Dear Mr. Kupchak,

OK, so I am not an experienced NBA General Manager, but may I offer some advice to you and your Lakers as the league’s trading deadline approaches? Do not make a trade for Kirk Hinrich – or any other point guard for that matter.

After all, the reason you do not need to trade for a point guard is the same reason you do not like making mid-season trades to begin with – the triangle offense. Basketball geeks and analysts all know the triangle offense does not need a traditional point guard, and Mr. Kupchak, I know you know this, too.

So do not listen to all those people out there who say Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar are liabilities. While both point guards are far from ideal, the Lakers can win games with both of them on the roster.

Instead, I recommend trading for a power forward or center, one who could come off the bench. This way, Phil Jackson can use Lamar Odom in the starting lineup. Let’s face it – Lamar is on the bench because Phil knows the team has no size on the bench!

So, how about considering someone like Chris Wilcox or Luc Mbah a Moute? Hey, if it only costs you future draft picks and the expiring contracts of Adam Morrison and/or Sasha Vujacic, I think that would be a great trade.

Jackson would have his much-needed size on the bench, and the Lakers, if healthy, will easily repeat as champions.

No team in the Association can stop a Laker squad featuring Kobe Bryant as point guard and Ron Artest at the two, Lamar at the three, Pau Gasol at the four and Andrew Bynum playing center.

So, Mr. Kupchak, what do you think? Looking forward to your thoughts!


Parimal M. Rohit

The Sports Wanderer