O’Neal wants to be a Laker August 6, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, NBA, Sports.
Sports Illustrated is reporting that Indiana Pacer Jermaine O’Neal wants to be traded, with the Los Angeles Lakers being at the top of his list. At a charity All-Star game this weekend, O’Neal stated that it would be best for him and the Pacers to part ways. O’Neal, who’s 28, also stated that he’s not in a position physically, to be part of the Pacers rebuilding process by bringing in more youth.
Most likely, Odom and Bynum will have to go in order to get O’Neal. The Lakers have refused to give up Bynum however, causing the trade to stall, and their unwillingness to give up Bynum in the past resulted in the Lakers not acquiring Jason Kidd. This caused Kobe Bryant to be extremely upset with management.
If the Lakers do part ways with Bynum, which I think they should, O’Neal and Bryant will be a force, and hopefully this will be enough for Bryant to be a little more patient with the Laker management.
If O’Neal doesn’t go to L.A., the Nets are a team the center is also considering. Kidd and O’Neal would play really well together, but I’m curious to see who the Nets would give up to make the trade happen.
The Lakers have to make this trade. If they don’t, the Nets will definately grab O’Neal. Bynum has potential, but the Lakers have a frustrated superstar that wants to win now. They can not afford to let this opportunity pass them by. I don’t think Kobe will be too happy about seeing two players he wanted the Lakers to acquire, playing together on the same team.