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Pau Gasol Trade Rumors: Pau Gasol Remains A Laker

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After weeks of discussion, the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers could not reach a trade that centered around Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

Although the Lakers were looking for a young prospect or first round draft pick, the Cavaliers felt they were helping Los Angeles by saving them approximately $20 million in salary and luxury taxes. While there were still discussions today before the Cavaliers ultimately traded for Luol Deng, the Lakers were concerned about the negative feedback according to Fox Sports’ Sam Amico:

Since the Lakers were adamant about a young prospect or first round pick, the Cavaliers decided to ship Bynum and three draft picks in exchange for Deng:

Although Gasol remains a Laker, the trade rumors will continue to circulate until the trade deadline in February. While he has played well since returning from an upper respiratory infection, it appears the Lakers are looking to save money and are attempting to get a young asset in return.

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  • Jim213

    Now that’s a steal?!

    The Cleveland Cavs have traded for Luol Deng, sources tell ESPN. The
    Cavs will send Andrew Bynum and a draft pick to the Bulls for Luol Deng.

    We we a new FO… SMH

    • Daryl Peek

      Ramona Shelburne ‏@ramonashelburne27m
      Cavs began their wish list for Bynum with Lakers (Gasol) and Chicago (Deng). They had more of a need at SF than frontcourt. Preferred Deng

      We never truly had a shot in the trade. They were gonna continue to low ball us.

      • Jim213

        The deal is a steal for the Cavs but given that Deng will be a FA next year the Cavs gave too much away given it’s doubtful he’ll remain with the team after this season unless he agreed to a small contract of some sort before being traded.

        But FO’s ineptness is their inability to get anything done though you’ll likely back them up. Like I’ve mentioned in the summer IMO Kupcake couldn’t sell a box of girl scout cookies. Know Richard (poster) will likely comment on this given his believe of acquiring Deng.

        • Daryl Peek

          Marc Stein ‏@ESPNSteinLine27m
          Cavs’ dream deal was always acquiring Deng, which is why Bulls could command choice draft pick that Lakers could not get in Pau talks

        • limdog

          You don’t think the possibility of signing Bron Bron would be enough to keep Deng? He might change his mind if there are championship possibilities. This is why they hired Brown in the first place in hopes of getting Lebron back.

          • Jim213

            Possible but Deng would likely demand more than his current $14 mil pay (max contract?). Looks like the Cavs salary for next season (guaranteed) will be over $33+ mil. They may have to make a few moves for 2 possible max contract deals if LJ decides to opt out of Miami.

            But given that LJ mostly plays SF with Deng/SF on board and Irving/1 it may not be a good fit for LJ who’s best at those two positions. However, if LJ wants to go back to the Cavs it’d take more to attract him to the Cavs as it’s been said that some of the Heat players may end up in Cleveland too thus to make the move more attractive to Lebron the Cavs would need to make more trades given the cap limit.

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

          I have nothing to say… OBviously Deng solidifies the SF position for the Cavs… but 3 draft picks?

        • Stephen Cash

          How is it a steal? Deng is hurt all the time. There is a zero percent chance he resigns, and the gave up 1 1st rounder, 2 2nd rounders, and a 1st round exchange… They may have cost themselves future studs for a 6 month rental.

    • independantbynature

      What makes you think Kupchak is calling the shots here,Jim?Jimmy Buss owns this mess.Kupchak does what he’s told.If he ever gets tired of it and quits,we’ll really be screwed.

      • Daryl Peek

        What makes you think it’s only Jimmy? Dr. Buss told us years ago it was a collective. Mitch and Jimmy are a team in this.

        • independantbynature

          Because Jimmy calls the shots,now.He decided to hire Brown,he decided to hire D’Antoni.He decided to fire all his scouts and everyone associated with P.J.I’ve heard from someone that knows him,that having been around West and Kupchak for years,he thinks he knows as much as them and wants to put his own stamp on the team.Kupchak is the same GM who was GM of the year awhile back.I was told that Kupchak wanted Adelman instead of Brown,but was over-ruled.He’s also the one with the personal problem with P.J.Which is why he fired everyone associated with him and wouldn’t even consider Shaw.Dr. Buss,was just publicly supporting his son and I can find no fault in that,despite how bad of a job he’s done.I’m with Magic.I don’t believe in Jimmy Buss.Kupchak knows well that defense wins championships and that D’Antoni was an awful fit for the Lakers.

          • Jim213

            IMO, didn’t have a choice this season given the expectations. I myself believed during the off season that the coach wasn’t a good fit given his rotations while wanting PJ to give it another go. But it’s best to look past the Phil days for team sake and focus on rebuilding rather than retooling around Kobe given it’s doubtful that the Lakers will contend in the next few years.

            IMO, the only good thing that may come out of this season is that we have better depth at the bench (experience/min) as the Lakers will have to figure out the best style of play which includes adapting to small ball too (to an extent). Spurs and heat have their own version that’s currently flourishing. but if a 16 championship organization/business can’t figure it out the franchise is in for rougher times IMO.

      • Jim213

        DP, or a Laker FO/player…

        Might as well let Jim be GM too. However, not mad about Pau remaining a Laker it’s FO’s obtuseness (?!) that doesn’t give the masses confidence while looking towards 2014-2015FA.

        • independantbynature

          Agreed.It’s been tough being a Lakers fan since Jimmy took over.Dr.Buss was the best owner in sports.I’ve been a Lakers fan since I was a little boy in the sixties.Too late to change now.We can only hope Jimmy will learn from all his mistakes.

    • Jim213

      Pau Gasol: I don’t worry about not playing for the Lakers anymore. “I want to enjoy the years I have left as a player. IMO, don’t believe tPau will resign with the Lakers in FA. Given the way he’s been treated (trade talks yearly basis) he’ll likely want to enjoy his final years with a contender.

      Although, a critic of Pau’s play it’d be nice if he pulled a DH on FO who seems to believe he’d stick around and if Duncan retires this season he’d definitely consider the Spurs. Stick it to inept FO! Pau.

  • kobe24

    Don’t know exactly how I’m supposed to feel…

    At once side I’m happy for Pau remaining a Laker for rest of the season but the other side means we are going to be in mediocrity (can’t really tank) Kobe is gonna come back mid~later February and gonna start trying to win games….

    I hope Kupchak really has something in mind caues the Cavs-Bulls trade was pretty great for both sides

    • Jim213

      Gamble for the Cavs 3 draft picks (1?) b/c Deng won’t resign with the Cavs 2015-2016.

      • kobe24

        Lol well since Luol Deng is going to help the Cavs thats one less competition for top 3 draft pick haha :P

        Honestly Cavs was stupid to give up 3 draft picks for a guy like you mentioned won’t resign (unless they make a incredible run in the playoffs)

      • Daryl Peek

        Deng will resign with the Cavs if they are willing to pay him. He’s out for money right now…

        Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA14m

        Luol Deng rejected a 3 year, $30 million extension with Bulls last week, league source tells Yahoo. Turned out to be prelude to trade

        • Jim213

          It’s a hisk risk move that may payoff if he resigns w/Cavs b/c Lebron won’t return to Cleveland IMO.

          • Daryl Peek

            Deng is a good second option if you don’t get LeBron, which I think LBJ is staying in Miami anyway. The Cavs will pay Deng and he will stay IMO

          • Jim213

            This seriously means that the Bulls (big market) will be making more moves to unload thus expect them to go after top players = more competitiveness (FA) for the the league as FO can’t seem to get anything done.

            Suddenly, get the feeling that Melo may end up in Chicago now given that the way the team is built suits his style of play = good fit (good for Melo). Like I’ve said in the past don’t expect too much from FO in 2014FA.

            This just limits the viable options for future pickups if the Bulls end up being in a better position (more available $$) than the bigger market team’s given the Lakers/Knicks have their hands tied now IMO.

    • Daryl Peek

      Gasol can still be traded.

      • kobe24

        Yeah I forgot to add that on my comment that its still a possibility. But honestly by now Lakers FO should stop trying to trade him.

        Gasol has been acting really professionally about the entire issue he likes being a Laker just let the guy finish the season with Kobe lol

        It also affects the entire team not just Gasol when rumors like these come out and yeah just isn’t good. Either get it done with (which they didn’t) or don’t even try to do it at all (Unless they get a steal and they don’t make trade talks last for weeks like this one)

        • Daryl Peek

          Gotta keep options open and trades don’t happen over night. Couple that with it being impossible to keep it from leaking these days. It’s just part of the biz.

          • kobe24

            Agreed, however man feel bad for Pau that guy has gone through more trade rumors than anyone in NBA history (and I don’t even think im exaggerating this)

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed on the surface. The times and social media has opened the common folks eyes to dealings. We didn’t use to be privy to this kinda info. Look at all the players that have bounced around from team to team over the years ? This is nothing new we just hear about it soon as it’s conceptualized.

          • kobe24

            Ah whatever we’ll see what Kupcake does. However I think it was smart by him and Jimmy for not pulling the trigger on Bynum + Gee/Alonzo but we’ll see what they come up with next.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed

      • e3bonz

        Yes, but isn’t that true for anyone?

        • Daryl Peek

          Yes but what’s your point?

          • e3bonz

            That there are other possible trades out there that do not involve a Pau deal. Although, I will admit I’m a little lost when it comes to possible trade scenarios.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed but Pau is our first and best trade chip.

          • e3bonz

            I dunno, it seems that not too many teams want a short term high price contract, unless there’s something I’m not seeing.

          • Daryl Peek

            Pau is very desirable. The Cavs didn’t need him with Verajo and Zeller on roster. They needed and wanted Deng. There are plenty of teams that would love to have Pau. Time will show this.

          • e3bonz

            If they didn’t need him and they really wanted Deng, seems to me it was a pointless effort on their part. Unless they planned on trading him right away.

          • Daryl Peek

            If they could steal Pau for peanuts why not?

  • Nick The Quick

    Come on its Dan Gilbert! One of the guys who didn’t want the Lakers to get CP3. No way was he gonna help us out to save $20mil and on top of that get a 1st round draft pick. He is so scared out of his mind, because he knows what our FO is capable of doing with just a small crack of opportunity. The NBA thought they could lock us up and throw away the key with the CBA, but found a way to literally come a hair away from picking up CP3.

    Just the thought of the Lakers having cap space in 2014 and 2015 gives teams the chills that we could steal away a star.

    Our best bet now is to trade Pau to a contender that is willing to give us picks and a rising star.

  • Mark Rigney

    Jim Buss blew this one. You can not be scared of fans reaction. Epic fail.

    • Daryl Peek

      Buss blew nothing. We were being low balled and were not gonna get a good deal.

      Marc Stein ‏@ESPNSteinLine27m
      Cavs’ dream deal was always acquiring Deng, which is why Bulls could command choice draft pick that Lakers could not get in Pau talks

  • Terrence

    No GM/Owner, unless they are on crack, will give the Lakers some solid 1st round picks (by solid I mean picks somewhere between nos. 1-20) for Pau.

  • 5xob

    Is tyreke Evans a free agent? Or how bout pau for the dummy anderson a first rounder 2nd rounders and a throw in player from the pelicans? With pau they could permanently move the unibrow to the 4
    Pau
    Davis
    Granger (from a trade of gordon to ind)
    Tyreke
    Holiday
    That would be a great starting 5 yell

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Deng is a coaches dream he does everything asked of him and he is a player that a coach loves having on his team.Deng leads by example and he plays top notch defense.Basically the way i see it the Cavs got a huge steal by getting Deng if they can re-sign him to a deal.If he is just a rental and walks at the free agency period then it is a loss for the Cavs.Bulls are in full tank mode after this trade,i heard Big news regarding Carlos Boozer he will let go via Amnesty in the Summer.Cavs gave up picks that are protected that’s not a bad thing if they keep Deng.

    Lakers are doing the right thing by keeping Pau Gasol that deal was bunk from Cavs.It was a low ball offer from a douche bag Dan Gilbert.Pau Gasol is averaging over 24 points and 10 rebounds in his last 3 games i hope he continues playing at this pace for the rest of the season.Pau has turned into a Superstar lately.Again major credit goes to the Lakers FO for waiting on a better deal or a flat out reset in the off season after allowing Pau to walk in free agency then using his money and the money they will get if they use stretch provision on Steve Nash.

  • JohnC

    Pau is really expensive. Because a healthy Gasol produces a lot: 20/10 + assists + basketball IQ.

    But after last year’s injuries + summer surgery + respiratory infection + he’s a veteran player, you can’t know TODAY whether or not the investment is guaranteed.

    If any team is going to purchase Gasol, why not wait until he’s a free agent (cheaper) and check he’s healthy?

    Who can pay for Gasol before February? A top contender like Thunder or Spurs to add the piece that can make a difference against Miami.

  • Chris Lilly

    Fire d’antoni. He’s the problem. his playing style never won a championship, and he couldnt coach superstars like carmelo and kobe… coaches would love to have either player but d’antoni wasnt excited once kobe came back earlier this year. Yea something wrong wit that pic. All his teams have been dead last in defense. U kno this was a move by jim buss. Dr. Buss wouldnt have pulled no bs like that ever

  • Swaggy P Is Da Truth

    Lakers have the worst GM in the NBA damn dude was stupid enough to keep Pau Gasol when he could have traded him to the Cavs.The Lakers would have reset the repeaters tax and also went way below the luxury tax also saved over Twenty Million Dollars.SMH also the Lakers would have given the Cavs Pau and that would have made the Cavs better and the Lakers worse for this season meaning a higher lottery pick for the Lakers.

    Holy Toledo the Lakers have the most inept Front Office in the NBA.Lakers FO are incompetent and can’t get the job done.Sorry Lakers fans you will never see the team dig out of this rut they are stuck in since the Lakers FO is garbage at making good decisions.They are the same idiots that hired garbage Dumbtoni.

    And the coach Mike Dumbtoni is trash man he has no idea what the hell he is doing.Better off firing the trashy coach and put Jim Buss as head coach or just hire The Coach Dave Miller as Lakers head coach.Coach Dave Miller would fix this team up better than Dumbtoni.Come on fire that man!FIRE THAT MAN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    Dan Gilbert shelled out draft picks to rent Deng for half a year – to be real we were much better of keeping Pau than trading him for nothing

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