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Lakers News: Pau Gasol Remains A Laker After Trade Deadline Passes

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After three years of trade speculation, Pau Gasol has avoided being traded elsewhere and will remain with the Los Angeles Lakers for the rest of the season according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

Although it seemed inevitable that Gasol would be moved before the NBA trade deadline, the Lakers decided to hold on to the two-time NBA champion thus retaining his Bird rights. Gasol may ultimately headed elsewhere this summer in free agency, but for the time being he’ll remain in Los Angeles until his contract expires.

Gasol may have been able to dodge the bullet in terms of being dealt by the Lakers, but the same can’t be said for Steve Blake or Chris Kaman. Blake was traded to the Golden State Warriors right before the Lakers played host to Dwight Howard’s Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at the Staples Center.

As for Kaman, the veteran center was thought to possibly be on his way to the Philadelphia 76ers replacing the recently traded Spencer Hawes. Despite putting up solid numbers went given the time on the floor, Kaman never really fit into head coach Mike D’Antoni’s system and therefore was deemed expendable. A trade may still go down involving Kaman, but nothing was announced at the deadline.
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Lakers Trade Steve Blake To Golden State Warriors For Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks


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  • AC52

    It would have been nice to obtain a pick in this year’s trade deadline…oh well!

    • TTKIN

      Unfortunately we have nothing to offer anyone that is worth a pick in this yr’s amazingly deep draft.

  • Veix

    Not to disrespect Pau, but that is exactly what I thought. Lakers get nothing and he walks in free agency. Like the last years scenario with Howard. Poor decision making.

    • Al Haldie

      What makes everone thing they wont re-sign him next yr – for less money – i think he would take less just like KOBE DID – HE GAVE UP 12 MIL. OVER THE TWO NEXT YRS….PAU IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A LAKER FOR LIFE…HERE OR SOME PLACE OTHER…

      • vdogg

        if we do re-sign pau to play C, we have to sign a tough, bruising PF who can play defense and rebound. otherwise there is no resistance in the middle. greg monroe, perhaps? any thoughts…?

    • Jim213

      Don’t blame Pau but given his play best to let him walk. Overall grade for inept FO to whell and deal D-. Couldn’t get below the salary cap by trading some of the players who won’t be around next season aside of being FAs. Seems FO still believe they’re back in the 90s when J West was around.

      Need some changes with regards to FO and their staff otherwise these may take 5-10 years to fix. The masses demand competitiveness from these bench players but the ineptness of FO looms large to turn this around next season.

      • Chrmngblly

        You may be surprised at how all this works out. After Pau gets a few offers, the Lakers can decide to bring him back or not at a reduced pay grade. It may be that he will be a lot easier to trade in a year or so without that colossal salary around his neck. All things in their own time.

        We still need to look for a beast big man or two. I want them to bring Earl Clark back for another look. Philly cut him before he could even report. I wish Nash would just retire already so we could do that or bring Williams up from the D league. Nash is just plugging up the roster.

    • Swaggy Rambo

      If you were any other team in the NBA what would you trade the Lakers for Pau? No team wants to make that trade so the Lakers had no choice.

    • gm jack

      I am sure they tried. I there were suitors, Pau would be gone.

      Free Market, Supply and Demand.

  • iDontCare

    Sad. Why trade Blake if you won’t trade anyone else.

  • Doug Mad

    Wtf man damn Mitch and Jim buss are fucken idiots! I thought the whole point of the Blake trade was to get under the luxury tax. They where gonna trade off hill and/or Gasol to save money.. They didn’t even do that!!! So what was the point in getting two new players for Blake?? Those 2 players aren’t gonna get us to the playoffs?? Poor Blake got traded for nothing! Blake always gave 100% to the lakers… Gasol heart has been in questioned! I think Jeanie buss should take over for Jim and Phill Jackson for Mitch #lakers

    • iDontCare

      That’s what I’m saying.

    • TheTruthKills

      Well said, but I think the team is going to have to hit rock bottom before Jeanie even considers taking over. A shame really.

    • Swaggy Rambo

      Just because those trades didn’t happen doesn’t mean they didn’t try. Most teams aren’t desperate to rent out Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol for the remainder of the season. The point wasn’t to get them to get us to the playoffs, it was to save money and it will.

      • Shakey Pete

        Exactly. They traded Blake to get into position to make that move. If nobody bites on the Hill, Kaman or Gasol trade that does not mean they didn’t try. As a matter of fact, knowing that they traded Blake tells me they tried.

        • Swaggy Rambo

          Brilliant observation by way of piggybacking off my comment. Thanks.

      • Doug Mad

        Wouldn’t trading Pau’s 19 million dollars or Jordan contract been more of a save then Blake’s? Golden state is renting Blake out and they ain’t desperate.. How much are we going to save by trading Blake?….Aren’t the LAKERS still over? Aren’t they going to pay around 24 mill in taxes?? They could have traded Paul Gasol 2 years ago when teams where actually interested in him.. But they didn’t cause FO might have thought they would have better offers for him down the road.. They lost Howard, didn’t get anything….. They could have gotten something for Pau, even after the CP3 deal didn’t go down… I know that the point wasn’t to get to the playoffs.. Cause that has been dead and gone a long long time ago. I just want to see how this big master plan Mitch and the idiot Jim have….

        • Chrmngblly

          Jeeezuz, you guys, hide and watch. It may take a few games for you to realize but the Lakers got a heck of a deal on those two young guards. This was a very good trade for all involved. Maybe Blake will be back after the playoffs, too.

  • Gregory Choa

    I’m not mad about this at all. The last thing I would’ve wanted to see would’ve been Pau being dumped, like so much garbage, for basically nothing – it’s not like anybody was going to give up a first rounder just to rent Pau for the rest of the season…and Kevin Love is still another season away from coming to LA on his own volition via FA in 2015.

    Pau should finish this season as a Laker…and he should be allowed to control his own destiny this summer, he’s earned that much. The Lakers have two titles to show for Gasol’s tenure with this team…that he had to toil under the constant cloud of being traded away as the team’s only real tradeable asset over these last three seasons is kind of a shame, but that’s the business.

    • Devon Samuels²⁴

      Agreed there!

  • hoperhetoric

    Maybe the Lakers are hoping that kobe/nash will not play for the coming games anymore because of the injuries & just under 30games left. So they will ask for a

    disabled player exception & might still be save from tax?

  • LakersHeatBeef

    MEH oh well.Pau is still around,i am fine with it.His contract expires into a top FA.

  • TheTruthKills

    It’s official. Our front office has completely lost it. Pau Gasol has done great things for this team, but that was in the past. His contract will expire and he won’t be returning. Why take a paycut to stay in LA when he could take a paycut to go to a contender? I guess the Buss family will just let the organization hit rock bottom before they take Jim out of power.

    • gm jack

      Heat will keep Pau to come off the Bench at $2m/year. He would take it to play with Lebron.

      • Chrmngblly

        That’s what I am afraid of, too, Jack. We have his bird rights, though, remember that.

  • Paul

    What’s the point of keepin Pau’s Bird Rights? Do they intend to freaking overpay for him too like they did Kobe with his extension?!?

    • TheTruthKills

      I think so. I think Kobe is working behind the scenes to keep Gasol in LA, which would be a huge mistake.

    • gm jack

      He was over paid in 2009, when they exteded his contract for three more years at $60 million. The Lakers knew, that Lebron was becoming a free agent in 2010. And, don’t tell me Pau was better that Lebron in 2009. The could have waited till the summer to go after Pau, if that failed, then, they could have gone back to Pau. But, not $20 m/3 years.

      Lebron has been dominating since 2005.

  • claude

    how can Kaman be traded, after the deadline?

    • Terrence

      I think Teams can let the league now prior to the deadline that they are working on something and they get leeway or an extension or so to finish the trade even well after the actual deadline.

  • Terrence

    I love Steve Blake. He’s the only player on the team that brings it every game. Though he’s physically overmatched most of the time, he’s nof soft and his effort on D is relentless. Also, he doesn’t cry and b*tch about his touches offensively, he doesn’t cry about the system and blames it should his game isn’t up to par, and is just the consumate “team” guy. I’d say he was more of the Team Leader during the first quarter of the season when the Lakers were actually playing well going 10-9 and having won 6 of 8 and 3 straight road games. Then he got injured as well as the other point guards and it was over.

    • Chrmngblly

      You could love Steve Blake just as much if he was coming off his couch at home, couldn’t you? Why do we need him to ride the pine down at the Staples Center? Maybe Mitch could use him in the front office or use him as a coach. Nobody can depend on him to play basketball anymore.

  • Swaggy Rambo

    Listen, if you can’t get a first round draft pick for Pau it’s no sense in trading him, he’s worth more than a 2nd round pick. Have some loyalty for a guy who gave us 2 titles!

    Fuck the Phoenix Suns for being so cheap after we gave them two 1st picks for old broken down Nash though. I know they didn’t want to cough up a 1st for Pau. That’s probably what held up the trade. No other teams will make that trade when Pau will be a FA in the summer. Not much the Lakers can do!

    • Garry

      So the Suns were morally obligated to return the favor and acquiesce to the Lakers since the Lakers got on the wrong end of a deal when they traded several 1st Rd. picks to them in exchange for Steve Nash?

      • Swaggy Rambo

        Where did I state that. Don’t worry I’ll wait.

        • Garry

          “Fuck the Phoenix Suns for being so cheap after we gave them two 1st picks for old broken down Nash though”
          –That statement can be interpreted as you implying the Suns should’ve been as magnanimous and give the Lakers 1st rounders in return, the way the Lakers did for them with the Nash deal.

          • Swaggy Rambo

            Well that’s why you shouldn’t assume because only asses ASSume. Read the next lines after that statement, that’s how things are taken out of context when you only quote one or two lines. Even though Pau is WORTH a 1st round pick(that is the point!) no team will trade for Pau to be a 2 month or so rental. Bye Felecia!

          • Garry

            You are a grown man using an SN that even 10 year olds deem lame. And if I’m wrong in ASSuming you’re a grown man, then you are one sad sad 10yr old.

          • Swaggy Rambo

            No adult uses the word “lame”. Shut up ignorant old man.

          • Charles

            Pau isn’t worth a 1st rd pick. Only in the Laker front office minds and delusional Laker fans who still think it’s 2008-2010 believe Pau is still worth that much.

          • Swaggy Rambo

            You must be real upset to feel the need to reply once but twice. Check Pau’s numbers, he’s worth it. Don’t get all butthurt at me because you think you’re more intelligent than you are. You are incapable of comprehending what you read on an adult level.

            My “SN” is in reference to something Laker Nick Young so please get your ignorant uninformed assuming ass out of my replies. If you were a real fan you’d know that. “Garry” and you got nerve to question an online screen-name? Please get a life.

            Oh and yes you assumed wrong, again. I’m not a grown man. I’m a grown woman. I bet that’ll piss you off even more. #butthurt.

          • gm jack

            Take him home on your money at $20 m/ year.

            Clearly, none of the other GM thinks he is worth it. Other than C. Paul’s deal. There have been none. And, Stern did not think he was worth it. He rejected the deal. As, Stern took over NO. He was smart. The ownership knew they were tanking the team hence they made that deal.

            Stern did not reject the deal because he hated the Lakers, her rejected the deal, because the NBA/Stern would rather have Paul over Gasol.

          • gm jack

            They are not cheap. They are smart. Let’s redirect anger at the side that took the deal. 2 First Round for 38 years old with a history of severe back pain. Hell on earth, no one would do that for Jordan, when, he came back to play with Washington, and he was still a top 10 player.

            When, the Lakers got Nash, He would have been a third option for most teams. This means at best he would be around top 100 players in the NBA.

            Lakers traded 2 first rounds for that. Let anger be where anger is due.

  • Swaggy Rambo

    I’m more excited at the prospect of Kaman being traded. I hope so.

    • Doug Mad

      I agree

  • Marty Susman

    WELL TRADE DEADLINE IS OVER & SURE ENOUGH, THE CLOWNS IN THE LAKER FRONT OFFICE HAVE DONE JUST ABOUT “NOTHING” MEANING GASOL IS STILL HERE, KAMAN IS STILL HERE, JOHNSON IS STILL HERE, NASH IS STILL HERE & THE FRONT OFFICE UNDER JIM BUSS IS STILL IN CHARGE.

    KIOBE WILL NOT PLAY THIS YEAR,(BUT SUCK UP $48,000,000 IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS WHEN HE IS MOST LIKLY WORTH MAYBE VET’S MIN “ If he can even play”) OH MAYBE A FEW SECONDS IN A FEW HOME GAMES LATE IN THE YEAR, NASH DID NOT RETIRE & SAVE THE LAKERS THE CAP SPACE, TNKX NASH, GASOL WILL GET HIS $19,000,000 & LEAVE FOR FREE, LIKE D12 & LIKE US GETTING NOTHING FOR DREW, LIKE HIRING THE TWO MIKE’S TO COACH INSTEAD OF THE ONE PHIL & SO ON….

    So the press reports will continue until the draft & it would not surprise me to see this front office give a way our GREAT first round pick for some over paid over hyped player with a big mouth & a bigger press release. This front office has for years loved over the hill old guys & now they have this stupid dream that KOBE will have two years to win another ring, are you kidding me, the Lakers in the ring games in the next two years is about the same as me going to the moon for lunch tomorrow. Forget bringing players in so Kobe (who can’t play now & most likely will be nothing more then a Vince Carter when & if he even can play again) Forget the Melo’s, forget anyone over 25 & forget anyone other teams want to get rid of….

    • Chrmngblly

      Think about it. Kobe is earning that next contract right now. Wouldn’t Miami love to have him to backup Wade while earning another ring? How much would they pay? I bet Miami would love to have Pau, too. Kobe is being paid to endure losing while the Lakers rebuild.

  • gm jack

    Loosers Club!

    Pau must have no self respect. He should be pressing the button to his agent to find him a home for the next 3 years of his career.

    I know I am going to have Pau’s fan jump up and down.

    Go Ahead. Have fun.

    Like follows like.

  • VL Beck

    Pau Gasol,20 mil. a year to walk around the floor and do nothing ,but keep your writs bent like a girl,and run so slow back to the other end of the court.. Pau does not defend, does not block, every now and then he might make a basket. Oh yea. REBOUNDS. THEY DON’T EXIST TO HIM. THE SLOW WALKER. PLEASE GET HIM THE HELL OUT OF THERE.. PLEASE. WR HAVE NOT BEEN OK SUCCESSFUL SINCE HE CAME. PAU GASOL. IS SABOTAGING THE LAKERS AND SHAVING POINTS. YEA I SAID IT. CAUSE IT IS TRUE. JUST LOOK AT THE TAPES. HE ALWAYS WANTED THE LAKERS TO LOOSE. WHO EVER HIRED HIM LOVES VEGAS!!!!!! CAUSE EVERY TIME KOBE GETS AHEAD, PAU COMES IN THE GAME , AND DAMN. WEGET BEHIND 10 OR MORE POINTS….. HOW A BOUT THAT. AND IT IS DAMN CONSISTANT WITH PAU GASOL..IT IS TIME FOR HIM TO GO …..HE WORKS THE HELL OUT OF KOBE..

    • gm jack

      Beck, you are the NEXT COACH OF LOS ANGELES LAKERS.

      Partly , that is Kobe’s fault. When, he was prime in 2009, he needed to demand to the Lakers to bring in Lebron in 2010.

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