So, You Want To See the Lakers Make a Trade? Don’t Hold Your Breath

December 16th, 2009 by Andrew Ungvari Leave a reply »
About two weeks ago, Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote that Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was exploring trades that could help reduce the team's payroll.

He wrote, "With a league high payroll of $91 million, the Lakers are looking again to shed salary off their bench, and GM Mitch Kupchak has told teams to take its pick of reserve players—except for Lamar Odom of course—to relieve the team of some salary."

Wojnarowski mentioned that a potential deal would be similar to the one that the Lakers made last season, when they moved Vladimir Radmanovic for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown.

At the time of the trade, Radmanovic had two more full seasons on his current deal, while Morrison only had one and Brown had an expiring contract.

While there were rumblings at the time that the Lakers were afraid that Radmanovic's lack of playing time would snowball and become a distraction, there's no doubt that the deal was a business decision.

Even though Morrison was making more money than Radmanovic, the fact that Morrison's deal expired a year earlier gave the Lakers hope that they could re-sign both Odom and Trevo ...

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