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Lakers Rumors: Hawks Turned Down Pau Gasol, Josh Smith Trade Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks have been involved in trade rumors for quite some time and most reports indicated that the teams would swap Pau Gasol a The Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks have been involved in trade rumors for quite some time and most reports indicated that the teams would swap Pau Gasol a Rating:
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Lakers Rumors: Hawks Turned Down Pau Gasol, Josh Smith Trade

The Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks have been involved in trade rumors for quite some time and most reports indicated that the teams would swap Pau Gasol and Josh Smith. The Lakers were looking to add some youth to their roster while the Hawks wanted to change things up and trade away a player who wanted out.

However, it seems as though that deal has died down after the Hawks ended talks. A trade involving Gasol and Smith would have involved others players, and reports indicate that the Hawks believed the Lakers were asking for too much, CBS Sports.

In addition to Johnson, the Hawks have been open to moving forward Josh Smith though they’ve resisted offers so far. Apparently the Hawks balked at a potential deal with the Lakers for Pau Gasol because L.A. wanted another major piece to go along with Smith. That would leave the Hawks with less than six players under contract, less talent, and no short-term cap relief because of the $38 million and two years remaining on Gasol’s contract.

Even though Smith wants to leave the Hawks, the front-office does not want to make a move just to get rid of the athletic forward. Atlanta would like a balanced transaction and they have decided that the Lakers were not offering that. If this deal cannot come back to life, the Lakers will be missing out on a future NBA All-Star

 

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  • isaac

    Wowwwwww  why not just trade Gasol for Smith.. its fair and square..its probably the best deal right now since lakers arnt gettin howard.. nooo the lakers have to have more…..IDIOTS 

  • http://twitter.com/BrianJDow1979 BJ Dow

    Cause the salaries don’t match. The lakers were probably asking for a Hirich sign and trade or Teague thrown into the deal.

  • Jct4teen

    WOW dis low key fucked up my day!! Smh lakers.! !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000779441995 Sharon Shirley

    Right now Lakers couldn’t trade for a Snicker bar.

  • ask4carl

    The Lakers are done for getting greedy. Smith for Gasol would have been sweet. Now, they’ll be lucky if they can land someone like Luis Scola.

  • http://www.facebook.com/de.mckayparker De Lano Mckay Parker

    Josh Smit and Teague for Gasol… is a good deal… Because we need a young player or a pick…Because Smith isn’t in Gasol’s league…Honestly…

  • Wtorres_12773

    Yea the greatest NBA organization are a bunch of idiots. The idiots are you ppl who do not understand a player’s value and how to make deals. The same gm basically got chris paul last AND would’ve saved 40 mill. That sounds like an idiot to you ? Stupid jack ass

  • Merge

    come on.. gotta b kiddin’ me smh.. Josh Smith might not b better than Pau but we need a different ingredient to improve & a younger more active player at that position is just what LA needs (plus a PG&SF).. I believe Smith was once in the run’n 4 DPOY was Pau? not to mention Kobe could get Smith much easier shots than he’s been get’n.. Unless we like 2nd Rd Exits, WE NEED CHANGE &NOW!!!!

  • Merge

    I’d rather us move a move tryin to improve than to face the same fate.. same core players, 1 year older, rest of league get’n better too, NO-WAY WE CAN STAY THE SAME & EXPECT SOMETHIN’ DIFFERENT.. BE REALISTIC!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyeree-Deeboyoazz-Stines/1073798573 Tyeree Deeboyoazz Stines

    Seems like the Hawks want too much. Smith & Gasol are not equal value they gotta throw a lil extra in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000075953829 Gavin Thompson

    Stop being greedy!! Lakers would be lucky to trade Gasol for Smith so why ask for more we already have kobe what more could you get!!

  • Gavril

    LAL biggest problem is the 2nd unit.Nobody play consistently…

  • http://www.facebook.com/elias.lattouf.14 Elias Lattouf

    Billups Bryant Peace Smith Bynum. Thats a beastly starting 5 right there!

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