L.A. Lakers Trade Speculation: Raymond Felton and Bench Boosters Could Help L.A.

I've been playing around with the NBA Hollinger Trade Machine, and I've found an interesting trade.

Yes, it involves letting our beloved Lamar Odom go, but hear me out before you label this article nuts.

With this trade, we (the Lakers) would gain a point guard who has All-Star level potential.

Calm now? Okay, now listen.

As much as I love Lamar Odom's play this season, this deal vastly improves the Lakers. Lamar's versatility and skillset locks him as a starter on most NBA teams. He would be an attractive piece to a Denver Nuggets team who may keep him as a major piece to the team, or trade for younger pieces.

Wherever he goes, Lamar Odom is going to be a great contributor and will have a huge impact to that squad's success. He will be a HOT trade piece.

His talents are often overlooked because he is behind All-Star Pau Gasol and young hotshot Andrew Bynum in the rotation. Yes, you could say Lamar loves the limelight and attention in Los Angeles, but what would his maximum potential be in Denver?

This trade would involve the Trailblazers as well. Portland has an important piece that the Lakers would love to have as well: a back-up to Kobe Bryant. Rudy Fernandez has that job.

So without further ado, here is the trade:


The Los Angeles Lakers receive:

Raymond Felton (Via DEN): 17.1 ppg, 8.7 apg, 1.8 spg and has been 44 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point in the last nine games.

Rudy Fernandez (Via POR): 9.2 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1 spg and a career 40 percent from the field and 37 percent from three.


The Denver Nuggets receive:

Lamar Odom (Via LAL): 14.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 54 percent FG and 38 percent from the arc.


The Portland Trailblazers receive:

Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks (Via LAL): Both players with great pot...

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