|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 5, 2012 at 1:05 AM|
Does the deal make the Lakers better? Yes it does. Is it a guarantee that the Lakers make the finals? Not even close. I believe the Lakers are in the same position as they were last season. The Lakers are not in the same class as the Thunder, or Spurs. They upgraded, but they still have many issues. This Lakers team is older, and that's not a big deal, but their old in all the wrong places. The Lakers need to address many other areas on their roster.
It's a good move by Nash, the Lakers have a better chance with him, despite how I feel. Can you honestly see the Lakers beating a Thunder team that just lost the NBA finals? And the Thunder have improved every season since making the playoffs in 2010. The Thunder are ready for the next step. The Lakers will be in the mix, and their in a better place now. But the Thunder, and even the Spurs are just too young at the right spots. So what if the Lakers get their wing defender to guard Durant? Because that's their big miss right now. What if they snag Howard. If they get Howard, or even Josh Smith, I would say that would put them over the top. The Lakers need someone other than Artest.
The Thunder are still improving and remain far more athletic, but the Lakers closed the gap considerably. We also have no idea how this dynamic works but I'm not excited to see them figure it out.
"In an unforeseen twist that could thrust the Los Angeles Lakers straight back into title contention, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash has successfully negotiated a sign-and-trade deal from the Phoenix Suns to the Lakers that will team him up with Kobe Bryant.
Sources told ESPN.com that Nash, with the New York Knicks also pressing hard to complete a similar sign-and-trade deal, was swayed to join the Lakers after a determined push from Bryant and because the move keeps him in the title hunt and allows him to stay in close proximity to his three children in Phoenix.
Nash will receive a three-year deal in excess of $25 million, sources said, because the Suns ultimately agreed to sign-and-trade him to the Lakers, who can absorb Nash via the trade exception they created by dealing Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks in December.
In return, the Suns get four draft picks -- first rounders in 2013 and 2015 and second rounders in 2013 and 2014."