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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 4:20 pm  |  131 responses

Los Angeles Lakers Reportedly Spoke to Pau Gasol About a Possible Trade


As soon as Mike D’Antoni was hired to coach the Lakers, fans and media began predicting that Pau Gasol wouldn’t fit in his high-octane offensive system, which would eventually lead to a trade. According to ESPN, the Lakers recently broached the subject with their embattled (and injured) big fella: “Gasol is sitting not because a trade involving the former four-time All-Star is in the works, according to multiple league sources. However, a source said that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has recently spoken to Gasol’s representatives and the gist of the conversation was that if Gasol is unable to adjust to D’Antoni’s system, the team will have no choice but to search for possible trade scenarios. Their game against the Rockets is the start of a particularly tough stretch for the Lakers — eight of their next 10 are on the road. L.A. is 1-4 away from Staples Center this sason. [...] Kobe Bryant said he could relate to Gasol’s struggles, telling reporters after Tuesday’s shootaround that he had to make a similar decision to sit out late last season when tenosynovitis in his left shin caused him to miss seven games. ‘We talked about it a little bit,’ Bryant said. ‘It’s difficult for him, obviously, because he doesn’t have the explosiveness that he had, so a lot of it I’m assuming has to do with his being injured physically and not being able to get up and down the court and perform at a high level, which could lead to some frustration. I dealt with it with the shin. You’re kind of out there playing around and playing and you kind of wind up being a little bit of a shell of yourself because of your physical limitations.’”

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  • zogs19994

    . . .

  • ScrewT

    It begins..

    again.

  • shockexchange

    So the Lakers ‘gon trade Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time? Now when D12 refuses to re-sign, who will they have left?

  • LakeShow

    Pau is the player that is least grasping, and/or not physically able to adjust to this system.

    I always want Pau on my team, but if he can’t produce then I understand the need for change.

    Hopefully he figures it out though. He’s intelligent enough, he just might not be athletic enough now…

  • ash

    Jalen Rose has predicted Pau will be traded when Mike D’ Antonio became coach. Look like this is becoming true

  • pposse

    If Pau leaves, cp3 will show up on the Lakers in 2014.

  • shockexchange

    Your logic makes no sense. If they trade Pau, who would Horry Jr have to blame for losing? Think about it.

  • jinolin

    pau for stat : win win

  • LakeShow

    Who?

    Apparently Big shot Bob has a boy playing in our L…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Robert Sacre?

  • Mr. Wet

    I heard they are trading him to china for Allen Iverson.

  • roscoe

    sometimes the unknown is better than the known.

  • roscoe

    the way the LAL are describing Pau it makes me think they are going to amnesty his @ss.

  • Nigel

    I know you wish you were funny…..but you’re not.

  • Redd

    A hobbled Gasol would be cheap to get. (which eerily sounds like modern day slave talk)

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    A trade makes a lot of sense. Send him to a team that will put him in the post and play off of him.

  • shockexchange

    Quit trying to make light of the situation. This is serious. Bynum and Brown and both out of the picture. If Pau is traded, that’s three scapegoats gone, and noone else to throw under the bus. Then fans may actually start focusing on Horry Jr’s 30 shots/game at a 40% clip. If he wants his legacy to remain intact, Horry Jr should take the Shock Exchange’s advice and nix this trade talk nonsense.

  • roscoe

    a half court focused offense is what Pau is best in.

  • LakeShow

    Can I see that season log of where 30 shot attempts and 40% FG’s happened?

    What’s that?

    Oh… you can’t?

    Because it didn’t happen…
    ohhh…

    .

    .

    .

    Also, since you write “rules” for players that are struggling and need help, how come Kobe has never gotten any “rules”?

    What’s that?

    Oh, you can’t, because you lied about that….

    Man, what a special, special bubble you live in.

    LOL

  • Chukaz

    Stat’s out with knees made out of jello. Gasol’s out with tendinitis. I’ll take tendinitis over jello knees 7 days a week and twice on sunday

  • Chukaz

    its not gonna happen. If we amnesty him, we still have to pay him and we’ll still be like 10 mil over the tax line with no ability to replace him. At least now we can trade him for a couple of contracts. I hope we don’t tho. D’Antoni’s gotta go

  • Redd

    As crazy as it sounds..Greg Munroe & Pau in the post would be pretty cool I think. And Lakers can get Knight which is an awesome pick up.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange is working on the “Horry Jr Rules.” You know how hard it is to write an 80 page doctrine on clay tablets?

  • bigA

    Gasol is a boss on the block.
    You can see it in international play.

  • brockman
  • roscoe

    i think we agree amnesty is not ideal, but imo, if pau is not able to get w/ the LAL program (the new offense) and no other teams want him they just might.

    no one thought jerry buss would trade shaq and he dumped his @ss w/out flinching.

  • roscoe

    i don’t get to watch monroe much, but he is going to be solid and help change DET.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Pau and World Peace to NY for Amare?

  • LakeShow

    Who’s rules?

    I just don’t get it…

    Robert Horry’s son Cameron is only 15 years old…

  • LakeShow

    I wish this was true.

  • TV63

    He will blossom anywhere else. Kobe has made a too toxic environment for most of his team mates.

  • LakeShow

    Thanks, but no thanks.

  • Jinolin

    Just a thought, I dont think Mare is that messed up, he goes back to nash and Dantoni I can see him getting 18 and 7 in LA, gasol would be a better fit with Melo in NYK.

  • Conor

    Maybe soon. Hopefully soon.

    Not that Smith would create space, but he wouldn’t need to. He’d play the Marion role in Los Angeles.

  • Mr. Wet

    Yeah, It’d make sense laker wise. But, does it make the hawks better? I’m not up to date on pau’s contract. And I’m too lazy to look it up. But even if Smith bolts is it worth having money tied up in Pau’s contract?

  • LakeShow

    No.
    But as a Lakers fan, here’s to Danny Ferry being a moron.

  • Drig’r

    Bryant was later asked whether he was worried about “losing Gasol,” as D’Antoni had suggested in his press conference.

    “We’re not going to lose him,” Bryant said. “That’s just not going to happen. I’ve been around him long enough. I know how to deal with him.”

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Honestly just treating him like an old race horse, unfortunately that’s just the way it is. I personally think the CBA should have more protection for old, and injured players, because sometimes the way their treated is downright shameless.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    If this does go down I would not be surprised to see the Lakers pull some shady, one sided deal. If they somehow pull of Pau for Chris Bosh and the Will of the Great Lord Cthulu, just remember you heard it here first.
    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_DVoNvgQORbw/TAi8_i66KyI/AAAAAAAAAds/53EJtFCbUGA/yes.gif

  • Redd

    I agree, it’s sad because these are humans too. Ok they earn millions but when they’re losing memory or can’t walk on their own young ages then the millions are nothing.

    All people should be equal. I admit the poor should be regarded more but a life is a life and a struggle is a struggle.

  • LobCity

    Sure……All he has to do is turn down a 5 yr/100 million dollar contract from the Clippers to sign a 1 year deal and risk injury so that he could sign 70-80 million dollar deal in 2014.

  • MikeC.

    The rumour I keep reading about involves Pau and Metta heading to GS for David Lee, Klay Thompson, picks and filler contracts.

  • Drig’r

    Bryant was later asked whether he was worried about “losing Gasol,” as D’Antoni had suggested in his press conference.

    “We’re not going to lose him,” Bryant said. “That’s just not going to happen. I’ve been around him long enough. I know how to deal with him.”

    Jim would be crucified if he went against Kobe again…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/hector.a.duque.3 Hector A. Duque

    I’m latino but if something happend to Gasol, never never in my life I will see Lakers again, I like Kobi but he is mean with Gasol, I want to say to the owner, Kobi is nothing with out all the players, he is just one of them, he is not the owner and he is not the team.

  • Chukaz

    I actually don’t think he’d fit. Not next to Dwight. Amare’s top skill is what he can do on a pick and roll. He doesn’t bring that much as the guy that’s spacing the floor for the roll man, which is Dwight’s role. Best think we can do is trade Pau to the 2007 Magic in exchange for Rashard Lewis.

  • RunNGun

    Pau Gasol to the Timberwolves to reunite with Ricky Rubio for an AK47/Love/Gasol front court. Make it happen, Mitch.

  • Mike

    If I remember right Pau should have been the MVP of the Olympus. We have had three finals appearances and two championships with him. He is not to blame. Mike D’Antoni needs a system that works for his players not a players that work in his system. He has more talent on this team then any other couch in the NBA. He seems like a stuburn old man that is stuck in his ways. If anyone needs to adjust his game it is him. Come on, a supper star not hitting there numbers when you add another supper star in the paint. Any all star player that would take his spot there numbers will go down also. You will not get a guy that has hart of a champion like pau.

  • RedDragon10

    I doubt that he’ll resign with the Clippers. He’s already held out from signing a new deal for this long, I bet that he’s going to test out free agency in some capacity. Then again, I doubt that he’ll go to the lakers as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lars-Hansen/618510464 Lars Hansen

    They called him late last night, saying he’s gone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Gasol for Bargnani!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    imagine how hated he would be by Clippers fans

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I disagree…I mean the Clippers are arguably in the NBA’s elite crowd…Why would he leave, especially with Blake only in his third year?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    God I would Love that….but what could the Timberwolves offer that the Laker’s would want?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Kobi?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    what do you think the Lakers should do with Pau?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I don’t think that trade helps the Pistons at all though…they need to rebuild through the draft for AT LEAST 1 more year…free agents are not going to flock there….giving up a solid chunk of their young talent for Pau does nothing for them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Jalen Rose is without a doubt one of the best analysts around

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    disagree

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    you’re not thankful!

  • LobCity

    CP3 is waiting because he can get an extra year/25 million by waiting until this summer. Can’t get that money by signing elsewhere and the CBA doesn’t allow extend and trades (like Melo’s). He bought a 9 million dollar mansion in LA after coming to the Clips. So, it makes sense that he’ll resign considering all the pieces the Clips have under contract for the next few years.
    Although there is the chance he leaves. The questions is where? LAL, SAS, MIA, NYK, BKN, OKC, and BOS can’t sign him. So if those aren’t options, what’s better than signing w/ LAC and an extra 25mil?

  • LobCity

    And I apply this logic to Dwight Howard too. More money/years from LAL. Kobe and Nash signed for two more years. He bought a mansion in Newport Beach. Where else could he go? I guess Dallas could try to sign him and CP3, but I don’t see it. IMO, no way CP3 and DH don’t resign

  • evilevo

    should trade him to the rockets for p patterson and c parsons and some other pices like tony douglas etc give them a decent back up small forward in parsons and p patterson is a decent pf and a good looking line up for rockets as well asik gasol delfino harden and lin

  • Matt

    Do you know how important Kobe is to the Lakers? He’s one of the most marketable players in the league, one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, and a brilliant basketball player (I’m usually for civil arguements but no matter what, Kobe is still elite). Without Kobe, the team probably huge numbers of fairweather fans as well as championship aspirations.

  • Matt

    He has been adjusting his system to fit his players better… They’ve been running more sets with Pau ducking in to get quick post ups early in the shot clock. Also, coaches RARELY change their entire ESTABLISHED offense midseason. The Lakers obviously brought D’Antoni in for his offensive system, which was to be modified but not completely changed. You characterize D’Antoni as a “stuburn [sic] old man”; however, he’s doing what’s expected of him. Furthermore, you can’t expect a coach who recently found out he was the man for the job to be able to fully integrate players.

  • Matt

    Have you seen Amar’e play recently?

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    smh

  • RedDragon10

    Well, that’s quite frankly it. I don’t believe cp3 thinks that the clippers are good enough to win a championship. It’s true that Blake’s only in his third year, but we haven’t many seen improvements in his game. He still can’t make a free throw and he’s still a one dimensional player. Does cp3 really think he can win with this crowd? Remember winning seems to be more important to cp3 than the money

  • RedDragon10

    Although that may be true, cp3 seems to be more concerned about winning than money. I believe, a few years back, NO could of signed him to a max deal but paul rejected that as well. Place of residency isn’t exactly a reason either. Remember shaq always lived in Orlando, despite leaving for LA, Miami, Phoenix, and Boston. Although I don’t think that cp3 will leave, there’s always a possibility.

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

    Lol. I don’t think you’ve watched Gasol play lately, have you?

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

    What does you being latino have to do with anything??

  • LobCity

    The difference is CP3 has a home in NC, like Shaq had in Orlando, but still went out and bought the home in LA upon being traded to LAC. He could have gotten a condo like he had in NO for his whole career but he didn’t. He bought a home in LA and moved his family there and sold the NO condo. If LA was just a vacation home, well he could have purchased that a long time ago, right? I mention this not because of the dollar value but the commitment it shows.
    But even if you want to take location out of the equation and the fact he bought a home, lets look at winning (as you mentioned). Which team that can sign him gives him a better chance of winning?

  • Max

    Aka the dancing robot ninja!

  • Max

    Just give it up man, he lives in his own world..

  • RunNGun

    Good question… I’m assuming it would involve at least three teams. I’m assuming from Minny’s side, Derrick Williams, draft picks, and one of Minny’s point guards not named Rubio. Williams would make sense for the LAkers; he’s from LA and is a versatile player and can fit into the Pringles Man offense as a pick-and-pop (something Pau can’t seem to do) and a pick-and-roll player with an improving three-point shot.

  • uqk

    language similarity..?

  • Max

    Williams and Shved + draft picks?

  • Max

    I’ve heard Landry Fields couch had some talent on it last year..

  • Max

    LOLOLOL

  • RunNGun

    Like I previously said, it’d have to take possibly another team or two aside from the LAke Show and Minny to make it happen financially/contract-wise. I don’t think Shved would be available but perhaps Derrick Williams (on rookie contract for the next three years) and Pekovic (free-agent to be), and draft picks from Minny. The other teams involved would have pieces that could fulfill the contract/finances side of it. We’ll see if anything comes to fruition by the time December 15 rolls around. A’mare to the Lakers might be interesting as well; looking forward to the next few weeks to see the craziness happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/koombuy.pride Koombuy Pride

    How dare you misspell the mambas name

  • http://www.facebook.com/koombuy.pride Koombuy Pride

    SHOULD’VE TRADED PAU LAST YEAR.. He’s clearly lost a step i would honestly take Thaddeus Young, maybe carlos boozer and a shooter, maybe an illyosova mix. The Lakeshow need a toughness that Pau will hold them back from. And yes i saw him in those championship years. I also saw Kendrick Perkins punk him when Bynum was out. His skills are diminishing and he never had the intangibles so he’s becoming useless. Mamba knows this..

  • RedDragon10

    That’s the point I wanted to make. I don’t really know. One consideration is NYK. If NY gets rid of amare, could it be possible cp3 moves there? Remember that toast at Melo’s wedding? He has shown interest in playing in NYC and with melo. Anything is possible

  • NALF

    Trade him already! Either put up or shut up Laker (br)ass. How Pau has endured all the trade rumors starting at the beginning of last season (unlike Odom) shows the class of person he is. It seems like every day there is a new rumor involving Pau. One day he’s the scapegoat, and now that he’s injured, he’s sorely missed! STFU. I hope he is traded because he deserves better than this.

  • mike

    lakers need a new coach and a new GM.

  • theeduck2000

    A hobbled Gasol would have been nice last night to replace Dwight until it got below the 2 minute mark. Dwight is pathetic at the free throw line. If I was the owner Id pull D’Antoni aside and let him know that next time if Dwight is struggling,pull his ass out the game.

  • LakeShow

    I can’t quit him!

  • http://twitter.com/fingabandit FINGA♛BANDIT♛WCWECEO

    WTF have you been watching Gasol is playing soft he need to gooooooooooooo

  • http://twitter.com/fingabandit FINGA♛BANDIT♛WCWECEO

    Blake???? bwwwaaaahaaaaa Blake aint shit

  • Chris Bosh

    Lakers suck

  • Guest

    You must be on the best crack money can by go kill yourself smfh

  • http://twitter.com/fingabandit FINGA♛BANDIT♛WCWECEO

    1st of all you nimrod its KOBE and you must be on the best crack money can buy Kobe aint nothing without Pau soft as baby crap dude go jump off a freeway pass asap you sound like a fool!

  • Fall Back Baby

    Gasol is playing old. Probably a good time to move him to a team that plays at a slower tempo and that needs a center. Should have a number of solid years left in that type of system. Gasol has been great for the Lakers but age catches up to all of us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I mean you can’t deny the guy has averaged a double double his first 2 seasons in the league without even having any offense run through him….regardless of your personal feelings about him, he is undoubtedly one of the best power forwards in the league

  • LakeShow

    I’m okay with keeping him. He’s always a bonus to have on your team.
    I just think he needs to play fewer minutes. 32mins or less i’d say.

    The only trades I like, seem unrealistic,(Josh Smith) so it’s best just to keep Gasol and hope he can adjust to the style they are going to play.

    He’s an excellent passer which we need in this system so I think all will turn out well.

  • Glenn Towery

    At last count Pau had how many rings?!…and D’Antoni has?!….Hmm… Something here ain’t right!…Is it possible it could be a coaching problem?!

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    Call me crazy but what if the lakers traded for Amare Stoudemire, then D’Antoni would have Nash and STAT back running his system lol I know thats super unlikely but I thought that was interesting….I remember Minnesota being really interested in Gasol with all of his trade rumors last year, maybe the Lakers would consider taking Minnesota’s athletic wings and draft picks? who knows…

  • wiz

    its very true. a good coach results winning ways. Jim Buss & lakers management are mishandling the team because of losing decisions. So who they blame, the players. So very sad to the lakers management.

  • wiz

    Its the the lakers management who made these results. everyone predicted championship till bad decisions made these things happened like selecting this Mike(s). Expect more worst case scenarios where lakers won’t make the playoffs.

  • hookedonnews

    What? Who’s losing their memory or unable to walk on their own? This is the NBA not the NFL. No one forces these millionaire athletes into these professions. “All people should be equal?” That has no relevance to this conversation. Professional sports is like any other job. If you can’t do the job you’re going to be let go or in the case, traded.

  • hookedonnews

    He’s not playing like he played in the Olympics–not even close. Maybe if he had passed on the Olympics he would not be on the bench with tendinitis now. D’Antoni was brought in BECAUSE of his system. He has a lot of talent on the team, but Nash, Blake, and now Gasol are injured, and there hasn’t been time for the team to gel. Gasol cannot live on past achievements. Hopefully once healthy he will adjust and be able to play in the system. If not, he’ll be traded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Agreed. But If I had to trade him I think getting Derrick Williams or Andrea Bargnani would be fantastic

  • LakeShow

    They aren’t better (obviously) but they do fit nice with the system…
    I’d be interested if they came with the right combo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    both would come with solid point guards…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Maybe Derrick Williams would even come with Pek

  • Redd

    NBA players get concussions too & playing leads to more likeliness of pain in joints or worse. NO REALLY?! I didn’t know they weren’t forced into them, thanks! The conversation was between me & the other commentator, what do you mean “this conversation” you were never in it initially.

    The relevance is there in regards to what I discussed. It’s a comment board, thus you’re free to share opinion. But that doesn’t mean I can’t think your opinion is idiotic that millions mean athletes can wreck their body for your entertainment. Money shouldn’t be equated to a human being..ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andre.parris1 Andre’ Parris

    Kobe when has Pau ever been expolosive? C’mon man!!!

  • LobCity

    Nope. If the Knicks get rid of Amare they’d still have over 50 million in contracts. Meaning CP3 would have to sign for 10-13(?) mil a year for 4 years as opposed to signing 5yr/100 mil. The only problem for Knicks fans is for that scenario to take place you’d need somebody to take amare and give you am expiring contract. Now tell me who’d give you an expiring contract for PF with bad knees making 20 mil a yr for 2 more yrs
    Atl and Dal will have cap space….

  • RedDragon10

    Let’s call up Memphis (Kwame) and Orlando (Dwightmare). They know a bad deal when they see one.

  • hookedonnews

    Sorry, I didn’t realize you were having a private conversation. I’m sure you’re aware that anyone can respond to a comment on a public forum like this one. When I said “conversation,” I was referring to the body of comments in general, not just to your response to Perry. The point about the money athletes make is that they make the choice to go into that profession and are fully aware of the toll it may take on their bodies. They are the ones who make that decision. Gasol’s problems with his knees may be the result of his choosing to play year- round for the last 4 years rather than resting in the off-season. I know it’s not popular these days to take personal responsibility, but people are responsible for their own choices. Most people would gladly trade places with any one of these highly paid athletes. Sports is no different that any other business. When you can no longer do the job, you’re replaced. It remains to be seen whether Pau Gasol is in that situation. This may be no more than a temporary problem.

  • http://twitter.com/arturo12031 arturo1203

    Trade him please he is not a tough player . He needs to play with huevos but I dont think he has them .

  • LakeShow

    You always take Pek as a throw in, but he wouldn’t necessarily add allot. He and Dwight wouldn’t play together which would set him as a reserve. Not bad, just under utilization. Plus he wouldn’t benefit from D’Antoni, like a more athletic more versatile player would. Williams would be sweet in D’Antoni’s system, as would Luke Ridinour or JJ Barea… So any combo of Williams and a PG would be enticing…

  • Matt

    What are you rambling about? There are different roads to the championship; the Lakers don’t have to be a powerhouse early in the season nor do they have to be one in the playoffs.

    I also don’t get your reply to my comment. Perhaps you can word it better or something, because I’ve shortly explained how D’Antoni is adjusting to Pau while you reply with “[it's] the lakers management who made these results”.

    While I do believe that Mike D’Antoni was not the best choice for the job, I still don’t think that the Lakers are out of contention…at all. It’s an 82 game season, with a month of playoff time.

  • cucamongakid

    What needs to go is this system and that moron d’antoni it wasw a bad move bringingt this clown in. Dumbass jim ande mitch should go on teir knees to Phil’s house and ask for forgiveness

  • LobCity

    Have you watched the Clippers play? They have an athletic center with improved post moves (yes, DJ. Go watch game tape), Blake Griffin (more on him later), Solid veterans in Billups and Caron, the best back-up PG in the league (freakish athlete too), Jamal Crawford (almost 20ppg off the bench), with Barnes, Odom(still fat) & Hollins doing the dirty work. Plus Hill and Thomkins have yet to suit up. Now how is thats not enough to keep you satisfied, I don’t know what is.
    As for Blake, he’s improved his jumpshot and added post moves. He’s improved, you must not be watching many Clipper games. As for being one dimensional. That’s coming a long, still has a long way to go. But you did mention the Melo and the Knicks in an earlier post so you must be familiar with bad D and being one dimensional,
    I thought you were making an argument earlier but now you just sound like a hater……
    So please elaborate on this fantasy team that will have cap space to sign CP3 and a better supporting cast.

  • losersnotwelcome

    new son as well. daughter will do, too.

  • RedDragon10

    Now I’m a hater? Look, it’s obvious that you’re a clipper fan. You’re name is lobcity. You obviously are biased for them. And that’s fine. But I have seen them play. The fact of the matter is that the clippers often play to the level of their opponents. They’ve beaten the spurs and the heat but they’ve also lost to the cavs, hornets, and the warriors. You mention Griffin and Jordan. Has Del Negro ever kept them in a close game for the majority of the fourth quarter? No, they can’t make free throws. Crawford is great but he shoots too much and Billups is a good leader but he’s old. I agree on Melo and the knicks be one dimensional. I never said he wasn’t. I think you’re getting the delusion that I’m a knicks fan. I’m not. The fact of the matter is cp3 is his own man and if he doesn’t think that the clippers will bring him a ring he’ll jet just like how I think Howard will leave LA this summer.

  • mrggacartier

    if we do trade pau it should be 4 josh in atl

  • LobCity

    I’m a Clipper fan, but I can still be realistic. None of my comments have been about him staying a Clipper for the sake of being a Clipper. I’ve stated facts, such as the moeny/yrs they can offer on a contract. Or the purchase of a home. Or the players on the team. Or the lack of teams with salary cap. Or the limitation of the new CBA that make it less likely for him to go elsewhere. That’s being realistic, not biased. Yet you have failed to provide a relevant argument on any of those topics. Look at their schedule this season and they’ve beaten some nice teams. Bad losses? Sure. but it’s early. But if you’re going to throw that in their faces then hold that against the potential teams he’s going to leave the Clippers for? Don’t pick random flaws on this team like other don’t have similar flaws. That’s why I said “fantasy team”. Everybody is saying the Clipps are better this year, but I guess it’s not enough for you. Haha.

    The funniest line you’ve dropped yet though “CP3 is his own man and if he doesn’t think the clippers will bring him a ring” Yes, but back to first point: Why not? and Who can?

    Howards leaving LA? Dang. That’s bold

  • RedDragon10

    You keep on citing money as if that is the only reason why players sign with a team. I’m not predicting anything. I’m only considering possibilities. The fact of the matter remains that he didn’t immediately sign an extension. Sure he can wait until the summer to and get more money, but isn’t that what Dwight said? Could’ve Lebron done that in the summer of 2010? Wade? Bosh? Players have taken less money to compete for a championship. Will Chris do that? I don’t know. I’m not too keen on money restrictions and, even though you look like you know what your talking about, I don’t necessarily believe that you factored in all of the possibilities. After watching chris play since his days in NO, I’ve realized the player is incredibly gifted yet considerably whiny. Remember when he made headlines stating that he wanted to be traded to a contender? Clippers have gotten better. Enough to win it all? The clippers are a good team but good teams don’t win championships. Great ones do. And I’m not calling them a great team. I don’t see them getting past san antonio, memphis, OKC, and maybe even LAL if they get better when Nash comes back. We’ll see what Chris does.

  • LobCity

    First, I didn’t cite money as the “only reason. Read my posts and they cite money, location, team, CBA, etc.
    Second, not one player you mentioned has sacrificed a dime to win. Wade, Melo, Bosh and LeBron all signed max extensions with the teams that drafted them. This extensions had opt out clauses after 3 years. So they opted out early and signed new max deals. Melo via sign and extend, Bosh & LeBron sign and trade, and wade just signed an extension. CP3 could have done a deal like Melo’s when he was traded to the LAC but he wouldn’t get the 100 mil he can get this summer. The New CBA doesn’t allow for a sign and trade like LeBron and Bosh did. Although he could extend for 100 mil w/LAC like Wade.
    Third, understand this is a new CBA so there’s no point in comparing CP3 and DH to the rest. Their Free agency will be completely diff. As you can see they didn’t opt last year to test free agency. They requested trades to maintain the right to sign 5/100mil.
    Lastly, only ATL & Dal (Bobcats, etc dont count) will have cap. So unless LAL, MIA, NYK magically trade horrible contracts for exp deals. Or OKC, Bos, BK, SAS trade bad contracts AND their star PG’s, I don’t know what other situation is out there

  • RedDragon10

    The only fault I found in your reasoning was that you said Lebron, Wade, and Bosh signed new max deals with the heat. They did not sign max deals. They all took less money (especially Wade) to make what they did happen. Could that happen with Chris? I think it’s possible but it seems as though you don’t think its possible because of the new CBA regulations. I don’t know enough about the topic to make any inclination towards anything but I’ll stick to my premise and say anything is possible.

  • LobCity

    LeBron & Bosh make 17,545,000. Wade makes 17,182,000….Check the NBA trade machine on ESPN to see the salaries. You’re right, he took less……about 300,000…..

  • TV63

    Well Gaurav, He looks pretty damn good if you’re a CAVS fan. LOL

  • TV63

    Geez Wake up out of your Laker world and remove the dust from your eyes and see the “Other Nba teams” . There are bottom of the barrell teams that would love to take him. Like the Cavs for example. You ever hear the expression someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure? Well it’s like that!!

  • Peter Maguire

    That is the smartest comment I have seen about Pau.

  • Peter Maguire

    isn’t that something everyone can see it and yet DHoward still plays at the end of games? why

  • Peter Maguire

    he is more of an asset in the post – shooting % goes way up when he is closer to the basket

  • Peter Maguire

    so true – doesn’t anyone remeber he was basically the MVP of the Olympics

  • Peter Maguire

    that is exactly why it will not happen

  • athanasia columbus

    i would like to see Gasol in Houston he deserves to play w an organization that will appreciate him!

  • DEB

    D’Antoni was a mistake. He won’t change his style and we don’t have a team that suits his style. Too many older legs. I don’t believe that a team can win a championship by just running! We need a little finesse in there.

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