Coppertop wrote:First of all, I'm trying to sort out where these rumors came from, and which Mason we're really talking about. Desmond or Anthony???
The first mention I've seen of either Mason being linked to the Lakers is by one Shaquille O'Neal.
In this article, Shaq talks about adding "meat" to the lineup. But the reporter points out immediately that this signing cannot happen. Anthony would have to come in a trade, because he is not a free agent.
This brings out the point, why do we need Anthony Mason??? We already have an abundance of power forwards, and especially undersized ones. Mason is not a type of player that a run and gun Lakers team would want, nor one the halfcourt offense wants, because Mason is a Barkley type, back it in till I'm under the basket type of player. Besides, the Lakers would have to trade almost 6 mil. in salaries to acquire a guy who they probably don't need AT ALL.
Now, what about Desmond Mason? For the Lakers this makes some sense. He's young, athletic, and provides backcourt depth. But is he the type of player that will thrive in the triangle, especially off the bench? No doubt the trade has its benefits for Milwaukee, they obviously need another point guard. But I have my doubts about whether or not they want to trade their most exciting player, especially since his salary is only 1.8 million next year (hoopshype.com).
A Fisher for D.Mason trade? Fisher makes 3 mil., Mason makes 1.8 mil., so the Bucks would have to throw another player or draft pick into the equation. Nonetheless, would Phil want to get rid of the PG that knows the triangle better than any other in the league? Maybe so. I just don't see the Bucks making this trade because Fisher is not a star by any means, and Mason has the potential to be. Also, the Bucks would have to throw in another player.
Fisher may be on the trading block for sure, since the Lakers told him to come back to LA by Thursday. But whatever happens, I DONT WANT ANTHONY MASON. Give me Roy Tarpley before that guy.
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