Originally Posted by BØBØ
Couple things. Bear with me, it might even be entertaining.
90% of what you read is made up by somebody. Either a front office being misleading on purpose or in most cases a sports writer trying to justify his existence. Using the Lakers name moves the meter. Tweet it, link it, post it on your site and you'll get clicks. Clicks sell advertising, advertising pays their bills.
What's going to draw more attention, or generate more revenue? A true story about the Bobcats and their number 2 pick or a made up story about the Lakers you classify as a rumor from "NBA Sources"
There's also snippets of truth. We know a couple things that we can assume to be true and some that are facts.
The Rockets have 3 first round picks.
The Kings have no money and the Maloofs are idiots.
The Rockets have made moves to acquire Pau in the past, it was vetoed. they tried a second time it was blocked too.
The Lakers need somebody who wants Pau bad enough to help them out if they want to make any moves.
The Rockets don't grow money on trees, they have to be very selective about what they do, they are patient and smart.
These things are facts
Things we know about Howard or believe to be true
He doesn't know what he wants.
the Orlando Magic have a brand new GM who's only had a few days to get the lay of the land, has said he hasn't even spoke to Howard yet as of yesterday so trading Howard even for three draft picks might not be in his or the Magic's best interest at this time.
The Rockets as I mentioned are pennywise, smart and careful. Without a 100% guarantee from Howard he'd sign a multi year deal do you think they'd trade anything of value for him? This Howard who's been all over the map, who's situation last season has cost a GM and head coach their jobs.
vs Pau who is a multi talented all star level big man, a known quantity, a team player, well spoken well liked and loyal beyond a fault. And has been on your radar for over a year now and you know he's locked up for at least two years.
Now separate the wheat from the chaff and see where you end up.
Excellent post Bobo.
Throw in the fact that Howard is coming off a major back injury and may not be back until well after the season starts.
I'll be sad to see Pau go if it happens. I still think he's a great player. All this talk about his demise is false. He went 17-11 as the 3rd option on this team.
He is the best passing big I have ever seen, and he also is the consumate professional.
That being said, I do think the Lakers need to change, and unfortunately Pau is the guy to move. Kobe's not going anywhere, Bynum is 24.