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RUMORS: Were The Lakers Considering Trading For Brook Lopez?

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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

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Pau Gasol, trade rumor. Nothing new about that phrase as it’s been repeated and brought up ad nauseam over the course of the last three seasons, not to mention that he was even traded once for Chris Paul, the infamous basketball reasons move that was reversed by NBA’s commissioner David Stern.

This time around the rumor involves a Gasol for Brook Lopez deal with the Brooklyn Nets. According to ESPN, the Lakers reached out to the Nets about a potential deal, but the Nets turned down the offer before Lopez’s season-ending foot injury in mid-December.

Sources with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN.com that the Lakers did indeed engage the Nets earlier this month in some exploratory talks to see if Brooklyn had interest in such a swap. Sources say that the Nets balked at the idea when it was presented before Lopez’s injury, but it’s still noteworthy if it happened.

If true, it’s interesting that the Lakers would target a free agent who has a deal that not only lasts through this season, but all the way through the the 2015-16 season. The Laker are a team that is trying to have some financial flexibility over the course of the next two seasons with some prime talent slated to be free agents over the next two summers.

Going after a guy like Lopez, who is owed $32.5 million over the course of the next two seasons would be counter to any plan that the Lakers reportedly had. Of course, with Lopez out for the remainder of the year, there’s no way the Lakers engage in trade talks with the Nets now, but it makes things a little more interesting if the Lakers are pursuing NBA players who don’t come off the books in the next two summers.

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  • Marty Susman


    • jeremy

      it looks like a great trade a few weeks ago not a good trade now as he wouldn’t play for the lakers he would be sitting on the bench hurt

      • Jim213

        Given they’ll miss the playoffs this season it be best to focus on younger players who aren’t injury prone. Although the trade may have been appealing in November it’s too much $$$ to risk down the line.

    • Raymond

      The Trade is a Joke!! The worst Center ever to have 6 rebounds per game and worst!! HE IS INJURY PRONE!!!!

  • Lakers Fan

    Yes, trade for a player that hasn’t played a full season his entire career. Brooke Lopez is too injury prone, and the Lakers would have been screwed again. SMH at the FO.

    • kobe24

      Agreed, I love the guy, if he is on the court he is top 5 in efficiency (even this season when he was on the court) + hes only 25 if he was less injury prone Lakers should have went for him no matter what Kobe + Lopez would’ve been a good 1, 2 punch

      • Lakers Fan

        He’s a good player, but just too injury prone. That’s the only issue I have with Brooke Lopez. Just imagine if he wasn’t injury prone and came here and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took him under his wing. Man he is already the best offensive center to me in the league, and with a little help from Kareem would solidify him as the best center overall.


          dude learn the history of the player.. lopez is garbage.. dude only have 6 rbs.. THE LOWEST CENTER WITH RBS AVG EVER…. DONT DO IT PLEASE.. PLUS HE IS LIABILITY IN DEFENSE.. WE DONT NEED ANOTHER SCORING CENTER……

          • Lakers Fan

            You don’t know basketball if you think Lopez is garbage. And besides, he would give us MUCH more than Gasol can. His only issue is that he is injury prone.

          • jeremy

            brook is a nice center but is he the right center for this laker team and i dont know about that. at this point gasol a better rebounder and when gasol on he can put up brook like points. what can brook bring that gasol cant only thing i can think of is youth. plus look at the blazers they got better when they got a defense of minded center to add to the scorers and right now that what the lakers need not another guy who can score.scoring not the problem defense is

  • Daryl Peek

    It’s just time for separation. Pau cannot be happy here anymore and his production does not fit what we need from him. Just trade him for God’s sake Mitch!

  • jeremy

    i dont know how much that would improve the lakers if they did do that trade. pau and brook seem to me be almost the same type of player. so for that it would make the lakers younger but i dont know how much better

  • Marty Susman

    The NBA is my true love (NCAA playoff’s) & I am a super fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. Having said that I have to say I am desperately waiting for the 2015 free agency class of super studs to come on the market. This coming year honestly there are zero players on the market that I would like to see in purple & gold other then two centers. Greg Monroe & Brook Lopez both of them being players I would love to see in a Laker uniform.

    I doubt Mitch has the wherewithal to get either one BUT those two players but we need to begin our search for another ring with a “true” center. Brook a great offensive center & Greg a great defensive one. The Lakers have Gasol, Kaman, Meeks, Blake, Nash, Johnson all of whom will not/should not be offered a long term contract meaning all/any of them can be packaged in a trade for the two players mentioned above. Sure players like Klay Thompson or Dion Waiters would be great gets but I doubt even the great Jerry West could pull that off. No it seems as if the Lakers are stuck with winning nothing until the 2015 free agency class comes out.

    Truth be told the Lakers will if things keep up this way get a GOOD solid first round pick & if by chance they can lose the rest of the season they could be in the lottery & get a pick 1,2 or 3 all of them being great picks. (I am not so sure about the “down under” point over Smart) Please allow Melo to stay OUT of purple & gold & forget L.J. he won’t come.

    I am not a laker hater, sure I was upset to see Kobe get $48,000,000 site unseen form his first injury & now with the second one & most likely, more of this in the next two years but Kobe is Kobe so I can deal with it BUT please lets not keep this pretending about playoff’s, they NEED to LOSE & keep on losing until they get a super pick. They NEED to get rid of everyone over 25 or 26 and NOT sign anyone (One year deals are fine) who is older. Keep getting the first round picks that didm;’t work out & maybe we will be lucky and find a few keepers.

    • jeremy

      you sure about the dion waiter one since it seem like cavs might want to trade him and if we had a healthy team i think we could of pull off a trade with the cavs. they need a wing player and laker could of use something like henry and wes in a trade or wes and kaman

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

      keep losing and breeds a losing mentality…. maybe you have not considered that there is a thing called maturation? People need to go through it… players need to go through those experiences… if you let losing be an “OK” thing, it will seep in into your psyche… and once that habit is formed… it is much more difficult to remove it. Can’t believe people are even saying this, much more from a lakers fan.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    How about this trade Mike D’Antoni?Oh yea my bad nobody wants him lol hahaha.

  • hookedonnews

    “It’s still noteworthy if it happened.” I would like to see things reported that are verified and known to be true. Does that standard not apply to sports reporting? Tired of all these trade rumors that may have no basis in fact. I think Lopez is a great player, but these chronic foot injuries raise a lot of questions.

  • J Taylor

    I’d believe it IF you were talking a 3-Team trade. But adding Lopez and removing the salary cap benefit of next season would nullify a lot of hard work.

    And, Lopez has a slight injury history and is overvalued. I’m not sure Mitch would bring him on, but I could see Mitch work his magic and get a few teams involved.

  • KOBE24

    Trade gasol,meeks for lopez and terry bring in kidd as our coach fire dantoni and we have a bright future of RONDO BRYANT DENG LOVE LOPEZ RESIGN YOUNG WES X ODOM MARSHALL FARMAR

  • KOBE24


  • Chris Lilly

    Its jus time for the lakers to separate with pau. He plays no defense. I think we should make the trade. Play chris kaman at power foward since he does has a mid range jumper and lopez at center. They both play better defense than pau. I dare anybody to say they dont. I watch pau GIVE chris bosh 5 straight layup on christmas day. Wat a fukin gift for christmas. He spoiled mine

  • MaMBa_JOvi

    Heyyyy .. Dont Trade Pau .. Much Better If Mike D’Antoni Leave .. Bring Back Phil Jackson .. Take A Look Back 2008-2010 ? When Phil Handle The Lakers.. The Team Has Been Great ! Let’s See If Pau Improve If Phil Will Handle The Team Again :)

  • GM Jack

    Are the Lakers Fans Inhaling smog. Lopez is another big man who can not rebound and play defense.

    @ 7 feet 275 pounds, he should be leading the league. If he can not rebound, they are slow, and most likely the defense will deteriorate sooner than later.

    Honestly, if Chris Kaman was in game shape playing 35 minutes, he would be better.

    A big center’s job is rebound, block shots, clog the middle.

  • GM Jack

    Gasol Has been pretty healthy for a big man.

    If Gasol, agrees to a three year $15 million deal.

    He is a keeper.

  • John Harris

    I don’t think the Lakers have a plan.

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