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Lakers Trade Rumors: Suns Cautious Over Pau Gasol’s Injury

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On Sunday, it was reported that the Phoenix Suns are interested in acquiring Lakers forward and four-time All-Star, Pau Gasol. With the Suns making an unexpected playoff push, they have an expiring contract in Emeka Okafor and numerous first round draft picks in hopes of acquiring Gasol.

While it was reported that the Lakers wanted a higher draft pick than the projected 17th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, there is still interest from both sides to get this deal completed. However, the Suns will wait to see how Gasol recovers from a strained groin that will keep him out for at least a week via ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne:

“Sources told ESPN.com that, while there is substantive interest on both sides, it’s believed Suns officials want to see how Gasol recovers from a strained groin before deciding whether to take talks to the next level.”

Late last night, Gasol revealed that he received a PRP shot to help the healing of his groin injury on Instagram. While Gasol has dealt with numerous injuries this season, he finally appeared healthy to start the new year. In the month of January, Gasol put up All-Star numbers by averaging 20.8 points and 11.9 rebounds.

With Gasol out for the Lakers’ three-game road trip that begins in Minnesota tonight, the team received some good news as Steve Nash and Steve Blake will make their first return to the court after missing significant time with injuries.

While the Lakers will be shorthanded in the frontcourt, the team will not be signing another player to a 10-day contract and Chris Kaman will be part of the rotation.
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  • Jim213

    Time for inept FO to minimize the cap but if they can’t find other ways to reduce the cap aside of Pau just shows their obliviousness. Trade Kaman and one or two other players who get plenty of minutes on the bench. #reshiftFO

  • Daryl Peek

    And the FO is cautious as they want a better draft pick. I 100% agree they should keep their poker face on and continue to ignore the quick trigger white noise of haters and pundits. Even is they let Gasol walk at seasons end, the goal of cap space is met. No need to rush into a bunch of junk.

  • gm jack

    Pau’s agent can not find him a home.

    Basically, Pau has close to zero market value.

    If Lebron or Melo or Durant were on the block deals would be done.

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