The NBA in LA: Week of March 5th, 2012
With the March 15th trade deadline looming, it is no surprise that the Los Angeles Lakers rumor mill is buzzing once again this week.
According to sources, Lakers GM, Mitch Kupchak, spoke with Pau Gasol this week about his situation for the first time. It is my understanding that he told him essentially what he already knew, to keep playing hard and things will work out and no decision has been made yet and blah blah blah. Bottom line is they are still unsure of his future as a Los Angeles Laker. I’m sure at this point, Pau, (who’s having his worst points-per-game year in his 12-year career averaging 16.8 ppg this year,) just wants to know where he’s going to be finishing this NBA season. For Pau, March 15th can’t come soon enough.
The Lakers are also in need of a point guard, however; and this week it was reported that Will Bynum of the Pistons and A.J. Price of the Pacers were the leading candidates. They are allegedly still considering Raymond Felton from Portland but with the fairly mediocre basketball he’s been playing, to me this seems like an unlikely (aka a bad) move.
The Clippers, on the other hand, clearly need a shooting guard to fill the void created after Chauncey Billups went down with a season ending Achilles injury. Supposedly, they are very interested in Ray Allen and while it’s unknown what the Celtics would ask for in return for Allen, they (the Boston Celtics) are apparently willing to shop around the idea. I think Ray Allen would be amazing on the Clippers; being able to come off screens of Clippers big men Blake Griffin and Deondre Jordan while Chris Paul dishes him the rock.
In non trade related news, the Lakers 3-game winning streak came to an end last night as they lost 85-88 to the Pistons. It was a huge win for Detroit, who was able to hold Kobe Bryant to 22 points. Last night was the first in the last four games since wearing the mask that Kobe didn’t score over 30 points. Bynum led the Lakers with 30 points and Rodney Stuckey was the hero for the Pistons, dropping 34 of his own. The Lakers continue their road swing with a game tonight against Washington and at Minnesota on Friday.
Clippers fans have a busy rest of the week as they see their team tonight in New Jersey, Friday at San Antonio, only to head back to LA this Sunday against the Warriors.
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