Rumor: Blazers-Bulls-Lakers Three Way

Via Chad Ford on ESPN Insider:

Here’s one potential solution: The word out of the All-Star Game late Sunday had the Lakers recruiting the Portland Trail Blazers as a third team in trade talks with the Bulls. According to one source familiar with the discussions, the Lakers would get Hinrich, the Bulls would get Adam Morrison, Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw and Juwan Howard, and the Blazers would land Tyrus Thomas and Sasha Vujacic. Such a deal would lessen the amount of money the Lakers would be adding to their payroll next season.

Here’s what SJ had to say about the Tyrus Thomas rumors a couple days ago. Getting Vujacic is a little, well, gross, but I like that the Blazers are looking for high upside guys on the cheap, as I mentioned last year when it looked like Brandon Wright was available. If you can get any sort of young talent for those two expiring deals, especially if it doesn’t lock you into a long-term contract, there’s not much downside a move like that. You never know, Thomas could just be one of those guys that needs a new scene, and perhaps a coach that offers things he hasn’t had before in Chicago.

Tags: Blazers Bulls Kirk Hinrich Lakers NBA General Steve Blake Trade Rumors Trades Travis Outlaw Tyrus Thomas

  • Natsthecat (MaryJoelle)

    Ewww…seems like the Blazers lose all the way around on this one. Especially if we trade Juwan. How stupid would THAT be? Lakers get KH and we get SV? and a head case? YUK. and we give up Juwan, Blake and Travis…nope. Not a good deal. Hope KP knows this.

  • Bettye Dejean

    Do you know that he Lakers lost all their NBA closing matches in the1960s.They won their first title in Los Angeles in 1972, their sixth since their inception in 1946. It was in the eighty’s that the Lakers reputation soared once they won 5 championships with giants like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and James Worthy playing under the guidance of coach Pat Riley.