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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Nets, Lakers & Rockets Agree to Three-Team Trade
Per Yahoo Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, a three team trade between the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets has been agreed to in principle.
The Nets would get guard Sasha Vujacic from the Lakers, along with a 2011 first round pick. New Jersey would send G/F Terrence Willams to Houston and receive the Rockets 2012 first round pick in return. New Jersey also would be sending F Joe Smith to Los Angeles. The deal cannot be finalized until December 15th as Joe Smith was a free agent signee.
Clearly this is a move for the Nets to acquire more ammunition to throw Denver Nuggets way in an attempt to land Carmelo Anthony. The Nets previous offers were rejected by the Nuggets but maybe a couple first round picks can sweeten the deal.
Acquiring Joe Smith would give the Lakers frontcourt a veteran presence as Vujacic was little used and had fallen out of Phil Jackson's rotation. The Lakers bench has been lacking in the paint and Smith can in the least offer a rest for Pau Gasol and also insurance in case Andrew Bynum struggles coming off of knee surgery.