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January 28, 2013, 01:52 PM
Trade Paul Pierce and Corey Lee for Pau Gasol.

BOS gets a skilled, true center and moves KG and Green into their natural positions of PF and SF respectively. Rotation of Barbosa, Bradley and Terry will have to hold the backcourt positions down until Rondo gets back.

LA get a dynamic 3 and bigger defensive 2 who can play with KB on defensive sets. Rotation of Howard, Clark, Hill and Metta hold down the front court.

Pierce gets to go home before retiring, Gasol would be appreciated in Boston, and both team probably make the playoffs.

Your welcome Danny and Jim...
January 28, 2013  02:45 PM ET
QUOTE:

Your welcome

Get him, Dj.

January 28, 2013  04:16 PM ET

Apologies for the typos Yoda, or course you're right. But could you imagine the buzz around this trade? That alone would go a long way to revive both organizations. Also, it would be great to see a Paul/KG -v- Kobe/ Pierce match up in February!!

January 29, 2013  10:13 AM ET

This trade makes much more sense to me....

http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1483707-lakers-must-act-now

January 29, 2013  10:36 AM ET

Seeing Paul wearing the God-awful purple and gold Laker unis would be disturbing.

January 29, 2013  04:11 PM ET

If LA can talk the Nets into giving up Lopez, Brooks AND Wallace for Howard, God bless them. Maybe Lopez and Brooks, but not Wallace as well; leaves a big hole at the 3 for Nets (still have love for you Stack!)

To 11 rings: a crazy trade to switch marquee players between two of the fiercest rivals = everyone watching = $$$ for the NBA (and that's the bottom line).

January 29, 2013  09:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If LA can talk the Nets into giving up Lopez, Brooks AND Wallace for Howard, God bless them. Maybe Lopez and Brooks, but not Wallace as well; leaves a big hole at the 3 for Nets (still have love for you Stack!)To 11 rings: a crazy trade to switch marquee players between two of the fiercest rivals = everyone watching = $$$ for the NBA (and that's the bottom line).

Yeah, I understand that it would make $$$ for the NBA, but as a life long Celtic fan, it would be horrible to see Pierce in Laker purple.

January 29, 2013  09:50 PM ET

Pirece in LA would be sac-religious....

January 30, 2013  12:42 PM ET
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Pirece in LA would be sac-religious....

Back in the '80s there was a magazine (I think it was SI or SPORT) that did an article about what would have happened if the Lakers had drafted Bird and the Celtics had drafted Magic. It basically walked through the scenario of how different each team would have been over that decade. The article included photo-shopped pics of Bird in a Laker uni and Magic in a Celtic uni.

Even though I knew it wasn't real, I remember finding it completely blasphemous and disturbing to see Bird in a Laker uniform. I'd probably feel much the same way about Pierce wearing one.

January 30, 2013  01:27 PM ET

CBP...2 B-Listers and Brooks for a Superstar is a no-brainer. Howard a top 5 player in terms of impact in the league. Hole at 3 overlooked for franchise player. Still have Williams and Johnson on perimeter. Wallace has seen a dimished role offensively since PJ took over. In fact he's averaging 6.4 points per game in the month of January. Do you really think the Nets would balk at the Howard trade for someone averaging 6.4 points a game? Obviously, Wallace has significant value in other areas of the game...specifically defensively and the glass.

January 30, 2013  04:22 PM ET

Doodle, bet you won't call G-money Wallace a 'B-lister' to his face LoL! Seriously, the Nets have good continuity now, and I don't think they would blow it up for a guy they would have to pull out at crunch time b/c he can't make FTs. Brook Lopez is balling, and having a low post scorer on the floor at crunch time is the one thing that MIA doesn't have. Howard's FT shooting really holds him back, and how would the Nets make up his 15-20 points every night. Too many question marks to move that many players when things are going good for them.

Hey 11 rings, are you saying you wouldn't watch Kobe and Pierce take on Pau and KG? One game in LA and one game in BOS... Staples and TD Garden would be insane.

January 31, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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Trade Paul Pierce and Corey Lee for Pau Gasol. BOS gets a skilled, true center and moves KG and Green into their natural positions of PF and SF respectively. Rotation of Barbosa, Bradley and Terry will have to hold the backcourt positions down until Rondo gets back.LA get a dynamic 3 and bigger defensive 2 who can play with KB on defensive sets. Rotation of Howard, Clark, Hill and Metta hold down the front court. Pierce gets to go home before retiring, Gasol would be appreciated in Boston, and both team probably make the playoffs.Your welcome Danny and Jim...

Good trade but does not make either team better.

Pierce will barely see the ball with Kobe in town.

Only way LA improves is if Kobe shoots about 15 times a night and dishes around 7-8 times...or gets traded.

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January 31, 2013  02:22 PM ET

cbp...don't disagree about the FT shooting but do you really think the Nets can compete with the Heat in the East as currently constructed? No question they are leaps and bounds better than last year but they aren't in the same class as the Heat. Does Howard automatically put them in the Heat's class? Nothing is a guarantee but with the Howard of 2 years ago they are a title contender. If they don't think he's healthy then I would completely understand.

Also, if the Nets are going to make a run at him this summer when he's a free agent they have to get rid of two of those big contracts (Williams, Johnson, Lopez, and Wallace)...I know what 2 I'm choosing.

February 1, 2013  03:28 AM ET

"Only way LA improves is if Kobe shoots about 15 times a night and dishes around 7-8 times...or gets traded,"

to which I say I agree. KB is not completely stupid, and recent success confirms that sharing the ball and facilitating others will make him a 6-time champion, and that is his motivation. He doesn't give a damn about a scoring title this year, he wants that 6th ring. LA needs Pierce's offensive production since Howard, probably because of his recovery, has not produced as as much as expected. Also, Pierce's playmaking shouldn't be overlooked, and Kobe would love getting some easy baskets. I think KB and Pierce would be a great duo, but the momentum of the two teams being rivals for so long probably means this trade won't happen. That's a shame for those of us who live outside of LA and BOS and who really enjoy the game.

February 1, 2013  08:00 AM ET

Is Pierce retirng?

February 5, 2013  01:32 PM ET

That won't happen. I doubt the Celtics would even give the Lake show the Courtesy of Pierce's expiring contract for Pau Gasol and neither will the Lakers would want to help the Celtics. Are you crazy? Just sheer pride will stop that idea in its. tracks.

February 7, 2013  02:47 AM ET

Whoops, never mind. Get better soon Gasol and come back stronger for the playoffs. I think the next six weeks will show the Lakers how valuable of a player you really are.

 
February 21, 2013  08:40 PM ET

Paul Pierce grew up as a Lakers fan watching Magic, Kareem, Cooper, Worthy, Jamaal, Scott, McAdoo etc. and most likely dreamt that someday he would wear the purple and gold.

You never know about players intentions and loyalty to a team. Look what Ray Allen did. Yes, it would be hard to see Pierce in a Lakers uniform but having a chance to win an NBA championship with your childhood team is priceless.

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