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Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  22 responses

Lakers Reportedly Turning Down Pau Gasol Trade Proposals


According to media reports, the Los Angeles Lakers have spoken to Pau Gasol about a possible trade if he can’t adjust to coach Mike D’Antoni’s system. However, they don’t appear ready to pull the trigger anytime soon. Per ESPN: “The Los Angeles Lakers, largely at the behest of general manager Mitch Kupchak, have rebuffed trade inquiries from at least two teams for Pau Gasol, according to sources with knowledge of the Lakers’ thinking. The Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves have both recently tried to engage the Lakers in trade discussions for Gasol, sources said, but the Lakers continue to tell teams that call that they will not consider dealing the Spaniard until L.A. can fully assess its roster after the return of injured point guard Steve Nash. [...] Sources said Wednesday that, along with the strong support that Gasol continues to get publicly and behind Lakers doors from star guard Kobe Bryant, Kupchak has been adamant that L.A. should wait until Nash’s return before making any further judgments about how the team’s parts mesh. D’Antoni took the job Nov. 11, knowing he wouldn’t have the benefit of training camp, when the Lakers made the third-fastest coaching change in NBA history by firing Mike Brown five games into the season. Stretch power forward Andrea Bargnani, veteran point guard Jose Calderon and fellow vet Linas Kleiza are among the players, sources say, that the Raptors have discussed making available to the Lakers in a deal for Gasol. It’s an open secret around the league, meanwhile, that Timberwolves general manager David Kahn has been trying since last season to acquire Gasol to join fellow Spaniard Ricky Rubio in a three-man core with All-Star forward Kevin Love, but sources say that the Lakers continue to resist Minnesota’s attempts to build a trade offer around 2011′s No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams and center Nikola Pekovic. [...] It is widely presumed around the league that Howard’s former Orlando teammate Ryan Anderson, now in New Orleans, is the Lakers’ No. 1 trade target if they were to consent to dealing Gasol. But sources said on Wednesday that Anderson is regarded as a virtual untouchable by the Hornets, given that the 24-year-old is not only a highly competent stretch power forward signed to a comparatively reasonable four-year contract but also because Anderson has proven to be an underrated rebounder.”

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  • JML-G

    that deal with Raptors would make allot sense for Lakers

  • shockexchange

    This is outrageous. If it were the Shock Exchange, Horry Jr, Jim Buss, et al. would only have to tell him 9 times they didn’t him, they wouldn’t have to tell the Shock Exchange 10 times.

  • LLC#12

    I like the raptors deal but I still think the Lakers would be making a mistake getting rid of Gasol, they owe 2 championships to him. Imo, there are more coaches better than D’antoni then there are bigs better than Gasol…I know who I would rather get rid of..

  • roscoe

    if LAL is turning down proposals that means they are getting ready to fleece someone.

  • The Fury

    Would you believe this?? This is what they actually said about Mike Brown before he got canned (in just a few days). Free Gasol!!

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    I give em like a week before we here that they somehow traded Gasol for Bruce Lee’s reanimated corpse…

  • spit hot fiyah

    Makes sense to wait for nash to get back and see how he and gasol play under dantoni, and if pau plays betterer his trade value might increase. It isis at aa career low right now

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I don’t know who the Raptors are offering, but Gasol for Bargnani/Calderon (like I’ve heard in the past) is a good deal for both teams. Not even sure why the Raptors want to grab Gasol to be honest. I think if they were to trade Gasol, they should do so for a stretch PF.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Keep in mind this is the same franchise that said they support Mike Brown and then fired him literally 2 days later, as well as the franchise that gave Phil Jackson until Monday to decide, and hired D’Antoni on Sunday.

  • candlewood jay NJ

    **than.

    You’re welcome.

  • candlewood jay NJ

    **hear

    You’re welcome

  • candlewood jay NJ

    **a lot

    You’re welcome.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Damnit, Candlewood: 1 Perry: 0
    http://i.imgur.com/6EVKT.gif

  • mrggacartier

    thats cuz atl hasnt sent a trade proposal including d12′s best friend josh

  • Redd

    Lol failed trolling.

  • Larry Sportello

    “The 24-year-old is not only a highly competent stretch power forward”

    23rd in efficiency (12th among forwards), 18 ppg and 8rpg in 32 minutes, shooting .435 from three and .480 from the field and he is only “highly competent”?

    His efficiency is ahead of Paul Pierce, Gasol, Josh Smith, Luol Deng, Millsap, Rudy Gay and Ibaka – all players I expect would receive more praise by SLAM than being “highly competent”.

  • LLC#12

    Thank you SO much, everybody on this board really appreciates the time you took there, good job.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    To be honest, I don’t know if Raptors taking in Gasol would be best for the team. Perhaps adding a 3rd (playoff contending) team getting Gasol and the Raptors taking in a bunch young players+draft picks would work best.

  • tom

    If they get Pekovic and Derrick Williams from Minny, why shouldn´t they do that??? Godd for both teams imo

  • LakeShow

    What would Pek do for the Lakers?

  • RunNGun

    Pau Gasol will be traded; that inevitably will happen sooner or later. To whom, I don’t know. I’ve been saying all along that the Wolves makes the most sense as Pau would fit right into Rick Adelman’s corner offense rather than Toronto.

    If people thought Gasol was soft, Bargs is more or less just as bad/worse. Shedding that $19M/year contract would be nice for the LAke Show; gives them room to work with another intriguing free agent class this summer and also the penalty for being over the cap will soon take effect (if it hasn’t already).

    I’ll take the local kid Derrick WIlliams, Pekovic, and 2/3 lottery protected draft picks from Minny as long as the numbers work.

  • RunNGun

    Throw in Ridnour and a few draft picks…

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