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Lakers News: Pau Gasol Officially Not On The Trading Block

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Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol has been on the trading block for the Los Angeles Lakers for the past few years now with the team exploring trades for the veteran seemingly nonstop. Although nothing is set in stone at this point, the Lakers appear to be more interested in keeping Gasol rather than trading him, according to Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

The Los Angeles Lakers have decided — at least for now – that they’re better off keeping four-time All-Star center Pau Gasol, according to sources close to the situation.

With the Lakers struggling in the first few months of the season, the trade rumors surrounding Gasol have started to kick into high gear. As no stranger to rumors, Gasol wasn’t affected by the speculation as usual, but many believed that if he were going to get dealt it would be this year.

Gasol is in the final year of his deal with the Lakers and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer as a result. With the Lakers making an effort to clear the books before the free agency period in July, there’s been a lot of debate about whether Gasol is in the team’s long-term plans.

Considering the fact that Kobe Bryant has been Gasol’s biggest supporter over the years and recently signed a lucrative two-year extension with the team, the superstar may have had a role in keeping the Spaniard in Los Angeles a little longer.

Although the team is currently intending on keeping the four-time All-Star, that may very well change between now and the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 20.
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  • jeremy

    i wouldnt mind keeping pau for the rest of the season if he keep playing like he did vs the griz

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yeah nothing to talk about here.

  • Zimmeredge

    title subject: Pau Gasol officially not on the trading block

    then you read the article: the Lakers appear to be more interested in keeping Gasol rather than trading him, according to Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of espn.

    “The Los Angeles Lakers have decided — at least for now – that they’re better off keeping four-time All-Star center Pau Gasol, according to sources close to the situation.”

    ok so that’s just rumours nothing’s official.

  • TellMeItAintSo

    Damnit.

  • Allan

    awww…fack

  • Royal Cleaners

    fcuk

  • Lakers Fan

    We need to consider trading Pau. I don’t care how he played against the Grizzles, especially considering Marc Gasol didn’t play. We need a player who can play defense on a CONSISTENT basis. Pau had this good game against a struggling team without Marc Gadol, who is the reigning DPOY. The need to consider trading him at the deadline.

  • 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 ‏@ESPNSteinLine1h

    But I repeat: It’s harder than I make it sound because Pau doesn’t fit Rockets’ needs. So any deal needed at least one more team to take Pau

    Lin and Asik would’ve been tight!

    • jeremy

      it the long term contracts that would scare away the lakers. both are good players, but lakers seem to really not want any long term contracts other then kobe and the cheap sacre

      • Daryl Peek

        That was not the problem. Lin and Asik are only contracted for this year and next, That’s not long term. It’s just very hard to find a third team willing to give up a first round pick.

        • Zimmeredge

          worst case scenario we use them as trade bait next season.

          Asik might be great but you’ll need someone even better to accompagny him. someone like spencer hawes one big inside and one outside

          • Daryl Peek

            Asik and Lin would be a great foundation with Kobe in the D’antoni system. They come in at 8 mil each so there would be money to build around them going forward. I think many of the current players on roster would fit nicely.

          • Stephen Cash

            Asik makes way more than 8 mil next season

          • cj

            yes he does but he will only cost 8ish mill on the cap

          • cj

            if u could get asik and lin for pau u go for it but only by also trading nash.

            any trade with pau should also have nash piggy backed on it.

          • Daryl Peek

            Nash? Not even a remote possibility. Scrap that thought process given his injuries man.

          • cj

            if pau gets moved nash should?will be in the dea;

        • jeremy

          that long term to me because it eat into the cap space they want for next season

          • Zimmeredge

            next season? you mean 2014 or 2015?

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Our FO is smarter than us fans they have something way bigger planned.

    • Jose

      I’m sure if they were only going to be on the hook for 16 million between the two they may have considered it but both Lin and Asik have that poison pill contract where that final year would cost the Lakers about 28 million. That’s not worth it.

      • Daryl Peek

        The poison pill is actually distributed out differently. Each will get only 8 mil this year and next. I was shown this by another Laker fan on here, I think his name was CJ? Go look it up

  • Jim213

    Best for management (SMH) to keep quiet until things are fully agreed upon.

    • Daryl Peek

      Nah, this is how it’s always done. Trade rumors is part of the poker game posturing. West and Dr. Buss were very good at it. Jimmy and Mitch have both shown they’ve learned from them IMO. Nash and D12 was proof. Even CP3 with the Stern ISH.

      • Jim213

        Constant talks about Gasol trades affect his game (yearly thing) though this is a business deal foremost.

        • Daryl Peek

          Agreed but Pau just needs to man up on it. He opened the door for the trade talk by all his inconsistency. This is crazy? I sound like you right now.

          • GM Jim

            he wanted to go to Memphis, he can, and with his production numbers a team like Miami (best in paying short in the league for negotiation cheap contracts) would be happy to pay him veteran minimum of 1.2 million dollar per year….

          • Daryl Peek

            “veteran minimum of 1.2 million dollar per year….” Get real man

          • GM Jim

            Most teams are set, they do not need Pau. He can not play defense!!! It is a liability. There are tons of players in NBA who get 14 points a game off the Bench and get paid 2-5 million dollars a year and play better defense. Pau is number one option for the Lakers right now, @ 14 points per game and getting paid 19 million dollars per year is bad investment..Durant @ 17 million dollars a year, scores 29 points a game plus forces the top defenders on the opposing teams to double and triple team him. Market value is what prevails. If Lakers were too kind to over pay Pau, they are stuck with.

          • Daryl Peek

            15/9/3/1.3, those are Pau’s numbers on the season. They are career lows coupled with his shooting percent but they are better than most big’s in the NBA still. We all expect more from Pau but his salary has nothing to do with current production. Pau got that contract based off 08-09. 2010 was validation of it. Does that give him the right to under perform? NO. But it’s wrong to say he’s over paid and is only worth vets min. SMH

            Pau was the number one option while Kobe was out, and he did fail. That’s because he’s not a number one option anymore. Never really was. This is why he thrives with Kobe. I too was and am very disappointed in his lack of effort. But don’t get it twisted like that man.

          • Paytc

            I don’t think Gasol just thrives with Kobe, despite what many in the media says,Kobe makes others better by taking a large load of their backs. Kobe is the ultimate warrior with the ultimate basketball IQ. He knows what it takes.

            Kobe is smart enough to encourage the coach and everyone else on the benefits of getting a talented experienced 7 footer motivated to play with heart at a high level.

            Kobe has been there and done that. Kobe knows better what it takes than any fan,player,or coach imo.

            Just as Kobe does not like to take a night off you can bet he dreads the thought of taking a season off.

            Kobe and the Lakers are about to go to work.

            Go Lakers !

          • Daryl Peek

            Pau absolutely thrives with Kobe and Kobe with Gasol. It’s no coincidence Kobe got back to the finals in 08. Pau was the difference.

  • Gregory Choa

    Man o man, there sure do seem to be a lot of fair-weather, sour-puss Lakers fans spamming these threads over the last couple of days. What’s wrong with you people? Are you really this down on Pau Gasol and these Lakers, especially now that Kobe is finally back and just now starting to round back into form? Are you all really that surprised that Pau is only now starting to play a lot better now that Kobe is back and working diligently to spark his favorite running mate? Are you all really this disenchanted with your team? Shame on you. We’re

    • GM Jim

      team is not worst off with Kobe, they are missing Blake. he was dishing out 10 assists per game….Kobe could have played his low post and save energy and let Blake bring the ball up.

      • Zimmeredge

        kobe’s ability to go in the low place can a deadly weapon.

      • Paytc

        And/ or Farmar. Obviously the team needs a couple of capable PG’s.

        To ask Kobe, who is returning from a major injury and over 7 months off to play PG at OKC and other road games… was even some lofty expectation for Kobe to exceed.

        I hinted on Dec 20th as a good return date. But he came back earlier which had it’s pros and cons. These past games have been Kobe’s preseason.

        But I am very optimistic,encouraged, and excited by what I think is about to happen. The Lakers are about to get some help at PG and at the same time witness the emergence of the high level play of both Kobe and Gasol.

        Then we will add the compliments of all the new young players into a seasoned mix, ala Spurs recipe for success. Lakers have Kobe, that’s even more lethal than Spurs cast.

        For any fan who thought Kobe should not interrupt things frankly don’t know enough about championship basketball. I am the most optimistic being in the world.

        But I know the chances of the Lakers relying on a bunch of youthful role players winning any games in the playoffs is a bit of a stretch.
        Lakers aim towards a championship every year. And we need the leadership of our championship experienced players to improve our chances.

        Hey the pressure and expectations are not resting on the Lakers shoulders. We have everything to “WIN” and nothing to “lose”

        Go Lakers !

  • GM Jim

    sure, keep Gasol, ink him in at 8 million dollars for a 2 years deal, by then, he will fall off the books,and Kobe will fall off the books, and for next season, waive Nash, and you will still have 20 plus million left to bring in, some big names.

  • Stamos

    In other words nobody wanted PAU

    • GM Jim

      not at 20 million dollars, for 6 to 8 million dollars type of player that pau is, yes!!! Why would the Nicks give up a better Center and then add Shumpert who is playing at a minimum rookie salary.

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