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Yahoo reporting 3 team deal where Lakers acquire Beasley is being worked

At about 4am Eastern Time, Marc Spears from Yahoo! Sports reported that a three team deal between the Lakers, Wolves and Blazers is currently being discussed and could be completed prior to he 3pm Eastern Time trading deadline.

In the rumored deal, the Lakers would send point guard Steve Blake to the Blazers and in turn they would ship guard Jamal Crawford to Minnesota. The Lakers would then acquire potent scoring forward Michael Beasley fromMinnesota to complete the 3 team deal.

Based on the salaries of the players rumored in the proposed deal, the Lakers will need to include additional player(s) in order to make the numbers work. With the Lakers being over the salary cap they will need to get back salaries within 25 percent of what they are shipping out. In order for the Lakers to absorb Michael Beasley 6.3 million dollar salary, they will have to include a player like Matt Barnes or Josh McRoberts with Steve Blake 4 million dollar salary in order  to get within the required 25%.

– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”

Andrew Bynum is a beast, so why isn’t Orlando interested?

Bynum has always showed flashes of brilliance well before this season.

In just his second season (2006-2007 season) in the league at 19 years of age he had a stretch of 3 games were he averaged 14 rebounds and 4 blocks per game; a small sample but early signs of his potential.

In the following NBA season (2007-2008) Bynum put together a much longer string of dominant games when he averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds while shooting 70 % from the field over the course of 14 games.

In probably the most impressive string of performances in the early part of his career, Bynum averaged 26 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks and shot 65% from the field during a string of 5 games in the 2008-2009 season. This string included a career high 42 points against the Clippers on January 21, 2009.

Bynum is currently in one of those dominant strings except this is one that has spanned over the course of the whole season.

This season he is averaging a career high 17.6 points per game and 12.7 rebounds per game which ranks 3rd overall in the NBA. He has worked up to being the number 2 option offensively on the Lakers over Pau Gasol and became an NBA all star for the first time in his career.

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Lakers could take a look at recently cut Armon Johnson

The Portland Trailblazers cut athletic point guard Armon Johnson on Monday to make room to sign free agent big man Joel Przybilla. This leaves the 6-3, 200 lb guard out of Nevada currently out of a job. If a NBA team is interested in his services they can put a claim in to pick him up off of waivers or just sign him outright if he clears waivers in 10 days.
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L.A. on contrasting ends in the NBA top 30 starting PGs list

If you have been wondering how is it possible that the Clippers have surpassed the Lakers in talent you only need to look at the massive disparity between their starting point guards. Chris Paul and Derek Fisher are on the opposite ends of the spectrum in raining3s.com top 30 starting point guards list. Of course it’s a completely subjective list, but some of the criteria that was heavily weighed was playmaking ability, current production, efficiency, stability running the point, leadership and of course the focus of this blog, the ability to hit an outside shot. Defensive ability is also considered but not as heavily weighed as the aforementioned.

The list does not include back up points such as Mo Williams and Kirk Hinrich, otherwise, guys like Fisher would be even farther down the list.

1 Chris Paul  Clippers ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
18.1 8.9 0.508 4.64 2.5 0.447 0.864
Unlike D-Will, CP3 has won regardless of the supporting cast. 
2 Deron Williams Nets ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
20.3 8.4 0.402 1.90 1.0 0.352 0.836
Playmaker & go to guy scorer. Despite his talents has struggled turning around Nets. 
3 Derrick Rose Bulls ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
23.3 7.8 0.458 2.47 0.9 29.800 86.600
Unstoppable penatrator and around the basket. Improved outside shot & efficiency.  
4 Russell Westbrook Thunder ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
21.3 5.8 0.459 1.47 2.2 0.250 0.784
Occasionally forgets he has an elite player in Durant but can score as well as create. 
5 Steve Nash Suns ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
14.3 9.9 0.528 2.84 0.6 0.392 0.850
Still leads the league in assist despite a much less talented roster. Is still a great shooter.
6 Tony Parker Spurs ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
16.7 7.8 0.441 3.07 1.0 0.250 0.780
Even in his 11th year in the league still very productive & one of the best in the league. 
7 Steph Curry Warriors ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
15.6 5.7 0.459 1.84 1.9 0.396 0.765
Raining3s type point guard with his diabetic coma inducing stroke from the outside
8 Kyle Lowry Rockets ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
14.6 8.0 0.387 2.45 2.0 0.352 0.873
A candidate for most improved player. All around point guard who pulls down 6 boards per. 
9 Rajon Rondo Celtics ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
15.0 9.4 0.517 2.44 1.7 0.333 0.600
Almost the complete package. Is completely void of an outside shot & a good attitude. 
10 Kyrie Irving Cavs ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
18.1 4.9 0.511 1.51 0.8 0.411 0.821
Can not keep him out of the lane. Will develop his playmaking & cut down on TOs, then look out. 
11 Brandon Jennings Bucks ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
20.1 5.5 0.445 2.27 1.6 0.366 0.820
Having a bounce back year. Capable of going on scoring tangents. Capable playmaker. 
12 Ty Lawson Nuggets ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
15.8 6.3 0.471 2.42 1.4 0.319 0.806
Stocky point guard that sheds defenders like a running back. Big reason for Denver’s success
13 John Wall Wizards ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
16.1 7.1 0.396 1.69 1.2 0.100 0.795
Nice size, productive & exciting but missing something as the point & leader of a team. 
14 Mike Conley Grizzlies ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
12.9 7.2 0.438 2.97 2.5 0.348 0.867
One of the quickest PGs off the dribble & in transition. Has improved his outside shot. 
15 Tyreke Evans Kings ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
16.9 5.0 0.418 1.66 1.5 0.234 0.763
At his height and scoring ability probably better suited for 2 but plays the 1. 
16 Jose Calderon Raptors ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
10.3 8.5 0.451 4.65 0.6 0.348 0.935
Great outside touch and court vision. Creates points despite lackluster talent around him. 
17 Ricky Rubio Wolves ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
11.4 8.9 0.382 2.73 2.2 0.354 0.817
So far has been everything that he has been billed; great court vision & questionable outside shot. 
18 Jarrett Jack Hornets ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
16.1 6.8 0.445 2.85 0.8 0.306 0.865
Solid NBA point guard who would fit in great on a championship caliber team in need of a point. 
19 Raymond Felton Blazers ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
10.3 6.7 0.362 2.33 1.2 0.197 0.815
Good enough PG to start & get multi year deal. But not good enough to not want to trade.
20 Darren Collison Pacers ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
10.8 5.4 0.408 2.63 0.9 0.424 0.825
Has fallen off a bit since his time in New Orleans but still productive & leading a team on the rise.
21 DJ Augustine Bobcats ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
13.6 6.6 0.408 2.62 0.7 0.342 0.808
DJ hasn’t broken out from being just an average NBA point guard as of yet. Hideous roster doesn’t help. 
22 Jrue Holiday 76ers ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
14.2 4.7 0.430 1.81 1.8 0.397 0.872
Jrue showed last year in the playoffs that he was afraid of the big moment. Average playmaker though.  
23 Jeff Teague Hawks ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
12.9 5.2 0.496 2.25 2.0 0.452 0.691
Jeff was off to a surprising good start as the Hawks lead guard. Unfortuntely 
24 Rodney Stuckey Pistons ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
13.1 4.2 0.388 1.97 0.6 0.361 0.853
Big, athletic and strong but more of a scoring guard than a playmaking lead guard. 
25 Jason Kidd Mavs ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
4.1 5.1 0.282 2.48 1.6 0.258 0.800
One of the greatest at the position of all time & but his time has past.  
26 Mario Chalmers Heat ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
11.0 4.0 0.494 1.82 1.4 0.432 0.800
Has held off rookie Norris Cole from taking his starting spot by playing adaquate point & knocking down 3s.
27 Devin Harris Jazz ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
9.4 4.6 0.434 2.41 0.8 0.327 0.717
I don’t know what happened to All Star Devin who average 20+ points but he’s far from it now. 
28 Jameer Nelson Magic ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
8.1 5.1 0.387 2.04 0.7 0.289 0.759
Wasn’t able to sustain the all star level performance from 2009 & off to a terrible start.  
29 Iman Shumpert Knicks ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
10.6 3.4 0.366 1.27 2.2 0.288 0.833
Poor efficiency from the field and delivers almost as many TO as assist. Keeping seat warm for Baron Davis.
30 Derek Fisher Lakers ppg apg fg% a/to ratio spg 3pt% ft%
5.3 4.1 0.367 3.33 1.1 0.306 0.810
Even in his best days Fish was a lower tier PG; with age he’s dead last. Can still hit a clutch shot though & doesn’t turn the ball over.

Kobe kills the Suns & notion that he relent control of offense

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I hope last nights game puts to bed those completely asinine suggestions
from fans that the ball needs to go inside more or that the ball needs to
be force feed to Bynum and/or Gasol. That Kobe needs to defer more to
either Gasol or Bynum, or be less aggressive or even worse, that he becomes a Magic Johnson like player or 2nd option. Kobe is and always will be a prolific scorer who will also create plays for others if he sees a player
in an advantages position.

Kobe is essentially the Lakers point guard as he has the ball in his hands
most of the time and the offense runs through him. Because of his alpha
male personality, he wants to shoulder most of the offense responsibility
because he feels he is best suited to take it on. Not to say he doesn’t
trust his teammates, he just trust himself a whole lot more. I know I do.

The Lakers will need to continue putting the ball in the hands of their
best scorer and playmaker for the majority of the game, which is Kobe (by
far). If a result of doing that is more touches for the post guys it will
be only if Kobe reads that this is the best place for the ball to go in the
course of the game. If not, Kobe will take control of the offense himself
as he sees fit. Like last night he was on and the team won. There will be
nights where he will decide that he will need to be the aggressor and will
not be hitting his shots, the Lakers might lose those. Averaged out over
the course of a season, Lakers will win on most occasions by continuing to
operate by Kobe playing like he has his entire career which is being the
offensive catalyst and making the decisions on the floor.

I hope those that believe Bynum should get a very high predetermined amount
of touches every game were watching last night. Bynum does not have the low post arsenal to carry an offense or produce down low if a defense is
focused on stopping him. Bynum is productive when he is an afterthought or playing off someone else who can set him up.

Bynum is not Hakeem who had an array of low post moves that could be
executed with the speed, grace and the footwork of a guard.

Bynum is not a young Shaq that could dominate the post by overpowering
players for low post position and scoring on brute strength.

You feed Bynum excessively the defense will attack him and what you’ll get is bad shots or the whole shot clock eaten up.

Last nights game makes my argument for me better than I ever could in
words.
Lakers win with Kobe being Kobe. It should be up to him if he takes 40
shots or decides to get the ball inside or spread it around. Let Kobe make
the read and decide. Not a predetermined game plan that takes the ball out of his hands for extended periods.
He knows what he is doing and we should all trust him more than anybody
else, especially since he has come through so many times before.
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Lakers Show One Glaring Improvement in Bulls Loss

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It is sometimes hard to focus on positives after a disappointing loss, but there was a least one that stood out for the Lakers in their one point defeat to the Bulls Christmas Day, you just had to look really hard and ignore the stat sheet.

The Lakers shot an uninspiring 4 for 16 from three point range against the Bulls Christmas Day. The 25 percent from behind the arc does not elicit great feelings of confidence from the fan base about the Lakers deep range prowess. What it did show is that there is a core group of outside specialist in the Lakers rotation that are going to be counted on to space the floor for the Lakers low post game, especially once their primary low post threat returns in 3 games, Mr. Andrew Bynum.

Troy Murphy only took one three point shot and missed, but he did knock down some mid rangers and his stroke looked good. Murphy is an established long range bomber that just experienced a set back last season with the Nets and Celtics, mainly because of injury. It appears by the way that Murphy is moving on the court that he is back to being at full health. Murphy is going to get many opportunities during the season to get shots up from deep with the amount of attention that defenses are going to be paying toKobe, Gasol and Bynum. Murphy at 6,10 and with his high release, will have no problem getting those shots up in the Lakers’ offense. If he can be anywhere near his roughly 40% career percentage from behind the arc, he will be deadly.

Steve Blake, likeTroy, had experienced regression in his game last season. Coming into last season, Blake was known as a heady playmaker with a good outside shot. Whether it was Blake’s game not fitting in the triangle offense or him just experiencing a fluke down year he just didn’t perform and was a major disappointment as a free agent acquisition for the Lakers coming into this year. Based on his preseason performance and his game against the Bulls, he appears to have renewed confidence in his outside shot. Blake shot 60 percent from behind the arc in two preseason games and went 2 for 6 on Sunday. More so than just his production thus far, Blake does not look hesitant at all when he is out on the court.

There have been a few reports from camp that Gasol has increased his range to the point of extending to behind the 3 point line. You typically don’t like your 7 footer playing so far away from the basket, but in the case with the Lakers having another 7 footer that will occupy the space in close proximity to the paint, Gasol getting offense from the perimeter will be beneficial to his game and the Lakers’ offense. From what we witnessed on Sunday, Gasol and the coaching staff appear to have confidence to take deep shots. Gasol missed both of his 3 point shots Sunday but the shots looked good and he definitely didn’t look out of place in 3 point land. If Gasol can successfully implement a 3 point shot, and improve in his mid range game, he will be able to solidify that consistent 2nd scorer to Kobe Bryant on this team and return more to the Gasol that we were accustomed to seeing in the Lakers’ two championship runs.

The Lakers in desperate need to improve their efficiency from the 3 point land after shooting just 35 percent last year, they drafted sweet shooting guard Andrew Goudelock from the College of Charleston in the second round this year. So far, Andrew Goudelock has showed that he can shoot at the NBA level as well. Goudelock only played 12 minutes Sunday against the Bulls but in that short time he was able to get 3 shots up from behind the arc and made 2 of them. More importantly, Goudelock displayed his sweet stroke and quick release in getting up his 3 shots which should provide him with more playing time. Goudelock could develop into a specialty role player in Mike Brown’s system similar to how Brown used a player with a similar skill set in Daniel Giblson inCleveland. Unlike Goudelock’s time with the College of Charleston, he wont be asked to carry an offense, just take shots from outside to help space the floor and hit them at a high success rate; Goudelock appears to have what it takes to fit that role.