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Lakers News: Lakers Did Engage In Trade Talks With Knicks, Rockets

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pau-gasol-kobe-bryantThere was speculation everywhere last week that the Lakers were attempting to trade veteran center Pau Gasol, especially after his remarks about his role in Coach D’Antoni’s system. While it now is unlikely that the Lakers will move the big man, and are also possibly looking to keep him around beyond this year, there is now some news leaking out about the discussions the Lakers have had.

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein, the Lakers engaged in preliminary discussions with the Houston Rockets who are intent on moving disgruntled center Omer Asik:

The Lakers did have talks with the Houston Rockets, sources say, but those conversations never got serious, even with Houston determined to trade disgruntled center Omer Asik before a self-imposed deadline of Thursday.

The addition of Asik would have been a huge defensive upgrade for the Lakers as he is one of the best rim protectors in the NBA. However, not only does his contract extend into next year, but it gets a huge increase due to the ‘poison pill’ contract the Rockets signed him to.

The Lakers have also inquired about Knicks center Tyson Chandler, but the Knicks now appear to be uninterested in moving the big man:

Sources say that the Lakers do have certifiable interest in Knicks center Tyson Chandler, but the Knicks appear to have no interest in fielding offers for Chandler at this time, having just welcomed the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year back to the lineup after a fractured fibula sidelined Chandler for the past 20 games.

If the Lakers were to make a move, it would be with their cap flexibility over the next two years in mind. Gasol has been the team’s best trade piece for years now, which is why he is constantly involved in the rumor mill, but with his recently inspired play, things seem to have cooled off. Under the general management of Mitch Kupchak, however, there is always a chance of something big happening.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    It figures.Nobody wants our guys IMO.

    • Josh

      It’s very difficult for the Lakers to make any trades this season. Obviously, they’re not going to move Kobe. They have talked to teams about Gasol, but to make it worthwhile for another team, the Lakers would need to add a young player with potential and draft picks. The Lakers don’t want to trade away any of their one-year contract players, because they offer financial flexibility for this summer and are outplaying their contracts, and the team doesn’t have a first-round pick to offer for the next 5-6 years.

      A team might be willing to take on Pau’s expiring contract closer to the trade deadline, but the Lakers aren’t going to want a bunch of scrubs with longer contracts in return. Plenty of teams would be interested in guys like Young and Johnson, but I don’t think the Lakers want to give those guys up right now.

    • Rod Milton

      It’s not that nobody wants GASOL, it’s the fact he’s getting paid $19 Million. That’s a whole lotta salary cap on a team’s roster.

  • 3339

    good cause the Lakers are not going to get the all-star players they’re looking for and Mitch isn’t stupid to make a trade simply just to make a trade.

  • Zimmeredge

    we are wasting our time. it’s pathetic. I just remind me how we handle the post showtime era….

    move on for f*** sake! that’s unbelievable how amateur they are. they are putting the franchise’s future at big big risk!
    you have to get new pieces move on from Pau asap!

    • Daryl Peek

      Calm down mayne. A good poker player is patient.

      • Zimmeredge

        yes i know but it’s pissing me off way too much. i’m calm and patient but they are really starting to get on my nerves.

        I think they’re so stubborn that they can actually go on with pau for 2 more seasons with 30m$ over two years and we are screwed!

        • jeremy

          wait what? pau a free agent next year so i dont get what your saying

          • Zimmeredge

            yeah and? They can always resign Pau for two more years during the season for 15m$ a season…

          • jeremy

            who to say they will resign him for that much. it all here say at this point. we dont know what the lakers will do.

          • Zimmeredge

            nobody saw it coming when Kobe resigned for the Lakers. because it was early. i don’t have any problem with his 24m contract. he deserves every single penny.
            but… that’s just the “we might wanna go with pau for the next two seasons”… bam 15m$ /year…

          • jeremy

            but with kobe it different because no matter when he sign lakers would of try to resign him no matter what. with pau it different because it not a sure thing what they will do with him.

          • Al Haldie

            So who is paying the bill-all the crying in the world is not going to change a darn thing–so get over your self…..

          • Zimmeredge

            i expect you to come on that topic after your paragraph on kobe.

          • nlruizjr

            I don’t think Pau will stay if MD stays !!!!!!!!

        • Al Haldie

          If ever one is upset with the LAKERS ,,,GO WATCH SOME ONE ELSE, NO ONE SAYS YOU HAVE TO WATCH THEM….
          long time lakers fan

          • Zimmeredge

            gimme a break with your “long time lakers fan” what does it mean? nothing? it’s just non sense crap!

            long time my arse! you’re always bullying Kobe for what he’s doin and not doin’ on and off the court so cut the crap with your so called long time fan-attitude.

            i’m a laker fan too and i have an opinion and a point of view. i do not pretend i know more than you do. who do you think you are to question my passion for that franchise?

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Seems like a few sensitive areas in you is touched by the post, eh? @alhaldie:disqus was right… and he is also entitled to his opinion as much as you do…”if people are upset with lakers… they should go watch some other teams…”

          • Zimmeredge

            being upset is sometimes a normal thing when you love something.

            i didn’t critisize his pov or his opinion. but i’m sick of seing that kind of garbage sentences “long time laker fan” doesn’t mean anything. It’s so dumb. do you have to prove something to the community or what? it’s so childish. You don’t have to justify yourself for what you say. say it period! long time laker fan… the guy is spitting at probably the best laker to ever play in our franchise and he is a long time laker fan? not long enough it appears because he probably missed the last 18-19years.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            agree with you on the use of “long time laker fan”… I too am irked every time a person uses that in his argument… anyway, I was just surprised at your response… you have been one of the more sensible commenters on this blog… and I thought you were a little bit sensitive… :) peace..

          • Al Haldie

            Im 75 years young and have not missed a DAM thing in life-so i can see a CRY BABY when i see one u must be a CHILD the way u act..and as for my LONG TIME LAKERS FAN–THAT IS BECAUSE I AM A LONG TIME LAKERS FAN-SO GROW UP KID—

          • Zimmeredge

            young cry baby? you don’t know anything about me but yeah it seems that you have plenty of things to prove for a 75yo.
            but that explains a lot of things. you are stuck in the past.

          • nlruizjr

            Al, right-wich-u, what’s wrong with implying that one’s a long time laker fan, whether it adds credibility or not, if it’s true, it’s true, it’s our perogative, now maybe 40 yrs. from now richard and zimmeredge will start using that phrase also, so what !!!! It’s like decorating a christmas tree, we just have more ornaments to hang, no big deal.

          • cj

            nash needs to be moved way more then pau does.

          • Al Haldie

            It sure does not sound like passion for the franchise to me, sound to me that u just want to start crap-and act like a child when they dont get their way…..LONG TIME LAKERS FAN !!!

    • Jack

      I agree completely. Keeping pau or resigning him only hurts the team long term. It’s not that pau is THAT bad, but the lakers just need to get better, plain and simple. Pau being there along with kobe’s contract doesn’t allow them to do so. I am sick of watching this slow pace no effort basketball.

      • cj

        do u watch the lakers? they are 3rd in pace and play hard all game. keeping pau at the right price would be a great thing for the lakers. its guys like nash(9mill) and kaman(3mill) that need to be moved.

        • Daniel

          You know, Pau has been playing lights out the last two games. Before that he had 0 intensity. I would like to see more of him doing what he has been doing. I wonder how this trade talk is going to affect his play. I have always liked Tyson Chandler though, would have liked to see him on the roster. I would like to see how Pau’s play continues now that he seems healthy and active.

          About Kaman, I think you would see a better performance from him if he got any play time.

    • youngblood

      We can’t get equal value for pau so we stuck with him. So tell us Einstein how do we trade pau and for what

    • Al Haldie

      You make it sound like its ur FRANCHISE or is it some one else risk ??

      • Zimmeredge

        i’m done with you. it’s my franchise as much as it’s yours.

        anyway I intend to express my feelings morning noon and night if you get sick of me writing here don’t read me. you are here to express your yourself freely, talk with people with whom you share the same passion despite having a different pov.
        we clearly have different pov and it makes me glad. it would be so boring for us to always share the same opinion.

        now, i do not claim anything but i’m entitled to my opinion and i intend to keep pushing for Gasol’s trade and to a minor extent keep pushing for that transition we have to make asap. I love the spaniard but I love my franchise and we have to move forward and make a huge change to get us on the winning road again.
        it’s not that i don’t love Gasol. I love him. he brought us back. but we have to move on. We are trying to trade him for 3 years in a row.

        • nlruizjr

          zimm, would you be saying that if we had a different coach, B. Scott for example, there just aren’t that many skilled PF’s in the league right now, you may think J. Smith is better than Gasol, he’s quicker but that’s about it but his BB-IQ is much lower than Gasol’s , he just an over grown S. Brown, Shannon would get the ball and go into a brain freeze. Right now the Lakers have the ability to be more defensive minded if MD would play Kaman at C and PF but MD is to stupid to see that, so the Lakers will continue to suffer until the light goes on in the FO that MD SUCKS !!!!!!

  • Zimmeredge

    why LN is erasing my message?

    • GM Jack

      it is not only you! other comments are erased as well!

  • Jack

    We NEED chandler..bottom line.

  • Daryl Peek

    Marc Stein ‏@ESPNSteinLine1h

    Speaking purely from Lakers perspective: View HERE is that Asik and Lin would do more for Lakers than anything they get in 2014 free agency

    Marc Stein ‏@ESPNSteinLine 1h
    But it’s likewise safe to assume that third team would be needed because Rockets want at least one future first for Asik. NOT a vet like Pau

    Marc Stein ‏@ESPNSteinLine 1h
    Purely MY take: Putting Asik and Lin with Kobe gives Lakers punchers’ chance this season and next WITHOUT cutting into 2015 free-agent cash

    • Zimmeredge

      what about gasol to 76ers we get Hawes in exhange.
      Houston take Thad Young from Phily.
      we take Asik or Lin from the rockets.

      that seems legit to me. The rockets get their stretch four. Gasol goes to the 76ers in order to fill the void left by Hawes’ departure. Creates a lot of cap space for summer 14 with gasol expiring contract and Young biggest contract out of phily. they are tanking at a high level.
      We get Hawes and Asik or Lin to complete our roster and I think we are good to go.
      we can always use them as trade bait next season.
      what do you think?

      • Daryl Peek

        The Rockets want a first round pick for Asik. This is the problem they are having in moving him. Patience’s, the trade deadline is not til Feb. Every game Pau plays better will increase his desirability on the open market.

        Him playing better will increase our win loss column also. This is what Jimmy and Mitch are banking on and is a very wise Dr. Buss like move.

        • Zimmeredge

          i know that’s i tried to explain to some people the other day “why play Sacre? why play Kaman?” etc etc increase their trade value in order to be good trade bait.

          but on the other hand I believe that the fo can still go on with Pau. Pau’s recent level of play… it’s just smokescreen or wishful thinking or whatever and i hope the FO are not naive.
          we have to move on. rebuild. bring players on a 2 year contract. that’s what they have to do. Bring Spencer Hawes he is already a “Pau Gasol” statiscally.

          i heard that Asik could go to the Boston Celtics for Bass and Lee. rumours said that it’s meant to happen pretty soon. they might wanna get a first pick but they also want a stretch 4. They wont get a first round for Asik more likely for Lin imo.

          • Daryl Peek

            Poker faces are on now. By the middle of next month moves will be frantic.

          • Zimmeredge

            of course Pau is attracting a lot of people and to say that he’s playing as an all star, spread the word thanks to rumours that we will not trade him increase his value especially because he is playing well. but do not end up keeping him for real. that would be a disaster for us.

          • GM Jim

            you got it!! he is an all-star, some one will bit for it.

            14 points, no defense = 29 million dollars a year!!

          • GM Jim

            with luxury tax (free, no charge), that is why it is 29 million dollars and not 19…

          • Zimmeredge

            i’m aware of that that’s too much for us. but for a “rebuilding team” like Phily who’s willing to rejuvenate their roster via draft, expiring contract with a vet with a lot of experience (championship experience) like Gasol that’s an amazing opportunity for them.

      • QuinBarrios

        I feel the same whay bro. they make it soo hard when it can be so simple.. TRADE GASOL..!!! Fuck all u laker fans who still want to cling on him.. They must be impressed with his lack of D N hustle..

      • cj

        ur so quick to move pau but u wont entertain them moving nash? who is hurting us alot more then pau is lol.

        • Zimmeredge

          Pau can play and he is more valuable because of that. Nash can’t stand up straight (so to speak) with his back problem nobody will ever trade that man with his contract.

          • cj

            people traded for bynum with his knees. people traded for howard with his back. teams do make trades for hurting players.

          • lalala

            But you can’t trade a hurting player that can’t even play anymore

          • cj

            yes u can. it just takes a team that feels they can help him

          • JohnC

            I agree: Pau should have gone long time ago. But for different reasons: you’re pushing too hard someone who has recently been operated on after a year full of injuries. I am sure there are teams like Memphis which would multiply their championship options. Or the Spurs… the Thunder would win with Gasol instead of Perkins in their roster.

            All those names you mention do not have half the contribution Gasol brings to the team.

  • jeremy

    all these trade rumors over the years have been very annoying. if the lakers are going to make a deal then make one. plus i would love to get chandler he the type of center we need. but i wouldnt mind keeping pau and just let him go in the off season and get his replacement with a guy like greg monroe. i trust the lakers, it just all these trade rumors are just very annoying

  • Jim213

    ?!?!?…

    • QuinBarrios

      BOOOOOO

    • nlruizjr

      He’s just telling the PG to pass the damn ball up here, not at my feet !!!! the lakers are just ridiculous in turning over the ball on passes.

  • 707frank

    A lot of anger out there for a guy that’s helped bring 2 titles. Don’t get me wrong though I also believe that Pau has seen better days. His recent improved play has come against weak teams ( no Marc Gasol in last game ). I think Mitch is gonna wait it out. He will not undervalue Pau’s expiring contract. There will be teams out there that will want that. If nothing else then let his money come of the books and improve the team with the extra cash next year.

    • GM Jack

      Right on the Money!

  • Huh?

    “While it now is unlikely that the Lakers will move the big man, and are also possibly looking to keep him around beyond this year, there is…”

    Dude this is not good grammar

  • TYSON8-24

    In the words of the black mamba himself “I WOULD RATHER RETIRED BEFORE I PLAY FOR ANY OTHER TEAM”

  • Jim213

    IMO, Pau’s appeal has declined. Seems like no one really wants to either take on his remaining salary or believes that he isn’t worth the $15-19 yearly salary. I still believe he could be traded sometime though it’s a wait and see with Gasol being increasing his value.

    • cj

      he is worth anywere from 5-12 mil a season. im hoping they resign him this offseason for 8mill per.

      • Jim213

        IMO, be best if he was traded but if not I wouldn’t go past $8-9 mil a yr (max), otherwise, let him walk though best to get something out of it if they intend resigning him.

  • cj

    the lakers need to move nash more then they need to move pau

    • Zimmeredge

      i do agree with you. nash has to move… but he has to retire and not get traded for his own good. he’s already limpinp and he’s just a shade of himself… to be used as a trade bait would be so humuliating. it’s not a franchise decision, it’s a personnal decision that he has to take.

  • Jim213

    Wes Johnson: “I love LA, the organization and the people that I’ve been around since I’ve been there. I definitely think this could be a long term thing. We just have to wait and see.” :} :::::::::::

  • Daniel

    I like Pau’s play over the last two games. But the truth is that even without him we have more than enough solid bigs (who play good D).Hill,Kaman and Sacre can handle the rim, and this Kelly kid is supposed to have serious shot range.

    We are hurting for a point guard. I can’t wait for Farmar’s return, and Blake will be out for way too long. Nash doesn’t even think he will ever play again. We need someone on point.

  • Spelling B

    “While it now is unlikely that the Lakers will move the big man, and are also possibly looking to keep him around beyond this year, there…” and again…horrible grammar. LN please stop deleting posts for correcting errors and just correct your article

  • GM Jack

    Keep Pau (@ 19 mil he has not trade value, remember the mount of money has to equal the trade as well), he owes us/Lakers money from last three years. Have him agree for 6 mil x 3 years. or Walk, clear up cap space. End of story. There is no point trading him either. For his won interest, if he tanks his game, no one will re-sign him, if he plays well, he will get 3 years 15-20 million somewhere in the league.

  • CZAR

    How about moving D’Antoni. We are building a team for his system that hasn’t produced a championship. What happens when the Lakers fire him?

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