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Lakers Rumors: Team Passed On Opportunity To Trade Pau Gasol For Josh Smith Reviewed by Momizat on . The trade rumors continue to circulate surrounding Pau Gasol in Los Angeles regardless of the team's reluctance to trade to the two-time NBA champion until he's The trade rumors continue to circulate surrounding Pau Gasol in Los Angeles regardless of the team's reluctance to trade to the two-time NBA champion until he's Rating:
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Lakers Rumors: Team Passed On Opportunity To Trade Pau Gasol For Josh Smith

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The trade rumors continue to circulate surrounding Pau Gasol in Los Angeles regardless of the team’s reluctance to trade to the two-time NBA champion until he’s able to play alongside new addition Steve Nash under head coach Mike D’Antoni.

Although Gasol’s days with the Los Angeles Lakers may ultimately be numbered if the team can’t turn it around with Nash running the show in the backcourt, the Lakers’ front office may have passed on perhaps the best opportunity to move the veteran forward in the off-season.

According to Ben Bolch of the L.A. Times, the Atlanta Hawks reached out to the Lakers in the off-season to inquire about Gasol in exchange for Josh Smith:

Gasol and Chris Duhon ($3.5 million) for Atlanta power forward Josh Smith ($13.2 million) and point guard Devin Harris ($8.5 million).

The Hawks called this summer to inquire about a Smith-for-Gasol trade.

The Lakers said no thanks.

They would probably be a lot more receptive now.

It has been rumored for quite some time that the Lakers have been interested in Smith in a swap for Gasol, but nothing has come to fruition between the Hawks and Lakers with both teams failing to see eye-to-eye on a deal that works for both sides.

Obviously, the deal mentioned above by Bolch makes perfect sense if offered today rather than over the summer. Smith is close friends with Dwight Howard and a much better option for the Lakers for many different reasons.

At 27-years old, Smith is five years younger than Gasol (32) and much more athletic. In 20 games this season, Smith is averaging 16.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Smith is also shooting a career-high 40.6 percent from beyond the arc.

There’s no question that if this deal was still on the table the Lakers would likely jump at the opportunity to improve the squad. Smith’s presence in the paint alongside Howard would greatly improve the team’s defense, floor spacing and make this roster that much more versatile.

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  • http://twitter.com/WaynesRCworld Fastwayne

    and they also passed on Phil. J Buss is a Loser: P

  • AH

    TRADE HIM NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Don

    Fuck Gasol trade his ass for smith

  • Lakerfreak

    Have you guys actually ever watched the hawks play? I’m not talking about he highlights, but the whole game? Smith and Gasol are in different leagues. It’s like saying we should trade Kobe Jason Richardson or Joe Johnson. Smith shoots terrible percentages and makes Kobe look like John Stockton (Smith doesn’t pass the ball). The only reason smith is mentioned to LA is b.c he grew up with Howard.

    • Lakerfreak

      Just to demonstrate my point…smiths line from today’s game vs. warriors.
      FGs 1-12
      3PT. 0-2
      FTs. 1-2
      +/- -14
      O. Reb 3
      T. Reb. 7
      Assists 3
      turnovers 3
      steals. 0
      bs. 2
      ba. 0
      Fouls. 1
      points. 3

  • Lakerfreak

    Also, in the summer you cannot trade a player that you acquired in a trade if the 2nd trade is a package. So Duhon could only be traded by himself and not with any other player. Meaning this offer the lakers rejected is a false rumor. Thanks for wasting time reporting it though.

  • JohnC

    Smith is an ok PF, Gasol is one of the best players of the game nowadays. Do you want Dwight to smile playing with his schoolfriend or do you want this ‘professional team’ to win a championship? Just remember both those 2 championship and last summer Olympics’s finals: not even Dwight can defend a healthy Gasol, ’cause he might have poor scoring but he is a playmaker too. No other big man is as productive as he is.

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