Thursday , Jan , 24 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls Talk Trade, Again

Media speculation about a trade between the Lakers and Chicago resumed this week, several months after Bulls general manager John Paxson declared a possible deal between the teams dead. During training camp, Kobe Bryant was rumored to be headed to  Chicago for a package of players before Paxson said in early November that there would be no trade.However, the Chicago Tribune’s Sam Smith suggested a new deal the other day in his NBA column, with the Lakers acquiring power forward Ben Wallace in exchange for center Kwame Brown and backup forward Vladimir Radmanovic.

Smith’s reasoning was sound, although he aknowledged it was not based on anything he has heard from the Bulls, Lakers or any other league sources.Lakers coach Phil Jackson has always coveted strong rebounders and defenders to play alongside his centers. A tag-team of Wallace and emerging standout Andrew Bynum (once he recovers from his kneecap injury) could raise the Lakers’ title prospects.The deal also helps the Bulls clear space under the salary cap. Click here for more from the Los Angeles Daily News.