2011 NBA Offseason: Lakers Need to Trade Bynum for Warriors’ Ellis

Now that the Los Angeles Lakers have found a new head coach in Mike Brown to succeed perhaps the greatest coach in basketball history in Phil Jackson, the Lakers now need to focus their attention on their current roster.

Throughout the Lakers short-lived 2011 postseason, opposing teams consistently attacked and exposed the Lakers weaknesses, one of them being their lack of an explosive and quick point guard who can body up and defend the likes of Chris Paul and other star point guards in the NBA.

Not only do the Lakers need to add a quicker and younger point guard to their roster, but they also need to add another effective player who can score from the wing and in turn, take some of the scoring pressure off of an aging, but still effective, Kobe Bryant.

This is where the name Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors begins to sound more and more enticing. Adding Monta Ellis to the Lakers would then cover all of the Lakers immediate needs at the point guard position.

Is Ellis young? Yes, he's only twenty-five years old.

Is Ellis quick and athletic? Yes, Ellis is one of the quickest point guards in the league and would provide a major improvement athletically over current Lakers point guards Derek Fisher and Steve Blake.

Lastly, can Ellis be an effective scorer from the wing who can take pressure off of Kobe Bryant? Yes, Ellis has averaged at least nineteen points per game in each of his last four NBA seasons, including averaging 25.5 points in the 2009-10 season and 24.1 points last season.

So how do the Lakers go about acquiring such a young and talented player like Monta Ellis? Well, Andrew Bynum seems like perfect trade bait for this situation.

Like Ellis, Bynum is also young, talented and still has room to grow potential-wise. Despite battling injuries in recent years, the twenty-three year old, seven foot tall Bynum has proven that when he is healthy, he's among the best ...

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