Originally posted by VDSF: Lakers eyeing Anderson Varejao
Mike Brown and the Lakers would love to have Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao on their team. That much we know.
What we don’t know is if the Lakers will make a serious play for Varejao during Thursday’s NBA draft.
Brown coached Varejao during all five of Brown’s seasons in Cleveland, and not surprisingly, grew to love Varejao’s defense, energy and attitude. Now that Brown has been hired as Phil Jackson’s replacement with the Lakers, sources say he is trying to convince the Lakers front office to see what it would take to bring Varejao to L.A.
Now, none of this is to say the Lakers will follow through. There is no hard evidence that they have contacted the Cavs about the man known as “Wild Thing,” or that they ever will. But as one Lakers insider said, it almost makes too much sense not to explore.
What the insider didn’t know was what it would take to get Varejao, or even if the Cavs would be willing to part with him.
“I’d say there’s a 10, maybe 20, percent chance the Lakers make a trade,” the source said. “If it is something they decide to do, I don’t think there’s any question (Varejao) would be among the players highly targeted.”
No one can be sure what the Lakers would offer in return, although All-Star forward Pau Gasol’s name is being tossed around the rumor mill. That’s because Gasol’s postseason play was considered disappointing by many, and a big reason the team suffered a second-round sweep against eventual champion Dallas.
The source said the Cavs would “obviously have to surrender more” than just Varejao to land Gasol, mentioning the Cavs’ No. 4 draft pick and point guard Ramon Sessions as possible additional assets.
Meanwhile, other sources have indicated that while the Lakers might be interested in Varejao, consummating a trade would be difficult. It seems, many say, that neither side would agree to what the other would propose.
So is it possible Varejao ends up in L.A.? Sure, anything is possible. But as one source said, “at the end of the day, it’s probably not too likely. The Cavs love Andy, as they should, and they aren’t going to give him away just because the Lakers might want him.”
Several sources have confirmed that the Lakers & Philly talked about that swap...which probably means it's dead. The Lakers generally play it close to the vest and if more than a couple of people report it, it's probably been dead for a couple of days.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Jun 22, 2011 at 20:11:08 ]
Originally posted by LA9erFan: Several sources have confirmed that the Lakers & Philly talked about that swap...which probably means it's dead. The Lakers generally play it close to the vest and if more than a couple of people report it, it's probably been dead for a couple of days.
A couple of the guys that the Lakers are looking at in the 2nd Round...
Eddie House clone, but more athletic. Might find a niche in the NBA. The guy has INSANE range. Just insane.
6'7" and a pure PG. Decent athlete, good court vision, but has almost no offensive game to speak of in terms of scoring. Looks like a decent defender, but there's not enough of footage of him to get a good feel for that. Intriguing prospect.
This is who I want. Reminds me a lot of a young Derek Fisher. A bulldog, clutch player, and a good character guy. Good explosiveness on his jump shot too. I think he's gonna have a good career.
We have 4 second round picks. We'll probably trade at least two of them, either to get into the first round or for future picks.
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