Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  13 responses

Luke Walton’s Season Could Be Done

With Kobe and Bynum returning to the lineup, the Lakers could be shutting Luke Walton down until the Playoffs, or longer: “The Lakers knew when they rested Luke Walton earlier this season that his back problems were complex enough that they might return — and they have, to the point that Walton realistically is not going to give the Lakers much contribution the rest of this season. Phil Jackson suggested it remains possible that Walton’s pinched nerve could improve to the point that he could ‘help us in the playoffs,’ but the Lakers don’t have much reason to believe improvement is coming. The problem is such that it could continue to hound the Walton and the club even beyond this season. Walton is getting $4.8 million this season and has three more years worth $16.7 million left on his deal, one that the Lakers obviously regret giving out in light of Walton’s injuries.”

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  • kobesbestfriend

    Like father like son…what a waste of $ on him and the machine

  • jumpman3224

    I am curious how this will effect the Lakers trade deadline approach. The only Lakers rumor that keeps coming up is Machine and Morrison to CHI for Hinrich and Salmons or Thomas. If that deal happens I think Salmons is an upgrade off the bench from Walton, except in terms of playmaking.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    They won’t be able to move Walton and if his problems are genetic, I think we might be looking at the end of career for Luke.

  • MikeC.

    I don’t think the back problems are genetic. I know big Bill has been suffering from back problems recently, but in an interview he mentioned that his back issues are a product of the foot problems he’s been dealing with most of his life. The foot problems caused him to run and jump weird when he played ball, and to walk weird for his entire post-playing life, resulting in back problems. If Luke’s feet were starting to disintegrate, I’d agree with the genetic angle. Maybe now Luke can carry on his father’s real legacy by growing an enormous beard and following a band around.

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    Aw man I don’t think the Lakers can win without one of their most important players.

  • Ceevhoopz

    who is Luke Walton??

  • GetEm

    Bulls would never send Hinrich or Salmons with Tyrus for Luke Walton and Morrison. That has be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Super downgrade and neither of them are expiring contracts.

  • guts

    Sit it down big man.

  • topo

    luke walton is always injured even though he hardly plays, they should get rid of him

  • LA Huey

    The balance of power has shifted…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    Lakers management has done a fine job in acquiring talent via trades: Gasol, Shannon Brown, Ariza etc. But they have made two terrible contractual decisions in recent years with the Walton deal (6 years for $30 million after averaging 11pts + 5 rebs 2007 season) and Sasha Vujacic for 3 years @ $15 million after posting a 9ppg season. Who the hell were they competing against in re-signing these players? It was pretty evident that they were both system guys who probably couldn’t play in any other offense in the League other than the triangle. These two deals are model examples of why Godfather Stern and his consigliere Adam Silver would like to put an end to the $5 million player/mid level exemption.

  • Justin

    I always like how people say “That was a terrible signing” after a player gets hurt, like the GM can see into the future or something and signs it anyway. Walton is a good playmaker that helps keep the triangle going with the second unit with Odom obviously as well. Just because a guy gets hurt doesn’t mean it’s a bad signing

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    Justin: Read what I wrote. It was a horrible signing back then, not “after the player was hurt”. 1–they weren’t competing against anyone to retain either players rights, 2–His numbers could only have came in the triangle system. I didn’t say one thing about him being hurt. Even when healthy, he was not worth the money. Your “keeps the triangle going” argument is not only weak, it’s tired. It’s as if Walton is the only person who understands the offense or can pass? GTFOH.