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Lakers Trade Rumors: Team Wants Better Draft Pick From Suns For Gasol

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The trade rumors involving Pau Gasol have kicked into high gear once again with the Phoenix Suns currently in discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire the veteran center. Although a deal may get done between these two division rivals before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 20, the Lakers appear to want a little more in return from the Suns than what is being offered.

According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times, the Lakers want a better draft pick than No. 17:

With the trade deadline still a weeks away, the Suns and Lakers may continue to discuss a potential trade involving Gasol, but currently aren’t ready to pull the trigger.

Gasol will miss the upcoming three-game road trip for the Lakers with a groin injury, but has played at an All-Star level as of late averaging 20.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game in the month of January.

It’ll be interesting to see how things process in the coming weeks. A third team getting involved in this potential blockbuster trade may not be out of the question.
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  • Josh

    Lakers look like they are getting a top 5 or better lottery pick, and the Suns offering up the 17th pick with a Gasol trade? I’d take it unless they think the Suns will cave in and give a higher pick or if they think another team can come up with a better deal.

    • Dragon7s

      The problem is that while that looks enticing on the surface, sending Gasol to the Suns likely means that the 17th pick ends up being early to mid 20′s.

      • sam

        The lakers arent going to get suns pick if anything they would get the pacers late 1st rounder. But i doubt they will give the lakers a 1st round pick

  • Jacob

    Offer Nash and Gasol for Okafor and Wizards pick. Or Gasol for Okafor, the 17th pick, and another later one.

    • jonathan

      Do u take these franchises for idiots. Who the hell wants Gasol and Nash who r really old. Nash 40 he trash. Gasol doesnt play any defense and 34 years old.

  • vdogg

    don’t the suns have 4 first round picks or something like that? they should offer the lakers TWO first rounders, even if they’re late. that would be equitable.

    • Jim213

      The Nuns aren’t that desperate for Gasol they just want to make a playoff run. Deep draft next season though some have players like Aaron Gordon and Kyle Andersen past 17th in certain mock drafts. Although, I’d try working on retaining (Lakers) their 2015 1st rounder.

      • jonathan

        if anything the lakers will grab the pacers 1st round pick that the suns hold

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Like i said before the Lakers need to just walk away from Phoenix.Screw them.

    • gm jack

      Why, if you can get two first round draft picks. Suns do not have the roster to fit them any way.

      • jonathan

        there not going to give the lakers two first round picks. LOL they might not even give us one. r u taking them for idiots.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The only way i personally think the Lakers should make a trade with the Suns is if Eric Bledsoe is included in the trade to the Lakers.TBH Lakers are going to give Eric Bledsoe a Poison Pill contract in the off season the Suns need to cut ties with him now before they lose him or he hurts their future cap space for years to come.

    • Daryl Peek

      The Suns have too much free cap space already. They will resign Bledsoe next season IMO. Unless someone offers a sweet deal they be stupid to deal him. We don’t have enough to offer in order to get Bledsoe.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        That’s just my stance on the trade,i am old school when it comes to trades.My belief is you give up something to get something meaning Lakers trade Vlade get Kobe in return.Suns trade Larry Nance and get Kevin Johnson and Dan Majerle from Cavs in return,Old players can net young guys that future stars,NBA history proves it time and time again buddy.

        But yes i respect you’re take on this scenario i laid out.Please remember Mitch has swindled teams that are vulnerable before.

        • Daryl Peek

          Only problem is we are pretty much the ones in the beggars position now. Were dumping an all-star center for desperately needed cap space. IJS

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Well that is not what the reports are saying they keep mentioning it’s the Suns that have a hot pursuit of Pau Gasol.But then again it’s the media,do you trust them???They say it was the Suns GM that contacted the Lakers FO inquiring about getting Pau Gasol via trade and Mitch has them on hold and his asking for assets.

          • Daryl Peek

            Either way there are other teams out their in need of cap space and the Suns will have other options. I’m sure they like Gasol a lot. He’s a great fit for that roster in many ways. I’d hate to see Pau go but what’s best for the team is all that matters.

            It’s just time for both parties to move on and end this extended rumor mill codependency.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Yes it’s going to be a sad time for us and we all love Pau Gasol and he meant a lot to the Lakers.He helped us get 2 championships and 3 straight finals and he took us from a first round and out team to a championship team in a short time but it’s now time to split from one another IMO.

            Yes the Lakers need to clear out some contracts but we will be fine either way as Pau Gasol is a expiring contract and we can just let him walk for nothing in free agency.

            But yes this now the time for us to trade him and that’s going to be the end of insane Pau Gasol rumor mill.Yes it’s best for the Lakers to gain assets via trade for Pau Gasol before the trade deadline.I know the lakers FO will do the right thing.But yes chaos is here 3-18 in our last 21.SMH

          • gm jack

            The contract is expiring. Do not need to dump anything.

          • Daryl Peek

            Yes they do need to dump something. The team is about 7 mil over the luxury tax with the new CBA double up tax day looming and MLE trade restrictions on the horizon also. This is why all but Prokorov in Jersey have been running for the luxury tax border.

  • Daryl Peek

    I have no problem with the FO wanting more but 17th pick and that free cap space is not bad. Its more likely they think Gasol will thrust the Suns even higher and lower the value of that draft pick as they will become much stronger with Pau.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Agreed the Lakers needs to do whatever it takes to help us out.We suck.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    No need to make a trade unless Eric Bledsoe is involved.Come on Mitch get EB2!

    • jonathan

      why would they trade bledsoe? the lakers dont have any pieces. The lakers can give them there whole team they wouldnt except any deal for bledsoe.

  • Jose

    If Mitch can pull off Gasol for Okafor and 2 first rounders ( Minnesota’s and Phoenix’s) it’s a good deal. Shoot at this point even one first rounder might be good but I know that everyone is going to hate and say that it’s not enough. That would give the lakers 2 maybe 3 first rounders that would be on the cheap for next year and you would not have to bring too many players that could cut into the cap space. Since they should keep as much of it towards the 2015 free agency period as possible.

  • Daryl Peek

    “The Sixers are eager to net a draft pick for Turner—they’ve also shopped free-agent-to-be center Spencer Hawes and forward Thaddeus Young—and that has been a hang-up in their efforts to find a trade.”

    Look for this to be the team that would jump into the Oakafor trade talks with the Suns. The Sixers have been in full tank mode from the get. They have some really good young players to offer.

    If they were looking for picks in return, I’d love to do a deal with them on any of those three players in combinations for Gasol.

    • Dragon7s

      If they could trade Gasol for a 1st that the Sixers would take for Hawes, that could be the tipping point in the talks.

      • Daryl Peek

        I think you got my point backwards. The Sixers want a first round pick in return. We don’t have one to give.

        • Dragon7s

          And I think you missed what I said entirely.
          Lakers send Gasol to Phoenix for a Okafor and a 1st (that’s acceptable to Philly).
          Lakers then send that first (plus whatever else it takes to make the numbers work) to Philly for Hawes.

          • Daryl Peek

            I guess it did go over my head. I’m not good with that tho. I’d rather grab Hawes and T. Young for Gasol and Nick Young or Wes Johnson straight up. If we trade with the Suns keep the draft pick.

          • Dragon7s

            While the cream at the top of the draft will push some very good players further down the draft list, I would rather have young players that have proven they can perform at the NBA level so I wouldn’t mind giving up the 1st if it returned Hawes.

            And the ‘straight up’ trade you proposed wouldn’t work because Philly has said that if you aren’t coming with a 1st, don’t bother calling.

          • Daryl Peek

            I like Hawes a lot but not that much. Too much to give up in Gasol and a first round pick. Agreed on the straight up theme but as the deadline gets closer some teams tend to loosen up.

          • Dragon7s

            A week ago, we couldn’t give Pau away and it’s only because of the Suns desire to add some veteran depth that he’s become somewhat of a valuable commodity.
            I’m not saying he didn’t have value prior to that but teams weren’t exactly knocking down the Lakers door to try and make a deal for him.

          • Daryl Peek

            Nah, we have not been able to trade Pau because the FO is not gonna give him away for peanuts. We are in a position of weakness in many’s eyes so like sharks smelling blood in the water the other GM’s are offering garbage for Gasol. I like the fact that Jimmy and Mitch would rather let Pau’s contract expire VS. accepting long term contractual junk.

  • Ronald Velez

    LAL: Nerlens Noel
    1st rd pck 2014
    Bos (Nets)

    Bos: Dion Waiters
    Pau Gasol
    Anthony Bennett

    PHI: Avery Bradley
    Kris Humphries
    Alonzo Gee
    Vitor Faverani
    1st rd pck 2015
    Cavs via (Mem)

    Cle : Thaddeus Young
    James Anderson
    Trade exception
    3.9 million
    Trade exception
    5.3 million

    • Ronald Velez

      LAL: Nerlens Noel
      Omeka Okafor
      2nd rd pck 2014
      Cavs

      PHI: Pau Gasol
      Anthony Bennett
      Alex Len
      Archie Goodwin
      1st rd pck 2014
      Phx via (Min)
      1st rd pck 2015
      Cavs via (Mem)

      PHX: Spencer Hawes
      Alonzo Gee
      Toney Wroten

      CLE: Thaddeus Young
      Chris Kaman

      • Dragon7s

        Again, why would Philly want Pau when they are in tank mode?

      • Aaron Williams

        And why would the Suns trade two promising rookie players and a pick to get back garbage in return? This trade is absolutely glorious for Philadelphia, decent for the Lakers, and totally screws the other two teams.

        Gasol is not worth more than the Suns are offering. You guys are crazy for suggesting it. The Lakers are going to keep him and gain nothing instead? Why?

    • Dragon7s

      Why would Boston want Pau when they are in tank mode?

  • Joe

    Get Twolves involved three team deal.

    • Dragon7s

      Wait ’til next year. Wolves aren’t going to deal for Love until they feel they have no choice.

  • Disgruntled Suns Fan

    I remember the days when the Suns cheap ass owner Richard Sarver used to sell draft picks for money he sold the draft rights to Luol Deng,Rajon Rondo,Nate Robinson,Serge Ibaka lol at least this time he gets something out of it.Suns should just trade 2 First Round drafts picks to the Lakers they have 6 First Rounders in the next 2 years combined and they won’t be able to afford them and have roster room for them anyways just trade them to the Lakers for gods sake.

  • Disgruntled Suns Fan

    Suns are trying to be contenders by getting Pau lets give the Lakers picks.

  • Disgruntled Suns Fan

    I am sure the Lakers will just move on and the Suns will be left out high and dry.I am used to all this bullshit being a longtime suffering Suns fan.I am used to it by now the Suns are cheap and hate paying money to expensive players.I am so sad now and i am crying away my Suns sorrow with a old memory from the 93 Finals.SCREW YOU ROBERT SARVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TDawg

    I wouldn’t mind getting the Wizards pick, at least it’ll be in the late teens, or it could get to below the top 12 and plus it’s still in the first round so it’s all good.

  • Slater

    Sunsa are stacked with first round picks, 2 first rounds and a player that can actually play and contribute not named injured okafor.

    • vdogg

      agreed.

    • Dragon7s

      The Suns aren’t going to send a player that can help them in the playoffs and Okafor makes sense for both teams to involve in the trade.
      Okafor is of no use to the Suns except as an expiring (and the fact that the insurance company is picking up 80% of his salary) to use in trade talks.
      Tha Lakers get closer to being below the tax threshold by reducing player salary and exchange Pau’s expiring for Okafor’s.
      The Lakers don’t expect Okafor of any use to the team beyond what I posted above and are simply looking to get back picks and/or youth.

  • J Taylor

    FUNNY TRICK….we send them Pau and get their 1st round pick in June. Currently it’s #17, but if Pau gets them into the playoffs it will drop to the mid-20′s.

    Keep fighting Mitch. The Suns fleeced us to get Nash, now we want some of it back.

  • suns

    E . B. for Gasol! what r u guys smokin…..Lakers are in sell mode right now. The same position phx was in 2 yrs. ago. Take your lumps and rebuild….

  • Golakersgo

    LAKERS GET OKAFOR AND PICK OF SUNS TIMBERWOLVES AND WASHINGTON ALL 2014 1st rounders PHOENIX GET GASOL and then PACKAGE MEEKS AND KAMAN OR BLAKE TO KINGS OR RAPTORS FOR SALMONS( team option next year)

  • Golakersgo

    IF THEY CAN GET GASOL, THEIR PICK WILL BE MID 20s——we NEED MINNESOTA AND WASHINGTON PICKS SO WE CAN DRAFT JERAMI GRANT AND KYLE ANDERSON

  • gm jack

    The only trade that makes sense is Gasol and Nash to Phoenix.

  • Aaron Williams

    Eric Bledsoe for Pau Gasol? You guys are smoking crack..

  • jonathan

    ALL OF YOU R CLOWNS. The lakers if they get a first rounder it the be the pacers 1st rounder that the suns hold. But it seems like the suns arent willing to give them a 1st rounder to the lakers maybe a secound round pick.

  • Jaysmokesalot

    Draj and pick for Blake ,Nash and Gasol ?

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