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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am  |  12 responses

Andrew Bynum: Lakers’ Road Trip Could Determine Roster Changes


The Los Angeles Lakers are about to embark on a tough, six-game road trip beginning on Friday night in Denver. Center Andrew Bynum thinks the makeup of the current roster could be affected by how well (or poorly) the Lakers do during the trip. From ESPN: “The stage and lighting equipment is already starting to fill the back hallways of Staples Center, the sign the Grammys are about to take over the building and the Lakers are leaving for their longest road trip of the season: six games over 11 days. By the time they play their next home game on Feb. 14 they will be 42 percent of the way through the season, Kobe Bryant will probably move past Shaquille O’Neal into fifth place on the list of NBA all-time scorers … and there could be some new faces on the roster. ‘If we do well on this, then we’ll be the team we need to be,’ Andrew Bynum said. ‘If we don’t, then they might start looking around.’ Lakers coach Mike Brown confirmed reports that the team has been in touch with Gilbert Arenas, whose sole duties of late have been cashing the checks Orlando keeps sending his way after using the amnesty provision on the remainder of his contract. Arenas believes the Lakers want to see what type of shape he is in before making a commitment, according to a source. A disastrous slide over the next couple of weeks could prompt more dramatic moves, such as the breakup of the Bynum-Pau Gasol front line that had set the Lakers apart from the rest of the league in past seasons. The situation around Dwight Howard in Orlando is rapidly deteriorating. Deron Williams is sending signals that he’d rather be in a warmer climate than the New York metropolitan area. There might be cheaper or younger tradable pieces than Bynum and Gasol around the league, but you won’t find better ones. But they haven’t added up to an elite team in L.A. this season.”

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LA is in a really confusing situation. Giving away Lamar has severely limited their flexibility on the trade market.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    So confusing. lol

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    Jim Buss is on his way to ruining the franchise, especially if he thinks Andrew is the future.

  • Ldub

    Not a championship or even a contending team IMO this year. Need to change some things up. Starting with a PG (that is a definite necessity)

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    I love my Lakers but they need some roster chages. It’s almost not worth watching them because they’re so boring. How can you be boring to watch with the Kobe?!

  • bull22

    bynum sounds like he is waiting to start anew elsewhere. can’t blame him for getting tired of kobe’s antics.

  • mike

    howard and nelson for gasol and fisher?

  • Magic fan

    Guy above is crazy

  • MattG76

    Yup the guy above the guy above is OD crazy.
    Maybe bynum and gasol for howard and jameer.
    But I think the sixers should. Get dwight howard for thad young, evan turner, spencer hawes and a 1st rounder. That’s more than fair.
    Us philly fans would love the F outta him!
    And that would be a guaranteed Chip’

  • Justin G.

    Jameer wouldn’t be involved in that trade. Who would be their point guard?

  • S

    we need a multi team deal thatll land the Lakers Ryan Anderson and Dwight

  • gusisit

    magic are looking to move hedo in the dwight trade, so that makes it tougher, but i think a straight up trade pau for deron because that gives the nets a decent poward forward to go with brook lopez, plus if they use there lottary pick on a pg they will be set apart from the small forward position, and it gives the lakers a true point guard that can pass and score

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