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Caught in the Web: Andrew Bynum trade reactions and other Lakers links

January 11, 2010 | 11:20 am

Even if Lakers center Andrew Bynum expressed indifference about the team's supposed interest in shipping him to Toronto for Chris Bosh, readers of the Lakers blog certainly didn't have the same reaction.

It became the most discussed topic on the comments thread throughout Sunday's post, and the speculation continued during the Lakers-Bucks Live Chat.

Regardless of whether you think the deal is a good idea or not, much of the follow-up analysis expressed skepticism over its feasibility. Aside from considering that reported trade rumors aren't always definitively accurate, The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes that Bynum is one of the Buss family's favorites. But, you may say, the NBA is a bottom-line business. Well, Brez also adds the money variable complicates the likelihood that such a trade would happen:

The Raptors would assume $29 million of guaranteed money for Bynum over the next two seasons and a possible $16-million team option for 2012-13 while the Lakers would have their own headaches with Bosh, who can opt out of his contract after this season and become a free agent. They would re-sign him, presumably, but would have to shell out more money for the 25-year-old power forward than Bynum was scheduled to make, pushing them further into high-end luxury-tax territory, which already was making them squeamish."

ESPN Los Angeles' John Ireland and Dave McMenamin second the notion that the numbers don't add up. Even if this deal doesn't make dollars and $ense, feel free to continue the discussion in the comments section below.

More Lakers links:

---Lakers forward Ron Artest has played in four games since his infamous Christmas night concussion that sidelined him for five contests. Yet, The Times' Broderick Turner notices Artest hasn't been the same since then. That includes Artest and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson with differing explanations on why he was taken out of last night's game. Artest finally relented: "The Zen master is never wrong."

--The O.C. Register's Kevin Ding says there's another reason -- a simple thing called injuries. Ding reports that Artest is playing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot and with a sore left foot.

--The Times' Mark Heisler explores what exactly the Lakers miss with Pau Gasol's absence because of a sore left hamstring. The main answer is that he keeps Mamba in check. Lakers fans should hope that happens soon. Gasol plans on traveling with the team for its two-game road trip against San Antonio on Tuesday and Dallas on Wednesday, but he told reporters he felt pain after running on a treadmill Saturday, making his recovery timetable still unclear.

--Basketball fans, including myself, are learning more things about the medical field as Kobe Bryant's right index finger worsens. Forum Blue & Gold's Kurt Helin tries "putting the finger on Kobe's shooting woes." What a difference there is between tape and a splint.

Tweet of the Day: "Looked like Kobe was talking to the ball after that last floater clanged off the back rim. You'll try anything when you're 2-for-18" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin).

-- Mark Medina

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