Apparently, one Eastern Conference executive believes the Los Angeles Lakers are in play for the versatile forward according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:
“They should trade him,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “No one thinks he’s staying. Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers.”
With the recent trade rumors circulating around Pau Gasol, the Lakers are obviously exploring all options considering the fact this season is quickly getting out of hand. The Lakers have lost nine of their last 10 and have numerous players injured, including Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar.
The only question moving forward is if the Timberwolves are interested in anything the Lakers have to offer. Obviously, Gasol would be the centerpiece of any trade, but the storied franchise has found it hard to move his contract.
Over the past few years, Love and Gasol have been mentioned in plenty of different trade scenarios. Although it may appear to be a stretch that the Lakers can land Love in exchange for Gasol, both teams appear eager to make a deal before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 20 and could begin discussions on a blockbuster deal.
Recently, the Cleveland Cavaliers decided not to acquire Gasol from the Lakers in a swap for Andrew Bynum. The Cavs chose to deal Bynum to the Chicago Bulls instead due to the fact that the Lakers were asking for more than just Bynum in the deal.
As for the Timberwolves, it remains uncertain what Minnesota might want in return for Love, but it’d be safe bet to assume other teams could offer considering more than.
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