If Chris Paul is truly heading to the New York Knicks, like every hot topic is expressing, then it is time to figure out where the next big-time trio will come from. To do that, you have to evaluate which players are going up for sale sooner than later.
Not sure where these two men could end up but a pretty good option could be the Los Angeles Lakers, without logically reviewing the soft cap, luxury tax and all the trade rules that have come along with the almost-confirmed Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Just think about it for a moment before you completely shoot the idea down.
Deron Williams Could Replace….
If the Lakers really wanted to bring a sizable point guard in that still can consistently score throughout the game, they can look in the direction of Deron Williams. That is unless he is looking to go somewhere that is still attempting to develop.
My guess is that he watches league news and is paying attention to how championships are being won. Not only does he need to head to a franchise that is stacked with talent, but he needs to go somewhere where there are reliable role players, benched or starting, just as ready to head in the same direction that he is.
As much as Laker fans may not want to admit it, Derek Fisher is no longer the answer for the Lakers. With Mike Brown coming into the organization a statement needs to be made immediately. There are so many questions surrounding not only his hire but the hire of his assistant coach John Kuester that there needs to be a few more stable veterans on the team that still have the strength and game-changing ability to grab the team by the horns.
Of course Kobe Bryant is there to do that but it is obvious that he is no longer in his golden years. Bryant is still the most effective shooter on the team, but he cannot carry the men on his back as he used to be able to. Those days are gone and there needs to be some type of relief as a past knee injury may begin to determine how much he can continue bearing the load.
Steve Blake is most definitely not someone that Bryant could look to in order to get the offense going again. The Lakers need the type of point guard that can return them from the depths of a stagnant offense once or twice during a game and can also keep his teammates involved enough so that the emotions would not stir up on the sidelines. LA is a team that functions well off of noted responsibility.
Williams is the perfect man to come into the situation and stir up a bit of confidence in a team that needs a reboot. Shannon Brown occasionally played the role of shooting guard/point guard, but that never allowed him to contribute to the franchise at his full potential, therefore his exit may become a personal choice.
There is no mistaking that Bryant would love someone in the organization that could take some of the scoring pressure off of him.
Dwight Howard Could Replace…
Dwight Howard is the best big man in the league, hands down. Who do the Lakers have now? They have a front line that consists of the randomly slacking off Pau Gasol and the injury-riddled youngster Andrew Bynum.
Bynum had a great season, but LA still needs to pay attention to how he is used on the court. Coach Brown may try to use him more than he should and that could cause over-extension or irritation in his joints that would force him towards the sidelines.
Howard wants to win and he does not want to wait for the Orlando Magic front office to actually succeed with bringing in teammates that will stay in the fight with him. He has openly complained about the men beside him giving up on him during the postseason and will most definitely want a way out either before or after the season.
The best way that the Lakers could bring in Howard is in a trade. They could take a note from the New York Knicks and attempt to bring both him and Williams in gradually, which would seem much more realistic, giving them time to adjust their payroll and rid themselves of players they just do not need anymore.
Orlando’s big man is as good as gone and he could do things for the Lakers that Bynum just cannot. A trade for Howard would give Orlando Magic a younger big man with a lot of miles left in him and also allow them to rest assured that they have not come up with some compensation during the post-Howard recovery.
In this scenario, the newest Big Three would be stationed in Los Angeles and the franchise would once again be at the competitive level it has always been famed to be. Hot topics in the NBA catch on fast and a superstar trio seems like the remedy for every large market franchise?
You ask, “Why LA?”
I ask, “Why not?”