Now that the Miami Heat have soaked the South Florida beaches with a tidal wave of stars, elite level NBA teams need to respond to stay relevant and keep their fans in the game. The two teams most affected by the resurgent Heat are the defending champ Los Angeles Lakers and that other Florida team, the still reeling Orlando Magic.
The Lakers Need a Point Guard to Stay on Top
Despite the Miami Super Trio, the Lakers remain the best team in the league, poised to give Phil Jackson his fourth three-peat, unprecedented in NBA history. The one weakness the Lakers need to address is at point guard. Think about it.
LA is trying to resign Derek Fisher who has been great but is now in his mid-30’s. Their next best PG is newly signed Steve Blake. Somehow the Lakers have won without a top point guard, but it is time to upgrade.
Jameer Nelson is the perfect fit. He is young, capable of dishing and scoring, and one of the top ten PG’s in the league. With Jameer, LA remains a serious threat to retain their title.
The Magic Need a Top Point Guard to Reach the Top
While Jameer has helped the Orlando Magic ascend to the elite level, questions abound whether he can take this team to the championship level. Can he become an elite PG? Is Dwight Howard big enough to carry the Magic? Will fellow stars Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter contribute more than average numbers in next year’s playoffs? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.
Nelson was arguably the best Magic player during this year’s playoffs but the current Magic squad could benefit from an elite point guard. Enter Chris Paul. Paul has the skills to bring out the best in Dwight and Rashard, Jameer’s friendship with Dwight notwithstanding.
The Hornets Need a Redo to Get a Glimpse at the Top
Let’s face it; you can’t win with an elite point guard if the rest of your team is sub-prime. That’s why the Wizards should have taken Evan Turner instead of John Wall. The Hornets had their run the last few years, but didn’t come close. They need to trade Paul while he is at the top and consider a new strategy. Trading Paul allows them to develop one of the best young PG’s in the league in Darren Collison.
Three Team Trade Benefits Three Teams
Lakers Get: Jameer Nelson
Lakers Give Up: Lamar Odom
Magic Get: Chris Paul, James Posey
Magic Give Up: Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter
Hornets Get: Lamar Odom, Vince Carter
Hornets Give Up: Chris Paul, James Posey
Jameer Nelson and Chris Paul Take New Teams to Title Aspirations
The Lakers upgrade their weakest link with an All-Star PG. All they give up is their sixth man Odom. It is a classic Lakers trade that always improves their standing.
The Magic get an elite PG who will allow them to remain state champs and contend again in the Disney Series.
The Hornets upgrade their roster with two All-Star caliber players and allow Collison to develop. They also throw in James Posey to make the money work, a move approved by the ESPN Trade Machine.
Otis Smith (Magic GM): Go after Chris Paul.
Mitch Kupchak (Lakers GM): Make your championship team better for several more years.
City of New Orleans: Sorry, it’s an elitist league where only a few teams have a chance to win.
Orlando and Los Angeles will not let South Beach quick sand sink their championship dreams. Both teams are committed to staying on top (LA) or reaching the top (ORL) and will do whatever it takes to get them there. Next season we will hear a lot about LeBron, Dwayne, and Bosh, but this proposed trade would allow Jameer or CP3 to have the last hoist.