With only 27 days remaining until the NBA trade deadline, the rumors are gathering steam. Many names are being mentioned ranging from the scrubs to the elite. No one really knows what's in store for the Los Angeles Lakers...minor tweaks or major overhaul? Well, you are in charge, you are Mitch Kupchak. So, what would you do?
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I'll get it started...A three team, eight player deal between the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Toronto Raptors.
Bulls trade Kirk Hinrich and John Salmons.
Lakers trade Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Sasha Vujacic, Adam Morrison, and Vladimir Radmanovic trade exception.
Raptors trade Chris Bosh and Antoine Wright.
Bulls acquire Adam Morrison, Sasha Vujacic, and Derek Fisher.
Lakers acquire Chris Bosh, Kirk Hinrich, and Antoine Wright.
Raptors acquire Andrew Bynum and John Salmons.
*It would actually be broken down into two separate deals since a trade exception is used.*Why does Chicago agree?
The Bulls are trying to unload both Kirk Hinrich and John Salmons for expiring contracts for the opportunity to become major players in the 2010 free agent market. Although this deal does not completely clear the $14,808,000 owed to those two players, with both Adam Morrison and Derek Fisher expiring contracts, it clears $9,332,887 off of their '10-'11 commitment.Why does Los Angeles agree?
It's fairly obvious. Not only do the Lakers end up with the best player in the deal in Chris Bosh, but they also add a defensive minded point guard with size and shooting ability in Kirk Hinrich. Although Derek Fisher was involved in the trade, something last option in the minds of the front office, the Bulls would agree to waive him allowing a return after 30 days. Antoine Wright would be the new Adam Morrison aka the 13th man.Why does Toronto agree?
This deal is contingent on the Raptors being told Chris Bosh has no intention of returning to Toronto. Andrew Bynum would be the best player available to them as waiting for sign-and-trade possibilities this summer would be too risky. In order to secure a 22-year old center with franchise player potential, the Raptors would have to take John Salmons and his remaining one year.The new and improved Los Angeles Lakers