Jim Buss: Lakers won’t trade Bynum and Gasol for Howard
"I don’t understand the thinking that we need saving as a franchise," Buss says. "We have three All-Stars, and we need saving?" There’s an Internet report suggesting Orlando was willing to trade Howard for Bynum and Pau Gasol, but now he’s shaking his head as if in pain."Where does this stuff come from?" he says. "You’d have to be kind of silly to give up two All-Stars like that for Howard. Zero truth to it. We have never been asked for Andrew and Pau and we’ve never offered them. I think they know we’d either say no or they would sound crazy for asking."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Publicly, Jim Buss has to downplay the Los Angeles Lakers’ interest in Orlando Magic post Dwight Howard.
Privately, the owner’s son should know the team that gets the best player wins the trade, so Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak must be open swapping Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol for Howard.
Here’s the complication: the Lakers are a fractured bunch, as most things in the world of purple-and-gold is political.
Like Bynum. For instance, Jim Buss is reluctant to trade, or even criticize, Bynum because he likes to take credit for drafting and developing the seven-foot center.
And the better Bynum plays, the more Buss can justify his role as a basketball executive within the organization.
Instead of trading Bynum, Buss has empowered him, hiring a coach, Mike Brown, who will feature his skills, and even declaring him Kobe Bryant’s equal.
So Buss’ agenda and Laker politics could complicate doing what is right: swapping Bynum and Gasol for Howard.
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