We’ve never liked Kobe.
But you know, with all this trade-demand talk, it’s hard not to fantasize about the Black Mamba in Oakland.
Originally, we thought there’s absolutely no way that the Lakers would trade him, let alone to a division “rival.” However, the Clippers have frequently popped up as a possibility, as have other Western Conference teams like Dallas, Portland and Houston. Of course, it’s all speculation/fantasy at this point, but how would a deal with the Warriors look?
Possibility #1: Kobe Bryant for Jason Richardson, Monta Ellis and Al Harrington:: Warriors get a lineup of Baron, Kobe, Jackson, Biedrins and someone else (Barnes? Pietrus? Diogu? Oh, right). The Lakers could trot out some combination of JRich, Monta Ells/Jordan Farmar, Lamar Odom, Harrington and Andrew Bynum.
A (healthy) Baron/Kobe backcourt immediately becomes the best guard combo in the league and though the Warriors would be very, very thin down low, it’s an immediate and drastic upgrade.
Plus, Nellie would definitely stay for the fun of it.
And if you’re the Lakers, why not? You get a top-10 shooting guard in JRich and a versatile big man who can shoot away in Phil’s triangle offense. Odom and Walton can still do the majority of the ball distribution and Ellis gives them the athletic guard that has been missing from the Lakers since God knows when.
(P.S. Until he’s in a Warrior uniform, we still officially despise Mr. Bryant)
Trade Machine [ESPN]
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