Derek Fisher, Devean George, Slava Medvedenko and Jamal Sampson for Theo Ratliff and Stephen Jackson (Atlanta):
I’ve been trying to promote Ratliff to LA for a couple of seasons but I need to credit this specific one to Lakerboard posters Sky and II_Cleva._ The struggles of Derek Fisher this season are well documented._ Derek has a lot of good will within the organization and is look upon as a leader in the club house._ Still, his game hasn’t been up to par._ Devean has shown great flashes but without the open shots he gets when surrounded by All-Stars, his offense is very inconsistent._ His athleticism and defense would be missed._ Slava can hit that open shot, but as this stretch has proved, he has a limited upside._ His defense and decision making are questionable._ Sampson is included to make the salaries match.
Theo is one of the top shot blockers in the league, can defend and is way overpaid._ He has one year left after this season at almost $11 mil._ Stephen Jackson is getting paid pennies after rejecting a much higher contract by the Spurs._ He makes under a mil and would love to make San Antonio pay._
Atlanta is in rebuilding mode and may be interested in a young player like Devean while dumping Ratliff’s big salary._ Derek Fisher can opt out of his contract after this season and even if he doesn’t, he’s relatively cheap at $3 mil._ Slava and Sampson are in the last years of their deals.
The Laker payroll would go up by about $4 mil next season, but they could always trade Ratliff if he doesn’t work out._ An $11 mil expiring contract would be excellent trade bait.
If it were up to me, I’d make this deal today.
Derek Fisher, Slava Medvedenko and Bryon Russell for Scot Pollard and Jamaal Tinsley
This may need to include Sampson, but depending on your source should work under the CBA._ This is a bit more controversial._ The Lakers are familiar with Pollard’s game from his day’s in Sacramento._ Concern’s regarding his back injury and long contract probably kill this deal, but he’s a defensive minded power forward which clearly the Lakers lack._ Tinsley is a young point guard who until just recently has been languishing on the Indiana bench._ LA could have Indiana agree to waive Russell so he could quickly return to the Lakers.
Other random ideas (with help from Sky) – some are good – others are not:
Houston for Kelvin Cato/Eric Piatkowski/Mike Wilks.
Memphis for Stromile Swift/Earl Watson/Jake Tsakalidis
Other players in trade without figuring out the numbers:
Lorenzen Wright (Memphis)
Bo Outlaw (Memphis)
Othella Harrington/Mike Doleac/Frank Williams (NY)
Etan Thomas/Christian Laettner (WAS) – believe me I don’t want L8ner
Nazr Mohammed (Atlanta)
Jerome Williams (Chicago) – contract waaaaaay too long though.
Elden Campbell (Detroit)
Sign Dennis Rodman or Anthony Mason outright (blech)