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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Kevin Garnett: Will the Lakers get him?

Getting Kevin Garnett is possibly the only way that the Los Angeles Lakers could get out of the current mess that they are in an perhaps also appease Kobe Bryant. Who on that note, as much as I am enjoying watching him now -- I am getting sick of hearing about him.

Bringing Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles and even giving up Andrew Bynum would go an awful long way for the Lakers. Plus, they would not have to worry about me not buying tickets next year. (Which, worth noting as a digression that my wife Ashley says she will not even watch games next year if Kobe is not there. I will still root for the Lakers, nothing stops that.) Several of us in the Los Angeles area have been asking about this for a long time. And now it seems that Kevin Garnett is finally available.

But, unfortunately we are a long ways away from getting both Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. There are two popular trade ideas ciculating around right now (chiefly ESPN).

The first has Kobe going to the Chicago Bulls, Kevin Garnett coming to the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Minnesota Timberwovles get a bunch of upcoming players. Interesting yes, but that is no different from the situation today.

The second idea, is one I like much better for the Lakers, but it proves to be an issue for the Western Conference. That deal has Shawn Marion coming to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Garnett going to the Phoenix Suns and Minnesota picking up a few people like Boris Diaw and Andew Bynum. While it would be better from the current situation the Lakers are in, and we'd get to keep Odom -- it is hard to imagine anyone, including the San Antonio Spus competing with Phoenix the next couple of years. That's a tough one to swallow.

On the bright side, the latest article on ESPN highlights that Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and Gilbert Arenas could all potentially be free agents at the end of next season. If that happens, I wonder what the next offseason will look like.

By the way, did anyone catch that Kevin Durant could not bench 185lbs at the NBA combine? For anyone who cares -- I think that's a great thing -- that he is that good without developing strength yet.