Kobe is one of the most talented guys in the NBA (I rank Lebron ahead of him), but I rather establish a team than a have a top 3-5 player...unless its Nash, Duncan, Howard, Lebron, Garnett or one of the elite PG's of Deron or Paul.
If the Knicks try 2 get him, what would they give up? I'm guessing Crawford, Frye, Malik rose and a 1st rounder.
This has been the most entertaining NBA news all playoffs.
Where's the guy that brought up the Kobe trade thread a few weeks ago???? He gets an offical knicks online pat on the back!
Now since the Lakers are in no positon to get equal dollar for Kobe.
I say we give em Stephon, Lee, and Nate.
I would give up Frye, Steph (preferably Francis), Balkman and Malik for Kobe, Chris Mihm/Kwame and a draft pick
Frye and Balkman are young guys with upside
Francis/Steph provides veteran point guard leadership
Malik's contract expires at the end of the year...
The Knick Lineup would then be:
Crawford/Steph, Kobe, Qrich, DLee, Curry
Morris, Crawford/Franchise, Robinson, Kwame/Mihm, Collins
Jarred Jeffries, Jerome James
We would obviously need to draft a big small forward to go with this new team, but with Kobe, there is no way teams double or triple EC... we would present matchup problems for most teams we face... we would probably win a championship by 2009 with this squad...
Losing Frye and Lee sucks, but adding a top 2 guys is worth it... this squad would contend with Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago for the top spot in the East... it leapfrogs us passed Washington, Jersey and Orlando...
exciting times... although this trade works for both teams... I don't think the Lakers are gonna move him until next year's trading deadline... trying to field good offers...
one item that works in the knicks favor is:
Excerpt from LA times*****************
Bryant will obviously waive his no-trade clause, but he has a trade kicker in his contract that is believed to add about $13 million to his total contract value, a cost to be absorbed by any team that acquires him. The money would be paid like a signing bonus and would not count toward the salary cap.
$13mil trade kicker! wow....NY is the only team that throws that money around like nothing!!
That takes the Bulls out of the running
We have Marbury and Kobe, and with that, the championship.
I'm just kidding, but I would give anyone for kobe!!!
Lebron leads the NBA at his position in holding his opponents to the lowest PPG. Lebron played shut down defense on Chauncey Billups in game 4which made the Pistons offense totally non productive. On top of that, Lebron is a triple double machine. Lebron is the most EXPLOSIVE player in the NBA, and one of the strongest perimeter scorers you can find. Not even an elite defender like Prince can stop Lebron. Lebron even has the ability to get his teammates involved. He isn't a selfish player and his potential is crazy. This isn't to you, but in general I'm sick off people turning Lebron away cause they don't want to buy the hype. Lebron is only about 22 years old and is already showing leadership ability, Lebron is way ahead of a 22 year old Kobe. Kobe's defense wasn't even that GOOD this season, even Laker fans will admit. Nash is the two time MVP, you have to put him on the top 3-5, no matter how bad his defense is. Dwight Howard isn't TOP 5 yet, I would agree, but the kid is an animal and will be a 26ppg/14 rebs/2blks per game type player if the Magic stop being fools and get a REAL PG cause Jameer is one of the worst starting PG's in the NBA, Dwight deserves better.
My point is, I would definately pick Lebron and Dwight over Kobe because they're high character guys loaded with immense potential, who are already good young defenders along with their ability on offense. If Kobe isn't happy in LA, why would he enjoy New York? Kobe needs to sit back, and give the Lakers one more year.
I enjoy reading trade proposals, but this one over the border line.
I can't see the Lakers giving away their draft pick, their franchise player who's a top 3-5 NBA player, and their best defensive big man for bench players and a Stephon Marbury.
I think he's upset that the lakers lack direction... i think now that IT knows what he's doing... we might have a clearer path than LA... and you think Kobe could pass up the possibility of bringing a title back to NY after 35 years??? I think that's his incentive...
also... LA would probably pull the trigger on this one cuz it gets them cap space next year after Francis and Malik's contracts are up (21 mil total) that they can use to sign Garnett... if they take Steph... they get a quality 1 for a few seasons... they also get Mr. Energy Renaldo Balkman who I think is going to develop into a beast as well... AND... if you're gonna suck for a season... next season is it... it's the OJ Mayo sweepstakes in 09... I think LA would draft protect their pick too (not every GM is IT)...
This trade gives LA flexibility and youth at the end of the season... similar to the shaq trade (Brian Grant, Odom, Butler, chips and salsa) except with more emphasis on the cap room...
LA's Lineup would be:
Steph/Francis, Evans, Balkman, Odom/Brown, Bynum
Mihm, Smush, Radmanovic, Cook
After hearing the Kobe Bryant interview that he had with Dan Patrick I believe there's a 98.5pct chance he's gonna be traded. And I think David Stern is gonna find a way to get Kobe in Orange and Blue.