Despite all the chatter today about Carmelo Anthony possibly heading to the Los Angeles Lakers, don’t buy the hype. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is now saying that Jim Buss has made it clear to everyone inside the Lakers organization that Bynum is not going anywhere.
Most likely all the discussion about Anthony going to Los Angeles is for one simple reason: The Nuggets lost all their leverage with the Knicks when Anthony and his agent said he would only sign an extension with New York.
After that happened there was no way the Knicks were going to give up the world to get Anthony. They knew no other teams would touch him because they would only be getting a rental before Melo signed with the Knicks in the offseason. Therefore, Denver needed another team to hold over the Knicks as a threat. The Lakers fit that role perfectly.
There has been a ton of speculation that the Lakers are going to try and make a move before the deadline. After all, it’s Phil Jackson’s last season and you’d think the team will go all-in to try and get him a title. That said, moving Bynum for Anthony wouldn’t solve any of the Lakers problems.
The Lakers need to ramp up their defensive toughness and possibly add an outside shooter. That’s really it. Dumping their 23-year-old center for Anthony – who actually wouldn’t fit well within the confines of the triangle offense – wouldn’t really accomplish anything. Is Anthony a great player? Yes. But that doesn’t mean adding him would solve anything.
On the other hand, when healthy, Bynum is a perfect fit in the post of the triangle. The high-low game he can play with Pau Gasol is something no other team in the NBA can duplicate. Again, if he stays healthy, Bynum fits the Lakers’ scheme far better than Anthony. Plus, when Bynum and Gasol are on the floor together, the Lakers can be the league’s best defensive team.
It hasn’t always worked out perfectly, but all the Lakers need from Bynum is 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. With the length he provides on defense, anything above those numbers is icing on the cake.
Everyone involved with the Lakers knows that. So don’t buy the hype, Bynum isn’t going anywhere.