I read this thread with intrest. One little comment forget any idea of Brian Grant in the trade . No way the Pacers want his contract for a year let alone 2 years. Grant is owed $30 mil for 2 seasons and even in last year of his deal is nearly 16 mil contract will not be very tradable.
Lamar Odom , is a player Larry Bird likes . But in Jermaine , you are talking probably the 2nd best big man in the east.
Another little note for the next 5 years Jermaine actually will make more each season than Kobe. How would Kobe react to that?
There has been talk here that one of the 4 - JO , Artest, S.Jackson or Tinsley will be moved this summer.
JO , would have the most value in a trade. He's only 27 when next season starts , he has a 20 ppg and 10 rebounds per game average over the last 4 years .
But personally I don't see the Pacers trading a player they feel is the franchise player and team leader.
Bender is O'Neal's best friend on the Pacers. But I just don't see them trading JO.
If the Pacers were to trade JO , I think the Lakers would have to accept Bender , and Croshere and/or Pollard's contract too. You are looking at a minimum of 30 million for next season, 39 mil if its both Croshere and Pollard.
You figure Odom and Butler are Lakers 2 most valuable trade pieces , so both would probably be required to acquire a 27 year old , 4 time All Star like O'Neal.
That alone still leaves you 2.5 mil short of matching JO'S salary before then having to match Bender and Pollards or Croshere's.
Pacers already have 3 point guards , so I don't see intrest in Atkins.
Its possible something could be worked out , but I think its highly unlikely you see Jermaine as a Laker next season.
As for disruntaled All Star , Jermaine has never expressed one word of being unhappy here.