This article will look at five potential Andrew Bynum trades not involving Dwight Howard. Believe it or not, there is such a beast.
In the midst of all the talk about Howard being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Bynum, I thought it would be good to rock the boat a little bit.
The following trades have the Lakers acquiring players who would help them fill current voids: poor point guard play, lack of youth and athleticism on the perimeter, a backup for Kobe Bryant and a backup center.
This article does not necessarily mean I am in favor of the Lakers trading Bynum, but I wanted to show that good trade possibilities do exist that don’t include Howard.
The Denver Nuggets would also get Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher, while the Los Angeles Lakers would acquire Chris Andersen.
By adding Wilson Chandler, Ty Lawson and Andersen, the Lakers would be filling many of the voids mentioned in the opening slide.
For starters, the team wouldn’t look so old and heavy-footed running up and down the court, considering the youth and athleticism of Lawson and Chandler.
In addition, Chandler would stretch opposing defenses with his ability to hit outside shots.
Andersen would be a great addition to backup Pau Gasol and/or Lamar Odom.
The Indiana Pacers would also acquire Matt Barnes and Steve Blake, while the Los Angeles Lakers would get Roy Hibbert.
The trio of Danny Granger, George Hill and Hibbert would certainly be nothing to sneeze at.
Granger has been the Pacers’ star player the last several seasons, making the All-Star team in 2009.
Granger could flourish even more, surrounded by more talent in Los Angeles, with not as much pressure to score.
Much like when Pau Gasol was traded to the Lakers after being forced to carry a heavy scoring burden for the lowly Memphis Grizzlies.
The Philadelphia 76ers would also get Ron Artest and Darius Morris, while the Los Angeles Lakers would acquire Spencer Hawes.
Andre Iguodala would improve the team’s stock on the perimeter, alleviating some of the pressure on Kobe Bryant to do so much scoring.
Iggy would also serve as Artest's replacement as the team’s lockdown, perimeter defender.
The Los Angeles Lakers would also acquire Aaron Gray and Willie Green, with the New Orleans Hornets getting Steve Blake and Devin Ebanks.
The Lakers would be getting arguably the best point guard in the game in Chris Paul, and the franchise’s best point guard since Magic Johnson retired.
Also, Green would be a serviceable backup for Kobe Bryant, which the team needs with Shannon Brown opting out of his contract and becoming a free agent.
The Hornets would ensure they get something in return for Paul, who may leave New Orleans when he becomes a free agent, which could potentially leave the Hornets empty handed, much like the Cavaliers when LeBron James left for the Miami Heat.
It may seem silly for the New Jersey Nets to trade Deron Williams, considering one of the reasons they acquired him last February was to not only drastically improve their team, but to attract other players to come play in New Jersey and eventually Brooklyn.
But after next season, Williams becomes a free agent. There is no guarantee Williams will want to stay with the Nets. If the team was able to ink Andrew Bynum to a lengthy contract, he would become the new centerpiece used to attract future free agents.