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The Lakers and Free Agency: Your Question of the Day

June 29, 2009 |  9:42 am

The fun begins late tomorrow night, as the NBA's free agent free for all officially kicks off. 

Here's the list of guys who will or could be on the market.  LA's priority is bringing back Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza.  Which leads to today's Question of the Day:

Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza II Is there anyone on the list linked above you'd choose instead of Ariza or Odom? 

The big names are guys like Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Gordon, Chris Andersen, Ron Artest, Andre Miller, Shawn Marion, (presumably) Carlos Boozer, and Morris Almond.  Okay, maybe not him.  But I love the name.

(UPDATE, 6:13 pm: Yikes!  I realize I forgot Hedo Turkoglu, who is obviously an intriguing and talented player.  If this is a conversation to be had, he should be in it.  BK)

Don't worry too much about money-  think of the player.  Would you swap out X for TA, or Y for LO?  And so on?  Would you pick two from that list and let both Odom and Ariza walk?  What say you?   Personally, I'd keep last year's team intact.  I'm not a fan of how Kidd fits in, didn't want Artest last year either, and think Gordon's high volume shooting doesn't work with LA.  (Plus, and this is a fairly significant point, my understanding is the Lakers have a decent two guard already.)  Marion is an intriguing name, but only if he came with a time machine.  Last year's version in Miami/Toronto didn't play all that well but did manage to continue to cement his reputation as a malcontent.  Why bring that into a well-functioning locker room? 

But what say you?

BK

(Photo: Andrew Bernstein, Getty Images)


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