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The reason L.A. traded Odom

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08:05 AM ET 12.12 | Lamar Odom is gone, and Kobe Bryant is unhappy about it -- so why would the Lakers risk all this? It was only partly that [Odom] requested a trade and the Lakers didn't want his negative emotions to be a drain on the team. It was definitely somewhat that they wanted the trade exception and Dallas' No. 1 pick as assets to maneuver further in a trade market they found few clubs overly impressed by a very well-paid 32-year-old Sixth Man of the Year. The main reason the Lakers did it, though, is to save a lot of money: $18 million this season. Even though a little or a lot of that money could go back out to another backup power forward, it's in the bank for now.

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December 12, 2011  08:44 AM ET

If Odom had stayed more professionally and kept his feelings and emotions for himself, the Lakers might not have traded him so quickly. I mean look at Gasol, he is still there

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December 12, 2011  08:53 AM ET

Yeah, that was weird move by the Lakers. Odom just freak out. He needs to take this in a more professional way. I guess his reality show will be over. Good, it was crap anyway. lol

December 12, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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Not sure why you'd trade a key player to a conference rival.....

I'm still scratching my head on that move but given how smart the Lakers' front office is they're probably seeing something we don't see. They better have another big move coming....

December 12, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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I'm still scratching my head on that move but given how smart the Lakers' front office is they're probably seeing something we don't see. They better have another big move coming....

I can only hope this is true because that was a damn weird move.

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December 12, 2011  09:40 AM ET

Mitch Cupcake needs to re-sign Kwame Brown and then trade him to the Grizzlies for Marc Gasol.

December 12, 2011  09:54 AM ET
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It's one of those moves where the front office feels they have to do *something* to shake things up, and they want to free up space and money on the roster, but it ends up backfiring.See recent exhibits:Exhibit #1 - Celtics trade Perkins as a forward-looking move, but does not help the franchise.Exhibit #2 - Pistons trade Billups to Denver for Iverson (??!!), starting their decline and demise.

yes but it neither of those cases did they trade the player to A) a conference rival or B) the DEFENDING champs...makes no sense

December 12, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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If Odom had stayed more professionally and kept his feelings and emotions for himself, the Lakers might not have traded him so quickly. I mean look at Gasol, he is still there

Thats on the LAL really...they let the "cat out the bag" and it backfired. If I were Pau I wouldnt call my real estate agent to take my house off the market...they are still interested in dealing, it just hasnt happened yet.

Cant blame the guy for going thru yo-yo like emotions, these guys are human and he was asked the question by the media. I always give a guy kudos for being himself and not always seeking the prepared publicist statement

December 12, 2011  10:05 AM ET

Odom's play was up and down. Some games he showed up playing others he was just a murmur. I thought they could have received something better for him though. I never liked gasol in memphis for his quitting attitude and it showed up in the last playoffs. I'd be surprised if he is around at the start of the season.

Defense is the key for Mike Brown so he will trade all non-kobe named players for defense, not sure if Lamar fit his scheme.

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December 12, 2011  10:24 AM ET

Thank You For Being A Laker, Bro.

December 12, 2011  11:00 AM ET
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Not really, Perkins trade was a surprise/shock to Perk and the Cs. Once a player is disgruntled, it's best to move him for the good of the team. I even felt that way when Kobe has his meltdown...Good thing my vote didn't count!

amen eli. but it just seems we're risking more than just players for dwight. it better work out or else we'll be a team full of disgruntled players with no bench.

December 12, 2011  11:08 AM ET

Soooo...what happens the next time Kobe exhibits negative emotions, because you know he will? Saving that money on Odom won't help them get past a team that cleaned their clock in last season's playoffs. They better get some size real fast.

December 12, 2011  12:06 PM ET
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Hopefully.Otherwise, it's one of those mysteries like Ainge trading Perkins.

Boston could only offer R/FA to be Perkins like $4m cause of being Over the CAP, and OKC being way Under the CAP, could offer Perkins more $7m ... Boston also got LAC 1 rd pick Top10 protected in 2012, 13, 14, 15, unprotected in 2016, which IF CP3 goto LAC could be worthless 22nd pick +/- ... OKC got the pick from LAC, for Bledsoe draft by OKC 18th traded to LAC for the Pick ...

 
December 12, 2011  12:39 PM ET

I DON'T CARE WHO GOES SOMEWHERE AND SOMEONE GOES SOMEWHERE.....LET THE "NBA" GAME BEGINSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS..............

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