Report: Los Angeles Lakers shopping Pau Gasol again
The Los Angeles Lakers are open to trading for less-talented players in exchange for center Pau Gasol, and the big man could soon be teaming up with his brother, Marc, in Memphis with the Grizzlies, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News:
The Lakers are committed to moving Pau Gasol — the fall guy for their second-round ouster against the Thunder and previous playoff failures — even if they have to take back less talent. As long as Heisley retains the Grizzlies, Memphis will always have interest. Heisley has always wanted to bring Gasol back, pairing him with his brother, Marc.
According to Lawrence, Grizzlies current owner Michael Heisley was going to sell the team to Robert J. Pera, a Silicon Valley technology executive, for $350 million. But less than a month after the two sides came to the agreement, Lawrence reported that Pera’s company took a plunge in the stock market and his net worth reportedly went from $1 billion to $200 million. Lawrence then offered up new information from sources close to Pera who confirmed that the prospective owner “has a net worth of well over $800 million, counting 60 million shares of Ubiquiti Networks, a Silicon Valley communications technology company.”
It’s not clear who the Grizzlies would give up in exchange for Gasol, but if Heisley likes the idea of the Gasol brothers playing together, then the owner of the Grizzlies, whether it be Heisley or Pera, would probably have to part with Zach Randolph. Gasol is due $40 million over the final two years of his contract with the Lakers, while Randolph has $34 million owed to him over the next two years with a player option worth $16.5 million for the 2014-15 season.