It’s Deadline Day

Darius Soriano —  March 15, 2012

UPDATE: Well, the Lakers got the point guard they’ve been linked to for weeks, acquiring Ramon Sessions from the Cavs according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. The deal also includes forward Christian Eyenga coming to the Lakers in exchange for Luke Walton and the Lakers 2012 1st round draft pick. (UPDATE #2: Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Jason Kapono was also part of this deal and is headed to Cleveland.) The inclusion of Walton means that the Lakers trade exception from the Lamar Odom trade is still intact and could be used in another deal before the trade deadline comes at noon PT today.

We’ll have more on this acquisition a bit later, but for now you can all feel good about this trade. Sessions is a solid PG that will help this Lakers team this season.

As an aside, my best wishes go out to Luke Walton. I know he’s been a whipping boy for years among the Lakers fan base. His salary was too high and his productivity too low. However, he was a pro’s pro and by all accounts a great teammate. His body betrayed him in recent seasons and injuries robbed him of having a more productive career. He was best suited to the Triangle offense but his instincts as a passer and his want to help his teammates get good shots always left a mark on me.

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The trade deadline is finally here. Today is the day that all the rumors and whispers of deals come to fruition or whither on the vine and die. And we’ll be hear to cover the news the best we can.

From the Lakers side, we’ll see if any of the deals being speculated on actually happen. Reports still point to the Lakers having strong interest in both Michael Beasley and Ramon Sessions. To acquire Beasley, the  rumored deal is a three-team trade between the Lakers, Blazers, and Timberwolves where the principle players moving would be Steve Blake (to the Blazers), Jamal Crawford (to the T’Wolves), and Beasley (to the Lakers). What many aren’t mentioning is that this trade doesn’t work under the collective bargaining agreement unless the Lakers either include another player to match salaries or they absorb Beasley into the Lamar Odom TPE. I’d guess the Lakers would try to include more salary, as that would fit their m.o. of not wanting to take on additional payroll.

As for Sessions, the rumored deal is either a three team trade between the Lakers, Rockets, and Cavs where Jonny Flynn and draft picks would be on the move between the three teams with the Lakers landing Sessions or a straight up trade between the Lakers and Cavs in which the Lakers give up a first round pick for the Cavalier guard. Sessions’ ability to opt out of his contract at the end of this season complicates things as the Lakers may not bee keen on giving up a first round pick for a rental lasting through the end of the year. That said, if the team actually deals Blake in the aforementioned Beasley trade, they’ll need another PG on the roster by the end of the day.

Ultimately, though, these are all still just rumors. Whether or not the Lakers actually make a move remains to be seen. What we do know, however, is that there will be actual moves made today by other teams and we’ll be here to talk about those.


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263 responses to It’s Deadline Day

  1. WHOA! Fisher and Dallas’ first round pick for Jordan Hill of the Rockets.

    http://twitter.com/#!/ESPNSteinLine

    What a ballsy move. I hope that it doesn’t effect the teams chemistry too much.

    Sessions/Blake
    Bryant/Goudelock
    MWP/Barnes
    Gasol/Murphy
    Bynum/Hill

    Say hello to your new championship contenders.

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  2. like the luke trade, hate the Fish trade. worried we just traded our heart away…

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  3. This just in: David Stern vetoes Sessions trade because of the inclusion of Luke Walton. hahahahaha

    Great addition!

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  4. Kobe is scheduled to go on the “Mason & Ireland Show” on @710ESPN this afternoon. Should be must-listen stuff to hear his Fisher thoughts

    Here is a link
    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/losangeles/play?s=la

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  5. Woj reporting “The Rockets will explore a buyout for Derek Fisher, but they do need point guard help with Kyle Lowry, sources tell Y! Sports.” Due to buyout rules, he can’t rejoin the team this year.

    Well, as a player, at least. Make him a coach!

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  6. Kinda confused why the Lakers wanted Jordan Hill. He’s basically the same player as McRoberts. And McRob doesn’t ever play.

    Confusing.

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  7. Lakers traded Fish I can’t believe this.

    Stunned!!

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  8. I went from excited to heartbroken. Sessions will be a great fit for LA but losing Fish will be tough for team to swallow.

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  9. To remove the doubt of who starts at PG, Fisher gets traded. A good move in terms of taking away distractions, but still a shocking trade considering how we all thought Fish would retire a Laker.

    Best wishes Fish, and good luck in Houston.

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  10. Breaks my heart to see Fish go, but he was the third PG. I am worried about the locker room, though.

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  11. WHOA. We traded Fisher? MIND = BLOWN.

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  12. People outside of the Lakers blogs are wondering why we traded Walton and Fisher, they’re asking if Lakers are broke! I think this is a great day, we got back Blake although not yet final, got Sessions and will depend on healing of Eyenga’s toe!!!

    Will we miss Fisher? Sure we are for a sentimental 16 years but thanks for the memories of 5 Championship, I think someday he will be back to the Lakers as part of the Coaching staff, scout or even asst. GM. He has a great mind but the body is already retirable like any aging pet.

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  13. i do understand the Fish trade but why Jordan Hill? and did it really require giving away our pick?

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  14. The locker room presence, poise, savvy, and crunchtime dependability are worth far more than the $3 mil they save. Sad to see Fish go. Plus the DAL pick (whose record isn’t that great) in a loaded class. Just not a good trade IMO all around.

    Half a lockout season is a tough amount of time to have Kobe develop trust with a new PG.

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  15. LOVE the sessions trade, HATE the fish trade. Not only did we trade out last glue guy (odom being the other), we have up a 2nd pick in the most loaded draft in years to do it. It negates the joy of dumping Luke. Don’t be fooled, this is nothing more than a salary dump from entitled p.o.s. Jim Buss. Just an AWFUL way to treat a guy who has done as much for us as Fish has. He should’ve been the backup and move Blake for Beas. Jordan Hill is a scrub.

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  16. Why didn’t Jamal Crawford go to the Lakers? Portland didn’t want the $3.4M player option that Derek Fisher has next season, source tells Y!

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  17. NOT HAPPY we gave up our OTHER 1st round pick to basically dump DFish’s salary. Problems with this: 
    1) They’ve taken themselves out of a deep 2012 draft. 
    2) They’ve lost future bargaining chips. Lakers now can’t trade their 2013 pick. They also can’t throw in cheap, promising talent in potential trades in the future. 

    They’d better hope Sessions plays good for the remainder of this season AND he sticks around afterwards. The nightmare scenario would be 1) No championship this year (don’t think Sessions and Hill are enough to win it all); 2) Sessions walks so they basically gave away 1st round picks for NOTHING (with a deep draft too); 3) No bargaining chips in the future outside of Pau & Drew to get anyone good. 

    They’d better win NOW because the cupboard’s looking pretty bare in the future…

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  18. Don’t understand the DFish trade, just to save a couple mil? Pure conjecture here, but I wonder if Brown asked for it so he didn’t have to be the one benching Fish in favor of Blake/Sessions…

    Yeah DFish was old and not doing well, but he’s the heart and soul of the team. Who picks them up now after Kobe knocks them down? Might have serious chemistry problems brewing.

    Hopefully Gasol come on strong now that he knows he’s sticking around (at least for this year). We’re gonna need him!

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  19. Bottom 1st draft picks are useless most of the time. Thanks Dfish for the memories, but not sorry to see him go. He was done and should have retired after he took care of the lockout.

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  20. Update on Kobe on @710ESPN today: He cancelled

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  21. @223 probably because he was gonna rip jim buss to shreds and thought it might not be in his best interest

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  22. @223 Dang I was really hoping to hear what he had to say.

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  23. Yeah, the Fish trade is lame. Jordan Hill? We couldve had Beasley for the draft pick alone! and kept Fish! even if he doesnt start, have him around as a leader. Terrible decision. Oh well at least we got Sessions.

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  24. SoLongAndThanksForTheFish March 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Just stunned about the Fish trade.

    Fish’s performance in the 4th quarter of Game 3 of the 2010 finals is and will always remain one of my favorite moments in Laker history. Thank you Derek; you have always been a pro’s pro and a true Laker.

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  25. Derek Fisher traded… did not see that one coming.

    So who is this Jordan Hill guy who’s coming to town?

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  26. Could we have gotten more for the late first round pick and the TE? I thought maybe. But fisher wasn’t gong to play one single minute theater getting sessions. Blakenor GLock would back him up. Now we have a third big man. Hill is not a joke guys.

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  27. I HATE that we gave up our other 1st round pick to move Fisher for a player that is no good. I wouldn’t like this trade if it just included the 1st round pick but now that we’ve pissed Kobe off by trading away his favorite teammate, I HATE this trade. All good feeling I have before witht the Sessions trade have left my body. Why Mitch?… Why?

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  28. Wow, it’s a cold hearted business. Never saw that coming, thanks Fish for always being first class. Luke as well, always enjoyed watching him play, great team player.

    You watch, Houston will buy Fish out, and he’ll make some big shot in the playoffs for OKC or Miami. Ugh.

    That said, Lakers have gotten younger (Hill, Eyenga, Sessions) and more athletic. Not a good time to be Darius Morris. Thought Beasley was coming here for sure…

    Do not like giving up all first round picks though..what if Sessions doesn’t resign?

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  29. This really helps the Lakers youth and athletisim. In our rotation of 8 is now 25 year old Sessions, 24 year old Bynum, and 24 year old Hill.

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  30. Nate McMillen fired from Portland! Can we fire Brown and go after him before someone else does. He’s most definitely a top 5 coach in the league. Something I definitely don’t hold Brown as.

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  31. Robert: THE SLOW REBUILDING PROCESS HAS BEGUN..

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  32. Yes, we wanted to see Fish play less minutes. But trading him away just to dump salary feels dirty. After everything he gave for this franchise, not having him retire as a Laker feels so wrong. Fisher, Horry, Fox. The great Lakers role players, and Fisher gave for longer than any of them.

    I’m sad. I hope Fish returns as an assistant coach one day.

    Will Kobe hit the fan or restrain himself?

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  33. We just shedded salary by dumping two role players who barely saw the floor and one starter who should be a role player and two picks for Sessions and Hill.

    We clearly got younger and better. There is no guarantee that whomever the Lakers would have drafted would contribute anything anytime soon. Sessions (16.44 PER) and Hill (15.36 PER) are solid contributors RIGHT NOW. If we didn’t pull the trigger on the trades in order to save the picks, that would put us at a competitive disadvantage this year, thereby wasting a year of Kobe and Pau’s prime.

    The average age of our three going out is 33.
    The average age of the two coming in is 24.5.

    It hurts to lose Fisher for his leadership and presence, but we just surrounded our big three with younger, more talented players.

    We just won the trade season of 2012 boys (and Mimsy).

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  34. Dont worry Kevin.. we have next year to speculate and hope the lakers land both D12 and CP3, which is a distinct possibility. For now, enjoy the first starting quality PG the lakers have had in years.

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  35. I think we need to wait a bit on the Fisher thing before we condemn the FO. There are team chemistry risks in trading him–but there were also team chemistry risks in keeping and benching him.

    Also, Jordan Hill is a little better than some people seem to realize. It is pretty unlikely that the Lakers would have gotten better players for 2013 than Sessions and Hill where those picks are going to be. The Lakers are in a short window–this year and next year.

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  36. Wow the Clippers got Nick Young for virtually nothing

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  37. Nate McMillan now fired. This is madness. Dwight Howard brought the apocalypse upon the NBA.

    From a cold POV though, Mitch turned our worst basketball assets (Walton, Fish, Kapono) – people that were thought to be untradeable – into a starting PG and OK backup big, by sacrificing two draft picks and taking the pressure off Chaz.

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  38. Here is Jordan Hill’s bio

    http://www.nba.com/playerfile/jordan_hill/

    Why Jordan Hill? Because that’s how trade goes, you have to give up something. It will be redundant to have Fisher, if Sessions and Blake are retained. Jordan and Eyenga are never heard name players except that they have big bodies maybe for defense purposes if they will ever play. Surely, Mitch was able to dump unnecessary salaries + luxury taxes too.

    This is not over, by next month lots of players will be waived by teams who will in the lottery pick. Lakers could still cherrypick based on their needs.

    Are the trades today an upgrade or a downgrade? I think they were great in as much as Lakers as a team is not really interested of draft picks. We still have the 2nd round draft picks and those 1st round are protected too, so chances we will be acquiring players will just destine to the D’League. Essentially, Sessions was the new addition and removed all albatross players: Luke, Kapono and Fisher.

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  39. I went from excited to heartbroken. Sessions will be a great fit for LA but losing Fish will be tough for team to swallow. We lost a lot of leadership today.

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  40. Not too stoked that Fisher is gone…but very happy we got Sessions. Wish we could’ve grabbed Beasley or Crawford as well…

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  41. Any Lakers fan who agrees with Fisher trade isn’t a true Lakers fan.

    Cutthroat business. Now Pau knows he’s next. Wouldn’t be surprised if 24 asks for one down the road.

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  42. Believe Fisher was moved by front office to ensure Sessions is starter. I would have kept Fisher at end of bench for situational play. Not thrilled about losing Fisher, for obvious reasons, but I cant say I want him playing over Sessions.

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  43. Hill has a PER 15.4 guys. That would have been behind only Kobe Bybum and Gasol on our team yesterday. Now we have added Sessions who is averaging a 18 PER the last two seasons and a big athletic guy in Hill at 15.4. well done Mitch. I think a Beasely deal might also be announced soon as we still have our TE and Blake 😉

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  44. Guy relaxe!!! Fisher wil be cut and be back on the Lakers as a 12th man within the month. Don’t worry he will be back. Houston doesmt want Fisher.

    (Editor’s note: this is not possible with the new CBA – Zephid)

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  45. Any Lakers fan who agrees with Fisher trade isn’t a true Lakers fan.

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    No way. People have been complaining about:

    1. PG
    2. Lack of bench players
    3. Too many minutes on Pau, Drew and Kobe.

    If Brown uses Hill, and I think he will, Hill can soak up 10-15 minutes and give Pau and Drew more rest.

    As far as Fisher, see above. There were chemistry risks with keeping him as well. I would be fine if they had kept Fisher and the pick, but benching him might have been messier than this will. We just don’t know yet. And it has been time to bench him.

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  46. I thought the current CBA kept players from being cut and returning to their original teams that same season.

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  47. Frank the Tank March 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Are all the deals for sure finished? Or will some still come out? Lakers might still acquire Beasley or is that done for sure? Crawford wouldve been nice off the bench..

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  48. Worst-case scenario: Houston buys out Fish and he signs with the Heat and beats us in the Finals with a game-winning 3. In 0.3 seconds.

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  49. Losing Fisher hurts on an EMOTIONAL level, not on a BASKETBALL level. With Sessions and Blake on the roster he shouldn’t even see the court more than a couple minutes.

    The FO made themselves the bad guy so that MB wouldn’t have any problems with the squad by sitting Fisher.

    We are all very sentimental in regards to Fisher now that he is gone, but would anyone on this board like him taking minutes from Sessions and Blake if he was still here?

    Hopefully he returns to the organization is some capacity soon, but cannot return as a player this year if Houston buys him out. The new CBA changed that rule.

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  50. Mixed reaction on the Fisher deal. After cheering for Fishers jumper that gave us the lead over NO he was traded. Was hoping he would retire as a Laker. But then again its un upgrade in the PG without losing any of the big three.

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  51. @Aaron
    In the most recent CBA I think they closed the loophole in which a traded player can be waived and re-signed by their previous team.

    I’m sad, but not too sad. Fisher was killing us at the PG position. I think this is about the front office saving Brown from having to do the hard work of benching Fish.

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  52. Aaron: so you trade Kobe’s sidekick

    TImeline:
    Phil leaves
    Hire Mike Brown Kobe wanted Shaw
    Trade LO to cut salary kobe’s not happy
    Have Pau on the block (he’s getting traded before next season)
    Trade Fish Kobe’s road dog for 12 years.

    Bynum’s team Kobe’s afterthought now

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  53. Mihms The Word March 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    @251 Fisher can’t join the Lakers again if he is cut/bought out due to the Ilgauskas rule. Besides, Houston traded J Flynn today so they’ll want Fisher as their backup PG.

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  54. i’m sorry fisher couldn’t retire a laker, and that’s all i’m sad about. good trade.

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  55. Aaron, I’m pretty sure that the new CBA prevents a player from returning to the team he was traded from if he gets cut from the team he is traded to for the year the trade takes place in.

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  56. I like the Fish trade. Without it, are the Lakers really going to demote him to 3rd PG and take away his minutes? Once Sessions comes in, you have to move either Fish or Blake.

    Jordan Hill is a good young big — strong defender, liked by McHale. That has to be more valuable than a 3rd-string PG. And I LOVE Fish, but being a “glue guy” is not enough if there are no minutes.

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  57. Hate to see Fisher traded, but the writing was on the wall. His numbers were atrocious and his defense let opposing PG’s explode (e.g., Jarret Jack last night). Of course, he always brought leadership and intangibles, but I’m not sure if even that can make up for his deficiencies on the court. Nonetheless, I am still having mixed emotions. Logically, it was probably a needed move, especially to give Sessions and Blake the bulk of the playing time, but emotionally it is still a little difficult to part with a player who has been with the Lakers for so long.

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  58. Hill has a team option next year, so these moves have actually reduced next year’s salary total a decent amount.

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  59. Fisher trade has Jim Buss’s finger prints all over it. I think Fisher might have been the one calling the ‘player meetings’. Though I still think it was a solid move considering Fisher won’t accept coming off the bench.

    …We’ll miss ya Fish. Always came up big when we needed ya.

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  60. Thank you for everithing Derek Fisher. You’ll be forever in my heart Presidente!!!

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  61. Thanks for all the leadership and big shots Fish, you will be missed!!

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  62. Sessions is going to open some eyes. Check out his highlight youtube videos. He gets to the basket alot and seems pretty fearless. Upgrade? Heck yeah! The following comment from a blogger in Dallas on Mavericks column made me LOL until tears came to my eyes:

    Mark Cuban will buy the Orlando Magic this summer and trade Howard to himself for Odom. He will then begin to sell the Magic off in small chunks like a chop shop. At which point he will start signing MLB players to play for the magic leaving Stern and and the MLB no choice but award the magic a team in the MLB. Hence realizing Mark’s dream of having Howard and a MLB team. You heard it here first.

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