Friday, December 3, 2010


BOSTON, June 13, 2010 Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (L) and Andrew Bynum have conversation during a training for the game 5 of the 2010 NBA finals series between Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in Boston, the United States, June 12, 2010. The 2010 NBA Finals will resume on June 13 when Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers meet in Game 5 in Boston.

The Lakers are in a spot of trouble right now and could do with a roster filler to help. After the injuries to Andrew Bynum and Theo Ratliff and now the day to day, wear and tear to do it all Pau Gasol the Lakers are looking a bit thin up top like Greg Foster. So despite the great play of rising rookie Derrick Caracter the Lake Show are in need of a backup. Here's betting they wish they kept the reliable talents of Josh Powell and D.J. Mbenga now. As the Lakers look to shop around it's uncertain whether 10 day contracts or more guarantees will be offered. The rumour mills have been stirring however with a list of big man names that could be linked. Now Erik Dampier and Brian Skinner have inked contracts the free agent market for dependable backups is becoming smaller. Jake Voskuhl hasn't recorded a minute of burn in the NBA since the 08/09 campaign but he could fill the Lakers donut. Sacramento King's big men Cousins and Landry have also been linked but because of the two squads Californian rivalry don't expect a royal appointment. One potential trade has been rumoured since the market of players waiting for the phone to ring is a tad short of paint patrolmen. The Lakers could make a run for Indiana Pacers big man Jeff Foster But to acquire him they would probably have to give up the talents of tenacious guard Sasha Vujacic. For the sake of a couple weeks this may not be worth it but one things for sure the Lakers have expended their options in the frontcourt. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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