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February 09, 2011

Carmelo to the Lakers for Bynum?: The L.A. Times on why they should. And why they shouldn't.

posted by cjets to basketball at 10:39 AM - 5 comments

Bynum has maybe 8 decent games per season, Carmelo leads his team in 80 percent of games every season.

Denver would be better off trading for a series of draft choices over the next few years. Bynum is never healthy long enough to warrant his salary. And a defensive stopper wouldn't appear to be Denver's highest priority if Melo is leaving.

I can't see Melo in LA being a good situation ... Kobe has a proven track record of not being able to share the limelight.

Melo with the Clippers ... now that would be interesting.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:04 PM on February 09

Bynum for Carmelo might make sense for LA, though I don't know if he would necessarily improve the Lakers. Somebody's production would go down, either his or other players. There is only one basketball on the floor at a time.

Carmelo for Bynum does not seem to make sense for Denver. If they are going to just give Carmelo away to avoid the headache, they surely can get more than that.

Flashback to Gasol trade. Grizzlies got a bunch of nothing, while Lakers got an All-Star. The smell of fish still lingers.

posted by graymatters at 01:12 PM on February 09

Carmelo for Bynum does not seem to make sense for Denver. If they are going to just give Carmelo away to avoid the headache, they surely can get more than that.

Why not? Get rid of a headache who's leaving at the end of the year anyway and get a 23 year-old big with a lot of potential (though a spotty injury history as well).

posted by yerfatma at 02:47 PM on February 09

Yeh, I see your point. But is that really the best "potential" that they can get for Carmelo?

posted by graymatters at 06:50 PM on February 09

Seems like it might be-- Carmelo really killed them by declaring there were only a handful of places he'd play, long-term.

posted by yerfatma at 06:42 AM on February 10

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