Lakers Trade Radmanovic
Posted by hiphopmama on February 7, 2009
My first choice for a title to this post was, “Whaaaat?” but I thought this would be more informative. The LA Times has reported that the Lakers dealt Vladimir Radmanovic to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown. The deal means an $8.5 million payroll reduction a smart roster diversification for the team. “Malcontent” might be too strong a word, but Radmanovic has certainly been less than thrilled with his diminishing playing time, and with Lamar, Trevor, and Luke, we’re not exactly in need of his services. He was the best shooter off our bench, but he does little else. Adam Morrison may be able to fill in some of his spot-up responsibilities once he settles in. If there’s a place for an uncultivated talent to find success, it’s gotta be here amongst this talented line-up and in this offensive system.
Shannon Brown is an unknown quantity. He was a late first round draft pick of the Cavaliers in 2006, but he saw limited minutes and eventually made the rounds in the NBDL, winding up with the Bulls after some big trades. He signed on with the Bobcats on a one-year deal last summer but has mostly ridden the bench this season as well. I don’t see him figuring into our plans this year, but having another guard in the squad couldn’t hurt, seeing as how strapped we were when Farmar got hurt. When Sasha sat out a game with back problems, we had zero guards to bring off the bench (minus Sun Yue), so he will at least serve that purpose.
I find myself unable to muster any kind of reaction at all to this news. Um, yay? Sad for Vlad Rad, I guess, because he goes from the best record in the league to the flippin’ Bobcats, but that’s the breaks. He wasn’t happy being out of the rotation anyway, so at least now he can compete for playing time. I’m optimistic about Morrison, at least cautiously, but I don’t expect much right away. And Shannon Brown seems like just a piece thrown in to make the whole puzzle work out, although I would love to be proven wrong. All in all a plus for the Lakers, considering all the money they will save in the deal. The core of this team is already set – now it’s just a matter of tinkering around the edges for prolonged success. If they think this will help, then I’m all for it.