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Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol ‘Still Pushing’ For $10-12 Million Per Season

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With free agency underway, the Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in re-signing Pau Gasol this summer. While Gasol will speak with numerous teams, the Spaniard is looking for a $10-12 million annual salary according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

“So far, Gasol is still pushing for a $10 million-$12 million annual salary, league sources said.”

Interestingly enough, both the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have reached out to gauge his interest:

“Free-agent center Pau Gasol had a telephone conversation with Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Tuesday and could talk again with the franchise in the near future, league sources told Yahoo Sports.”

“The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs have inquired with Gasol’s agent Arn Tellem, expressing an interest, sources said, but the Spurs can’t become a legitimate suitor unless Gasol significantly drops his asking price.”

While all the focus will be on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, Gasol is one of the best big men available in this year’s market. Although he has been in numerous trade rumors these past couple of seasons, it has been reported that the Lakers believe re-signing Gasol could lure Anthony to help form a Big Three of their own.

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At 34, Gasol is in the final stages of his career and his main priority is to win more championships. With numerous teams looking for a skilled post player, the two-time champion will garner a lot of interest and returning to the Lakers is uncertain at this time.
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  • nash gots to go

    So, it’s been reported that Derrick Rose had a private workout to show Carmelo he’s healthy.

    How about some one on one (Kobe vs. Carmelo) to show him Kobe’s still got game?

    How about the fucking leeches Steve Nash, show up to the meeting Thursday and work his lazy ass out too? Shit for $9M, if you can’t play in a NBA game, at least spend 15 minutes to work out for Carmelo just to get him to sign with Lakers, you lazy ass bum (Nash).

    • A Fan

      I really, really wish some team would take Nash for a trade exception or 2nd round picks. Then again, I also really wish Nash can mentor our young guards, like Jordan Clarkson and Kendall Marshall, and rub off of them the same way he mentored Goran Dragic

      • Truth B Told

        I rather have Farmer over Marshall.

        • A Fan

          If FO re-signs him, then yes. I’m not holding my breath though, FO’s been pretty slow in making their decisions on who to re-sign and who to let go

        • Thomas Klein

          Except Farmar only dreams of the passes Marshall makes, you might not like his defense, but his passing is better than most point guards in the league.

          • Chrmngblly

            Absloutely. Also, if you had Kobe, Melo, Gasol, Randal and possibly LBJ, do you really want a Westbrook-type gunner or somebody to get these guys the ball?

          • borsalino12

            Dude. All of this guys, besides Gasoft, can create their own shots. They all are capable of scoring in big numbers. So, we don’t need to keep a guy, who is not an NBA material in first place and does not have the tools to became a better player one day. Lowry, Clarkson and Farmar are more than enough for us.

          • Chrmngblly

            We don’t have Lowrey, Clarkson is still a raw, late-round rookie and Farmar is pretty uninspiring. Marshal is the winner of the Naismith award as the outstanding college point guard of his draft year.

            Wise up. He never even went to camp. He flew straight here and was pressed into service the first day. Be fair. Marshall is a talented dude, especial for a team with high usage players like Kobe and possibly Young or Melo, Randal and Pau. Be fair. He was our pg when we had no one.

            Be fair.

          • nlruizjr

            Marshall can’t even beat Nash down court, that says it all, plus he will walk away from his team mate, when team mate is in trouble, ala Swaggy P 5 on 1 debacle. Who wants a heartless scrub on their team ?

          • Chrmngblly

            Who says Marshal can’t beat Nash down the court? WTF?
            What is it that you think you know that nobody else knows? Nash only played a few games and they never played together. So quit pulling shit out of your ass.

            There were 13 other guys that didn’t join in Swaggy’s act of stupidity. Why would you expect the newest kid on the team to even lead that charge? You are kind of simpleminded, nl. If you want to twist the facts to support some axe you have to grind, why don’t you spit it out like a man instead of acting like there is something wrong with Marshall? What is your problem? I’m waiting.

          • nlruizjr

            it’s not my problem, it’s Marshall, you can’t fix slow, just cuz you so impressed with his passing, like I said before, teams we’re not adjusting to him because they did not know who he was and now that they know, you really think they can’t lock down a slow moving PG, well keep thinking that Marshall will save the day, ha,ha,ha. and my comment about Marshall not beating Nash down the court, if you don’t know what being facetious is then look it up in the dictionary, I’m not about to teach you and Yeah 13 other guys we’re not standing next to Swaggy and turn around and walk away from a team mate in need, I don’t care if it was a stupid act on Swaggy’s part, it’s called character, that’s in the dictionary also !!!!!!

          • Chrmngblly

            Fast is not a requirement. Nash has been slow all his hall of fame career. Marshall went to school off Nash as time went along. He shot less, he started dropping in all those floaters off of both elbows and he got the ball to the shooters.
            I get frustrated with people who only watch the shooters and then want to comment on everything else they didn’t see or understand. I loved watching Marshall last year from game to game. Sure, I wished I could stop time and get him some help with the shot doctor, but the kid did OK. That’s why his numbers say he did OK, too, btw.
            You have no character, nl. They asked the new guy why he didn’t rush over and get in the middle of swaggy’s dustup—not any of the other guys. But Marshall had a pretty good answer, he said, “I thought we were short handed.” What a thinking guy—compared to some commentators I know on here. You don’t know what you are talking about with Marshall, nl. Wise up.

          • nlruizjr

            correction, Nash was faster in his youth, maybe not a speed demon but certainly not at Marshall’s speed but none the less we’ll keep an eye on how long Marshall’s career in the NBA lasts with his one out of four skill set. My Character has nothing to do with why Marshall elected to let his team mate get mobbed by the other jerseys and besides my opinion of Marshall is my opinion, just as your opinion is your opinion and it’s not up to me to give him a chance, he’s had a season to give Laker fans a chance and apparently most were not impressed, imo but hey, if the Lakers give him another chance this season, maybe he may change my opinion but until then I stand with my current opinion, there’s better PG out there.

          • Chrmngblly

            Bro, you brought up character. Why should the new guy risk getting thrown out when we had no other point guards? That would have been pretty stupid. I give him high marks for doing exactly the right thing. Swaggy was way out of line.
            Hell yeah, there’s a better point guard out there. We weren’t talking about Marshall making the all-stars, were we?
            And also, he didn’t have a full year or even half a year and no camp at all. Remember? Emergency D-league call-up? All I am saying is he earned the right to go to camp and a year to ride the pine and learn something. Let’s see if he grows.

          • nlruizjr

            we both want the lakers to win, all I’m saying is why not go with players that will give them that opportunity to do so and sure I can wait and see if Marshall comes thru this season, if he gets an opportunity because apparently it appears that the Lakers are going for more speed and athleticism, also you missed my point, Whether Marshall was correct in walking away, there’s a code amongst team mates that transends that, it’s like family, you wouldn’t let a family member get jumped while you’re rushing away to catch a bus, that’s all I’m sayin but I see where you are coming from.

          • Chrmngblly

            Of course. I do get that. I just don’t know why NONE of Swaggy’s teammates came to his defense? Why would that be on Marshall, the newest guy, the one he had bonded with the least? My guess is they all thought Swaggy was out of line. You explain it. I can’t. But I am baffled at why you think it ought to be on Marshall. Why do you think so?

          • nlruizjr

            if you noticed, as Marshall was cowering away, R. Kelly, although he didn’t do much, he at least walked into the Mele to offer some sort of support, why couldn’t Marshall do the same, so you think Marshall would of got away with it if it had been Kobe and Kobe saw him Saunder away, hell no he would have gotten has ass reamed by Kobe and I’m not excusing the rest, it’s just that Kelly and Marshall were the closest and one makes an attempt and one doesn’t , that kind of tells me that Marshall doesn’t have your back, when you need it and what happened after they had that meeting about that particular event and the next time an incident happened (yeah, Young again), you had a few players come in to break things up and the whole point of that meeting was about “having your back”, you don’t have to be a hero, just try to stop the action from getting any worse and if Marshall does the same thing, I bet that he will be sitting on the bench awhile longer per Kobe !!!!

          • Chrmngblly

            You are just full of shit. There is a reason the league penalizes players for the exact actions you are recommending. Please don’t use your personal lack of character to judge others. Yes, I said lack of character. You low-lifes think fighting is some kind of badge of brotherhood—well national TV is not.the street.

          • nlruizjr

            did I give you any disparaging remarks, I accepted your opinion without being disrespectful, if you can’t handle other opinions, then get off or just don’t read or reply to my comments and is that the best you can do is to throw in my character, you don’t know me or my character and yes, fights happen in the NBA, where have you been, maybe you should get back to watching bowling or tennis and NO, you haven’t changed my mind on Marshall but as I said I’ll be glad to see what he can do this season, if he makes it past summer league.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah you brought character up. I didn’t. You are judging a situation from your point of view with your values and just assuming everyone agrees with you even though the rest of the team decided to blow it off. Young even said he did that to try and fire the team up. Your ideas about the NBA being like the street are all wrong. And why would you expect the new guy to lead the charge? You got a little pumped up on your rant and I still think you were full of manure…:-)

          • nlruizjr

            was I referring to your character…..NO, so what if that was my assumption of Marshall’s character, if I feel he punked out then that is the way I will call it and so what if my point of view is different from yours, do you actually expect everyone to have your views, isn’t that the whole purpose of this site is to have an opinion and you act like NBA players have never engaged in fighting, that is just laughable and what Young said after the fact is besides the point, you sound like you are just grasping for straws to make yourself sound convincing, lighten up man or your gonna have a short life, not wishing that on you but you should control your anger and thanks for your input, have a great day !!!!!!

          • Chrmngblly

            Fair enough.

          • borsalino12

            That is a good post my friend. Grade A+.

          • Chrmngblly

            Right you are. Many guys get their break when someone else gets hurt. Thank God he could step up when we needed him to, is what I say.
            We have to disagree, I suppose. I wish you could see why Marshall’s past coaches are so high on him.
            I am not too surprised his shooting dipped after the NBA pace and all the minutes he had to play since we had no one else, caught up to him. But over all, last year, he shot just shy of 37% from 3. That’s pretty damn acceptable for a raw emergency mid-season fill-in. So it turns out he just shot less, mostly, to account for the numbers you saw. He played way too many minutes for someone so green.
            First, he did not have a full year or even half a year. Remember? Emergency D-league call-up. Almost nobody grows their D under MDA. And he made everyone else’s game better.
            I agree with you that he didn’t try to drive and finish at the basket. But what he did was take what the defenses gave him, he did what Nash does, he made them pay with his short game. Did you notice the little floater he kept dropping in over the heads of the defense? No, because you wanted someone to slash in there and make acrobatic shots like Westbrook—which is a fine thing, but it is not the only way.
            All I am saying is it is unfair to measure him that way and also misses the extraordinary gifts he has, altogether. Nash had a hall of fame career not doing any of the things you demand of Marshall. Ease up and appreciate the beauty of slo-mo. I am a little serious…:-)

          • nlruizjr

            thank you.

          • borsalino12

            My friend. I think, I am very fair for this. So far, I was always supporting your comments, but for this one, I have to say NO. Here is why I say NO.
            K.Marshall lucks all of the tools necessary for a NBA level PG. And I am not talking about an elite PG. Just ordinary one. He has zero athleticism and lateral speed. No quick first step to beat his opponents. He does not play any defense at all and for one full year, he did not even try to get better on that department. His shooting is the ugliest in the entire NBA, along with S.Marion from Dallas.Marshall is not a scorer. All he knows to do is to throw passes to open team-mates. He is not capable of penetrating the opponents defense, to break it down and to create his own shots. Even his 3 point shooting went way down, as the season approached its end.There is a reason why, he was sent to the D-League. He is not a NBA material and the only reason we got him here was the injuries of St.Nash, J.Farmar and St.Blake. If anyone of this guys was in good health, Kendall would never see an NBA action.

          • borsalino12

            Lowry? We can get him. He is right there, waiting for phone call. He is available and willing to became a Laker.

            Clarkson is not late-round, as you say. He was not drafted at all and that is a big surprise not just to me, but to many NBA fans, who are watching the NCAA tournaments. I can guarantee you, he is a lot better PG than K.Marshall. Just wait and you will see. He is a member of our Summer League team.I suggest you to watch them play, so you can get the idea of who is this guy.

            And J.Farmar is an excellent back-up PG for any NBA team. He can score, he can run fast from one end of the floor to the other, he can create his own shots at any time and most importantly, he knows how to play defense.I will take Jordan over Kendall every day of the week, including the weekends.

          • Chrmngblly

            No question. Maybe Farmar is who we will end up with. I like Farmar, too. I bet they use Clarkson at the 2, though, and run a dual point system.

            Clarkson was a late second round pick that they bought from Washington for $1.8M, if you look it up.

          • nlruizjr

            that’s only because the teams didn’t know who he was and didn’t make any adjustments on him but now that they know he is no offensive threat, they will key in on him which will be easy because he is slow and no threat to drive to the basket. On the other hand, Farmar is a threat to drive and score, Farmar is a better defender than Marshall and his passing is a lot better than you think.

          • Chrmngblly

            Farmar has had an awful long time to amaze us with his passing. So far, zero people have said he is a great or even a particularly good passer. Why do you need to act like you know shit nobody knows but you?

            You can listen to some of these lightweights but the truth still is that Marshal shot a respectable 37% from 3. Look at how he changed his game in less than half a season with no camp or anything. What Marshall has is special and can’t be taught.

            Do you think all guards should be like Westbrook? Should Nash? We need another gunner on this team like we need a hole in the head.

          • nlruizjr

            so you think Mitch would have taken Farmar back if he wasn’t a decent PG/SG, that includes passing, at least Farmar has the speed to get out of a defensive lockdown, I don’t see that with Marshall, you need more than 1 skill to be a PG but hey if Marshall is your guy then go for it, I’ll stick with Farmar any day over Marshall, have a great day.

          • Chrmngblly

            I like Farmar. But let’s face it, he was cheap. Marshall may not make the grade for one reason or another, either. It irritates me, though, that some people watch him play and they don’t have a clue what they are looking at—same with Nash sometimes. Marshall is like the “son of Nash” in some ways. Maybe that’s why I hope they don’t go get some gunner and just give him the job based on all flash and acrobatics. The Lakers need what Marshall or Nash can give—that quiet determination and confidence while giving the high fliers all the credit. It is very valuable on teams like LAL to do that. We need what Marshall gives more than you might think. Watch him this year. I think you will come away impressed.

          • borsalino12

            The bottom point is this. If M.Kupchak can manage a trade for St.Nash, he is going to try to sign either one of E.Bledsoe (RFA) or Kyle Lowry (UFA). In that case, I can bet you for a thousand dollars against a dollar from you, that Kendall Marshall will be sent to the D-Fenders. Period.

          • Chrmngblly

            Sure. I have a buck. Who do you want to hold the money?

        • borsalino12

          I will have Farmar and Clarkson over Marshall. Just the mentioning of his name causes me a stomach pain.

        • Chrmngblly

          Farmar is about equal to Bazemore. He’s a little injury prone. Marshall is a rock steady non-ball-hog, pass-first point guard. These are two different animals, altogether. I far prefer Marshall.

          Remember, Marshall walked in direct from the airport and started running the Lakers’ offense. He never had camp or even a play book, as far as I know. He will look a lot better to you this year. Be fair.

          • Al Haldie

            No one wants to give the kid a chance his first game with the LAKERS and not knowing any of them got 20 points and I think it was 15/16 ast — his best game with the LAKERS – he will get better… GOOD LUC K MARSHALL..

          • hookedonnews

            Marshall is limited offensively. No one questions his passing, but no PG in the NBA shoots like that. He’s never going to be an elite PG until he develops a better offensive game. His missing camp has nothing to do with his shooting. Maybe he will improve in that area, but you would think someone would have addressed that when he was in high school. Bazemore is way better offensively and plays some pretty good defense. Farmar is a shoot-first PG. He’s a talented scorer when he’s not injured, which happened way too much last season. He also turned the ball over quite a bit, especially early in the season. None of these guys is ever going to be an All-Star caliber player. That doesn’t mean they can’t contribute, but you have to be realistic. I think Bazemore has potential. He’s still young. I would like to see him back in LA, especially because of his defense. In fact I have no problem with all 3 of them coming back.

          • Chrmngblly

            That’s a fair assessment, except the are many others who shoot weird and make their shots, like Marshall does, His numbers are OK—almost 37% from 3. I like that he quit shooting very much and started dropping the little floaters from both elbows. Give him a chance. Marshall is the kind of point we need—NOT another gunner.

          • hookedonnews

            I said I had no problem with him coming back. I agree that a pure PG is better than someone like Westbrook who shoots first and only looks to pass if he feels like it. I just doubt that Marshall will ever be elite because you have to be a credible offensive threat even if you are a pass-first PG. That doesn’t mean that he can’t be a valuable part of the team, and it’s not written in stone that he can’t improve his shooting if he works on it. I read that he was filming Nash’s pre-game workout routine on his phone during the season. That’s a step in the right direction.

          • Chrmngblly

            Marshall absolutely needs work, but what he has can’t be taught.

          • nlruizjr

            doesn’t take brains to run a dantoni system !!!!!

          • Chrmngblly

            What do brains have to do with it? BB IQ is not brains. Marshall can see the court in his head. I am only sorry you and Borsalino are not smart enough to appreciate that.

          • borsalino12

            Charming Billy,
            There is nothing to do with been smart or stupid on this. When you have watched NBA games since the Showtime of Magic Johnson, you can have your own opinion about the level of the players in this league.And my opinion about Kendall Marshall from day one is that he does not belong to the NBA, same as Robert Sacre from Canada.
            Lets end this conversation. You and I, we don’t need to have the same opinion on every points discussed here.

          • Chrmngblly

            You are right about our not needing to agree. You may ultimately be right about Marshall. But I think he has earned the right to a full camp and a full fair shake under a real coach. He may be too great a liability on D. He could be unacceptable for many reasons yet to be discovered. But he is not unacceptable for not being Westbrook or Lillard.
            After watching the Lakers since Wilt and West, I too, have watched Lakers basketball go through many changes. Marshall has a special gift. Let’s see if he can be coached. He’s dirt-cheap.
            I also don’t think we necessarily need a Westbrook or a Lillard. If we had one, we would play a different style but there would still be only one basketball. If the Lakers have a balanced attack, a guy like Marshall is who we need.

          • borsalino12

            I agree that we don’t need an All-Star caliber PG to be a contender. After Nick van Axel we never had that type of a play-maker, but… we have won 5 titles.I also think, that St.Nash has to be traded (if possible) and Farmar, Marshall and Clarkson can get the job done. Lowry is out of the market. K.Irwing also. Next summer, the same will happen with R.Westbrook and R.Rondo. I will be the happiest person on the Earth to see Kendall developing his game to the NBA level and become our future PG. So far, that is just a dream pipe. We well see.

          • Chrmngblly

            And I agree with you that KM has “athletic limitations”. Can he make it to the next level—I am clueless. All I know is there are a million guys like Farmar, X, Bazemore, Brooks—then this year’s crop—that won’t be anymore impressive. Only Marshall and God can decide if he is “the One”. He has one special talent. I just don’t want to throw him away yet. That’s all.

          • borsalino12

            Budy. I do understand your point very well. As I said it already, I will be the happiest person to see Kendall play on a whole lot different level. I don’t hate him, because he is not serviceable for us. I can’t blame him for his physical limitations and luck of athleticism.That is coming from Mother Nature.But I can blame him for his luck of work ethic, and I will tell you what exactly I mean with it.
            Once in a blue moon, a player, who was thrown from NBA and was glued to the D-League gets the chance to play for a team like L.A.Lakers. Kendall got this unique chace, because all of the other PG’s on the roster were injured. And he has played a lots of games and lots of minutes. Mike D’Antoni’s system was his best chance to shine with his passing skills, because we were exploring a fast tempo play, with lots of scorers like Meeks, Bazemore, Henry, Johnson, Young and J.Hill.All he was asked to do is to throw the ball to the corners and collect assistanses.
            In a new coach system, our game plan will change, no matter who he will be. It is going to be more defense oriented style with slower flow on the floor. Marshalls minutes will be limited to minimum, even though St.Nash may be again out of action for a long span of time.Limited playing time will translate for a lower production for him and the coach will look for another alternatives at the point.
            Physical abilities and athleticism you can not gain in a training camp. You have to be in the gym every single day during the off-season to make yourself a little bit better in that department. But, you can work on your foot speed and you can work on your defense. Not to mention your scoring abilities. At least an hour a day, Kendall has to work on his shooting from inside and outside of the arc.I am just trying to explain to you what he can and what he can not improve on his game. Faster K.Marshall will be able to play at least some D and to create his own shots. That is what I need to see from him this season. It looks like he and both Jordans (Clarkson and Farmar) are going to be the play-makers of the new squad.

          • Chrmngblly

            We mostly agree.

        • Chrmngblly

          Why? Bazemore is Farmar only cheaper and a better defender. Only Nash can pass better than Marshall.

        • TheZuluNation

          Why not both?

      • Chrmngblly

        If Nash can play, it will be very cool.

      • Louis

        You realise you’ve got to GIVE UP something to get rid of Nash right? No gain to be made unless you’re talking about picking up another guy’s salary which will hurt the Lakers in the long run

    • Victor

      Pau Gasol is washed up not going to pay a big injury prone 34 year old $12 million dollars.Thank you for the 2 championships and 3 straight finals.But Pau must move on now this is no longer a partnership.Adios Amigo.

      • Thomas Klein

        Washed up? Then why so much interest from other teams? Why did he average a double double most games last year? Please tell us what center we could sign for 8-10 million a year at center that would give us 12-14 points and 12 rebounds a game. Greg Monroe does not have the offensive polish, Spencer Hawes is a stretch five, Channing Frye is coming off a heart problem, and all three would want at least 8 mill per year, and that’s the top of the free agent center market. You NOT going to get Bosh, Anthony Davis, L. Aldridge, S Ibaka, Marc Gasol, etc.
        Seven foot centers are rare, and seven foot centers with skills are super rare. He’s 34 not 39
        I say resign him as long as it’s not over 9 mill a year, and not more than three years.

        • TheZuluNation

          Pau can still score no doubt, but all the teams that are interested in him currently have big men that can mask his defensive ineffiency. OKC (Ibaka), Miami (Bosh & LeBron), Chicago (Joakim Noah). Lakers… Randle? Can’t put that kind of pressure on a rook.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Chris Broussard ‏@Chris_Broussard 1m

      Sources: L Stephenson & Pacers at impasse. Indy offers 5 yrs/$44 mill. Lance wants more, will talk to others. Chi, LAL, Hornets interested.

      • comrade24

        not worth the price Indy is offering IMO. no way we’d offer more than that, even if we miss out on Melo.

      • Lakers Fan

        Doubt he goes anywhere. He won’t find a better offer than what Indy is offering. As good as he has become, he still won’t get a better offer than that. Not because he is not worth it, but because of cap space.

    • hookedonnews

      Kobe’s not going to perform for Carmelo Anthony. That is hilarious on its face. Plus Kobe or Nash coming in and working out doesn’t mean they will be healthy all season. It’s all pretty ridiculous. If he wants to know how Nash looks he can watch the video from his soccer game in NYC. Calling Nash lazy is like calling Westbrook slow. Everyone questions Derrick Rose because he sat out the last half of the season 2 years ago when he had been cleared to play and the Bulls were fighting for their playoff lives and then missed last season with another knee injury. No one (with a clue) questions the heart of Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash. If they can walk they’ll be on the court playing.

  • jay

    I just have that feeling, Pau is going to sign with another team.

    • nash gots to go

      time to move on with some young mid-20′s guys and don’t re-sign the 30s

      • Thomas Klein

        Please tell us what 20′s something center your thinking about?
        Last time I checked , Embiid, Anthony Davis, etc were taken

      • karasoon4

        And what team comprised of young 20 year-olds has done anything significant in the playoffs? You need the right
        mix of vets and young guys.

    • Matt520

      I believe he would end up in Mem….even though Mia is making a push for him

      • jay

        same here, just because it make sense. He could also just stay here and ride it out with Kobe.

      • metalbass

        Miami is noto going to pay him 12 mil. No title contender will.

    • Jim213

      Marc Gasol possible (2015).

      • jay

        true, he would be a great pick up. That is only if the Lakers FO don’t go all out this summer. It looks like they are though lol .

        • Jim213

          Everyone who needs a 5 basically. But Melo’s the only shot at landing another star this off season. However, given nash’s $9 mil on the books this season they’d like have 1/4 of the cap available next season to sign another star player if one joins this off season.

          • jay

            Lets say Melo signs with the Lakers then go after Marc (cause we really need a defensive big) next summer. Having a lineup of PG (idk who they’ll pick up), Kobe, Melo, Randle and Marc, that’s not a bad lineup. If Kobe can play like he did in the 2012-2013 season (which I believe he can), the Lakers will be on top of the West again. It just all depends what the FO decides to do this summer, what coach will be the best choice, if they can actually sell the bigger picture to Melo. Because right now, the bulls and rockets have a picture painted already with their talent on their rosters. I just hope the FO is also working on plan B, just like they’re r working with plan A. Because if they strike out on the big fishes, lets not redo last summer with D12. Mitch and co are too quiet so far, maybe they really do have things up their sleeves.

          • Jim213

            I’m one that’s not sold on FO, but if they can’t land Melo the rumors will start swirling about their inability to add star talent to the franchise. Bulls spoke with Melo today and it seems people there are split on how Melo took the Bulls pitch. Although, they did put up a nice stadium sized banner for him too. Some sources also say the Nets are hush about Hollins as a deal is close.

            PG wise, Patty Mills will require surgery for a shoulder injury resulting in 7 months off. Shaun Livingston signed with the GSW thus Steve Blake won’t return (backup). Best options available would be Lowry or Isaiah Thomas tho Nelson was released by the Magic. Veteran leadership is needed badly at the 1. Not sure Farmar may be signed too given haven’t anything info with regards to FO interest.

          • borsalino12

            All we need to do is to sigh Kyle Lowry, then trade St.Nash and R.Sacre to Canada for a second round pic in 2015 and then, send Kendall Marshall to the D-Fenders.

          • Jim213

            Lowry agreed to stay with Toronto late yesterday.

          • borsalino12

            Yes. I have read it today. I was really hopping that he will be signed here, but as usual, Mitch and Jim are so slow. Till they decide to do something all of the serviceable free agents will be gone. Lionel Hollins has accepted the job with the Nets and now we are in real trouble. I mean, it will be another year or two, same like the last one.We can not have any hope, till Kobe and Nash are out of our payroll.

          • jim2

            The Lakers will be fine once Kobe and Nash retire!

          • Jim213

            The rebuild will just take longer. Randle at best would be the 2nd best man on the roster. Almost similar to when Magic had to retire and the Lakers played average ball until J West pulled some strings in 1996. Had to wait a few years later to see them in contention. Need a one-two punch.

    • Jim213

      #24 would appreciate the masses support.

      • jay

        Indeed Kobe will. Pau could still be a huge factor in a championship run. With the right coach and system that utilizes his talent is what the FO should consider (if they decide to bring him back). I’m surprised Lakers Nation didn’t do a “#StayPauGasol” campaign like they did for Nick Young, lol. By the way, your sold on signing Kyle Lowry?

        • Jim213

          Lowry?…not sold, but this is why Melo will make a bigger impact if acquired down the road. Hear that R Rondo would like to play with Melo as they’re good friends. Rondo will likely be traded if he refuses an extension or Celts get a can’t refuse deal for him. But as long as he becomes a free agent there’s always a strong possibility he could be acquired. Melo will also help to lure other talent to the Lakers if this took place.

          • jay

            Id pick Rondo over Lowry any day as well, but later today your going to get hate from other fans, LOL only because Rondo is a “Celtic” lol FINALLY, I see someone who thinks its important to sign Melo (you). Most fans don’t want either Melo or Lebron, but they fail to see they will help lure other talent in the future. Especially now, cause Kobe can’t do it all by himself. The west is getting deeper every year. Man, just like you said. If the FO was to fail to bring in star talent this summer, these rumors of them not being able to bring in star talent is going to haunt them for YEARS. Now I get how you look at this situation -tips my hat to you- LOL

          • Jim213

            Just thinking ahead as opposed to the now. Some fans don’t want Melo b/c they think he can’t play D but Kobe will help him reach his highest level potential which goes for toughening up his defense. Don’t care what the non diehards say. Shaq played for the Celts and had his jersey retired by the Lakers so it gets overblown.

            Aside of that both Celts and Lakers are rebuilding so it wouldn’t have that much of an impact (complaint wise) IMO. Lakers need a future star to make the Lakers a destination again. No diss to #24 but when he hangs it up and if Melo signs he (melo) would have better odds of attracting talent given he’s more sociable as opposed to #24.

          • Zimmeredge

            Just have to look at what the big three has been able to do. Players where Ready to play for the minimum just to get a title shot. If we can have melo to play with Kobe and hope fully gasol as well, players will ask less money. Not to mention that Kobe and Pau retiring in one or two years from we should be back on the free agent Ready to build another for melo.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I agree i think Pau Gasol is leaving The Lakers.He is sick and tired of the trade rumors and being called soft by the fans and media IMO.But where will he go?I love Pau Gasol as a player in the past when we were winning championships but now as it stands he is free to finally go.I wish him the best of luck no matter what he decides to do and he is always a class act.

      I would much rather see the Lakers pay that $10-$12 million dollars to Lance Stephenson since he is a young budding superstar player and he is only 23 years old with a great upside.Also he brings a All Around Game and toughness right off the bat from day 1.Lakers are said to be interested in Lance Stephenson.Here is the latest below.

      Chris Broussard ‏@Chris_Broussard 1m

      Sources: L Stephenson & Pacers at impasse. Indy offers 5 yrs/$44 mill. Lance wants more, will talk to others. Chi, LAL, Hornets interested.

      • Thomas Klein

        Great, but THAT doesn’t solve our center problem, because last time I checked, Lance can’t play center. Who are we going to get that will give us shot blocking, rebounding, and command a double team? FYI , the centers available are not that impressive.

    • borsalino12

      Halleluiah !!!

  • A Fan

    If only those idiots Jim and Mitch gave Kobe a hometown discount extension like the one Duncan has. Pau would’ve likely settled for around 8-10 mil and we’d still have more than enough to sign Melo or Lebron and fill the rest of the roster with quality role players. Bet FO’s banging their heads on the wall for that stupid 48 mil extension they gave Kobe.

    • nash gots to go

      Kobe makes more money for the Lakers franchise compared to a smaller market in San Antonio, and also Timmy was making $20M per year when he was Kobe’s age. He’s near 40 now so he still getting paid $12M/year.

      • A Fan

        Who gives a fuck about their age. Kobe has been in this league almost as long as Duncan. His previous contract, where he was paid 30 MILLION on his final year, expired. I’m not faulting Kobe, I mean who wouldn’t accept 48 mil dollars, but would it have hurt FO to just give Kobe around 10-15 mil since it would be for the sake of bringing in better talent???

        • nash gots to go

          Yeah, like you would give up $48M if your boss offered it to you. They gave him that money to pay him back, he makes so much money for them in LA.
          Timmy is in a smaller market, different situation.

          • A Fan

            read my comments again. Did I ever blame Kobe for anything?? Here, let me repeat one of my statements for you in case you still don’t get me: I’m NOT FAULTING Kobe, I mean who wouldn’t accept 48 mil dollars, but WOULD IT HAVE HURT FO to just give Kobe around 10-15 mil since it would be for the sake of bringing in better talent???

          • nash gots to go

            Lakers paying him back a small portion of what he made for them 18 years. They have zero chance at LeBron and very low chance at Melo. So why not just pay up some for Kobe as a gift. Who else they going to use cap for? No other big name FA’s

          • A Fan

            “Lakers paying him back a small portion of what he made for them 18 years.”

            Oh fuck that statement, 10-15 mil dollars plus endorsement deals is plenty, we all know Kobe’s already set for life. If they truly wanted to pay him back, they’d surround him with a championship-caliber team to get him that elusive 6th ring, which they would have had the flexibility to do had they given Kobe a Duncan-like extension.

            And on the contrary, nobody knows what the hell’s Lebron’s gonna do and LA does have a very good chance of landing Melo.

          • nash gots to go

            yeah well fuck steve nash, he fucked everything up aight? leeeches with $10M this year fucked it up. The fucking lazy bum had to play the 10th game so Lakers cannot file the medical retirement on him (he would still get paid his 2014-2015 salary).

            1. Kyle Lowry possibly back to raps.
            2. Lebron hasn’t scheduled meeting with any team.
            3. Melo possibly knicks, bulls, rockets.
            4. Bledsoe has not played a full season healthy.
            5. Gordan hayward? please
            6. Lance? may be

            Who else left to use cap for?

          • Thomas Klein

            Who the hell are you to tell Kobe how much he can make, please give us your qualifications, you probebly an unemployed bum with a bottle ripple in your right hand.

          • Chrmngblly

            Ripple. Those were the days. Boon’s Farm Apple Wine. I can see you have been in the gutter, too, Tom….:-)

          • Daniel

            Common guys, this is a common sense issue. Kobe makes more than 50 million in endorsements alone a year, what is the fuk…difference if he makes 10 or 23 as salary, for a guys who has already hundreds of Million and will keep making even more after he retires?. He said he would do anything to get a 6th ring, and then he accepts a 23 million? and, do you think the Lakers just gave that away? I am sure that was the amount that Kobe requested.

          • nash gots to go

            $13million is still money considering 95% or more of world population is not millionaires. enough to pass down to generations to come.

          • They call me Pringles

            That’s real talk. Before the Lakers offered Kobe the $48M, Kobe already sent the message.

            “Bryant said. “For me to sit here and say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m just going to take a huge pay cut. Nah, I’m going to try to get as much as I possibly can.”

            Message received.

            A lot may say that Kobe earned that massive extension. But he’s been singing maximum salaries for more than half his career. The Buss family has supported him no matter what in his lifetime. He cursed at his bosses, thrown Dr. Buss and Mitch under the bus at times, the Colorado scandal, the Shaq trade, his constant demands. They still supported him.

            I think Kobe owes Dr. Buss (RIP) and the Buss family a little thank you gift for being the most loyal out of everybody he knew in his lifetime.

          • ra

            Kobe: millionaire.
            Busses: billionaire

            Kobe ‘netted’ the Busses and the NBA boatloads of money. All owners / teams benefited from Kobe being in the game. 48M is chump change compared to owners profits, and they got ‘so much’ money from him. Kobe to Basketball is like Tiger to Golf. Tiger brings in $$$, viewers, $$$ and oh yes, $$$. Tiger is good for the game. Kobe is good for the game.

            period.

            People will ‘still’ want to see Kobe play. Even more. If he’s healthy all year, people will be watching him to see what happens, game after game.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            He’ll do (almost) anything to win a 6th ring, but that doesn’t include teaming up with a bunch of all-stars to make it easier. He still wants to be the man and beat those other guys. He would much rather stay at 5 rings than take a back seat to Lebron to come win #6 for him.

          • Thomas Klein

            That’s all you do! Blame other people, go blow….

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Like you would give up $9.7 million if your boss offered it to you. You trash Nash for getting paid but defend Kobe for the same thing. Nash worked a thousand times harder than Kobe last season to try to help his team.

          • Chrmngblly

            Really? You shouldn’t spout-off on things you couldn’t possibly know anything about.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Which part of that do I know nothing about?

            That nash gots to go is being inconsistent in his criticism of players and their contracts?
            That Nash rehabbed, trained, practiced tirelessly all season to play 15 games? That went to the locker room to suit up for the Cleveland game when he was deemed unavailable because the rest of the team was injured, fouled out, or sleeping on the bench? That he stated over and over again that he was working as hard as he could to get out there and help his team?
            That Kobe refused to talk to his coaches and teammates throughout the season? That he stated he was physically able to play, but refused to suit up? That he left for vacation before the season even ended?

            I love Kobe, and I am far from being a Nash fan, but last season Nash was the better Laker. Kobe abandoned his team because they weren’t good enough for him. Nash spent every ounce of energy he had trying to get on the floor and help his team any way he could.

            Tell me where I’m wrong.

          • Chrmngblly

            All of it. You don’t know the inside story on any of it. You are just full of shit about everything. Kobe has yet to be outworked by anybody.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Inside story? These are the words out of the players’ own mouths. Maybe Kobe worked harder than anyone in private, on his own time, but he did NOTHING for his team. I don’t even really care as long as he comes out and plays Vino basketball this season. I just don’t like seeing two guys being held to completely different standards. Nash deserves his money just as much as Kobe deserves his. I’d prefer to see some other team pay it to Nash, but that doesn’t mean he should turn the money down while Kobe is praised for getting paid.

          • Chrmngblly

            And what do you say about Nash spending months during the season vacationing in Vancouver so he could see his “trainer”? Why do you think Kobe is getting paid what he is getting paid? It has nothing to do with basketball.

            Whatever Nash does, the team has already moved past him in its psyche. Nobody’s counting on Nash as a player—but I would love it if he came back and worked for Mitch or was a D-league coach for player development or anything else he wants.

            If Nash is miraculously healthy this year, then Thank God and welcome.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I have no evidence that he was not working out with his trainer, so I have no choice but to assume that is what he was doing. He came back after that and began practicing with the team and suited up for a few games, right? Who knows what will happen this summer. If the Lakers bring in LeBron or Melo, I’m sure Nash gets stretched, but if not, he will be a great mentor to Marshall and Clarkson and whoever we bring in as the starter.

            Speaking on inside stories, you have personal conversations with Jim and Mitch? You know that in their pshyche, they have moved on from Nash? They have apparently entertained trades involving Nash, but that doesn’t mean anything in terms of moving on from him.

          • Chrmngblly

            Correct. The idea of Nash and the Lakers was Nash running PnR with Dwight and Kobe, a team style that never came to be and whose possibility has been eclipsed by events. Nash is not the pg in the Lakers future thinking. Kobe can play it out. There is a difference. Nash even claims he is retiring after this year.

        • Thomas Klein

          It’s not your money assswipe , get over it

    • Lakers Fan

      They certainly limited themselves when they gave Kobe that huge contract. I can’t really blame Kobe for accepting it, but if he wanted to get better talent around him to help him get another ring he should have declined that offer and took less. We would be in a better position right now in free agency.

      • nash gots to go

        It’s easier for you to say but sorry, if my boss offered me $48M I would take it in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t tell my boss to pay me $20M so I can get some help in my work.

        • Lakers Fan

          That’s a stupid analogy. When playing in sports, the ultimate goal is to win championships. Of course you wouldn’t turn down $48 million in a REGULAR job. Nobody would. But there is a difference between playing sports and working a regular 9 to 5. 1 person can run a business by themselves, but one player cant be the only player on the court taking on a 15 man team. Sports requires more group/team work than working a normal job, which means more help is needed.

          • nash gots to go

            $30m down to $23.5m is a cut to me.

            So how about you in Kobe’s shoes. You turn down $48M and tell the team you’d take 2 years $20M and now we are at Free Agency and Lakers get no big names and now you just lost all that money and no one coming to help you.

            Don’t fault the guy for accepting it. It’s his money. You are just a fan mad about Lakers not having enough cap.

          • Lakers Fan

            No I’m being a realistic LAKER fan and not just a Kobe fan. And you should be mad too about them not having enough cap room.I understand every team has to rebuild at some point. But when you offer a guy coming off an Achilles and knee injury $48 million that’s not a smart idea. Especially considering the new CBA and the team’s desire to win another championship with Kobe still being a part of the team. Money is the last thing Kobe should be worried about, so excuse me for being realistic and not being a Kobe fanboy. And to answer your question yea I would take a pay cut and make around 15 mil for the next 2 years. When you have as many projects and endorsements as Kobe has money is not a thing. Being 35 going on 36 and being filthy rich, my only goal is to go out with a bang and if that means taking a pay cut to help me win another ring then so be it.

          • Nalin Shukla

            I’m pretty sure lakers fan is winning this argument

          • comrade24

            i’m pretty sure this argument is GETTING SOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUCKING OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg will people please shut the FUCK up about Kobe’s contract. it’s done, so unless someone has a time machine let it go.

          • Flip

            I agree with you. I think Kobe deserves all those money for many reasons. But if he really wants to win another championship all those money dont make sense. He could have asked for 18-20 millions/year (that are still big money) and we would be in a much better position with just 3-5 millions to spend.

      • metalbass

        They should have offered him something in the 16-18 range.

        • Chrmngblly

          What Kobe signed was an extension, remember? The alternative was to let Kobe become a FA this season. There are teams with no Marque Player and teams right on the edge who would have paid anything to have Kobe. Why would the Lakers FO ever let Kobe hit the open market?

      • Gerald Reyes

        Capwise Kobe DONT deserve that money if he wants his 6th ring. But if we were talking His Actual Value (outside cap) 30M+ a year is no where near to the money he makes for the Lakers. The CAP is the culprit here.

        • Lakers Fan

          My point exactly. I know Kobe fills the seats at Staples Center. I know he is a global icon. And i know his jersey sales. But considering the CBA all of that don’t matter if he wants to win another championship. The Lakers would make tons of money if they won another championship with Kobe still being on the team. But since they gave him that huge contract it will be hard for that to happen.

          • Badazztj12

            Well idk whats the point of the argument and whats done is down nothing we can do about it

          • Lakers Fan

            Just having a discussion about it bro.

        • Chrmngblly

          The Lakers can easily go over the cap to hire whoever they want and sort it out in the next year or two. They just have to be willing to pay all the penalty taxes.

      • Chrmngblly

        He could have turned it down and opted out—like LBJ.

    • toomuchsauce

      Kobe don’t buy championships like those three groupies in South Beach

    • Thomas Klein

      What are you talking about? We have 35 friggin million dollars to sign F/A, that more than enough to sign Melo, and a second tier player like Deng, or Lance, or Lowery, or Bledsloe, and after we sign them, we can still sign our own free agents because you are allowed to go over salary cap to sign your own players. The FO is already making verbal deals with some of our own free agents reps, with the expressed arrangement of when the other free agents are signed, they will be inked. Your the moron, because if you wee so smart, you’d be working in a NBA front office, not unclogging drains, or shoveling crap, or what ever you do.

  • Daniel

    Forget Gasol at that price. No defense at all, can make 15 points a game, but he get 20 in his face. I would not pay more than 8. He is a great back up, but he can’t give you 30+ minutes per night and bang against others. He was never strong down in the post, not , with his age, even less.

    • A Fan

      He could give you 30+ a night but he would have to be paired with a defensive big. I’m not sold on Randle’s D yet so I wouldn’t mind seeing LA let Gasol go if it’s for that much. Now Jordan Hill on the other hand, they have to bring him back by any means necessary.

  • Lakers Fan

    If Pau is pushing for that much, then the Lakers will have to let him walk. That was the writing on the wall for the Lakers. That being said, I think he would certainly drop his asking price if he was to get a chance to play with the Spurs. My god their ball movement is already phenomenal and they have a great coach in Pop, just imagine if they get Pau? They would be on their way to a 2-peat.

  • Lakers Realist

    Honestly $10mil a year seems right for Pau. If he’s with the right coach, he’s still the most skilled big man in the league. He has been a mess on D as a by-product of the overall failure by the team to have a clear defensive scheme. The jury is still out on Pau, people forget how he played in the Olympics two summers ago and how well he and Kobe were playing prior to the achilles injury at the end of 2012. He will turn heads next season, so if the Lakers can lock him in at $10mil next season they need to do it.

  • justin8135

    I agree, Nash has to go. Tired of seeing this dude play in soccer matches, yet has nerve issues that doesn’t permit him to play more than a couple NBA games. #gotsToGo

    • nash gots to go

      I second. He had the audacity, to play the 10th game last season to void him being filed for medical retirement (he would still get paid his 14-15 salary).

      Rather than working out in the offseason to condition his body, this fucker is playing soccer.

      • FUCK steve nash

        Why the FO thought it would be a good idea to trade four draft picks for a 40 year old point guard is beyond me. Nash has played 65 games in 2 seasons, played in just enough games last season to end any chance of medical retirement and his contract is fucking up the Lakers rebuild this summer. Oh, and to top it off there’s a great chance we will be giving Phoenix a pick in the 6-12 range next summer. Thanks Steve!

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      At least he’s not bowling…

  • Nalin Shukla

    Pau should accept a veterans minimum as an apology to us laker fans for being a memory foam pillow..

  • BoycottWWE

    If Gasol joins the heat and that nullshit show there, he can go to hell.

  • Tymtomoveon

    Goodbye then.

  • Jethro

    If he’s going to play d and protect the rim, then give it to him, but he won’t so let him walk

  • Richard

    I like Pau too. I totally agree with him. He’s paid his
    dues. Like all proven veterans he deserves to get paid what his value is worth
    and also to seek employment on a legitimate NBA Championship contender. If the
    Lakers acquire the quality of players they need to become legitimate contenders
    that could/should raise his chances of being resigned. The only exception to
    that may be if the team changes their style, chemistry and or their system and
    find another talented center who would be more effective and possibly cheaper and or younger than Pau

  • Richard

    I agree that a great way to pay Kobe and the fans back would be to surround him with he kind of players and coaches that would give him a legitimate chance to win another NBA championship (or ships).

  • Spade

    Well, thanks for the memories Pau.

  • arrogant frog

    $10-$12mil is too much, he has been a great player, but is now injury prone and offers nothing on the defensive end. Will be sad to see him go. I think he is worth around 7.5mil a season and would have been good to sign him up for maybe $15mil for 2yrs. Hopefully we can do a sign and trade and get something back, even if it’s an expiring contract and a future draft pick.

    • jeremy

      compare to what we paid him last season i think 10 to 12 mill a fair price. he not the same pau but with the right coach if lakers do resign him he could do something.

  • kiko

    12 m to 13 m to re-sign for pau gasol 2yrs deal

  • toomuchsauce

    Kobe doesn’t buy championships like those three groupies in South Beach.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Unfortunately, that is the reason he will not be able to win #6. The league needs another lockout at the end of this CBA to put an end to players destroying the competitive balance of the league by agreeing to these contracts. We either need to soften the salary cap or force teams to pay market value for their players.

  • jeremy

    i would take pau at 10 to 12 mill, that alot better price then that 19 mill we paid him. but i still think lakers should look at their options

  • metalbass

    Gasol deserves this kind of money. Bit to design with US let’s hope che drops to 8-9. Would be a steal. It’s Fucking Nash that is stealing money :( why can’t he retire? Nobody will tale is old ass :(

  • jeremy

    with one big gone that only leave the lakers with a few options either resign pau or get a center like monore bosh ,Hawes.or hill.

    • Jim213

      An overseas players is still possible if they’ve done their homework.

      • jeremy

        that is true but dont think lakers would think outside the box and i forgot to add Andray Blatche decent still young center. if his mind right could be a nice pair with randle

  • independentbynature

    Pau is certainly worth more than Gortat.I say give it to him.Forget about Bosh.

  • jeremy

    fab melo anyone?

    • Lance

      Yes to Carmelo but no top Fab Melo.

  • DKWTTY

    I wouldn’t give Pau anything over $10 million. You let him go and we replace him with WHO? We’re screwed either way. There are no good big men on the market.

    • jeremy

      there still hill, bosh,monroe,Hawes and Andray Blatche

    • TheZuluNation

      I’d rather have Hill as the starting C temporarily for close to half the price Pau is asking for.

      • DKWTTY

        But with Hill you get less offense than Pau and slightly more defense, he fouls a lot so it’s like who do you pick? Less offense or less defense. I prefer Hill coming off the bench. He just isn’t a starter to me.

        • TheZuluNation

          Hill can work on the foul problem but I’d rather have less offense. We’ll have Randle, Kobe, maybe Stephenson, and one other wing/PG that can score as well. Besides, Hill showed flashes of a decent post game and an improved jump shot. I can only imagine he will improve his game going into this upcoming season.

  • Lakers4Life

    We really need to get rid of Randle and Nash, so that we can keep Pau while we sign LeBron and Melo.

    If we’re unable to do that, then I have the feeling that Gasol will head over to Miami or San Antonio — he’s always mentioned that he only wants rings at this stage in his career, so he’ll go wherever it is that will give him the highest chance to achieve that.
    Sneaky sneaky Pat Riley!

    • Zimmeredge

      Stretching Nash will give us enough Space to land melo, Pau and keep randle.

      • BULL

        Thank you Zimm.. some one with brains and thinking as a real fan and not a fantasy league fan .. smh

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Why would you get rid of a guy who could become a perennial all-star to clear cap space when he only costs $2.5 million this year?

    • BULL

      please stop blogging…………….PLEASE!

    • jeremy

      so you want to trade randle when he could end up being rookie of the year.

  • Daryl Peek

    Gasol will easily get 10-12 mil and he’s worth it.

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    With guys like Meeks and Gortat already being significantly overpaid, Gasol could easily get 10-12 for two years. He probably won’t get any offers longer than that to avoid the Over-36 rule. It’s too bad, because I don’t think the Lakers will pay him that much (nor should they).

  • rival

    Tough choice if you give gasol 2 to 3 years does that take us off the klove running?

  • rival

    I wonder how the Kobe deal went down. I mean did the Lakers try to offer him less or knowing how Jim and Mitch been doing things lately did they just come to him with this contract?

  • ethan w

    1st melo or anyone else needs to realize that if we sign pau 1st then that will take our cap down however if we sign lets say melo and other free agents 1st then we can use bird rights to resign pau after that way we can go over the cap…but if we sign pau 1st then melo we wnt have anything to get other better role players it shld be done melo 1st with promise from gasol so we can tell melo that. Then go hard at lowry. then sign the better role players (we sign a bunch of our players last yr due to to there bird rights after our free cap is gone) then do the deal with pau 2 yrs 10mil $ a yr sign n young to back up kobe and melo etc henry hill (plz) marshall bring deAndre kane bazemore anyothers that can help thats a realistic team of lowry kobe melo randle pau bench clarkson marshall kane n young henry hill and others from the free agency pool using the mle before signing our players from last yr its all about timing sign new ppl first use up the regular cap then once all thats set then resign our players we will be over cap but were the lakers that a great team great starters and a very good bench

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      You are completely misled on what those Bird rights mean. Yes, you can use a player’s Bird rights to go over the salary cap to resign a player, but until that player signs a contract or is renounced, he represents a cap hold against the team’s salary cap. The Lakers have about $30 million in cap space, but Pau currently takes up about $20 million of that because of his cap hold.

  • BULL

    hahah no team is going to pay Gasol that much. Not Heat, Nor Spurs.. he will be back for around 7 mill.. We need to not wait for Melo, and go straight for ither Bledsoe, Lance, or try and go cheaper and try to sign, Ariza or Deng.. we will have enough money if we go that route in trying to get Ariza/or Deng, and trying to send the rest of the money towards Bledsoe way.. but waiting for Melo is hurting us .. Lowry staying put or going to Houston. Wizards want Ariza back, but with the money they given Gortat, I don’t think Ariza would like the contract they will give him.. Cmon Mitch make it work Please stop saying James, or Bosh name please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • borsalino12

    God damn our “front office”.I don’t understand why it is taking that long to hire L.Hollins and resign some of our free agents? What they are waiting for? We don’t need LeBron, or Carmelo or Ch.Bosh or Dw.Wade. They are players in decline. I will rather sign K.Lowry (or E.Bledsoe ) Ch.Parsons and Sp.Hawes (or M.Gortat) and resign Farmar, Bazemore, Young and R.Kelly.
    But, Kupckake and Jimmy are having secret plans to accommodate Mr.24 for short term success.They are not working for the future, that is why, don’t be surprise if B.Scott got hired and Melo and Gasoft signs with us. There is a plan in their heads.

  • borsalino12

    We are all very tanksfull to Pau Gasol for his help for the last two titles, but the time has come to move on. It is best for him to sign 2 years deal with Memphis and finish his NBA career, playing alongside his bro, Mark.
    In no way, we can afford to pay him $ 10-12 mil. a year at his age and physical condition. I will rather sign Gr.Monroe and veteran like E.Okafor.

  • shaq

    Pau! Come back!

  • roseducanna

    GASOL go to KC, you will get a ring.

  • TheZuluNation

    FOH! Lol. You must be smokin’ Pau.

  • ItsJake

    It seems like every team us interested in Pau and Lakers are interested in every FA available! IMO waiting on LBJ (joke) and Carmelo is a big mistake, what happens when they say NO and rest of the FA’s sign elsewhere? Lakers management needs to wake up! First get a coach!!!##

  • hookedonnews

    Gasol missed 22 games this season and 32 the previous season. He would be better off to sign with a team that’s ready to contend for a championship than to sign with a team that’s rebuilding and a couple of years away from doing that. That’s just common sense. Have no problem with signing him to a limited contract for a reasonable amount of money, but at some point this team has to move forward. Will be interesting to see what kind of offers he actually receives.

  • Johnny

    Gasol is a class act , a great team mate and a great employee. Kobe should take notes.

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