SHELBURNE: Lakers GM Kupchak has eye on developing story line

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He sat alone, relaxing with a crossword puzzle and his thoughts as the team he's so artfully put together prepared for its latest most important game of the season.

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apujac

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May 26, 2009
 
keep ariza get rid of odom, fisher, trade bynum for howard or nene. bynum has bad attitude on court.
bujubanton

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May 26, 2009
 
i think that lakers have chance if sit fisher on the bench and use the younger player like shonnon browne ,farmer ,powell ,bynum,and pass the ball in side to gasoll

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#3
May 26, 2009
 
apujac wrote:
keep ariza get rid of odom, fisher, trade bynum for howard or nene. bynum has bad attitude on court.
Get rid of Odom, Walton, Sasha, Keep fisher as a back up! Bynum must be kept will be an all-star!
nocturnalLA

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May 26, 2009
 
Signing Ariza this summer is the Lakers top priority. Yes, even over Lamar Odom.
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#6
May 26, 2009
 
The Lakers wanted to pick Shannon Brown in the draft, but was picked by Cleveland. So they went with Jordan Farmer the next available player.

They need to get rid of Sasha. He hasn't been playing well since he signed that "huge" contract last off-season.

Keep Odom, I know he is very inconsistant, but he can be a monster and meshes with the team. Plus, he'll take a pay cut.

* Maybe they can make a blockbuster deal involving Bynum. Just a thought.
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#7
May 26, 2009
 
Great story and very interesting read. Good job!
Lakerman

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#8
May 26, 2009
 
Keep Ariza. Get rid of Odom--he's too fragile in crunch time.

Farmer goes along with with Sasha--the machune is broken.
LakeShow

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#9
May 26, 2009
 
apujac wrote:
keep ariza get rid of odom, fisher, trade bynum for howard or nene. bynum has bad attitude on court.
Trade Bynum for Howard?!? Do you really think Oralndo would do that? For Nene? Why would we be so dumb? Watch basketball and get educated about it.

Resign Ariza and Brown. Bye bye powell, mbenga, and lamar(if the price is high)
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#10
May 27, 2009
 
drop sasha. keep odom. he's our third best player and atleast the 2nd best on any other nba team. fish is our clutch. drop yue. keep ariza. bynum may need to go. especially if we don't make it to the finals. or we don't win them.
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May 27, 2009
 
i don't think bynum has that big man mentality. if someone would give us a defensive minded power forward or center, i think i would make that deal. even though i like the team as it is, ariza is one of the best players at his position in the league. i think sasha, fisher (his legs), walton and dmenga and morrison are all expendable. i would hate to lose anyone on this team, but if we had to, those would be my choices. i do hope odom is willing to take a pay cut, and stays. and they do have to figure out how to get gasol more touches.
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#12
May 27, 2009
 
Get rid of Lamar Odom, probably the laziest, least inspired player in the NBA. He is more talented then any of the Denver bigs and they are all playing better then him. Is he mad because he doesn't start? He is stealing money every time he cashes his check
dab

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#13
May 27, 2009
 
Resigning Ariza is a must. Resign Odom if the price is rite. Maybe consider moving Bynum...Odom averages a double double when Bynum is out anyways. Resign Shannon Brown if he'll take less money considering his stock went way up now....and let Mbenga and Powell go...or try for one of the two.
ecat124

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#14
May 29, 2009
 
Shelburne,

Since you're writing about this, why not write an article about Kupchak's decision to sign Bynum to that $58 million contract as being part of the reason the Lakers will have problems re-signing Ariza, Odom, Brown and whoever else.

Had Kupcake waited until the end of the season to offer Bynum a contract, the Lakers would have had more money to play with and the Lakers would be in a position to offer better contracts to Ariza, Odom and whoever else the Lakers want to retain. Signing Bynum early in the season to that ridiculous $58 million 4-year contract is downright stupid.

Given what little effort Bynum has given the Lakers in these playoffs, does anyone really think he's worth $14.5 million per year? I don't think so. Had the Lakers waited until the end of this NBA season to negotiate a contract, it's almost certain that they could have had Bynum for much less than what they'll be paying him next year given his injury history and limited production in these playoffs.

Bynum is a lazy bum, does not appear motivated, and is enamored only with his offensive game. Until he shows he can be a two-way player (for now he needs to be a defensive presence), he's not worth the money the Lakers so foolishly threw his way.

This is all on Kupcake, his assistant GM, Ronnie Lester, and of course Bynum's sponsor - none other than Jerry Buss's son, Jim.
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#15
May 29, 2009
 
Those of you who think Bynum can be traded next year are downright wrong. He will be in the first year of a 4-year contract, so the Lakers cannot trade him. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, base year compensation players (like Bynum next season)cannot be traded in the first year of their contracts.

The earliest this bum can be traded is the following season.

I'd be happy if Vujacic gets traded in the off-season, assuming there are takers. But then again, what NBA team needs an erratic one-dimensional player? Only Kupcake saw something in this scrub to sign him to a 3-year contract last year. It reminds me of his signing of Brian Cook, the useless power forward who only knew how to shoot 3s and nothing else.
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#16
May 30, 2009
 
i think the lakers should resign trevor. he is a great defensive playerand his offense is improving a lot. he is a key player in their line-up. Also i have his jersey and i want to rep him as a laker :)
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#17
May 30, 2009
 
i guess after last nites game, none of this really matters does it.

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