Chat with the Kamenetzky Brothers
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, we'll have ESPNLosAngeles.com Los Angeles Lakers bloggers Andy and Brian Kamenetzky stopping by for their weekly chat.
Before joining ESPNLosAngeles.com, Brian and Andy hosted Lakers Blog for the Los Angeles Times from 2005-09. They host the ESPN Kamenetzky Brothers Lakers PodKast and frequently appear on ESPN Radio 710. As contributors for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, they have written about virtually every sport known to mankind.
Send your questions now and join the Brothers Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET!
Andy Kamenetzky (1:32 PM)
Hey all. Let's get 'er rollin'!!! Also, Brian is occupied today, so it's just me. Please be patient.
Why didnt the Lakers try to get a perimeter defender like Chris Singleton in the draft? Don't they have enough assets to trade to the 18th pick?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:35 PM)
Matt: No, the Lakers definitely didn't have the assets to get the 18th pick. Their top flight players/potentially tradeable assets (Bynum, Pau, LO) are worth far more than the 18th pick. The lower players (Artest, Blake, Walton, Barnes, all in their 30's) aren't worth it. Neither, for that matter, is a package of second round picks in the 40's and 50's. Maybe they could have turned a series of deals into an asset for a trade, but on paper as it stands, it would have been hard to reach as high as 18.
Why not send Metta World Peace and Walton to Cleveland for Baron Davis? Kobe can keep Baron focused and the Cavs need to make room for Kyrie to play.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:38 PM)
JC: That's a bad deal for both teams, in my opinion. Walton may provide nothing, and the last thing a rebuilding team wants is Ron Artest unhappy to be there, even with the savings off BD's deal. And I don't trust anybody to keep Baron consistently motivated, whether Kobe or whoever. Especially, in L.A., where there are a million factors to distract a budding movie producer/social butterfly like Davis. And in the meantime, without knowing the parameters of the new CBA, you don't wanna take on a deal like Davis.
gregory (los angeles)
Glad to be here.Do you think that the Lakers are really going to make a trade in the off season?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:44 PM)
Mike: I'd be very surprised if Morris didn't make the team. The Lakers need depth and youth at PG, and there's a general consensus he'd be a first rounder in next season's draft, had he stayed at Michigan one more year. I'm guessing Darius would really have to screw up in training camp not to make the team. Goudelock is a little trickier, although I do think he also has a legitimate shot. The Lakers need pure shooters and unless they can find someone affordable in free agency, Goudelock could emerge a legit/cheap option. He's more likely to get squeezed in a numbers game than Morris -- particularly if Shannon does opt in -- but my gut says AG has decent odds.
Any chance one of the rookies are Lakers starter at the start of the season?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:45 PM)
Donny: I'm guessing the odds are only slightly better than me starting this season. But hey, I'm also a DEEP sleeper, so who knows.
Mike (Long Beach)
Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Chris Paul and Emeka Okafor. Who says no and why?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:49 PM)
Mike: I'm thinking the Lakers say no first, in part because Jim Buss is reluctant to move Drew, but more importantly, Okafor makes a honkin' salary. $13-14 mil a year is a LOT for his services, and he's got an injury history as well. Dealing the key pieces (Drew, CP3) straight up might expedite the process for L.A.
Do you think the Lakers regret trading Toney Douglas for 3M a couple years back? It seems like he would be a good fit on this team?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:53 PM)
Matt: "Regret" is probably the wrong word. At the time (2009), it allowed the Buss to stomach the salary necessary for a championship team. It's hard to argue with that result, but like most things in life, there's always a catch. I imagine the feeling is closer to wishing it was possible to have your cake and eat it, too.
Do you think the Lakers will be looking to get some veteran free agents like McGrady or Barea this off season?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:57 PM)
Bobby: Barea will probably be too expensive, and I doubt Dallas will let him (especially to the Lakers).But T-Mac, who I actually suggested last offseason, could be an interesting option. He's capable of creating for others and himself, if not necessarily on an elite level on either front. And despite a better than expected season in Detroit, I also can't imagine he'll break the bank.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:57 PM)
Having said that, Bobby, if they could find some free agents on the younger side, that might be appealing as well.
Rico Gasol (Bompton)
How is the growth of Devin Ebanks development for the back up shooting guard role.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:00 PM)
Rico: I can't speak to how far along Ebanks has come in solidifying himself as a potential backup for Kobe, but I do believe he's being earmarked for that role. On a few occasions this season, Phil Jackson mentioned how they envisioned him as a big guard, and Devin's exit interview stressed guard skill work during the offseason. Obviously, he'll need to improve, and he's an inexperienced player to boot. But I have a hunch he's got a shot to get some minutes in that spot next season, and either way, I think he'll crack the rotation.
LakerGreg (Denver, CO)
Well, Aaron Gray and JJ Barea are available. Those are my two picks for Laker off-season signings.
Drew Abell (Tupelo, MS)
What's your gut feeling on the very near lockout? You think there will be an 11-12 NBA season?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:06 PM)
Drew: I absolutely think there will be a season. For that matter, I'm also in the minority when it comes to doom, gloom and fear. While admittedly not an authority on the CBA talks, I think many of the lines drawn in the sand are posturing to some degree. Yes, the two sides are legitimately far apart, but in the grand scheme of things, a lockout in July and August doesn't really matter. Neither side truly has their feet to the fire when it comes to working out a deal. Once paychecks start getting missed and the reality sinks in, I think the resolution will come relatively quickly. Just my personal opinion.
With Bynum suspeneded the first 5 games shouldn't the Lakers be looking for a "decent" backup center so Gasol doesn't have to play to many minutes again?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:08 PM)
Steven: They should be looking for a decent backup center regardless of Bynum's suspension. The last four seasons have proven this necessity beyond any reasonable argument.
do u think shannon brown will opt out if he does who do u think will pay him more than lakers have. to me he had down season.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:09 PM)
Keisha: Yes, I think Shannon will opt out. I have no idea who'll sign him, but I'm almost positive it won't be the Lakers.
Do you thing not having summer league and maybe a shorter season works against the rookies to make the team
Andy Kamenetzky (2:10 PM)
Les: It hurts Goudelock more than Morris, who I think is almost a given to land a spot. Andrew could use the stage/proving ground more, and thus could be more adversely affected.
any chance of the lakers getting Rudt Gay and would he fit?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:15 PM)
Landon: Gay feels borderline impossible to acquire in a two-team deal. His salary only matches -- more or less -- with Bynum or Pau, and Memphis doesn't need either guy.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:19 PM)
Charity: It's certainly reasonable to imagine Farmar would be a better fit for whatever system Mike Brown runs next season, so along those lines, it might be nice to have him around. Still, he's really only a backup/weak starter on a good team. And the staff didn't consider him the most coachable dude on the planet, which played a role in his eventual departure. Granted, part of the conflict came from resisting the triangle, which is a non-issue moving forward. But it's hard to think of Jordan as "the solution that got away" so to speak.
Hey AK, if Shannon opts out, what would you think of the Machine as a replacement, assuming he'd sign for about what Brown was making?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:24 PM)
LongTimeLakerFan (and others asking): I suppose the return of Sasha isn't out of the question, depending on how much he costs. But it's important to remember, whatever familiarity they have with Sasha doesn't necessarily translate, because he'll be playing in a completely different system next year. And between Shannon's regression and the lack of shooting this season, there could be a tendency to remember Sasha as a better shooter than he was for the majority of his time in L.A. Or as an easier player to coach. Or a more mature player than he was. Still, it's certainly not impossible, although I'm guessing the Lakers look elsewhere.
Jonathan (Santa Monica)
Where's my beverage?
Tamao (LA, CA)
any word on the mini camp Lakers are holding today and yesterday? Who looked good?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:26 PM)
Tamao: Thankfully, Morris and Gouedlock looked pretty good, from the bits I saw on Tuesday.
Who wins in a foot race? Walton or D. Character.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:28 PM)
Trav: I'm guessing Caracter, although the true winner is everyone in the audience treated to the high comedy.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:29 PM)
And on that note, thanks to everyone dropping by. We really appreciate it. Same time next week. Be sure to drop by on Friday for Lakers Late Night (albeit in the afternoon).