NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Players the Los Angeles Lakers Need to Win Another Title

Jon GilbertCorrespondent IIFebruary 3, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Players the Los Angeles Lakers Need to Win Another Title

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 11:  Kobe Bryant #24 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on from the bench against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 11, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Lakers 118-112.  NOTE TO USER: User
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    The Los Angeles Lakers have looked less than indestructible of late. They've put up some weak performances against  lesser competition the last couple of weeks in losses to Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers and an overtime win over Houston.

    Former Laker great Jerry West has raised questions about the team's defense and worry about its age. Now, team vice president Magic Johnson is suggesting the team look for solutions in a trade. It's just not clicking in full gear for the Lake Show right now.

    Here are 10 players that could help the Lakers if L.A. were to make the trade.

10. Samuel Dalembert

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 15:  Samuel Dalembert #10 of the Sacramento Kings shoots the ball over David West #30 and Jason Smith #14 of the New Orleans Hornets  at the New Orleans Arena on December 15, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Hornets defeated
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    Samuel Dalembert isn't going to score 20 points per game and he isn't going to lock down Dwight Howard for 48 minutes.

    But he can plug into a championship team for 15-20 minutes per game and provide reliable defense and, above all else, a big body.

    Dalembert is averaging 1.7 blocks per game with the Sacramento Kings in just 20.6 minutes per game. He's 29 years-old with plenty left in his legs and would give the Lakers good length on defense.

9. Anthony Morrow

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    NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 08:  Anthony Morrow #22 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball over Darren Collison #2 of the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena on March 8, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Hornets defeated the Warriors 135-131.  NOTE
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    The Lakers traded away "The Machine", Sasha Vjuacic, and his silky smooth jumper in December. With Ron Artest and Derek Fisher not shooting the ball up to their normal standards, Los Angeles could use a three-point specialist.

    Anthony Morrow fits the bill, I guess. He is leading the NBA in three-point shooting percentage, after all, at 43.4 percent. He's only 25 years-old and would likely boost his play with the opportunity to play for a contender.

    New Jersey is just not a happening basketball destination right now.

8. Anthony Parker

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 31:  Anthony Parker #18 of the Cleveland Cavaliers brings the ball up the floor during a game against the Miami Heat  at American Airlines Arena on January 31, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agree
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    Anthony Parker should not be a starter at this point in his NBA career. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Sure, Parker is on the downhill to 36-years-old. But he's a long 6'6" guard that can shoot the three and play reliable defense. He's not flashy, but he's healthy. Matt Barnes is not.

    Barnes is expected to be out 3-5 weeks. That's a long time to just tread water without him. Los Angeles wouldn't have to give up much for Parker but could get a lot out of him this season.

7. Serj Ibaka

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 10: Serge Ibaka #9  of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks the ball over Jarrett Jack #2 of the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena on December 10, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.    NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges an
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    Ibaka would be higher but there is no way Oklahoma City would give him up, is there? Maybe straight up for Pau Gasol, but other than that, there is no way.

    That's not to say that Ibaka is on the same level as Gasol—few are. But Ibaka is 22 years-old and quickly becoming one of the most exciting players the NBA has to offer.

    He's only playing 25.5 minutes per game for the Thunder and still scoring 9.6 points, grabbing 6.7 rebounds and blocking two shots per game. He's young, big and athletic. There may not be a better fit for the Lakers' needs.

6. Jason Richardson

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 28: Jason Richardson #23 of the Orlando Magic moves against Keith Bogans #6 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Magic 99-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowle
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    Jason Richardson is pretty much the definition of a streak shooter. If he gets hot, he can drop 30 on a team in the blink of an eye.

    He's shooting 39.5 percent from three-point land this season and is still in search of a ring.

    Richardson was reportedly still on the trading block even after landing in Orlando from Phoenix. If Ron Artest is wanting out despite what he's saying, maybe an even swap could benefit both teams.

    They both bring something different to the table.

5. Courtney Lee

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 10:  Courtney Lee #5 of the Houston Rockets takes a shot in the second half against the Boston Celtics on January 10, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Rockets defeated the Celtics 108-102. NOTE TO USER: User expres
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    Courtney Lee is reportedly on the market. Although he's not going to fix all of Los Angeles' problems, he would surely inject some youth into the Laker lineup.

    Point guards Derek Fisher and Steve Blake are two of 10 Lakers that are 30-years or older. Lee is 25.

    He proved with the Magic that he is a valuable role player on a contending team. He can play strong defense and provide very productive spurts of play, which is all the Lakers need.

4. Gerald Wallace

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11:  Gerald Wallace #3 of the Charlotte Bobcats against the Boston Celtics during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 11, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,
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    Gerald Wallace does a little bit of everything: he scores, rebounds, distributes and plays defense. He's a poor man's LeBron James. A really poor man, but Wallace is in the same mold nonetheless.

    He would make the Lakers contributing rotation younger in the right deal. Wallace is a starter at the three spot on most teams but could be an outstanding bench player for the three or the four.

    If Artest gets shipped out there may not be a better player to replace him in the starting lineup. That would keep Barnes coming off the bench which is really the best scenario for this team.

3. Devin Harris

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 22:  Devin Harris #34 of the New Jersey Nets drives the ball around Jarrett Jack #2  of the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on December 22, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.    The Hornets defeated the Nets 105-91.
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    Devin Harris would Los Angeles two things for its back court that it is in desperate need of: speed and youth. Mostly speed since Harris will be turning 28 later this month.

    But Derek Fisher is 36 and Steve Blake is 30 and Shannon Brown isn't a true point guard. He's athletic as can be imagined, but he can't run an offense.

    Harris has done just that on an all-star level. Bring him off the bench. Use him for energy. Give up Brown and Luke Walton for him, or something. "Make this happen!" clamor Lakers fans.

2. Andrei Kirilenko

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    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 8:  Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Utah Jazz has the ball knocked away by LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA game December 8, 2010 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Heat beat
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    Andrei Kirilenko is well beyond his five-by-five stat days and Los Angeles would have to put up with that hair. That awful, awful hair. It gives nightmares to Jazz fans all along the Salt Lake Valley.

    But Kirilenko can play. He's long, athletic and quietly shooting a career 37.5 percent from three-point range. Jazz fans are calling for a shake-up.

    Oh, and there's that other little thing: his expiring contract. That's right, Los Angeles could unload future commitments to unpromising players to obtain a proven player with a one year trial period.

    Magic Johnson is calling Jazz executive Frank Layden as we speak.

1. O.J. Mayo

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    PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 05:  O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies puts up a shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 5, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by download
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    O.J. Mayo's on the cusp, isn't he, of breaking out? What he needs to become a star in the NBA isn't quite clear. Maybe a move to the West Coast.

    Mayo is a young player with a Royal Caribbean cruise ship full of talent. But he has a safety raft worth of tutelage. Give him two weeks with Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant and Mayo could be a super sub. 

    The only problem is that Memphis is well aware of his potential. They're asking for a ton in return. If the Lakers are willing to part ways with enough, they could end up with the future of their organization.


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