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Lakers Trade Rumors: Lakers, Suns To Resume Pau Gasol Trade Talks


With the NBA trade deadline less than 48 hours away, rumors and speculation are continuing to heating up. Pau Gasol has been the center of trade talk since the failed Chris Paul trade in 2011. With the Lakers enduring one of their worst ever seasons, the team has continued to look for way to get themselves under the luxury tax line.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns had been discussing a trade a few weeks ago and according to Basketball Insiders writer Alex Kennedy the teams will resume talks:

The same trade scenario may be on the table with Emeka Okafor’s expiring contract at the center of the deal according to Kennedy:

Gasol has been looking toward free agency this upcoming summer and many expect the two-time champion to leave Los Angeles for a fresh start. The Lakers have been steadfast in their want for a young asset or first round draft pick in return for the Spaniard. The Suns were reluctant to give up a first round pick in a loaded draft class for a player that could leave them in the summer, but the chances of a playoff push might be too enticing to pass up.

With the Lakers eyes set on the future, the team should continue to look at all possible options to improve the team in the coming years. Pau is not the only player involved in trade talks as the Lakers have multiple players who are possible trade chips with one-year contracts. The team may look drastically different in the coming days as management looks to build for the future.
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  • Tommy

    The suns aren’t giving up a 1st rounder for a two month rental… Get off the pipe

    • Daryl Peek

      I’d beg to differ if they see it as a deeper playoff run. Why would they reengage talks if they weren’t willing to do so? The Lakers are the ones who broke it off the last time as they wanted a higher draft pick than what the Suns were offering.

      • laker hater

        If the suns weren’t willing to give a higher draft pick wouldn’t that mean the break off was mutual? Lol suns hold all the cards in this don’t get it twisted

    • David M..

      What a lot of ppl do not realize…no NBA team includeing the Suns are gonna use all the 1st round picks the Suns have the next 2 years. It’s complete suicide to even think about putting a team out that young. They have to deal some of thoes picks, if they want Pau this is not even a issue of the draft pick, it’s a matter of which 1

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Suns fans are not wanting to give up a first round pick lol.

        • Sti1lmatic

          Might as well pull the trigger as neither team is winning a ring this season.

        • laker hater

          I doubt the suns give up a 1st rounder for a rental. But even if they do, it’s all good. It will be Indians so last pick in 1st round. Plus we still got laker pick for next year only top 3 protected. That could end up to be a top 10 pick. Suns gonna dominate this rivalry for years to come

    • gm jack

      Agreed. This would be worst than Divac for Kobe deal.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers need to just get a first round pick from these guys and call it a day.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    People tend to forget the value of getting into a playoff series… there are countless benefits a team gets in the playoffs… greatest of these is the experience they acquire playing together in a playoff atmosphere… that is invaluable, no amount of $$$ value can match that… secondly is the $$$ value from the extended revenue of a playoff game… thats one of the first thing owners sets as goal… many fans think of a first round as useless… that is totally bull shit from owners point of view, to fans who watch the game live, down to team gaining that valuable experience… there is just too much to gain from a playoff series.

    • gm jack

      But a player who scores 15 points and grabs 10 rebounds is an asset by most standards. But, when he consistently gets out scored by all the centers by 15 points, then, he becomes a liability.

      On the Defensive End, he cannot cover 1, 2, 3, too Slow!

      He cannot cover 4, 5, too Weak!

      What do you do with a player like Gasol, who has some offensive talent left but, is a defensive liability.

      How do you play him? Your expertise is needed on this topic.

      • Bee Ballin

        when is the last time a center out score pau not recently. plus all this lack of defense you’re talking about is from the guards allways getting behind their man

        • gm jack

          Let’s watch the tapes from 2008 Finals. KG, older player schooled Gasol in his prime.

          2009, 2010, they had Bynum and Ron Artest helping with the Defense.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            hahahahahahaha… you put too much thought on that one and yet fail to mention how Pau Gaso batlled Dwight Howard in 2009 and Perkins/Garnet in 2010…. to lousty… just too lousy… who was it that plays major minutes in the Center position?

          • gm jack

            To Make Gasol in the League of Duncan, KG, Or Nowitzky, is not going to happen.

            The said players led their team, Gasol, tagged on the Kobe Train. That is how good Kobe, is, he took the Lakers to win in 2009 and 2010 with mediocre supporting staff.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            And don’t tell me about Bynum… becuase the Keptics also had Perkins…. your argumemt can never stand in any street argument how much more in a court of law… get your minds straight boy.

          • gm jack

            did they win in 2008 or 2009 and 2010.

            the conclusion here is that, they won with bynum in the line up. Gasol could not get it done in 2008.

            and, opnions are not facts, but, when, they are evidenced based, they are more credible and become more factual.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        Name me a center that outscored Pau by 15…. common.. just one…Don’t tell me Garnet outscored him by 15… because that is totally false… I can also read english you know.

        • gm jack

          . You keep Gasol at 20 million per year. Look at his stats from December one game he had 6 points and on another he had 7 points. Bench players can produce that. $20m / year, you keep him.

          For the same money, you can get LBJ, Durant, and Love. So, it does boil down to money. If Gasol was making, 1 million a year, the issue would be void.

          • Cody

            Obviously we have a person here who hates Gasol who has been standing by this team, played his heart out for this team and is a great player. Talking about money? Why don’t we drop Nash who will make $18-20 million in these two years and how many games has he played?

            I like Gasol, and you also have to take in consideration: the coaching staff and the way they run plays. The team isn’t great at defense at all. Even the Showtime Lakers played horrible defense. Stop talking about defense because thats not the focus of D’Antoni’s style of play and most of the Lakers are not exactly young but they play their heart out every game. And one game? Nick Young has had streaky nights, one game he scores 7 points, the next he scores 28 points. Its called not being on your game and it happens to all athletes.

            Lebron James will not leave Miami (so far), Durant won’t leave OKC (he loves the city and team too much) and Love is the only one I can consider coming to LA since he is fed up with the Timberwolves

          • gm jack

            Nash and Blake were both bad moves.

            Point here is simple, Kareem, Magic, Worthy, Shaq and Kobe are stars.

            Lakers fans are spoiled.

            So let’s stop calling roll player like Gasol a star.

            We are the Lakers and from 1979 to 1992 then from 1996 to 2010 we have been spoiled with the best players.

            This is Lakers tradition.

            Idolizing some non stars is fine but let’s not stretch out imagination and force others to drink into the fantasy.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yes, Jack….finally a realist. That guy hook or whatever his name is just gives Nash’s butt-hole a tongue-lapping every post he makes. These worshipers are disgusting. This is a business, isn’t it?

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            YOu do not understand CBA and NBA contracts and any contracts for that matter… the man signed a contract not this year… but years before … how is he to blame? We won 2 championships with that contract he signed…. what is your problem with that? He hadn’t taken your lollypop candy, did he? What has the world turned into?

            And obviously, you have not been paying attention. No one here, and I mean, NO ONE is saying that we keep GAsol for 20 million after his contract expires… in fact, of all people in this blog… you are one of the couple here who has said that. YOu can read the archives, and I will tell you that straight to your face.

  • Vi5ion

    Ridiculous that a player who has done nothing but give his all to a franchise is being treated this way. Yes his play has gone down, but us Lakers fans are so spoiled were quick to forget how crucial he was to bringing 2 Championships to our city. Kobe wouldn’t have 4 & 5 without the Spaniard. Hes earned every right to retire a Laker and hang his jersey in Staples Center. But alas, its a business, and Jerry Buss is so quick to abandon what his father built, that we’ll end up trading Gasol for probably NOTHING. As one Laker fan, Thank You Pau! Cant wait to see 16 hung in the raptures

    • vdogg

      raptures? assuming you meant rafters.

      • Vi5ion

        Haha yea! My bad

    • Nashir Mohammed

      don’t forget they’ve been trying to trade gasol 3 years now….dr buss was still around for the nixed chris paul deal.

    • gm jack

      But a player who scores 15 points and grabs 10 rebounds is an asset by most standards. But, when he consistently gets out scored by all the centers by 15 points, then, he becomes a liability.

      On the Defensive End, he cannot cover 1, 2, 3, too Slow!

      He cannot cover 4, 5, too Weak!

      What do you do with a player like Gasol, who has some offensive talent left but, is a defensive liability.

      How do you play him?

    • gm jack

      Pau is not in the Same as West, Baylor, Wilt, Kareem, Magic, Worthy, Kobe, Shaq!

      Are Norm Nixon’s, Wilkes’, McAdoo’s, Byron Scott, AC Green’s, Cooper’s numbers on retired by the Lakers.

      • gm jack

        Or even Fisher’s?

        • gm jack

          Or Odom’s? Odom was a better defender, rebounder.

          Gasol was a good second or third option player, but, let’s not put him on the same platform as Karl Malone, Duncan, Nowitzky, KG, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley!

          • Bee Ballin

            fisher odom really????? he was the 2nd option what are you talking about

      • Chrmngblly

        Coopers should be.

        • gm jack

          Forgot Robert Horry’s 3 Peat

    • gm jack

      Gasol would have had zero and zero with the Grizzlies. One and done first Round.

      Kobe had 3 Rings when Gasol came.

      • Chrmngblly

        But that’s when Shaq left, then Vlade, then Pau…

  • Golakers

    WE NEED TO GET WASHINGTON AND MINNY PICKS draft EXUM and trade for the rights of VONLEH IF WE LOSE HILL

  • GT1

    Pau has been among the faces of the franchise for a while, two champs and one finals. Just for comparison, This season he has a little better PPG and RPG than Spurs great Tim Duncan. Duncan’s current production is still praised while Gasol is often criticized unfairly IMO. I hope lakers FO will come to their senses and keep him and sign him extension for less (9-10mil) a year which I hope Gasol would agree to bc he wants to retire a laker badly. True lakers fans love Gasol for what he did for the franchise through thick and thin.

    • gm jack

      Gasol Cannot Play Defense. Rodman had horrible stats, but he is an all star with 5 rings. Because he rebounded and played defense. To Compare Duncan with Gasol, clearly, you are talking about a player who led the spurs to 4 rings to someone who sat on Kobe’s train. what was gasol doing before he came to Kobe’s train. I figured, first round and done.

      • Chrmngblly

        I think you are right about defense being important at the center position nowadays, jack. The modern style of play makes defending the paint, rebounding and being able to actually shoot premium skills.

  • Kuroko

    2 FIRST ROUND PICKS AND EMEKA FOR PAU

  • Tellez89

    Suns are for sure going to give up a pick now..why would they talk again?hmmmm will see if mitch ends up coming on top again. and we can def land a top 5 pick even 3 if we do this right

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