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Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol Trade To Phoenix Would Be ‘Complicated’

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Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

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Ramona Shelburne joined Mark Willard and Ben Lyons on ESPN LA 710 radio to discuss recent reports of the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns engaging in trade talks centered around Pau Gasol.

The Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers held talks in early January, which would have sent Andrew Bynum and his non-guaranteed contract back to Los Angeles to be immediately waived. However, the Lakers were also believed to have been interested in acquiring a draft pick or young talent from the Cavaliers, which owner Dan Gilbert wouldn’t include.

Now the Suns have entered the picture, but Shelburne doesn’t expect a deal between the two teams to be an easy transaction:

“It’s an interesting trade and I think it’s going to get more interesting.”

If Gasol is traded, the Lakers would likely receive Emeka Okafor, who like Gasol, is in the final year of his contract. As was the case in trade talks with the Cavaliers, Shelburne reiterated the Lakers’ reluctance of simply giving away Gasol.

The reason is the team still would not be below the luxury tax threshold. If Okafor is the centerpiece of the package coming from the Suns, the Lakers would inch closer to getting below the luxury tax threshold, but not below it:

“If they could get all the way under the luxury tax, that would be more compelling.”

Prior to being sidelined by a groin injury for a minimum of a week with a groin injury, Gasol posted double-doubles in 11 of 15 games played in January.  With his recent uptick in production, Shelburne stated the Lakers want assets in exchange for Gasol, unless they are able to get under the tax line with one move.  

Shelburne believes a third team, perhaps the Utah Jazz, who have multiple draft picks and expiring contracts could enter the fray for Gasol and help facilitate a trade. She also stated the Lakers and Cavaliers haven’t ended trade talks since Bynum was sent to the Chicago Bulls.

Above all else, Shelburne’s point of emphasis was her expectation of the trade to be difficult to complete. Though the Lakers are reportedly taking and placing calls, they are comfortable keeping him.
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  • socali

    If we don’t get 1st round picks then this would be a futile move. Unless we can trade Nash as well to give us tax relief

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Gotta be serious here the Lakers FO needs to figure it out by now tbh.

  • J. Lee

    The Sun screwed us big time with the Steve Nash trade. I hope the FO will be smarter this time, get something(s) valuable back from them for Pau.

  • J. Lee

    Nash gave the Sun a BIG good-bye’s gift and the Lakers paying for it. He knows very well that he can’t play anymore.

    • Matt Williams

      Let’s send him back!

    • hookedonnews

      If he knew he couldn’t play, he would retire.

  • Matt Williams

    If we trade Pau for Emeka Okafor, can we waive him? Because he sucks. That would be good cause we need to fix the financial problems before anything.

    • kobe24

      No, that’s why Bynum’s situation was so unique and appealing to the Lakers.

    • roseducanna

      Why don’t waive NASH?

    • LakeShow

      The good thing about this deal is Okafor has an expiring contract just like Gasol but $5M cheaper. And because Suns is under cap, they can take Pau’s salary without having to give the Lakers additional asset. After this trade, the Lakers just need to get rid of another $3M in salary (someone going to get trade) and we will be under cap and save $20M in luxury tax and salary.

      The Lakers can’t waive Okafor but we can save a lot of money for FA.

      • Matt Williams

        Lakers need to rid themselves of another three mil? Steve Blake or Nash will do.

  • John Bauer

    Fire Dumb’Antonie NOW !!!

    • hookedonnews

      Not going to happen, and time to give that a rest. You have no idea what D’Antoni can do with this team because he hasn’t had a healthy roster since he arrived. They were playing beyond expectations before Nash, Blake, Farmar, and Henry went down. This is not the most talented team in the league, and no coach is going to do much with 5 of their top players out. Look at the Spurs. They’re losing games because they have players injured.

  • hookedonnews

    I have trouble believing that the Suns want Gasol.

  • Ronald Velez

    LAL: Nerlens Noel
    1st rd pck 2014
    Bos (Nets)

    Bos: Dion Waiters
    Pau Gasol
    Anthony Bennett

    PHI: Avery Bradley
    Kris Humphries
    Alonzo Gee
    Vitor Faverani
    1st rd pck 2015
    Cavs via (Mem)

    Cle : Thaddeus Young
    James Anderson
    Trade exception
    3.9 million
    Trade exception
    5.3 million

    • Ronald Velez

      LAL: Nerlens Noel
      Omeka Okafor
      2nd rd pck 2014
      Cavs

      PHI: Pau Gasol
      Anthony Bennett
      Alex Len
      Archie Goodwin
      1st rd pck 2014
      Phx via (Min)
      1st rd pck 2015
      Cavs via (Mem)

      PHX: Spencer Hawes
      Alonzo Gee
      Toney Wroten

      CLE: Thaddeus Young
      Chris Kaman

      • Ronald Velez

        I think these are the best trades for the Lakers because they get really good value. The trade also works out for all teams and benefits each. Utah wouldn’t offer the Lakers anything because they wouldn’t give the Lakers cap relief because the Jazz want to keep their cap space.

  • Jay

    Can we send Nash back to Pheonix to retire?? possibly recieve the higher pick we want or two decent picks with okafor

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