Lakers Rumors: Bobcats Inquired About Pau Gasol As Deadline Nears

Lakers Rumors: Bobcats Inquired About Pau Gasol As Deadline Nears


As the trade deadline nears, rumors of a Pau Gasol trade have been heating up even more than before.

With the Los Angeles Lakers essentially out of a playoff position, the team has changed its’ approach at the trade deadline and will be looking to make a deal for the future rather than the immediate season. Gasol has been sidelined all of February with a groin injury and may not play before the trade deadline, meaning that he could have possibly played in his final game with the Lakers.

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According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, another team has made a call to the Lakers for the 14-year big man:

The Charlotte Bobcats have been in contact with the Los Angeles Lakers concerning veteran big man Pau Gasol, but a source familiar with the discussion downplayed the likelihood Gasol would end up a Bobcat by Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.

The Bobcats are currently 23-30 and are in possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have only made the postseason once in their existence and could be looking to improve their team for their playoff push. Gasol is in the last year of his contract and the Lakers would move him to help them get under the luxury tax threshold.

In return for the 33-year-old, the Lakers have been asking for a first round pick and possibly more. A deal with the Bobcats could prove tricky because it would essentially become a rental for the rest of the season, as the team is unlikely to re-sign Gasol past this season.

Gasol was averaging 17 points and 10.2 rebounds per game this season before missing this month with the injury. He has been linked to more than a few teams already and could be rumored to a few more before Thursday’s trade deadline.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers would probably work out a trade with the Bobcats.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lets get it going,trades are coming!

  • Jim213

    Hopefully the inept can get something done. Otherwise, a tougher road awaits down the line without any assets.

  • Alan Sien

    Lakers should keep Hill, trade Kaman who likes to sleep when he is not playing. Trade Blake depends on what we get back. Trade Pau to Phoenix for draft picks so we can sign Love during the off season and fire the coach. Hill’s productivity declined because of him replace him with former Utah head coach Sloan

    • LongTimeLakerFan

      Love isn’t a free agent this off season. Can’t sign him until 2015.

  • Augusto Pinochet Jr.

    I am really excited, because there is very good chance to trade Pau Gasol before midnight. Charlotte has 2 first round pics this summer – # 10 and # 26. They can send us the last one, along with the expiring contract of Ben Gordon ($ 13.2 mil. ) and the deal is done. Gasol can help them with his experience to get into the playoffs, which is going to happen for just second time in a decade.And of course, M.Jordan will get some good money for that. Without the pressure around him, Gasol can be very productive at center. And that move will send Al Jefferson to play at his natural position of PF.
    The Lakers can benefit from one more first round pic and can draft either Aaron Gordon (PF – Arizona) or Willie Cauley-Stein (C – Kentucky). At the end of the season, Ben Gordon will leave as a free agent. Beautiful trade scenario.

    • LongTimeLakerFan

      If I was the Lakers, I’d be trying to get picks, but I don’t know if they can. If Pau wasn’t injured right now, I’m pretty sure some playoff team would have already made an offer including a first rounder (though I doubt any team would give up a potential lottery pick at this point) for Pau. Who knows, Phoenix has 3 first round picks, so maybe the Lakers can get the last of the 3 for Pau.

      For Hill, I’d be happy with one of Cleveland’s early 2nd round picks. It’s a deep draft and the top of the second round is almost as good as a late first rounder, but there are less restrictions on pay.

      Add in the Lakers’ own picks (lottery + early 2nd) and they could end up with a decent core of role players (and maybe one future All-Star) on very reasonable salaries for the next 4-5 years. Those players would also be potential assets if Minnesota decides to give up and trade Kevin Love before he walks for nothing.

  • Jmebiid