Are We Done Yet? Not Quite!

Are We Done Yet? Not Quite!

Postby Inside Job on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:05 pm

Hello Laker fans. It's Tom again. I'm so sorry I have been away, its just I have been so busy lately with work and family functions that have directed my attention elsewhere. I am here thought to report some news today that may(or may not) be to your liking. Again, I am a fan just as much as the next person on this board. I am just very blessed to be in a position that allows me a "window look" inside the lakers organization through my uncle. Again, I am not here to toot my own horn ot draw attention to my connections, but bring able "rumblings" , rumors or news, as I hear it from a source that works very closely inside the lakers organization. I reported in my first post about Derek Fisher, and how the deal would be finalized within a weeks time, and look what happened.?I told you that the Lakers organization were actively trying to get Ron Artest here once again...and look what happned? There are sometimes "hiccups" that occur(which I will elaborate on further) but this is what I can tell you from talking with my uncle yesterday on the phone. I will break it done as simplistically as I can.

1. Derek Fisher- The Lakers organization tried(according to my uncle) to sign Derek Fisher to a 2 year deal(with the 2nd being a team option). They ideally wanted fisher for the Veteran's Minimum. Fisher pushed for more, because of the money that was left on the table from Ytah. Had Utah had to pay his contract completely(like what we did with Brian Grant) he would have most likely been ours at the Veteran's Minimum. However, Utah loved Derek, and they didn't want to let him go from the organization. So, suffice it to say that this was the only way Fisher to LA was a viable option

2. Chris Mihm- Says that he feels a loyalty and a kinship with the fans and organization. He is extremly close to his sister, who lives in California as well, and loves the city. He also according to my uncle is looking pretty good in practice drills and runs, and doesn't appear to be favoring the ankle that cause him problems over the course of 2 seasons. He is sadly looking for a 4 year 20 million dollar deal. Yes, I said that right. The Lakers and Jeff Austin are " a little off" number wise in terms of what Chris wants. The silver lining? Few teams are interested in him other than Chicago and Seattle. If he would accept the Lakers offer of 3 years 10 million, then we would be over. Phil Jackson wants him back though.

3. Jamal Magloire- NO TALKS have ever occured, and contray to the Lakers saying their interested, it doesn't appear that they are at this point. I have heard nothing

4. Ron Artest- Lakers are offering Vladamir Radmonvic, Jordan Farmar for Ron Artest. Sacaremnto, supposedly countered our offer and said they want Kwame(expiring contract), Jordan Farmar, AND our 1st rounder in 2008!! The Lakers don't want to deal Kwame away, just yet, knowing they would then only have one pure center on the roster in Andrew Bynum. Not to mention the front office is more intereted in aquiring Kevin Garnett than ever. If they give up Kwame, they would then have to deal Bynum for Garnett, and then ithe center position becomes more thin than Victoria Beckham in a swimsuit.

5. Jermaine O'neal- IT's OFFICALLY OVER!!!! Donnie Walsh refushes to budge on the "either Bynum or Odom" and wants them both. Not to mention the Lakers are not that high on Jermaine to begin with. He does want to com e here though...but it isn't going to happen. My uncle said, "Rosanne Barr has a better chnace of playing for our organization than Jermaine has". Ouch!

6. Kevin Garnett- Known accross the world, "The Big Ticket", would be "The Big Draw" here in Los Angeles with Kobe Bryant. According to my uncle Mitch feels like he really wants to appease the fans, as well as Kobe Bryant, but is playing his hand very carefully right now. According to my uncle Mitch is loosing sleep over this, and his on the phone with Minnesota , "every other day" trying to get a deal in place. Larry Miller, actually has no problems trading him here for Kwame, Odom, Cook and our '08 first rounder BUT your firiend and mine Kevin McHale shoots down every trade. The good news? Kevin wants to come here...and EVEN more so than Jermaine. If he is dealt ( an extremly liklihood now that the cat is out of the bag) he will take that as a personal threat against McHale, and would mostly likely sign with us next year for the Full Mid-Level exception? Sounds like pure pipe? I know....that's what I thought when he first conveyed that to me. Nevertheless.... he's the one with the connections and is "in the know".

Look for us to add one more player...ideally it will be Mihm, just because of his experience and knowledge of the triangle if his agent and the lakers can just get on the same page number-wise. If not.... the lakers are looking at two other players right now. The first being Scott Pollard from Cleveland, and the other being Pape Sow from the Raptors. Again, salary most likely will prevent them from signing one or the other....but this is what it looks like in Laker land right now.

Thanks for reading, and I will keep udating you as the weeks progress.
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Postby Sirron on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:11 pm

You again?

Well at least you make it sound good whether or not it's true.

And dangit, why is it that I am busy too, but yet find time to come here? :man10:
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Postby Critical Beatdown on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:11 pm

Larry Miller, actually has no problems trading him [KG] here for Kwame, Odom, Cook and our '08 first rounder BUT your firiend and mine Kevin McHale shoots down every trade.


I find this hard to believe, for a few obvious reasons.
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Postby epak on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:13 pm

Larry Miller? Or Glen Taylor?
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Postby Critical Beatdown on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:14 pm

epak wrote:Larry Miller? Or Glen Taylor?


That's one of the reasons... :man10:
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Postby LakersTyler on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:14 pm

If they can't get KG, and he gets traded somewhere else..

They have to do Bynum, LO, Sasha for JO, Harrison. I must be the only one in the world who realizes how good defensively that lineup would be with Kwame.. and THAT WAS OUR PROBLEM LAST YEAR!

Thanks though. Pape Sow seems like a nice player. I've followed him on the Raptors, and while he doesn't do anything special, he just gives 150% effort out there. I think he would be a nice signing to fill up a roster spot.
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Postby SignPippenNow on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:15 pm

Please don't try to claim inside source on Derek Fisher. You, me and 100 others on this board predicted within 24 hours of him leaving Utah he would be in LA.
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Postby Inside Job on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:17 pm

I want to correct what I stated in my original paragraph. It is Glen Taylor...not Larry Taylor whom I was referring to. Please accept my apologizes for that error on my part. There is alot of information I am having to internalize as I am speaking to my uncle. So please forgive me for that minor lapse.
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Postby Critical Beatdown on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:17 pm

Why would Taylor be happy to trade KG for effectively Lamar Odom and a late 1st round pick?
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Postby LakersTyler on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:20 pm

any KG deal must involve Bynum, obviously. And if the Lakers declined a trade because they didn't want to move Bynum, they're idiots and I would never cheer for them again.
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Postby Inside Job on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:20 pm

SignPippenNow wrote:Please don't try to claim inside source on Derek Fisher. You, me and 100 others on this board predicted within 24 hours of him leaving Utah he would be in LA.



Sorry, I will claim I was "in the know" with this. Check my original post. I said "Fisher will sign within a week". This was before trade negotions had even circulated on ESPN or anything.
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Postby LakersTyler on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:20 pm

Inside Job wrote:I want to correct what I stated in my original paragraph. It is Glen Taylor...not Larry Taylor whom I was referring to. Please accept my apologizes for that error on my part. There is alot of information I am having to internalize as I am speaking to my uncle. So please forgive me for that minor lapse.


Can't Glen Taylor just say, "F you, do the trade?"

He IS the owner.
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Postby SignPippenNow on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:21 pm

Try again you said Larry Miller, not Larry Taylor in first post. I predict Javaris Crittenton will play in Vegas tomorrow night, I guess I'm an insider now if he really gets on the court. I have a dog who uses the restroom on the lawn at Staples so that is my inside source. My dog is really smart.
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Postby nomoreshaq on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:21 pm

well i gotta hand it to inside man..if he's lying he's exceptional.

btw, chris mihm does have a sister..jessica mihm who goes to USC.
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Postby blakeruns on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:21 pm

Inside Job wrote:I want to correct what I stated in my original paragraph. It is Glen Taylor...not Larry Taylor whom I was referring to. Please accept my apologizes for that error on my part. There is alot of information I am having to internalize as I am speaking to my uncle. So please forgive me for that minor lapse.




lol, your first appearance here you incorectly reffered to the LLE, aka the bi-annual

and now your are calling out the wrong names.

i want to believe you, i really do.
but you make it difficult
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Postby lakerskobe247 on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:22 pm

All I can do is just hope.
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Postby Inside Job on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:23 pm

LakersTyler wrote:any KG deal must involve Bynum, obviously. And if the Lakers declined a trade because they didn't want to move Bynum, they're idiots and I would never cheer for them again.


It doesn't have to...and won't. Lakers aren't budging. KG is refusing to sign a contract extension if he gets traded. If we play our cards right, we can still keep Bynum, and get KG!! Have patience. Mitch is just playing is poker face right now. Also, please no more inappropriate comments towards Mitch Kupcheck. You have no idea how hard he is trying to improve the lakers roster.
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Postby JediRekal on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:23 pm

So... Walsh wants both for JO, but Taylor will take just Odom for KG... RIGHT!!! :man10:
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Postby SignPippenNow on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:25 pm

It has been more than a week and Fisher hasn't signed and since he has to wait 7 days after Utah files the paper work to sign he won't sign for at least another week. As I said, me and others put it on here that night he left Utah he would be a Laker. It wasn't exactly an original thought. Old player (See Aaron McKie and Vlade Divac) and see Mitch so it was easy to predict.
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Postby Inside Job on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:25 pm

JediRekal wrote:So... Walsh wants both for JO, but Taylor will take just Odom for KG... RIGHT!!! :man10:


Taylor respects Garnett...and feels he owes it to him. Mchale doesn't want to let Ganrett go,just to spite the Lakers organization. McHale is like a kindergartner who refuses to share his ball at recess.
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Postby Lakers8899 on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:25 pm

How does your "uncle" know things to the extent that Mitch is losing sleep over this?
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Postby JuanoLAL on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:25 pm

Sounds too good to be true.

aka NO.
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Postby nomoreshaq on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:29 pm

inside - i tend to believe what you say. have you heard anything about the boston/la/minny three way?

green. bynum, ratliff, kwame to minny
kg to la
odom to boston.
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Postby Inside Job on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:30 pm

LakersTyler wrote:
Inside Job wrote:I want to correct what I stated in my original paragraph. It is Glen Taylor...not Larry Taylor whom I was referring to. Please accept my apologizes for that error on my part. There is alot of information I am having to internalize as I am speaking to my uncle. So please forgive me for that minor lapse.


Can't Glen Taylor just say, "F you, do the trade?"

He IS the owner.



Yes, but he respects Kevin McHale and his decisions, and all trade decisions go through Mchale. He has "complete veto power" over trade decisions.
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Postby Sky on Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:30 pm

Larry Miller lol, that was good Giorgio.
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