The rumor mill has been spinning into action the past few hours most notably about Deron Williams who was seen in Los Angeles a few days ago for an expo where he stated to The LA Times about possibly joining the Lakers, “I know they don’t have any money to just go out and sign me. It’ll have to be some kind of [trade],” and also said he is still testing the waters and keeping his options open.
Williams was right about this one and looks like the Lakers won’t snag the catch and the only way he will sport the purple and gold is if he opts out of his final year with the Nets and the Lakers can perform a sign-and-trade.
The Nets player also has expressed no interest in being a part of a “rebuilding process” and he wants to join a team that can win. Rumors have floated around Williams would stay in New Jersey if Orlando center Dwight Howard was to be obtained by the Nets but Williams said otherwise, “I don’t think I’m going to base my decision, my family’s decision, on somebody else coming to a team or not.” Thus leaving hope for the Lakers? They are in a rebuilding process, a semi one. We just want Williams is that too much to ask?
Another rumored trade involving a previous Laker, known as the Sixth Man a.k.a. Lamar Odom, has been the talk of the town. Reportedly, Odom has shown interest in coming back to LA and the feelings are mutual. Unfortunately, the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) states otherwise. The new CBA announces a player must wait one year before returning to a previous team, whereas the old contract was only a month.
Looks like the Lakers just have bad luck attaining high profile players and will have to really dig deep to make some great moves to improve by the next season.Back to the Los Angeles Lakers Newsfeed