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Let me start by saying that this is definitely the biggest long shot of the article.
The Lakers do not look like a championship team right now. That is a fact. They are losing games they shouldn't, and their star players have slowed considerably. Kobe is chucking up 25 plus shots per game, and Pau Gasol is playing more like Al Jefferson.
Although still one of the top teams in the West, the Lakers are playing a few notches below the Spurs, Celtics, Heat and Mavericks. If this type of play continues, they may have to look into bringing in some new faces. And wouldn't Gerald Wallace be a welcome new face.
Gerald Wallace, Boris Diaw and 2011 first-round pick to the Lakers
Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest to the Bobcats
Don't freak out! I said it's a long shot. But it would help both clubs.
The Bobcats are in desperate need of some help at center, and Bynum, the promising yet injury-prone mammoth, would be a perfect piece to start rebuilding around. Ron-Ron wouldn't be thrilled about being shipped across the country to a lottery team, but he would have an opportunity to end his slump and become a quality contributor once again.
Now, on to how this would help the Lakers.
Gerald Wallace made the All-Defensive First Team last season, so the Lakers wouldn't lose a step with regards to defensive power. Lamar Odom is playing outstanding basketball lately, and this move would allow him to return to the starting lineup for the Lakers. Boris Diaw is an an excellent passer at the power forward spot (he's averaged four assists per game for his career), and his court vision and range would make him an excellent fit in Phil Jackson's triangle offense.
The loss of Bynum will hurt, but the Lakers have shown that they can still be an elite team without the injury prone big man. And the combination of Gerald Wallace and a likely lottery pick in 2011 make this deal even more enticing. Wallace would likely take some time to learn the workings of the offense, but he is an upgrade over Artest in every way. Wallace is a much improved three-point shooter from early on in his career and is capable of hitting just as many as Artest. What's more, he can run the break and attack the basket in ways that Artest will never be able to.
The chances of this trade happening are extremely slim. But if it were to happen, it would set both teams in the right direction and could be what the Lakers need to pull off a three-peat.