Again there was an assumption, albeit this time a nervous one, that somehow this made sense in the future acquisition of the coveted center, Dwight Howard.
Now, reports are coming out that the reason for the trade has nothing to do with Dwight Howard and everything to do with Odom. Distraught that the Lakers were so willing to include him in a trade, Odom asked to be traded on Friday night.
Mike Bresnehan of the L.A. Times tweets,
"After trading Odom, are Lakers about to get Howard or maybe revisit Paul trade again? Source: "There's nothing going on."
Kevin Ding, also of the Times, is in agreement.
I'm told there's no way Lakers are trading Bynum and Gasol for Dwight Howard.
He also tweets:
"Lakers now quietly saying that Lamar wanted to be traded. Lamar told Kupchak on Friday, and his agent followed it up Saturday with Kupchak."
I'm not sure how you "quietly" say something to the Times without it being known to the entire world, but that's not really the important thing here. The important thing is that Odom wanted to be traded.
A couple of days ago, the Lakers were looking like they were about to have arguably the greatest offseason ever. Now they might be on the verge of one of the worst in team history.
They lost their sixth man. Their star power forward, Pau Gasol is distraught. Kobe Bryant is mad. There are going to be a lot of wounded egos and hurt feelings to mend and they have a new head coach to do it in Mike Brown.
On top of that, and perhaps lost in all the drama is that they are down one of their best players and haven't addressed their need for a point guard. For the first time since they acquired Pau Gasol the Lakers might not be much more than an afterthought come postseason.