LA Lakers: 5 Players on the Trade Block Who Would Make Kobe Bryant Happy
The Los Angeles Lakers need to add some quality depth at guard to improve this season and for the immediate future.
Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo and talented Cleveland Cavalier Ramon Sessions are two players the Lakers are rumored to be discussing, and there some other players on the trading block who could help Kobe Bryant get his team back to the NBA Finals.
Let's look at five guys who could make a profound impact on the Lakers and could be acquired through trade.
Dwight Howard has the Lakers on his list of preferred destinations to be traded to, but the star center has yet to be moved by the Orlando Magic, and it appears that the likelihood he gets dealt is diminishing.
Howard would give the Lakers a young star who is the most dominant player in basketball, excelling at both ends of the floor each night.
Lakers management has been unwilling to part with big men Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol for Dwight Howard, and it will be interesting to watch if L.A.'s stance on this changes as the trade deadline approaches.
Derrick Williams is a very good young player with great athleticism and huge upside. He can rebound, score inside and is an improving outside shooter.
Gasol is 31 years old and is one the down side of his career, while Williams is just starting his NBA career as a rookie, playing with a team that has so much talent like him. The Lakers could expedite the development of Williams.
Harris is a really talented player, but he's been traded several times in his career. If he finds a new home with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant will be a very happy man.
Harris is a good scorer and runs an offense well. He would certainly be an upgrade over Steve Blake and Derek Fisher for the Lakers at point guard.
Ramon Sessions is the point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but would be a quality starter at the position for the Lakers.
Sessions can score, but he also is a good playmaker that could run the offense more efficiently than Fisher or Blake.
Sessions is only 25 years old, and still has room for improvement. He also probably wouldn't cost too much in players or draft picks to acquire either.
A rumor recently surfaced from Hoopsworld involving a trade of Rajon Rondo going to the Los Angeles Lakers and Pau Gasol going to the Boston Celtics.
This is a recent, interesting rumor, and certainly Rondo would be the perfect point guard for the Lakers. He's an amazing defender, which would really help the Lakers, because Fisher and Blake's defensive deficiencies are a problem for L.A. sometimes.
Rondo is a pass-first point guard, which is a type of player that would fit perfectly with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.