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Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol Headed Back to the Grizzlies? Reviewed by Momizat on . The trade rumors surrounding two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol have taken an interesting turn recently with the Los Angeles Lakers starting power forward now bein The trade rumors surrounding two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol have taken an interesting turn recently with the Los Angeles Lakers starting power forward now bein Rating:
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Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol Headed Back to the Grizzlies?

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The trade rumors surrounding two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol have taken an interesting turn recently with the Los Angeles Lakers starting power forward now being linked with a return to the Memphis Grizzlies.

At this point in time, it seems clear that the Lakers’ front office is prepared to move the four-time All-Star in order to bring in some new blood and a new attitude in the frontcourt and/or backcourt in Los Angeles. The reports of Gasol being shipped back to Memphis surfaced on Sat. June 16 via Mitch Lawrence of NYDailyNews.com:

“The Lakers are committed to moving Pau Gasol — the fall guy for their second-round ouster against the Thunder and previous playoff failures — even if they have to take back less talent. As long as Heisley retains the Grizzlies, Memphis will always have interest. Heisley has always wanted to bring Gasol back, pairing him with his brother, Marc.”

The real question that has been raised with the most recent trade rumor involving the Lakers and Grizzlies is which player(s) Los Angeles will acquire in return.

The obvious choice would be Zach Randolph. With Randolph being the polar opposite of Gasol at the power forward position in terms of aggressiveness and shoot-first mentality, the veteran forward might be at the top of the Lakers’ wish list from the Grizzlies in return. Small forward Rudy Gay might also be an option that the Lakers could explore.

Grizzlies Trade Options for the Lakers

  • Zach Randolph
  • Rudy Gay
  • OJ Mayo
  • Tony Allen
  • Mike Conley

It is uncertain how set the Grizzlies are in terms of bringing back Pau via trade to play alongside his brother, Marc. The combination in the frontcourt of the Gasol brothers would almost certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference. A taste of the Gasol brother’s dominance together in the same frontcourt was seen in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing on the Spanish national team.

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With Pau and Marc leading the way and rookie phenom Ricky Rubio running the show in the backcourt, Spain made it all the way to the gold medal game against Team USA. Despite being the underdog, Spain gave the U.S. a run for their money, and if it weren’t for a brilliant performance by Kobe Bryant, the Spanish may have very well won the gold medal.

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  • Ivanyeo81

    Sorry, but if Rudy Gay isn’t coming along with Randolph, then pass

  • Lindasngltn

    Leave Gasol alone … the Grizzlies does not have anybody that is going to be “better” than Gasol.  You would think that management would stop shooting themselves in the foot.  Why don’t they consult with Phil Jackson, he made them get off Bynum’s back.  They have a coach that does not have the personality to deal with these players, an owner, Jim Buss, who has no clue how to make a sound decision and Kupchak, who needs to chill, let these guys go through that disastrous training camp that Brown will put them through and see what they have.  They can always send a player to the D League.  They are sitting and watching the finals and could very well have been watching themselves had they not made the bonehead moves they made, getting rid of key players.  The mess has been made and coming up with these wild suggestions just don’t make sense.  I don’t think two brothers are going to be on the same team, and the Lakers need to keep their lengths intact. 

  • http://twitter.com/GO24Seven Gilbert Ortiz

    A trade with Memphis doesn’t make sense at all. Rudy Gay (a good player) just makes to much money for the Lakers liking. Same goes for Zach Randolph. Too much money too many years left on their contracts. Pass

    • Redknight42

      You don’t think pau is getting a little to much I mean 19 mill for a 12 point scorer it’s worth the chance I think

  • LAKERGUY

    I think the Lakers are going to be the front runners in getting Roy.  I think the Lakers should first address the bench before taking chances on big time names like Deron Williams.This is my blueprint in what the Lakers should do this current off-season:Step 1- Trade Steve Blake and Josh McRoberts and cash considerations for Lamar Odom(July 1).Reason- Dallas is currently trying to ship L.O. out of Dallas. They aren’t pleased with his attitude,and his production. It is clear he wants to be a Laker.
    Step 2-  Sign Michael Beasely as a free agent with combined traded players exceptions(Odom, Fisher, Kapono)Reason-  This will give us an all around scorer who can come off the bench and gives us about 13-15ppg.
    Step 3- Sign Brandon Roy to a veteran’s minumum contract using the rest of all combined trade exceptions.Reason- Before Roy retired, he was an elite 2 guard in the NBA. Remember, he was the third best shooting guard during his playing days, Roy is a all around threat. Roy can put the ball on the floor and attack the basket, he can shoot the ball from distance at a decent rate, and he can get to the line. Roy also can play both guard positions and small forward.
    Step 4- Resign Hill, Ebanks, Sessions, and MorrisReason- These players are young, talented and haven’t reached their primes yet.
    Step 5- Three team trade: Houston gets: Pau Gasol and Matt BarnesLakers gets: Deron WilliamsBrooklyn gets: Kyle Lowry and Luis ScolaReason-  This is a good trade for all teams, every team gets the stars that will will their team to victory.  The Lakers get the star to pair with Kobe, and New Jersey Nets get a solid duo for the future, and Houston gets the big they wanted and they get a defensive stopper in Barnes.
    Step 6- Sign Ryan Anderson or Brandon Bass to a MLE contract.Reason- This will gives us a lights out shooter in Anderson and a solid big man in Bass.
    Lineup View:pg Deron Williamssg Kobe Bryantsf Metta World Peacepf  Brandon Bass or Ryan Andersonc Andrew Bynum
    Benchpg Ramon Sessionssg Brandon Roysf Michael Beaslypf Lamar Odomc Jordan Hill
    Reason- This gives us a really versatile team, we can now play tall or play small lineups. We can defend and play multiple positions. When it is all said and done, this is a real championship team for the next several years.

    • Shane

       Ok, just about every option will not work, and here’s the reasons why.  #1, Odom is no longer under contract with Dallas, he is a free agent.  Additionally, he cannot be signed by the Lakers until December.  #2, You can’t use the trade exception to outright sign a player.  If that was the case don’t you think the Lakers options this summer would be outrageous?!?! #3, It is still uncertain whether or not Roy is still capable of playing at the NBA level.  Lakers need to make sure he is healthy enough to play in games before even considering offering a contract to him.  #4, I do agree resigning hill and morris for cheap.  Sessions isn’t up to the team, he has a player option so that falls on him.  #5, I would love that trade to go down but it won’t.  Brooklyn will be out to get much more than just Lowry and Scola for their coveted star point guard.  There must certainly be multiple draft picks involved to get a deal done.  #6, I like the Anderson signing because he plays around the Perimeter, and would allow Bynum to control the inside, but how do we have enough money to afford the reigning most improved player?

      COMMON LAKERGUY!!! do more research!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JTaylr Jay Taylor

    Who do they trade for? Whoever the nets want in exchange for D.Will.
    In essence, the lakers have to include another team to do a Gasol for D.Will swap. (No Salary Reduction)

    Then…. after D.Will is sporting purple and gold, you politely ask Orlando for a swap of Bynum and Howard. (No Salary Change) <- Either Solution is Fine.

    Sign B.Roy
    Trade: Odom, Beasley

    Amnesty: Metta
    (Above players included in Metta Amnesty Reduction +/-  $2M)

    SG: Bryant / B.Roy / Goudelock
    SF: Beasley / Ebanks
    C: Howard / JHill (or Eyenga)
    PF: Odom / JHil
    PG: Williams / Sessions (or Blake) / Morris

    If done right, the above team is only a few million higher than this year's, but is poised to be more competitive and longer lasting.

  • Jetfuelgeorge

    Pau for mark and connelly. That is the trade. Lakers will need to throw in a pick but it would work.

    • Shane

       Its a trade that Laker fans can only dream of.

    • Dukebluedevil8509

      That was literally the dumbest thing ever written, a franchise center and a soon to be all star level pg for an overpaid aging pf on a team whose best player is a pf(Randolph). Get your head out of the clouds moron

  • Jct4teen

    Lakers bout to get O.J mayo, cuz he’s a beast off the bench and b a hell of a threat while Kobe rest.. Not to mention he has youth and his salary would b a reasonable pick up for the franchises economic rebuilding.. Let’s make this happen lakers!

  • http://twitter.com/Top_Dawg_Status Michael Sapp

    No of you watch basktball I see you all judge players but to my liking Zach Randolph is a beast down low. A rebounding force with a mid range game, he has the aggression that we been looking for that Paul has lost! Everytime we play Memphis they give us a run so I trust the front office knows best, also looking out for Gasol interest as well.

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