John Jackson on a potential Kobe deal:
I think these scenarios that include PJ (like Chad Ford's odd column this weekend) as a sign/trade candidate are too far-fetched to even consider.
For one, the team can't even negotiate with him until July, so having him and this pick means a lot of handshake agreements. Not that such things can't happen in the NBA, but it seems awfully risky to draft for another team while assuming your free agent agrees to a contract in a couple weeks.
And why exactly would P.J. Brown agree to a trade to a gutted Lakers squad? He seems leaning more towards retirement (or signing with a contender) than another season with a young team, even if it's accompanied by a fat 1-year deal.
At least Pincus is realistic in the timeline, meaning that a deal before the draft would have to include Ben Wallace. But he not only shows a low opinion of Wallace, but a too-high one of Bryant:
They also would have one of the worst teams in the league.
I much prefer Jackson's scenario (even if someone else had to be included instead of the '07 pick)...and a package like that which keeps Deng as a Bull is loads better than whatever crap the Knicks could offer. And I don't think Pax is the type to bid against himself.