been with the Lakers for the past seven seasons is worth more to the Lakers' immediate success.
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