At face value, the trade makes little sense. Radmanovic actually spent the beginning of the season starting for the Lakers and was shooting 44% from 3-point range on the season. His time on the floor had been drastically reduced of late, but still, the man can hit from long range. That's something that's always valuable. Meanwhile, Morrison and Brown will be lucky to ever see the floor outside of garbage time as members of the Lakers.
But apparently LA loved this deal, and after getting the back story on it, I'm starting to understand why. Some of you may be aware that Radmanovic is a bit of a serious space cadet, and never is that more apparent than in this little anecdote.
Apparently, the straw that broke the Lakers back was the fact that Radmanovic showed up to practice last week in Vans, and practiced in them. Vans are low-top, slip-on sneakers favored by skateboarders and snowboarders. They look like this.
Needless to say, these aren't exactly the kind of shoes you want to be wearing when you show up for an NBA practice, or even a pick-up game at the park.
Radmanovic also had that infamous incident in 2007 when he spent the All-Star break going snowboarding, which he was forbidden from doing so in his contract, and separated his shoulder in the process. The Lakers wound up fining him $500,000 for that boneheaded move.
Anyhow, this move allowed the Lakers to shed the next two years and $13.4 million due Radmanovic, which they apparently will use to try and resign Trevor Ariza. Let's just hope Ariza doesn't show up one day to practice wearing Vans.
Radmanovic traded: It must be the shoes [Graney and the Pig's blog]
Radmanovic was serious problem for the Lakers [Orange County Register]