Bynum Traded, Gasol NOT, Clippers Looking For Help

The Andrew Bynum nightmare for Lakers’ fans is over, with his trade to the Chicago Bulls. Does this mean that Pau Gasol will remain with the team for the rest of the year? Is there another deal in the works? Who knows? But as of now, as they prepare to get whipped in Dallas by the Mavericks tonight, the only move the Lakers have made is the waiving of Shawne Williams. With Williams gone, they will take the court with eight or nine healthy players, depending on what one would make of the Chris Kaman situation – hurt or just in the doghouse?

It would seem with one less body ahead of him, Kaman would have to get some playing time tonight. Perhaps at point guard? As Kendall Marshall continues to make the position


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his own, of all people nick “pass? what’t that” young is listed on the team’s depth chart as the back-up.

Meanwhile, across Staples, the Clippers, who also now see their starting backcourt on the injured list, are doing well enough with Darren Collison running the team in place of Chris Paul, and with Willie Green starting at the two until it’s time for Jamal Crawford, with J.J. Redick still at least a week away from

his return.

The team is rumored to be interested in Hedo Turkoglu, recently released by Orlando, and/or former Lakers’ guard Sasha Vujacic, who last played in the NBA in 2011. Meanwhile, they did sign another former Lakers’ guard, one who was frequently discussed as a possibility to be brought back at point guard for them, Darius Morris. After doing well in a reserve spot with Philadelphia, Morris had been waived, and he was signed to replace Maalik Wayns after the team determined that he was not up to a roster spot. Morris played

almost eight minutes against Orlando last night, and though he was zero-for-three shooting, he did record a rebound, an assist, and a steal in that time. He figures to be a reasonable back-up to Collison until Paul returns.

It would seem a stretch to think that Vujacic could, after no other team has shown interest in three years, contribute, or get any playing time, especially after Redick’s return, but the versatile Turkoglu conceivably could be a solid addition to the Clippers. Just last year he still averaged 11 points, four rebounds and four-and-one-half assists per game in limited playing time. He certainly seems to be someone who could make more of a contribution than Stephen Jackson has (1.7 points per game, 1.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists),



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and Jackson would have to be waived by 5:00 today or his contract becomes guaranteed for the rest of the season.

Fine tuning would seem to be far more important for the Clippers than for the Lakers right now, but eventually most of the Lakers’ wounded should return and who knows what they can accomplish.

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