What to do with our excess baggage...

My second post in a day, exciting!

So I was on the draftastrophy thread and saw the trades posted in the comments and thought I'd give it a go as well.

For those of you who can access ESPN, here's a link:

Of course, We would receive a few picks from Toronto and LA but it’s a situation that I think works well for all three teams.

For those who can’t use the link cuz of work, etc…

Houston trades: Kyle Lowry, Luis Scola
Houston Receives: Trade Exceptions and Picks

LA Trades: Pau Gasol
LA Receives: Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargs, and Luis Scola

Toronto Trades: Calderon and Bargs
Toronto Receives: Kyle Lowry and Pau Gasol


Houston does the deal because Lowry doesn't want to be here anymore and Luis Scola is fading and needs to move on. In return, they get more cap space and two trade exceptions to make a solid run at next year's free agent crop or to take back a bad contract in a trade for a star player. In addition we get some picks with an eye on the future.

LA does the deal because the Kobe era is closing fast. They want to win NOW and their roster currently is just not up to the task. In Calderon they acquire a very good PG/distributor. In Bargnani they acquire the perfect PF to play alongside Bynum. Bargnani is a perimeter oriented, mid to high range player and I think he'd fit the best alongside Bynum. With both Bynum and Bargs, the Lakers would have a very nice, strong frontcourt without the issues of each getting in the way of the other like they had with Gasol. They also get Scola as a solid sixth man who can still light up another team for 20+ points and 9-10 rebounds. Also, Bargs is still fairly young so even into the Bynum era, the Lakers front court would be killer.

Toronto does this deal because they want to make it into the Playoffs BADLY. Pau Gasol and Kyle Lowry immediately launch them into the top 5 Eastern Conference considerations. If they think Steve Nash can get them into the playoffs alone, think what Lowry and Gasol could do for them. They also get to keep their studs in DeRozan and Ross(I still don't get this pick) and they don't have to give up much to get exponentially better. Also, even if they do get Nash, they would still love to have Gasol alongside him and could opt to swap Calderon for Lowry or keep Calderon and have Lowry be sent to the Lakers.

In all, this is the best scenario I could come up with. It's also a scenario which most people wouldn't have thought of so it could be interesting. We could also dangle Morris or Jones if needed or if we want to.

What do y'all think?

No cursing in title. No pirated material, such as links to online game streams. Do not cut/paste entire sections of content from other websites. Thanks.

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