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Lakers Rumors: Phoenix Suns Interested In Acquiring Pau Gasol

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After a failed trade proposal that would have sent him to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month, the Phoenix Suns have emerged as a potential trade partner for Lakers forward Pau Gasol.

With Gasol out for at least a week with a groin injury, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Suns are interested in the four-time All-Star as they are making an unexpected playoff push this season. One possible option is Emeka Okafor’s $14.5 million salary:

“One option for the Suns, by virtue of their $5.6 million in available salary-cap space, is swapping the expiring contract of injured big man Emeka Okafor for Gasol, even though Okafor’s $14.5 million salary this season falls well shy of Gasol’s $19.3 million.”

Although both contracts are expiring, the $4.8 million difference would be significant for the Lakers as it would drop Los Angeles $3 million away from the luxury tax. If the Lakers make another trade before the February 20 deadline, they could potentially be out of the luxury tax completely.

With the Lakers at the bottom of the Western Conference and the Suns looking to make their playoff push, the trade makes sense for both teams. Although Gasol struggled early in the season, he is averaging 21.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 3.3 in the last ten games.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Suns screwed the Lakers in the Nash trade,learn you’re lesson just say no.SMH!

    • Jim213

      ? inept FO screwed themselves just like dealing for Sessions (Cavs).

      • Kev K.

        Sessions lookin good while Kemba walker has been out tho

        • nlruizjr

          Sessions never wanted to be a Laker, lesson learned, I hope !!!!

          • Daryl Peek

            Sessions was happy to be a Laker but wanted to get paid for the first time in his career more. Can’t blame him for that. We lost Earl Clark, Shannon Brown , Farmar the first time, ETC.. for the same reason. Normal FA Biz in the NBA.

          • Jim213

            For those who loved Shawnee Williams he’s playing with the LA Defenders. Ramona Shelburne say’s it’s possible that S Williams may be called up again (10 day contract). However, more possible if Gasol is dealt. #nickyoungtears

          • Daryl Peek

            I’ve been keeping tabs on SW. He’s playing solid ball with the D-Fenders. The Kid Terence Williams some are trying to pump after the 50 point game is just chucking up shots. Manny Harris’s days are numbered. I don’t see him past this 10 day contract, and I like his potential.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Dude who the f is trying to pump up Terrence Williams,BTW Shawne Williams sucks balls as a player tbh.He has heart and fight though will give you that much nothing else.

          • Daryl Peek

            WHOA, what’s the deal man? I don’t remember who it was but someone was on this site pumping Terrence after that 50 point game.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            No deal i never pumped him up and i just gave respect to him for playing well and quit taking shots at me every chance you get please.

            Man up if you got a beef with me come directly at me please.Thank you for being a man about this discussion.The only bone to pick with you is that you always talk about me in a subtle manner where it’s obvious.

          • Daryl Peek

            ?!?
            Where am I talking about you and when? If I take issue with someone I address them directly all the time. If I use a generalization like I did on Terrence it’s because multiple others have said such things. That’s why I said I don’t remember who it was. When have I not hashed out disagreements with you or anyone on this site? I don’t roll like that Man. I get voted down and sarcastically clowned on almost every comment I make by someone. I really don’t care but if anyone wants to debate I always oblige. That’s what I come here for. To exchange thoughts on our Lakers. It’s only natural for beef’s to ensue. (Pun) lol

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Yes it was just the Terrence Williams saga lol other than that you are usually a straight forward guy.Okay good enough for me explaining this to me,nothing personal man it’s cyber space lol.Have our say on any topic.

            I never voted you down before i swear to god on that and for that matter i have never ever down voted down anyone on this site before.I have voted you up several times though.Other than that cool,see you around on the hot debates and i always enjoy discussing Lakers basketball.We all love our Lakers.I love our franchise.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            LOL Daryl P let me make better sense of what i am saying i never said Terrence Williams was this or that never did i say he was a future starter or all star lol.I said a 10 day contract was on the horizon maybe,now you mentioned Shawne and things escalated into a argument between us.

          • Daryl Peek

            Williams has a place in the NBA as what he was for us, as role playing reserve. That’s his ceiling IMO. The problem is MDA was trying to fit him in as a starter on this less than overly talented roster 1-14. There is no elite or even a proven starter at PF on this team outside of Gasol who’s no longer that player. Pau is a center now just like Duncan and KG.

            Kelly is our starting stretch 4 now. Hill was for a time til he hit the wall and flamed out due to his style of play noit being conducive to playing that many minutes on this level. We’ve had no other options. Williams may indeed be called back up by the FO if Gasol is traded. Given where we are financially and record wise that wouldn’t be such a bad move given he know the system and is liked by his former teammates. Williams was actually starting to improve when we cut him but we needed help in the back court more and Kelly shined in a few games.

            This is just the overall sad state of the team and we all often get caught in questioning decisions based on wanting to win and tank in the same argument.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Yes sir you are correct my man,Shawne Williams is the perfect 10th to 15th man on the Lakers.Some Lakers fans might get mad at me for saying i don’t mind if Shawne comes back.Well they are of the belief we should move on with Ryan Kelly getting the minutes at PF.

            I also never said Shawne was a good NBA player,but he is a tough guy with fight and he plays with heart,we could use that tbh.But his skill set is not impressive to me personally tbh.BTW Daryl how has Shawne played in the D-League?What is impressive about his stint any new developments in his game from before?Fill me in please.

            Yeah i have no problem with Shawne possibly being brought back.This season sucks anyways and we are almost in last place in the West.Sure why the heck not,it can’t hurt the Lakers.Hang in there buddy.

          • Daryl Peek

            Oh I’m good mayne. On Williams, what’s impressing me is his accuracy in the D-League. Most in that league jack up as many shots as they can to pump up their numbers to hopefully catch an NBA scouts eye. Shawne is not a shot chuker and he’s staying true to that in spite of his situation. That’s admirable and very mature for a guy whose been through all he has. All of that considered his numbers are very impressive across the board on bothe sides of the ball. I truly believe he will take full advantage of his next opportunity.

            I’ve told many, playing for the Lakers can be very intimidating due to the status of the stage via the brand. Couple that with Kobe as your teammate. This is why I’m so high on Meeks. Jodie has embraced the Lakers brand and en-graced himself to Kobe in picking his brain the entire time hes’ been here. Meeks also stays true to his personal belief system also and is not afraid to face his critics. The Kid has a bright future and I don’t say this loosely about young players. I see some of the same in Williams but his ceiling is not as high as Meeks.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Sounds good to me about Shawne Williams.Yeah maybe he will get a 10 day contract once Manny Harris expires or once Pau Gasol possibly gets traded.Jodie Meeks is a good basketball player when the Lakers first got him i was hyping him up on some other Lakers sites and the fans were talking BS to me the whole time and all i was saying he was a young 3 point specialist that can get to the hoop and finish and i said he would be the perfect backup for Kobe as a Craig Hodges type of sharpshooter from distance.

            But arguably Meeks is better than Hodges was.Those Lakers fans kept saying Andrew Goudelock was a better option than Jodie Meeks,lol that was ridiculous for them to say that.As we all know Meeks is a perfect backup that can heat up when he gets hot like a hibachi.

            We were supposed to of been a big time contender at the time of the Jodie Meeks signing,sadly our team had injuries last season and infighting that never allowed the Lakers to do much.

          • Daryl Peek

            100% agree on all of that man! I like GLock but he pales in comparison to Meeks as an overall NBA talent. GLock was truly a undersized SG. Loved his heart but he was a defensive liability. I wouldn’t go as far as saying Meeks is better than Hodges. Crag was a beast as a three point specialist! His three point shooting was off the chart and Meeks has a long way to go to get on that level. Meeks will likely be a better over all player though.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Andrew was a nice little guy that could shoot the 3 but his defense was bad.Also he didn’t have the athletic ability necessary to be a long term solution at shooting guard.He was too small to be a shooting guard.

            Well Craig Hodges is the greatest 3 point shooter possibly ever if not he is certainly in the top 10 all time IMO.Jodie Meeks in the modern era is right up their with the very best when it comes to making 3 pointers.

            Jodie Meeks with a lot of hardwork can be one of the best ever from long distance.Do you remember those old classic All Star Weekend 3 point shootouts between Hodges,Bird,Price,Miller,Ellis?Damn i miss the good old day buddy.

            Jodie Meeks would be perfect on a contender and that contender can be us let me explain man if he signs up for 5 years with the Lakers we might have a title contender for him to play on within a few years from now.Also Meeks is a great free throw shooter and his defense is on the level of Sedale but not quite a defensive star like Eddie Jones.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Ramon Sessions preference is playing for the Bobcats because Charlotte is close to his hometown,he is from the Carolina area.He was a decent fit in LA IMO.

    • Robert Kaufman

      The Lakers screwed the Lakers on that one. Any thinking person should have worried about a 40 year old point guard (speed and quickness position), even future Hall of Famer Nash. Don’t blame the Suns for being the only team in the trade thinking straight.

      • Daryl Peek

        The Lakers weren’t the only team vying for Nash’s services that off-season. The Heat were one of the teams in the bidding also. They weren’t willing to pay him as much as the Lakers did but the interest was in fact real.

        Hindsight is 20/20 and it’s disingenuous to factor that into today’s perspective like Magic and many others are. Nash had just come off an excellent season in 11-12 where he was still playing at a top 3 elite PG level in the NBA in a season he played in and started every game. Prior to the 12-13 season with the Lakers Nash had not missed more than 8 games in a season since 00-01.

        Every team that was looking at obtaining Nash’s services at the time was thinking straight. The only thing I took pause to at the time was a three year deal but I understand that also as Nash was looking to ride out his career in championship glory and the Lakers were thinking of the durability Nash had shown.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The only way i think the Lakers should make a trade with the Suns is if Emeka Okafor and Eric Bledsoe are packaged together for Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks.Or Emeka Okafor plus a first round pick or 2 for Pau Gasol and Xavier.Emeka is injured and worthless and also he is not playing this season.Matter of fact his salary gives the Lakers $5 million dollars extra off the books this season but not enough to go completely under the luxury tax.

    • Dragon7s

      The other plus for taking back Okafor is that the insurance company is picking up 80% of his salary, thereby saving the Lakers even more money.

      There’s zero chance that the Suns include Bledsoe in that package.

      Lakers are better off getting what they can for Gasol before he walks for nothing in the offseason. (And no, he won’t be resigning for the Vet minimum or steep discount just so he can be back with the Lakers.)

    • Kev K.

      Your a crazy fool if u think the suns would trade Bledsoe for a half season rent of gasol and Meeks!

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Not too sure but maybe you don’t know Eric Bledsoe has had 3 knee surgeries in the last year.Yeah u not you lol crazy fool my ass.STFU son.You got pun’d by me twat juice.

  • NotSoAnonymous

    Jodie meeks and Gasol gotta go. Jodie has improved tremendously but he still plays no D and this season is really of a fools gold for him. He’s playing over 30 mins and getting 15 shots per game. He’s not going to do that once Kobe and the rest come back. Lakers should trade Jodie to get something in return just in case he leaves during free agency. And Gasol…well, Gasol is older and just getting hurt too often. He use to play great and has recently upped his game, but it’s not going to stay or get much better than that. Trade him while he’s still worth something and before he leaves during free agency. It’s a great chance for the Lakers, Gasol and Meeks for Okafor and Bledsoe or a 1st draft pick. Just don’t trade Hill..he’s got dreadlocks

    • Daryl Peek

      Plays no D?!?

      • LakersHeatBeef

        LOL your Broncos proved that offense loses every time in a championship against DEFENSE.Learn this and know this.Preaching the DEFENSIVE GOSPEL SINCE BIRTH.

        • Daryl Peek

          SMH on the Donkey thing. LOL Football is a little different than b-ball but great defense does prevail the majority of the time. I’ve never argued against that. I just said efficient offense helps your defense in the NBA especially in the grind of an 82 game NBA regular season. As Kareem once told Magic after his first game with the Lakers in a win over the Clippers “you’ve got to calm down kid, we’ve got 81 more of these to go…” No team plays elite D over the course of an entire NBA season without the help of their offense. This is why most coaches are associated withthe offensive systems they run. The Seachickens were very efficient offensively last night also. lol

    • Jim213

      DP calls it lack of offensive efficiency (pun). But agree though it’s more inconsistent night in an out. IMO, either Blake or Meeks wont be here next season. Given the Pacers lost to the Suns on the road and at home I’d call Bird and ask for a 2nd rounder for one of these players (Blake returning soon or Meeks). Seems the Pacers lack more shooters (long range).

      • Daryl Peek

        Strong possibility both Meeks and Blake will be gone but not due to poor performance. Cap casualties. Meeks is proving consistency and is gonna get paid. Blake is the type of vet every contender needs and will be hotly pursued in the open market.

        • Jim213

          LAST ONE DP…

          BUT WILL FO STEP UP AND RID THEMSELVES OF TAX CAP FINES?

          • Daryl Peek

            Can’t say yay or nay. There are too may factors in what they want VS. what other teams are willing to offer. One things for sure, there will be free cap space going forward whether Gasol is traded or not. That’s plan A revised from the CP3 trade nix.

          • Daryl Peek

            LMAO

    • Lol

      Jodie Meeks plays no defense… then tell me who leads the team in steals?

      • NotSoAnonymous

        He also plays the most minutes per game…It’s like 34 mins per game and he gets around 1.3 steals a game. Nothing to be proud of…a lot of his “good” stats are by default. He also averages 1.7 assists and 1.57 TO’s per game..great stats indeed. Don’t get me wrong, he’s improved his consistency offensively, but he’s no defensive stopper. His on ball D is like your username “Lol” hilarious.

        • Daryl Peek

          Wade plays a ton of minutes, so does Harden and any other starting SG in the NBA. What are you talking about with the minutes theme? He’s producing with the PT he’s given. That’s what you hope a player does. Not all live up to that. How is that an argument against a player?!? WOW

          • NotSoAnonymous

            He’s not going to be as productive once everyone else comes back. Don’t you get it??? It’s fools gold. He’s never done it in the past, just this season…when half the team is injured and there’s no “go to guy”. His production will go back to 8ppg. He’s excellent trade bait. Or do you actually think he’s going to play much with Kobe, Marshall, Farmar, Blake, and Young??? He’s not producing enough for a starting SG who plays 34 mins on one of the worst teams.
            He can’t create his own shot, he can’t rebound, he can’t make plays for others, he can’t defend, he’s just there to space the floor and knock down open shots. I’d prefer Sasha over this guy honestly.

            I’m done arguing with someone who compares Meeks to Harden or D-Wade in any way shape or form.

          • Daryl Peek

            Excuse me but Meeks numbers didn’t all of the sudden blow up with the injuries. He’s been the most consistent Laker all season. What games have you been watching this year? Meeks was even better when Blake and Farmar were on the floor. There was a point when he was absolutely crushing it with his shooting accuracy early on in the season! Meeks was shooting 55% FG and over 50% from behind the arc when the bench mob was on full tilt!

            Use your escape argument ticket because if you get into a battle with me on numbers you’ll get schooled!

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Actually, the most consistent Laker this season has been Chris Kaman. I know what he’s gonna give me, and that’s a warm bench.

            Thanks for making my argument. He’s improved on offense and can spread the floor. His actual PPG and minutes per game have risen since the injuries. His shooting percentage was higher back then because of the open looks Farmar, Blake, and Kobe gave him. Watch when Meeks is on the floor with Young, Harris, Kelly, and Sacre. Then tell me if he can create his own shot. He’s improved but he’s no defense specialist. He does what the Lakers initially brought him here to do, spread the floor and knock down open 3′s.

          • Daryl Peek

            Meeks did way more than improve offensively. He’s driving to the basket and playing PG, a position we both know he’s does not have the skills for but doing an admirable job. Meeks turnovers a game are better than most think. Again Man, you’re barking up the wrong tree with the Meeks bias. That kid is flat out balling this season! The kind of improvement he’s have puts millions in your pocket going forward. Do you remember Meeks on the floor with Farmar, X, Johnson and Hill? That was the bench mob at its best! They were the ones locking down teams turning pressure trap D into fast break points as they led the NBA in bench scoring. Young was a starter at the time. Blake was the Starting SG next to Nash. I don’t forget anything when it comes to the Lakers. Meeks was lights out on both sides of the ball and has been our rock in this miserable season.

            Kaman I like. I can’t figure MDA on that ISH. Sacre can give you goon minutes but that’s it.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Maybe I’m asking too much of Meeks but other than his shot…I can’t really see improvement. He drives to the basket a lot more now, which is good….but he cant get that blocked twice a game…especially on fast break. I think he’s just gotta improve mentally. Meaning, basketball IQ. Just learn to make the best play and take good shots. I’d love to see him create plays but thats not happening. The bench mob was great…Hill balled with the pick and roll. But thats what I mean. Once everyone comes back, his FG % should go up, but his PPG will go down. More open looks, less playing time.

            I dont think D’antoni is entirely to blame for the record but he’s made mistakes…like not playing Kaman and not giving Hill enough minutes

          • Daryl Peek

            Do you realize how steady his PPG have been all season? 12-15 is his range all year. This month it went up due to his improvement on attacking the basket and getting those foul shots. His FG attempted per game have been a gradual increase. From 9 to start the season to just under 13 now. That’s not a wild deviation. If a player can increase his shooting % with less attempts and minutes per game, that means you have a player who should be playing more minutes. See how that works. LOL

          • LakersHeatBeef

            A team is in big trouble if Jodie is the starter,i like him as a Craig Hodges type of 3 point specialist in short spurts.Good player but not a starter in the NBA for a title contender.

          • Daryl Peek

            1st thing these Lakers are not a title contender and didn’t start the season in that conversation. Next Meeks didn’t start the season as the starting SG.

            That said, Meeks has absolutely elevated himself into starter material in the NBA based off his production this season. You’re trying to compare him to elite SG material which I’ll be the first to say he’s not.

            Meeks numbers are middle of the pack on both sides of the ball for an NBA starter at SG this season. Here’s the skinny on Meeks coming into this season…

            “One of the biggest surprises that many Lakers fans weren’t expecting this season from Meeks has been his play on defense.
            Not known as a defender, Meeks has done a great job all year disrupting ball-handlers with his quick hands and his annoying defense.
            Meeks has also been one of the team’s best pick-and-roll defenders, using his speed to either avoid screens completely or come off them quickly.
            Meeks will never be considered a great defender, but has proven time in and time out that he can get the job done.”

            This is who he was at the end of last season. He’s improved on that big time offensively and is a little better defensively IMO. Regardless of increased minutes due to injury that kind of production increase gets you paid in this league and someone will give him a starters role. I could even see him as our starter next season as Kobe would likely be better suited to move to SF at this stage of his career. Kobe played SF often under Phil as Jackson went small ball more often than most want to admit with a line up of PG Faramar, SG Vujacic, SF Kobe, PF LO and C Gasol. Phil did this to increase team speed, space the floor, have better distance shooting and increase perimeter D as many of these new age MDA system PG driven teams were running the Lakers to death in the triangle.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Kobe play SF??? he never plays SF. He dislikes SF. You’re going to tell Kobe…”hey, move over to SF because Meeks is gonna play SG”? Duuuude, you’re something else… Kobe never played SF. If anyone played SF it was sasha because he was taller (do you remember him guarding Carmelo?). If he played with Farmar and Sasha he was the one with the ball. It was more of a PG SG SG PF C. Farmar and Sasha were used to spread the floor, they were the SG’s. Kobe handled the ball 95% of the time as he played PG… with Kobe’s scoring mentality of course.

            BTW, Next time you quote, please cite your sources.

          • Daryl Peek

            You just proved to me you don’t watch Lakers B-ball. Kobe manned the SF position when Phil put Farmar and Sasha on the floor. WOW

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Kobe rarely played the SF. he hates that position. he rather play PG. I did watch and Kobe never manned up against SF unless it was just a rotation. You’d really see Kobe on Lebron, Melo, and etc unless they were heating up. Kobe would usually conserve energy on D just playing safety between the paint and the 3pt line. You a great storyteller man

          • Daryl Peek

            Phil shifted to small ball line ups all the time 08-09. Kobe would move to the SF spot because Farmar and Sasha would allow him to conserve energy and not have to chase guards on the perimeter. When Ariza and Metta were on the floor and took those match ups to save Kobe legs.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Ariza and Metta never played together. I never said Phil didn’t go “small”. I know he did.I know he rarely but at times used Farmar, Sasha, and Kobe. However, Kobe did not play SF…maybe on paper. but it wasn’t in play. Farmar didn’t control the ball and dish out assists. Kobe controlled the ball constantly. he’d either shoot, drop it inside to Gasol or kick it out to either Sasha or Farmar for a 3…On D Kobe didn’t man the 3…like I previously said..on paper he did at times, but in play he did not. He’s just play safety until his man proved to him that he could make a couple shots.

          • Daryl Peek

            Man did i say they played together? Come on now. Phil didn’t go small?!? What do you call LO next to Gasol with Kobe, Sasha and Farmar? Or better yet, Shaq always played next to Horry a Stretch 4. Kobe, Fisher and 6’7″ Fox, Shaw, Harper, Rice, ETC…all used as shooter to help space the floor. Phil often spread the floor like MDA within the triangle.

            “A byproduct of the Lakers’ luxurious depth is the versatility it affords them. Coach Phil Jackson has more options available to him than he’s likely to use — from playing the second string as a full unit for significant minutes, to moving individual players around and toying with various lineups.

            Pau Gasol returns to his natural power forward position, but can easily slide down to the center spot when Andrew Bynum goes to the bench. Lamar Odom will likely start at the small forward position, but can easily move to the power forward position to play off either Bynum or Gasol at center. Jackson has also experimented with other possibilities for Odom, including playing him at the point position and bringing him off the bench in a Ginobili-esque sixth man role. Kobe Bryant can play any of the wing positions (point guard, shooting guard, and small forward) with mastery; Sasha Vujacic, on top of being a high accuracy long distance marksman with a hair trigger, is a good ball handler and a tenacious defender, and can also play the three wing positions effectively.”

          • NotSoAnonymous

            I never said Phil didn’t go small.
            i never said Kobe couldn’t play SF, I said he wouldn’t and dislikes it.
            And just like I said…your quotes do say Sasha can “play the three wing positions effectively”
            That’s why i said that when Farmar, Kobe, and Sasha were on the floor together, Kobe still remained as SG and as the ball handler

          • Daryl Peek

            Just because you handle the ball doesn’t mean you’re not playing SF. Remember Scottie Pippen, LO, and LeBron? They all play/played point SF. This is what Kobe has done also. Kobe would be charged with checking SF’s defensively as I said to help keep him fresh for offense. Phil did not want Kobe chasing PG’s and shooters like Ray Allen around the perimeter.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Pippen, LO, and Lebron are all “traditional” SF’s…with LO being more of a stretch 4.
            In cases such as with Ray Allen, Kobe actually guarded Rondo (if you remember). He’d give him space to shoot because he didn’t have a good touch.
            But I do get your point and I know there were times when Kobe momentarily played D on a SF.

          • Daryl Peek

            So you agree LO was a stretch 4? *small ball blank stare*

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Yes I do, I never disagreed with LO being a stretch 4 or point forward if needed

          • NotSoAnonymous

            playing time and numbers do not work like that DP. During our entire convo, you failed to defend your initial argument….that Meeks can play D. I said he improved without a doubt…but you’re comparing Meeks to Wade, Harden, and saying he has the “IT factor” or wtvr…that’s just ridiculous.

          • Daryl Peek

            Really? The reply you just responded to defended it with direct quotes from what the book on Meeks was last season as a Laker and how well he played defensively coupled with how he’s improved on that this season. I never said he great just that he gets the job done defensively.

            And he does have that it factor. He’s coming into his own as a player.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            That quote you posted was way after our initial argument.
            Just admit you’re a Meeks fan and all is good. I’ve said he’s improved but lacks D. Just because he tries hard on D doesn’t mean he’s a defensive stopper. Did you ever play basketball back in elementary or middle school during PE? and it was that time for basketball…the PE coach would make everyone play, including the ones that didn’t know how? They’d be terrible but play crazy energized D…well, Meeks is like them on D. crazy effort but they still gonna score on him. It’s just my opinion against yours. Doesn’t make mine or yours right. Just different views and opinions.

          • Daryl Peek

            Never said he was a defensive stopper, stay on track man. I said he plays good D. I said their are no defensive stoppers in the NBA period. The offensive players are too good. Defense on this level is all about effort hustle and communication. That’s the only way you slow great offensive players.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            The way you praise Meeks is crazy….and you didn’t stay on track the entire previous convo so everythings fine.

            That’s not Defense man, that’s team work. Defense consists of team work but Defense overall is much bigger than that. It’s not simple, you really have to love what you do as a defensive stopper. Nowadays,There’s no defensive stopper because players are too lazy to put in the dirty work. They rather score 20 and get 10 assists. Guys like Mutumbo, Payton, and Artest (just to name a few) were great. They took pride in stopping the other teams best player…even if it didn’t show up in the stats. to them, a technical foul on the other guy was a highlight because they caused that frustration. Lakers had a really good defensive player recently…his names Ariza. He made a name for himself here…went elsewhere and just disappeared. Same thing that’s going to happen to Meeks. Good year offensively with the Lakers and then he’ll disappear once he signs elsewhere

          • Daryl Peek

            Those type of lock down individual defenders don’t exist in this game anymore.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Sadly, they don’t…If players were a little bit more enlightened..they’d realize this and put in work defensively…That’s where the moneys at…they’d get a big contract. everyone can score in the NBA…but not everyone can play D

          • Daryl Peek

            The rules changes over the last 10 years or so have killed that type of play. The Zone is the biggest culprit. This is why the D’Antoni system is so popular. It fits a zone busting theme. It’s also why the triangle and post up play is pretty much dead. This is why Kobe, Payton, Shaq and others hate this NBA.

          • leftfelt

            what is the Kamen story – we should know it. He’s a serviceable big guy who is riding the bench. What went down? Does he not try hard in practice, did he do something politically incorrect? Whatever it was – we need 7 footers to defend the paint!

          • NotSoAnonymous

            I think he spoke out and said he didn’t like his role or that he expected something different when he signed….Maybe that can be it, but this occurred after he had received little to no playing time.

          • Daspin

            Glad to see someone else commenting who understands basketball. Meeks is a 5 minute relief player. Any longer and his court unawareness, 3 point bricks and tons of mistakes make him a huge liability for any team. Unfortunately he is currently the Lakers liability.

    • Matt Williams

      What the hell are you talking about “plays no D??” Have you been watching the games?

      • NotSoAnonymous

        closing out on a shooter at 100 mph that’s about to pump fake and drive in isn’t good D. He can’t guard PG’s and he can’t guard SG’s. off ball D is good..although he helps too much sometimes and that leads to what i mentioned above. His on ball D isn’t anything to be proud of.

        • Daryl Peek

          No one on this team is playing good team defense. Meeks is the one bright spot on both sides of the ball. Meeks earned a spot on this team last season due to his defensive prowess. I guess you don’t remember both Mike Brown and MDA praising Jodie for his good perimeter D last season and him getting PT just for that purpose? You can single out bad defensive plays on every player in the NBA in any given game. Averaging 1.4 steals a game has Meeks in the top 25 in the league in that stat ahead of a lot of good NBA perimeter defenders, LeBron James being one of them. Please stop it with your Meeks pessimism.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Like D’antoni knows anything about Defense…
            i guess you don’t remember his inconsistencies. It’s not pessimism, it’s realism. And if you’re a bit logical, you can see and understand why the Lakers should trade him. The entire Laker team can’t play D except possibly Hill (who did a good job on Carmelo but D’antoni kept putting Kelly on him), but Meeks is nothing to praise. You know the team is in trouble when you’re praising a guy averaging 14 ppg, 1.38 spg, 1.7 assists, 2.9 Rebs, 45% shooting, 40% 3′s, all in 34 minutes and while shooting the 3rd most shots in this team. I get it, you like players who can make 3′s. He’s improved simple as that. Last year his shot was all over the place. Now it’s better, but will it continue?? Lakers can’t risk it. He’s great trade bait for any contending team as he can spread the floor

          • Daryl Peek

            Do you know how many starting SG’s in the NBA are below those numbers? Where is anyone calling Meeks elite? He’s improving to a point of being a serious starter in this league. Wes Matherws numbers are about the same as Meeks across the board and he’s a very good starting SG. No one would say Meeks is better than Gordon Hayward but Meeks is way more efficient and very close in all stats. Hayward is a BEAST on a team sorrier than the Lakers. Look up others and you’ll see just how good Meeks is this season.

            And look up shot attempts for all you compare Meeks to. His attempts are right there with those not on elite level but less than the elite. And defensively his steals per game are bordering on elite.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Just like Meeks, Hayward has improved. BUT he can actually create his shot and drive in effectively. Wes Matthews is beyond beast. He’s doing more than Meeks ON a winning team WITH elite players. Matthews also has more size and can play on ball D better than Meeks. My whole point isn’t that Meeks is bad, it’s that he’s improved so much this season that he wont be able to replicate it once the Lakers get all their guards back (especially Kobe). Therefore, (my point)…Lakers should trade him with Gasol to get a 1st rounder with Bledsoe or Okafor.

          • Daryl Peek

            I can somewhat agree with the Kobe thing but Meeks with the others was a monster. Again check his numbers. Production is production. For ever SG on a good team you choose to argue I can show you a Hayward on a bad team Meeks is better than. This is my point. Your underselling him.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            I’m underselling him because no Laker fan wants to see him go. Of course if I was GM or coach i’d upsell him too. I’m looking at the positive side of this possible trade. You’re looking at the positives of Meeks himself.

            And yes, production is production. That’s why he’s improved and is in line to win the most improved player award…but production comes easier when you play 34 mins a game and you’re allowed to take 15 shots per game. Knowing this and what’s in the future, Lakers should trade him to get something valuable in return. I know he said he wants to remain a Laker, but if a team offers him $8 million per year…I’m sure he’ll leave. He’s made the most out of the injuries and his contract year, now the Lakers have to make the most out of his improvement and deal him….unless they find playing time for him. Very difficult though, don’t see him playing more than 15 mins considering all the other guards.

          • Daryl Peek

            Yes and no on minutes. You have plenty of players that don’t improve with the increase of minutes. Look at Wes Johnson? Derrick Williams in Minny. Ricky Rubio. Shannon Brown with the Suns. Meeks has that it factor as a player. He had it in college at Kentucky. Some players can translate that into success on the next level but many can’t. Meeks is showing an ability to be much more than he was projected to be. This is where his upside has kicked in with a HC willing to give him a chance.

            And there’s a stat he’s improved on this year as the injures have piled up but that’s a good thing because it shows said growth I’m talking about on his part. Meeks has got his FT attempts up to almost 6 a game. That means he’s living in the paint more. Living in the paint getting fouled means your attacking the basket I.E. driving to the hoop successfully.

            More than likely we will not be able to afford to Keep Meeks but I don’t see the FO trading him. I can actually see them trying to resign him fairly aggressively within reason.

          • Dragon7s

            I took what he was saying as simply ‘Sell High’ because Meeks is likely playing over his head.
            Not sure that I buy that argument but I can understand it.

            Meeks has stated that he’d like to remain a Laker so the FO needs to sit down with his agent and talk about what number it would take to keep him.
            If the price is too high, then probably better to trade him now while his value is high rather than let him walk after the season.

          • Daryl Peek

            We’ll agree to disagree on Meeks playing over his head also. I see a kid coming into his own. He’ll only get better mark my words. I told many I saw the stuff he’s doing now in him. He showed it in college and in Philly. I think he was intimidated by Kobe and the Lakers brand last season. I don’t see that being a problem for him anymore going forward.

            As far as negotiating for next season goes, I’m sure the FO has a bottom line number but the market will dictate his value. I wont say anyone is off the table for trade outside of Kobe but I just don’t see Meeks getting traded by the 20th.

          • Dragon7s

            Nothing to disagree with. I said I wasn’t sure I buy his argument but I understood what he meant.

            There is however the possibility that he regresses to the mean and this is where the FO has to be smart in deciding what they are willing to pay him.

            I’d like to see Meeks stay and think he can be a major contributor.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            No point in replying to DP, he likes to start arguments if one doesn’t agree 100% with his views…simply annoying

          • Dragon7s

            I beg to differ :P

            Seriously, while DP’s comments tend to be authoritative, ‘my way or the highway’ type comments, I find his insight and passion ‘challenging’, for lack of a better word.

            At least he speaks with intelligence and backs up his arguments as opposed to some on here that post ridiculous things with no rhyme or reason.

          • Jack

            Jodie meeks is a subpar defender, no way around it. You’re simply getting effort and actual good defense confused. Jodie tries hard and always puts in the effort on both ends, but his basic defensive principles are bad I think that’s all notsoanonymous is trying to say. And the fact he is a smaller 6’4 shooting guard puts him at a defensive disadvantage against most 2s in the league.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m just cracking up at how many of y’all are nit picking his defense in comparison to his peers at SG? Meeks is middle of the pack as a defender at SG in the NBA and that’s very good. 6’4″ a disadvantage?!? What, do you think every SG in the league is 6’6″ like Kobe or MJ?!? Harden is 6’5″ Wade also. Eric Gordon 6’4″ OJ Mayo also. Look around the league realistically? 6’4″ is a fairly average height for a SG, and the funny thing is those at that height are some of your more productive ones.

            Put Meek on any team he’d fit right in defensively. There’s no secret formula to defending. It’s all about effort hustle and communication on this level of basketball. The offensive players are too good coupled with the rules of the game benefiting the offensive player now. No one shuts down elite opposition anymore. The thing that fools people is watching a sub-par defensive team like the Lakers and trying to judge an individual when the collective fails on a nightly.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Meeks is not Eddie Jones on defense,but more like Sedale.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed on Meeks not being Jones, and he’s not playing in that era of basketball either. Kobe acknowledges this and understands you can no longer be a good individual defender like that anymore due to the rules of today’s game.

          • Jack

            Stop the nonsense, jodie meeks is not a good defender. The whole team falls every night defensively yes, but jodie is a reason for that too, but not because of a lack of effort. And I SPECIFICALLY REMEMBER dwade, eric gordon, and oj mayo all posting up jodie when they played. You listed a few guys who are bigger than him? You kinda helped make my point. Hell there’s point guards bigger than jodie now. He’s not as long or as athletic as any of those guys you listed except foye who is an undersized shooter too and reddick. Point is if he’s part of a deal that helps us out long term so be it. Can’t keep everybody on the roster and it wouldn’t be a major loss. Even with his good play this season he is a role player, and if the lakers are gonna have to pay him too much you might as well package him now. We need more impact players and pure talent whether through a trade or the draft.

          • Daryl Peek

            Remember this just last week? lol Meeks did a great job in a pinch on Melo who was destroying Kelly, Johnson and anyone else MDA put on him. The nonsense is your Meeks bias. I in no way have stated he’s great or elite but he’s much better than your assessment! Here’s the skinny on Meeks coming into this season;

            “One of the biggest surprises that many Lakers fans weren’t expecting this season from Meeks has been his play on defense.

            Not known as a defender, Meeks has done a great job all year disrupting ball-handlers with his quick hands and his annoying defense.

            Meeks has also been one of the team’s best pick-and-roll defenders, using his speed to either avoid screens completely or come off them quickly.

            Meeks will never be considered a great defender, but has proven time in and time out that he can get the job done.”

            Jodie has improved on that IMO and took his offensive game to a starter level in the NBA. Meeks will absolutely get paid next season whether it’s the Lakers or someone else. This you can bank on. Your right, the Lakers can’t keep everyone but keeping Meeks would be a great investment contrary to your bias on him.

        • Dapsin

          Meeks fools people into thinking he plays good D because he rushes the shooter. He rushes the shooter because he is mostly out of position. Besides his rush is more of a playground distraction type move than a NBA move. Meeks is fast but his speed is canceled out because he has no feel for the game.

          • Daryl Peek

            Do you realize the Lakers have the 5th best 3pt defense in the NBA? Y’all are on one with this Meeks thing. Meeks is always on the floor therefor it is his perimeter D holding down the fort at 5th best in the NBA protecting the arc, rushing the shooter and all. LMAO

          • Daspin

            Why shoot 3′s against the Lakers when you can drive past Meeks and Gasol? Don’t mistake that for great 3 point defense.

          • Daryl Peek

            Did you see my above post. It’s not driving past Meeks so much. It’s a bad defensive team D in general bottom line. Again, Meeks is the one bright spot and I don’t see him getting burnt on the drive that often. That’s being disingenuous.

          • Jack

            Exactly, his basic defensive principles are horrible. Jodie gets real tight on people defensively on the perimeter, which is great until they blow by him because he’s playing them so tight. Or he closer out on the shooter without being in position to actually defend once he closes out, he runs right by them. And the dribble penetration he allows every time he does one of these breaks the defense down every single time and it becomes a layup drill for other teams. This is the shit you cannot do on a nightly basis when all you have to protect the paint is gasol, cannot do it. Daryl’s 5th best in the nba stat is irrelevant because of how many points teams get in the paint nightly. Like I said, it’s a layup drill. Teams only settle for 3s when thats all they can get against a defense, but the lakers give up fastbreak points and layups all night. And teams are consistently winning against the lakers which shows they don’t even need to hit threes to win, they make a living in our paint which shows it is the strategy and game plan for opposing teams not to settle for jumpers when playing the lakers. Just watch the next game you’ll see when you know what to look for.

  • Daryl Peek

    As many of you know I’m not down with the tanking mess but if the Lakers were to trade Gasol for Emeka and a first round draft pick I be good with that. I’d hate to see Gasol dumped like that but getting cap relief coupled with a draft pick kills two birds with one huge heart felt loss. The last time the Lakers had two first round picks in a draft it turned into Kobe and Fisher if I’m correct.

    • Dragon7s

      For Gasol’s sake, I hope the trade happens.
      He’s 33 years old, in the twilight of his career, is the consummate professional and deserves to be on a winning team.

      This is a win-win for both teams (and Gasol).

      • POPCANA

        As Nash did. Nash deserves a better training staff.

  • Danny E. Pagan

    Def trade Gasol, getting under the luxury tax should be the priority now that the season is lost, trading Gasol for Okafor only makes the Lakers even worse so it increases their chances at a top pick which should be their other priority. They can always sign Gasol again in the offseason anyway. If they avoid the repeater tax by getting under the luxury tax this year and don’t fire Dantoni and sign another expensive coach, the Lakers could most definitely make a splash in the offseason. Your paying D’antoni even if you fire him so might as well keep him and spend the money on good healthy players than paying 2 expensive coaches. Then in 2016 make sure u hire Kevin Love’s coach of choice and get Kevin no matter what. I would avoid getting Carmelo Anthony this year and just wait a year for Love.

    • Cee

      finally an intelligent comment

    • vulkanthekrusader

      you sir should be the GM

    • NotSoAnonymous

      yea cuz players like to be traded and then re-signed….
      Give Kevin Love all the power? he’s going to run the Lakers completely too? Makes no sense. It’d create too many problems. It’d be like the Lebron/Mike Brown mess all over again.
      Just make this trade and worry about Kevin Love later…remember, he’s the one that wants to come to L.A…we can’t seem too desperate now..or else he’ll ask for the world

  • Matt

    Two trades the Lakers need to make are dumping the salaries of Pau Gasol and Steve Blake.The Lakers are in obvious tank mode and trading Pau Gasol and Steve Blake will save the Lakers tons of money and put them under the luxury tax threshold.In the process the Lakers lose 2 winners that can hinder the tank.In return the Lakers should look for draft picks and cap relief.Time to make moves.Fire sale in process i hope.

  • Tanking For Wiggins

    Make the trade and make sure the Tank continues,long live the tank.

    • Jim213

      ? No need to tank b/c they basically stink. But Wiggins? been watching some of the college prospects as Parker got out played aside of fouling out yesterday against Syracuse 9primetime). The same can be said for Embiid too as he needs to develop his game more aside of gain more strength/ weight.

      • KwonGuerillaCross

        Parker is by far going to be the best NBA player in the draft. He’s a guaranteed star. I’m not to enthused about Wiggins. He seems very overrated.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Yes Lakers stink so bad,they have not very many weapons to win.

  • Jai

    Pull the trigger if a 2014 1st round pick is included. That’s what we need to go for. I don’t know why people are still saying include Bledsoe. The suns would be stupid to let go of bledsoe, he’s one of the major surprises of the season and he’s their best player on their team.

    • NotSoAnonymous

      indeed bledsoe is good…but if Mitch can convince Phoenix they’re better off without him, pull the trigger. Bledsoe has missed the last 17 games for Phoenix and they’ve done incredible. It’s a tough sell but Mitch better get to work on this one

  • 3339

    send dantoni back to phoenix for free.

  • Suns Fan Suns Man

    Bruno Mars is doing the Superbowl halftime show he looks like Russel Wilson for real lol.Come on now back to the topic here,well trading Pau Gasol is a forgone conclusion by now.The only question left is when will it happen?????

  • Suns Fan Suns Man

    Suns should only fork over Emeka Okafor and maybe a pick or two nothing more.

  • POPCANA

    Morris twins, Bledsoe, and/or Lottery picks for pawned garbage. It’s sad how Lakers fans are in such despair they will talk about wishful thinking as if it will eventually become reality fueled by their perceived legacy. Suns and clippers legacy just started. Only a matter of time the Clippers evict this d-league team from staples center.

    • Matt Williams

      You’re an idiot! Even if Clippers win a championship, which will never happen, Lakers will still own LA!!!

      • Daryl Peek

        Our Lakers will always be the big dog in LA but that means nothing for perception right now if the Clips win a championship this season. Doc is making franchise direction altering changes. That’s huge and butt hurt past glory ring rants looks pathetic in smashing on them.

        What have you done for me lately is more than a saying. We got to keep pushing… No resting on past laurels like Al Bundy. I hate that ISH!

      • LakersHeatBeef

        I agree sir the moron talking crap is a idiot.Lakers run LA forever!

      • gm jack

        If Clippers Win 3 in a row!!!!!! And Lakers are in the basement. Tide can change.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Screw you POPCANA,the Suns are a Piece of garbage franchise and Arizona should evict the Suns from the State.Send the Phoenix Suns to Seattle or BFE.Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers have ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO Championships and you should shut up and learn some respect.People like you need to get off the computer you know nothing.

      The Lakers are 16 time champions you piece of crap troll.Lakers have the most winning% in NBA history.Lakers are worth the second most in the NBA according to Forbes magazine.Lakers signed a 3 billion dollar contract for the television rights to their games.Lakers have legacy and prestige.

      • POPCANA

        As a SoCal native, I can assure you that the Lakers are an afterthought. They garner no respect especially after the Clippers threw Selfies over the banners…..

  • Cracker

    Lakers should trade Pau Gasol to the Suns for Emeka Okafor and give our 2015 first round pick back to us.That’s fair IMO.

    • Jim213

      Not bad but they’ll likely give up at least a 2nd rounder. Lakers 2015 pick is top 5 protected too but be damned if they stink as bad next season as this one may end up may turn out.

  • Cracker

    Lakers must demand 2015 first round pick we gave up in the Nash trade returns.

  • Ryan

    The Suns are desperate to make a run in the playoffs and they have never ever had a dominant center on offense and they are seeing the stats Pau Gasol is putting up and they are comparable to Hakeem Olajuwon in his prime when he took the Rockets to back to back championships.

    The Suns know all too well a big man is needed come playoffs time when it becomes a grind it out half court game,so they will compromise with the Lakers to make sure this trade happens.

    The Lakers will get Emeka Okafor and Archie Goodwin and a first round pick that is going to be the return the Lakers probably get.That’s a trade the Suns will jump all over.The Suns need to put asses in the seats.Suns attendance is way down and they have no star power.Pau helps out.

    • kobe24

      Take out Archie Goodwin that would ruin the whole point of the trade, the only reason lakers would take okafor is to go under the salary cap.

    • Jim213

      Likely will end up backing up Plumlee at the 5 who out hustled and beat him down. Although, it’s more of addressing the need for another big to accommodate this come playoff time.IMO

  • Ryan

    Lakers can’t play hardball anymore the trade deadline is creeping up.Get it done!

  • Babby

    Not sure why this trade hasn’t happened yet but it’s very simple Pau Gasol needs a change of scenery more than anyone in the NBA.Suns offer Emeka Okafor and Alex Len for Pau Gasol and Steve Blake and you make that trade if you are the Suns.The reasoning is it would add 2 veterans that are interested in winning a championship and they both provide unique skill sets.The Lakers get to save money and they get a big center that is a major project and he can get much better in the future since Len is only 20 years old.Suns want to win NOW.

  • Doug & Wolf

    Suns are serious about getting Pau Gasol…Long as you keep D’Antoni.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Okafor and Bledsoe for Gasol and Meeks or Blake.

  • David Ojeda

    how about the Suns taking back Nash? shh that sounds good to me

  • Bulls Horns Up

    Three way trade Lakers,Suns,Bulls.Details are this.

    Lakers get Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich

    Suns get Pau Gasol

    Bulls get Emeka Okafor and Suns First Round Pick

  • Chipotle

    Suns are known for making stupid trades and Lakers are known for making good trades this will end up one sided in the Lakers favor just you watch.

    • KwonGuerillaCross

      Like when we gave up 3 draft picks for Steve Nash? Ummm. I think Phoenix got a STEAL in that trade!

  • jeff

    Howabout Gasol and Nash for a couple of those picks back.

  • Nick The Quick

    I dunno if this goes through. I still think the Lakers would prefer at least a potential rising star player with a 1st rounder. And I still think the Lakers try and make a deal with Cleveland since their entire team seems to be wanting out. Or if they do make a deal with Phoenix, it would be feasible to try and pry out more than a 1st rounder if they are getting Okafor back.

  • Pnut

    Scrap the Suns!!!!

    Lakers FO do this:

    Bobcats get Pau Gasol & Jordan Hill ( if you have to throw Meeks in there as well.)

    Lakers get Ben Gordon (expiring) & Bismack Biyombo & Their own 2014 1st Round Pick (~16th)

    Bobcats form a duo of Gasol with Jefferson as well as a replacement for Biyombo in Hill. Bobcats get enough of a push to remain in the Eastern Playoffs. Which is Charlotte’s front office wants.

    Lakers does not worry about Hill leaving in free agency instead replaced by Biyombo which provides interior defense. Biyombo has a nice contract at 4 mil. Exactly what Lakers need. Lakers get a nice role player at around 13 – 17 pick.

    Lakers maintain Nick Young, Xavier Henry, Sacre, Kelly, Farmar maybe Marshall. Scrap everyone else.

    Lakers tank and hard.

    Lakers end up with a top 3 pick.

    DO NOT GO FOR MELO BUT GET OTHER NICE PIECES. PLEASE DONT.

    Best Case Scenario.

    Zach Lavine / Farmar/ Marshall?
    Kobe Bryant/ Xavier Henry
    Evan Turner/ Nick Young
    Spencer Hawes/ Ed Davis/ Kelly
    Joel Embiid/ Bismack Biyombo/Sacre

    Moving forward in 2015

    Hawes and other pieces used to pick up Love.

    Zach Lavine
    Kobe Bryant
    Evan Turner
    Kevin Love
    Joel Embiid

    SET FOR THE FUTURE.

    Kobe of the books in 2016. Maybe Durant comes over :P…Okay now getting greedy….

    • Pnut

      Forgot a critical step. Fire D’Antoni. Pick up Hollins or Stan Van Gundy. Now Lakers are in the running :P

      • vdogg

        byron scott deserves a shot at coaching the lakers. i would personally love to see him on the sidelines.

      • gm jack

        Stan Van Gundy? Remember Miami and Orlando. He looked Lost in Key moments.

  • Lysol Gasol

    4 Team trade makes sense for everyone involved it works salary wise also.And these players have all been rumored to be in trade talks for eachother earlier in the season.

    Lakers get Taj Gibson and Harrison Barnes

    Suns get Pau Gasol

    Bulls get Emeka Okafor and Suns 2014 First Round Pick

    Warriors get Kirk Hinrich and Xavier Henry

  • Lysol Gasol

    Lakers gotta make this trade happen now.Gasol must go for good.

  • Braves Home Run

    I am a baseball fan and i know when a team needs a veteran to them over the hump in the playoffs they trade minor league prospect for the veteran.I am a Braves fan and we traded Doyle Alexander for a young John Smoltz yes that worked out for my Braves.Suns must trade the Lakers a young prospect and a draft pick in order for the Lakers to relinquish a 4 time All Star that is averaging 20.8 Points and 11.9 Rebounds and 1.7 Blocks also dishing 3.9 Assists per game stats were for the month of January.Suns gotta pony up assets or else miss out on a chance to add a big weapon to advance in the playoffs.Balls in your court Suns.

  • Lakers Lip Service

    Just make a move.

  • Laker12

    Suns fans are the most delusional bunch of people in the world.They think the Suns can trade Kravtsov and Markief Morris for LeBron James or they think they can trade Ish Smith and P.J. Tucker for Kevin Durant yeah they are delusional.They think the Lakers should trade Pau for a crippled Okafor GTFO SMH.Lakers will send Pau to the Eastern Conference to keep him away.

  • Western

    Nash already infiltrated the Lakers,now we should trade Steve Nash back to Phoenix.Those stinky Suns fans want Nash back more than they want Pau.Go figure.

  • duane

    2 #1 picks for Pau and they keep there hurt insurance player

  • OP_Albania

    This move should help us lose a couple of more games…

  • Brian Yam

    NOT AGAIN!

  • Sh0wtime

    The Lakers might have more leverage in this situation than they appear to have. The Suns are going to the playoffs and need a vet who’s been there before (nobody on Phoenix has been to the Finals, Pau has been three times and won twice) and someone who can score reliably in the halfcourt when the game slows down and fastbreak jumpers/cuts are no longer effective.

    Phoenix has four first round picks in 2014. To any other team this would be an embarrassment of riches but the Suns are too good to get decent value out of all of them. Considering the Lakers struggles, getting OK4′s contract would be worth it to add another first rounder so that the team can really load up in the 2014 draft.

    I love Pau and I’m grateful for all the work he’s put in/titles but damnit the Lakers have to go in a new direction.

  • Butta

    Pau Gasol is a POS with no trade value,Suns are haggling a first round pick.LMAO

  • LakersAreDead

    Lakers suck watch kobe retire sooner he sucks now , its a total waste this franchise is not going no where no more sad I’m retiring my laker fan jersey Im Threw with nba bye.

  • suns for life

    Yeah but suns better not trade bledsoe he is to good for pau. Sorry major fans shouldn’t of resigned Kobe.

  • BEAT PHOENIX BEAT PHOENIX

    For all the idiots talking shit saying the Lakers are getting evict from Staples Center and saying Lakers are not going to be a franchise anymore please STFU.Lakers are staying in Los Angelas forever and never leaving the NBA!

  • BEAT PHOENIX BEAT PHOENIX

    Lakers need to walk away from the Phoenix Scums.This Phoenix Scums team is not worth dealing with,Robert Sarver is a gay from what i read or someone running the PHOENIX SCUMS is gay.

  • BEAT PHOENIX BEAT PHOENIX

    Just trade Pau to the Bobcats and send them Jodie Meeks or Wes Johnson also as a sweetener.The return could be Ben Gordon and a pick,i am fine with that.

  • BEAT PHOENIX BEAT PHOENIX

    Hey open letter to idiot Phoenix Scums fans it was your stupid ass team that inquired about Pau Gasol so please STFU retards.Again it was your crappy team that called the Lakers FO up looking to make a trade for Pau Gasol.So stop talking BS idiots all Scums fans are delusional retards.Not giving away crap to ya’ll bitches

  • gm jack

    Why trade now? Gasol’s contract is expiring in two months. If they take Nash back, then yes. Lakers Can unload him for next year.

    Plus at least 2 second round draft picks.

    On the Nash, Issue, Lakers need to get him to retire, so he comes off the book.

    Maybe Kobe wants to retire as well. Just Maybe.

    If both Kobe and Nash retire for the next year, Lakers can spend $55 million.

    That is good for Lebron and Melo for the Next 3 years, until Love and Durant are ready to come in. And, maybe, bring back Young, Meed to back along with Marshal and one big rebounding center. Oh, too bad, Bynum is not in the Market anymore.

  • Robert Kaufman

    If we could get Okafor and the Lakers top 5 protected pick that Phoenix now owns for 2015, that may be a great deal. We are going nowhere this year, and we could use a super high draft pick next year to go with the one we will apparently get this year. Lakers can trade or go free agent for others, but they need to get better and younger. Two consecutive years with a lottery level draft pick would do it.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    ..

  • ranfan

    I wouldn’t exactly want to trade someone who nearly averaged 22/11 with 50% fg while hurt in jjanuary lol. Would have to be a very, very good trade

    • gm jack

      Gasol, is going to walk. Team is not going to the playoffs. Get something. Better than nothing. Even 2 second rounds.

  • GJ

    Just take a draft pick from the first round each year… start rebuilding and wait for the free agents , free salary cap space

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