UPDATE: Here’s what the Philadelphia Daily News is reporting this morning: A league source says there is nothing to the rumors of a possible Sixers trade with the Lakers. Rumors abound that the Sixers are talking with the Lakers about trading Andre Iguodala to Los Angeles for Lamar Odom and Ron Artest. “Nothing has been discussed,” the NBA source said. “There’s nothing there.”
Two reports Wednesday indicated the Lakers are shopping versatile forward Lamar Odom. Sports Illustrated’s Web site has the Lakers talking with the Philadelphia 76ers about a possible trade that would send Odom, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year last season, to Philly for Andre Iguodala. The Lakers are said to be willing to include Ron Artest in the deal in order to satisfy the league’s salary cap rules. Also, the L.A. Times reported the Minnesota Timberwolves turned down the Lakers’ offer of Odom for the No. 2 overall pick. The Lakers backed away when the T-Wolves demanded Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum instead. There’s zero chance the Lakers will part with Gasol or Bynum.
I’m not sure what the Lakers would gain by adding Iguodala and losing Odom and Artest in a trade. No question, Iguodala is athletic and long, but he lacks the versatility of Odom. Artest can still play lockdown defense, although he had a poor second season after signing with the Lakers in the summer of 2009. The Lakers couldn’t possibly play Iguodala with Bynum and Gasol, could they? They need a better outside shooter.