Lakers Rumors: Team Not Interested in Moving Gasol, Yet Reviewed by Momizat on . Pau Gasol joined the team in 2008, and even though he helped bring two titles to the franchise, Gasol has been mentioned in trade rumors for quite some time now Pau Gasol joined the team in 2008, and even though he helped bring two titles to the franchise, Gasol has been mentioned in trade rumors for quite some time now Rating:
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Lakers Rumors: Team Not Interested in Moving Gasol, Yet

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Pau Gasol joined the team in 2008, and even though he helped bring two titles to the franchise, Gasol has been mentioned in trade rumors for quite some time now. Gasol was traded before the start of the 2011-12 season, but that deal was cancelled for “basketball reasons.”

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From that point on, Gasol’s future with the Lakers has been in question and it appears as though a chance of Gasol getting traded is still a legitimate possibility. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are not looking to trade him as of right now, but that may change if Gasol cannot find his niche even with Steve Nash in the lineup.

The Lakers aren’t actively looking to trade Gasol right now, The Times has learned, because they want to see what happens when Nash returns from a small fracture in his leg.

After that, there are two important dates: Dec. 15 is when teams can deal players they signed during the off-season, opening up about 20% more of the NBA’s player pool; and Feb. 21, the league’s trade deadline.

There were rumors surfacing before that the Lakers were interested in acquiring Josh Smith from the Hawks in a deal centering around Gasol, but it appears as though those talks have fizzled. Nevertheless, there may be players out there that attract the Lakers’ front-office. There is no question Gasol is struggling in this D’Antoni offense and he could end up wearing another jersey once the post-season come around.

In the past three games against the Mavericks, Grizzlies and Kings, Gasol has scored 13 points, six points and eight points, respectively.

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  • plxr

    They should trade him now before its to late cause he is only gonna get older And teams won’t want to trade for him and gives us younger and better players now is the time to get some pieces to build around howard if he stays cause he burly gets touches. We need to get younger and athletic lakers look to old and slow. Pau suck now he don’t defend. They should of trade him to the timberwolves for kevin love when they had the chance or for rudy gay since the grizzlies want to team him up with he’s brother.

  • kmac_321

    Mitch Kupchak is already stitching Josh Smith’s Laker Jersey as we speak….

  • darksith80

    Things I’ve seen during the young season…

    1. D’Antoni’s offense evolves around space.
    2. Dwight and Kobe both need to be surrounded by knockdown shooters.
    3. The bench – though playing better as of late – need a go-to guy.
    4. Gasol still wants to be a go-to guy in the post.

    Easy solution – Start Jamison. Gasol should come off the bench as the 6th man and the backup center for the Lakers. Blake (Morris), Meeks, Hill, Gasol. A better looking bench all of a sudden.

  • honestly

    pau for josh smith… do it, teams attack pau and force him to defend. the dude gets pushed around way too much and is looking softer than chris bosh… Josh smith is young and hustles like how players should. great defender and is also not a bad passer..

  • MalibusMostWanted

    I say he’s gone by the deadline halfway through the season..

  • lroba

    Gasol need to work on his Defense.. and the rest leave it to kobe, d12, and nash(injured).. no comment about this trade rumors because this sucks…

  • Leo_Go_Lakers

    Without consistent sharp shooters D’Antonis offense – and the inside-out game – struggles. That’s obvious. Jodie Meeks is a joke. A bad joke. No offense, no defense. Jamison is not reliable. There is no relief for the starters. They are overloaded. So is Pau. He is exhausted, he is weak, you can see it in his eyes and in his moves. He played a hell of an Olympics in the summer. He would need at least a month rest. He still has the touch, the court vision and he is long… The Lakers should learn to play different types of offenses. Why only run one?

    In every single interview D’Antoni mentions Nash as the Messiah. What a load and pressure on the 38-year old Nash. D’Antoni is not a clever coach in terms of handling the player personnel. He will never succeed, he will never bring these guys on the same page. And missing Nash in every interview is a bad excuse. The Lakers is still a very talented team without Nash. And Mr. D’Antoni, what if the return of Nash does not solve the problem? What excuse will you have then? What if Nash gets hurt again?

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