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Should the Lakers Trade Pau Gasol or Make Minor Moves?

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There is less than a week left before the NBA trade deadline and the consensus around the league is that the Los Angeles Lakers are preparing to make a move, whether it is big or small. The minor move might be the most beneficial at this point by trying to acquire a point guard like Ramon Sessions, Raymond Felton or Kirk Hinrich, but the Lakers seem to be leaning towards making a substantial deal in which forward Pau Gasol will most likely be sent packing.

With the Lakers struggling over the last two games against two of the worst teams in the league (Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons), a trade is looking more and more likely. The real question is whether or not the team should trade arguably their second-best player before or on the March 15 NBA trade deadline.

If the Lakers do decide to trade the Spanish forward, they will be expecting to receive a young star in return like Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams or Kyle Lowry. The Lakers are also continuing monitor the Dwight Howard situation in Orlando and whether or not the Magic is willing to make a deal before the deadline. That could be the main reason for Los Angeles denying recent trade proposals to acquire Ramon Sessions and Michael Beasley for draft picks.

Over the next six days, there is bound to be numerous new trade rumors circulating around the league about players like Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo and Pau Gasol. Whether or not any blockbuster deal goes down remains to be seen, but chances are that the Lakers will pull the trigger on a trade. The size of the trade is up for debate as it is unclear at this point if the Lakers will go all out and try to pull off a blockbuster or stick with minor moves to improve multiple positions.

Personally, the Lakers should make minor moves before the deadline. Acquiring Sessions, Felton and or Beasley would instantly improve this team in the backcourt and at small forward. Not only would their best upgrades at two different positions, but the offense would get a much needed boost while keeping Pau Gasol.

Unfortunately, the consensus seems to be that Gasol will be dealt before the deadline. Let’s just hope the deal involving the versatile forward is a step forward instead of two steps back.

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  • Timon_classact24

    Keep gasol get a point gaurd, Steve nash or any other point like erving from cleveland trade him for guadlock an blake

  • http://twitter.com/John_LakersRule John

    One or the other…. to hell with that!, the Lakers need to do both. Trade Gasol for either Rajon Rando and use the TPE to acquire Beasley or Josh Smith and use two first round picks to acquire Ramon Sessions

  • Whatever Works

    What the Lakers need is a BENCH.  A point guard would be nice too, but it’s not as essential.  Of course a backup point guard would be great.  
    But getting rid of Gasol is not the solution — it’ll just create more holes where there currently are none.

  • Whatever Works

    Can we trade Mike Brown? Let’s do that.

  • Blair Bryant Obregon

     let’s just trade pau gasol and metta world peace to the warriors for stephen curry, dorrell wright, and david lee

    • D Sampton

       I agree but Warriors would not accept MWP in my opinion.  I checked this deal out on the NBA Trade Machine and it works with Pau for Curry, Lee and Rush.  This would give the Warriors a true big to match up with Ellis and they can play Thompson more who is basically a clone of Curry just 4 inches taller.  As for the Lakers they get back an efficient scorer in Curry to play next to Kobe, a suitable 4 in Lee to play next to Bynum and and expiring contract in Rush who can provide good minutes at the 3 and or more rest for Kobe.

  • D Sampton

    Ramon Session for a first round pick would be nice…I keep hearing/reading that the Lakers are looking into Lowery and Scola but Houston would have to throw in another player (probably Williams)…I suggest the Lakers trade with Golden State and get back Steph Curry, David Lee and Rush….Salaries match up with deal and essentially it’s the same deal Houston is offering but the Lakers get a more efficient guard to play next to Kobe (but sacrafice a lil defense).  And David Lee is 3 years younger than both Gasol and Scola.  Rush has an expiring deal and is a really good defender and efficient player as well.

  • LakerLyle

    Beasley and Sessions for future picks? I mean, hello? That’s something I wouldn’t pass! Go get them! No need to lose Gasol or Bynum. Waive Walton. He’s a burden.

    • D Sampton

       I totally agree with getting Sessions…I am leery of a Beasley acquisition mainly because he seems kinda weird in the brain and do you want to use that trade exception for someone who may walk at the end of the year?  Just might be a waste.

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