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There was an art to deals that helped Lakers get Steve Nash, others

Three recent trades that at the time were little more than salary dumps ended up paving way for Lakers' acquisition of Steve Nash and several promising reserves.

October 16, 2012|By Ben Bolch

Give and take

The Lakers acquired Steve Nash and a few promising reserves as the result of recent trades that were largely salary dumps. A breakdown of the deals:

Sent: Derek Fisher and a first-round draft pick to Houston on March 15, 2012.

Acquired: Jordan Hill.

The Lakers used the $3.4 million Fisher was owed for the 2012-13 season to help offset the cost of re-signing Hill for two years and about $7 million.

Sent: Lamar Odom and a second-round draft pick to Dallas on Dec. 11, 2011.

Acquired: A trade exception and a first-round draft pick.

The Lakers saved $17.8 million in salary and luxury taxes for the 2011-12 season, and used the trade exception as part of their deal to obtain and sign Nash in July this year. Earlier, the Lakers sent the first-round draft pick to Houston as part of the Fisher deal.

Sent: Sasha Vujacic and a first-round draft pick to New Jersey on Dec. 15, 2010.

Acquired: Joe Smith, Sergei Lishouk and two second-round draft picks and a trade exception. The Lakers saved about $8 million in salary and luxury taxes and used the draft picks to get Darius Morris (2011) and Robert Sacre (2012). They did not use the trade exception.

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