Caught in the Web: Reaction to Andrew Bynum-Carmelo Anthony trade talk
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that the Lakers wouldn't deal Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony. Bresnahan also reports that the Lakers declined to continue what he called "an informal discussion of Anthony for Pau Gasol."
--In what appears to be point-counterpoint columns, The Times' Bill Plaschke argues that the Lakers should trade Bynum for Melo, while The Times' T.J. Simers maintains that the Lakers should keep Bynum. Simers also talks to Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, who explains why Bynum's size will help the team, especially during the playoffs.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck says that the Lakers dealing Bynum "seems foolish."
--The New York Post's Marc Berman reports that the Knicks and Timberwolves are waiting for the Denver Nuggets to make a deal involving Melo.
--Citing unnamed sources, ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard and Ric Bucher, ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin and ESPN New York's Ian Begley report the following nuggets: The Lakers and Nuggets have had preliminary discussions about a trade that would send Bynum to Denver for Anthony but that no offer has been made; the Lakers' front office is not in full agreement on dealing Bynum; the Lakers contacted the Charlotte Bobcats last week, looking to deal Ron Artest for either Stephen Jackson or Gerald Wallace; Phil Jackson would like to see how the team does for the duration of its seven-game road trip before the Lakers decide to make a trade for Anthony; and Bynum wants to help the Lakers defend their title.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding mentions that the Lakers don't plan to ship out Bynum.
--ESPN.com's John Hollinger breaks down the implications of a Bynum-Melo deal.
--The New York Daily News' Frank Isola reports that the Lakers' vice president of player personnel, Jim Buss, shot down the Anthony-Bynum proposal.
--CBSSports.com debates a Bynum-Anthony deal in a roundtable discussion.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky has some fun with the trade machine.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky sizes up the pros and cons of trading Bynum for Melo.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker believes that the Lakers should pick up Melo.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues that if the Lakers trade Bynum, their chances of three-peating drop severely.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark examines the Kobe Bryant-Gasol dynamic.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano analyzes the effects of a Bynum-Melo deal.
Tweet of the Day: "Wait - so there are games tonight? I thought they were canceled because of the Melo/Laker rumors" -- EricPincus (Hoops World's Eric Pincus)
Reader Comment of the Day:"This year is not the rebuilding year. Any trade that involves large number of players will require them to learn the Triangle in a very short period of time. Why shoot yourself in the foot now when you have a chance to threepeat? Do it after PJ retires, maybe Shaw will take over, maybe not. We don't know if Lakers will run the Triangle next year. It depends on the coach and the players we get in rebuilding for the next Championship era of the Lakers." -- Al Franken
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Andrew Bynum. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times