Before the playoffs started, I had hoped Mitch Kupchak would find a way to make the rumored Bynum-for-Bosh trade this summer.
But Bynum has shown heart and played as hard as he can during these finals. When most people wrote him off for the season after game 4, he's gotten treatment and will play in game 5, a game he's calling the most important of his career.
Odom has shown little heart on the court, and off the court, Saurav summed it up well:
I still can't believe Lamar Odom's comments about how he refuses to 'put a win or a loss on [his] shoulders... [the Lakers] need to do everything as a team'. He's not only shrinking from the spotlight, he's actively running away and directing the spotlight towards others, and it's despicable.
Odom's got the versatility of Magic Johnson but the heart of Benoit Benjamin. Now I'm hoping Kupchak keeps Bynum and finds a way to move Odom, but with his new contract, who'd take him?
Toronto might swap Turkoglu for Odom, but I don't know if that'd help the Lakers. Artest would have to come off the bench and we'd still need a backup PF.
Maybe Miami if they can't land Bosh, Boozer, or Amare and have a bunch of cash to spend, but the Lakers would get little in return.
The realistic options are pretty bad, so here's a dream scenario that will never happen... Chris Bosh threatens to walk out of Toronto and forces this deal: the Lakers send Odom, Artest, Vujacic and Brown/Farmar to Toronto for Bosh, Turkoglu and Calderon.