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Lakers Rumors: Trading Pau Gasol for the 3rd Pick in the Draft? Reviewed by Momizat on . The 2012 NBA Draft officially gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Fri. June 28 and trade rumors continue to swirl around the NBA with some big-name players potentiall The 2012 NBA Draft officially gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Fri. June 28 and trade rumors continue to swirl around the NBA with some big-name players potentiall Rating:
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Lakers Rumors: Trading Pau Gasol for the 3rd Pick in the Draft?

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The 2012 NBA Draft officially gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Fri. June 28 and trade rumors continue to swirl around the NBA with some big-name players potentially headed elsewhere as the clock ticks down to zero leading up to the first pick by the New Orleans Hornets.

It’s no surprise that the Los Angeles Lakers continue to be mentioned in trade rumors with Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol at the center of it all. World Peace has been linked to a potential trade that would give the Lakers a late first-round pick in the draft. Talk of the Lakers acquiring one of two players from Baylor in Quincy Miller and Perry Jones III with this pick has started to gain some momentum.

Another possibility that the Lakers might be exploring in the upcoming draft is trading Gasol to the Washington Wizards for the 3rd overall pick via Sam Amico of FoxSportsOhio.com:

“Back to the Lakers. If the Cavs are able to move up and nab Beal at No. 2, there’s talk the Lakers would be willing to make life easy for the Wizards and help them move out of the third spot. It would likely take power forward Pau Gasol. Far-fetched for now, but don’t be surprised if it’s something that’s explored in the right situation.”

As Amico suggests, this trade may be “far-fetched” for the Lakers as it is uncertain if the Wizards are willing to take on Gasol’s large contract or if there is any interest for Washington to make this deal.

Potential targets for the Lakers with the 3rd pick could be any one of the following players:

  • Austin Rivers, Duke
  • John Henson, North Carolina
  • Damian Lillard, Weber State
  • Dion Waiters, Syracuse
  • Andre Drummond, UConn
  • Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
  • Thomas Robinson, Kansas
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
  • Bradley Beal, Florida

Even though this potential trade may be stretch, anything can happen from here on out with the Lakers so limited in terms of free agency with the huge luxury tax to deal with moving forward. It does seem as though the Lakers’ front office is trying to make something happen before or on draft day in order to clear some cap space and acquire younger players. It’ll be interesting to see if any moves are made by Los Angeles in the coming days.

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  • Tbrew09

    What about Draymond Green?
     

    • Stra8balla

      Green is not athletic enough. He will not be really productive in the NBA and doesn’t warrant a top 15 selection.

  • Trausaigon

    why not

  • kobeGOAT

    jim buss is an idiot, bring jerry back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Hines/100000113024951 Jon Hines

    keep gasol get jeremy lamb with the later pick for MWP

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mario-Reza-Jr/100000927501930 Mario Reza Jr.

    Get doc rivers son from duke.. Sickass guard…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H3OBHVXD33WQCUMHUJCV6UTIPY Dillo

    Houston’s ready to make a deal lets give up on k.Lowry and take K.Martin,L.Scola and 2 of Houston’s 3 first round picks . If we make the trade for the 3rd pick we should trade MWP for a late first round pick also.

  • flashthundergod

    i’m for bynum for davies trade…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002677445942 Smalls Morgan

    Gasol and mwp for pj3 and marquis teague best trade the lakers will make!

  • Pfart1992

    MKG in purple and gold would be awesome. Does everything MWP does minus the crazy and is about 15 years younger

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hathwell John Hathwell

    How is this deal supposed to work under the salary cap?

  • Sti1lmatic

    I say the Lakers sign Jason Kapono, Troy Murphy and Josh McRoberts to make our bench deep.
    Oh wait, the stupid ass Lakers organization already tried that.

    Phucken idiots

  • Swaggerdaggerlikeus

    bradely beal
    or get guincy jones and perry 3

  • http://coachdesignz.wordpress.com/ Jay Dayuday

    I’m with firing Mike Brown.
    Stick with the Lakers core – Kobe, Pau & Andrew(with a mature attitude though).

    I’d still think Phil Jackson is right, offense should involve more of Pau Gasol on the block rather than settling for outside shots. It’ll be better if Andrew Bynum could be a pass first then shoot guy with his low post game. 

    Re-sign Sessions, and get the other guys ready to shoot and make 3s. I would like R.Allen or other guys with deadly hands.

    If it won’t happen, so be it. We’ll still be #TheNextChamps.

  • Pusstxfn

    I love sucking on womens beautiful toes and smelling their sweet panties.

  • Stra8balla

    Lamb will be gone by pick 10 in the 1st round. Guarantee!

  • DADDYMOLINA

    OUR FRONT OFFICE IS A JOKE….WE NEED TO HOLD ON TO GASOL,BYNUM AND KOBE,WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS A BIG TIME POINT GUARD VIA STEVE NASH,DERON WILLIAMS AND WE HAVE THE WORST  BENCH IN THE N.B.A BRING BACK ODOM AND KEEP METTA

  • Amf2450

    let’s have Kobe, LeBron, Cp3, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant all together… hahhahaaah.. Phil Jackson our coach

  • Venusmanalo

    Let’s just wait for tomorrows draft day to end all this speculations of trading someone to another……Ok!!!

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