1. If the Lakers are able to obtain Beasely, do you think he has matured enough that he will provide the Lakers with a Semi-Star caliber presence at the 4? And especially in the glamour of LA, I would think it makes it that much more difficult.
2. I personally feel that it would be a smart move for the Lakers to trade Bynum for DWill, then move Pau to Center. They could play Beasely at the 4. Pau would become more effective without Bynum in the middle. I also believe Pau has a few good years left with his style of play. That would give you a lineup of DWill, Kobe, Gasol, Beasely, and probably Metta. Thoughts?
1. Yeah, counting on a guy to grow up — especially when coming from a small market to LA — seems like an iffy prospect. He COULD mature into a nice 4. Or he could regress…
2. I think the Lakers are thinking they’d only move Bynum for Howard. While moving Bynum for someone like Deron would help them short-term, in the long run they’d have an aging center on their hands. But I agree that Pau is probably more effective at 5 than 4 right now. Problem is, the Lakers are one of the few teams where he wouldn’t be the starting 5. Between Pay & Bynum I think they keep Bynum (or move him for Howard, which leaves Pau in the same situation), so that makes Pau the odd man out.
Larry Coon seems to think that Bynum to Howard is a good possibility.