Within the last week, the Pacers and Lakers have laid the groundwork for a trade that would certainly placate both sorrowful All-Stars. L.A. inquired about O'Neal - another fake franchise player pocketing maximum money on the prowl for someone to save him from losing. And was told he was available. Indiana let it be known the Lakers have ample assets (players and/or picks) to make a fair deal.
No specifics were delivered. No negotiating has been done. Still, Lamar Odom would have to be the principal of the package in order to adhere to NBA trade specifications. He's currently on the Laker salary cap for $12,348,596 and has two seasons remaining at 900G per raises.
What does this mean for the Celtics? Right now, it is hard to tell. There have been a lot of wishful posts with trade scenarios where O'Neal would come to Boston. I haven't been all that sold on O'Neal because he has been injury prone over the past few years. It would mean that the Western Conference continues to get stronger with Oden and Durant headed there and one of the top centers in the Eastern Conference heading there as well. We will keep you up to date on what is going on in this very interesting off season.