Break down, broke down?
The Jermaine O'Neal talks have hit a snag, apparently because the Lakers don't want to include Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum (along with Kwame Brown) in a deal that would return O'Neal and Troy Murphy. Since the idea of taking on Murphy's contract is fairly unappealing, I don't see this as a big loss. O'Neal is a great player, but Murphy has the potential to be an albatross financially. He shoots well for a big guy and is a pretty good rebounder, but Murphy is a terrible defender. Can't say I would like this deal. It wouldn't help the Lakers get push into the upper echelon of the West this or likely next season, and would lump basically all the tradeable assets they have into one deal.
But the wheels are still spinning, I'm sure, even if they're goin' slow.