Posted December 06, 2012

Wolves, Raptors inquire about Pau Gasol but Lakers turn a deaf ear

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The Lakers won't yet listen to trades for Pau Gasol from the Wolves or Raptors. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Lakers won’t yet listen to trades for Pau Gasol from the Wolves or Raptors. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors seem intent on talking with the Los Angeles Lakers about a trade for Pau Gasol even though the Lakers want to give Gasol and Steve Nash a fair chance to play with each other before any changes are made to the roster.

According to a report on Thursday from Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, the Raptors and Wolves have made calls into the Lakers front office to inquire about a trade for the Spaniard.

The Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves have both recently tried to engage the Lakers in trade discussions for Gasol, sources told ESPN.com, 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.

Nash is out with a non-displaced leg fracture that he suffered in the first week of the season and the timetable for his return is still uncertain, with some reports saying he will be back next week. The Lakers reportedly want to honor the promise they made to Nash when they acquired him in the offseason to give him the opportunity to play with Gasol before they make any moves. In any case, a trade likely won’t happy until Dec. 15 when free agents from this past summer are allowed to be traded.

The Wolves are likely trying to pair Gasol with his fellow countryman Ricky Rubio, who returned to practice this month after undergoing ACL surgery from an injury he sustained against the Lakers last season as a rookie. In order to get Gasol, the Wolves are reportedly prepared to offer Derrick Williams, the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, and center Nikola Pekovic.

The Raptors, meanwhile, would reportedly trade Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, also from Spain, and Lina Kleiza for Gasol.

Gasol has long been rumored to be on his way out of Los Angeles, so the news that the Lakers could soon be fielding calls for him again shouldn’t come as much surprise. If he’s unable to fit into head coach Mike D’Antoni’s new system when Nash returns, however, General Manager Mitch Kupchak and owner Jerry Buss will likely be figuring out an exit plan for Gasol.


8 comments
zarcady
zarcady

Pau is most likely not going anywhere. If he does, then the Lakers are renegging on Steve Nash's contract which has the potential of invalidating the deal that got Nash and Howard into LA and giving the Lakers back their damaged goods in Bynum. Don't think they want that...

 

As par as the on-court play goes, Nash wanted what he considered the best moving big man in the league to run plays through (pick and roll, fast break, alley oop) while in transition or even set offense. Dwight can rebound and pound, but the real finesse players like Pau are hard to come by and the Lakers just don't know how to use him.

 

The Lakers offense defers to Kobe and his shot after shot after shot ball hogging. When it's Kobe, it's only Kobe. In the past few years, the Lakers play better with Kobe on the bench. Bbecause they play as a team! Who wouldn't like to have had Bynum (uninjured) Pau, Metta and Fisher playing together? Down the stretch, Kobe was out and their winning percentage was higher, they played higher caliber opponents, won in OT games and didn't need Kobe's 25+ points per game to get wins.

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

A little perspective on Gasol. Remember that the Lakers were headed for another 8 seed when he got there. He turned them into champs. D'Antoni has a system, but doesn't a good coach adapt to his players? Would it kill them to run 4th qtr plays through Gasol in the low post? He's a great offensive center and Howard would be happy i'm sure not to be shooting free throws during the 4th. Just three pointer when they are up by 20

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

The Bargnani/Calderon for Gasol makes no sense from Toronto perspective. That basically gives the Lakers everythng the need. 3 for 1 is way too much for Gasol. Sidebar. ...anyone watching D'anphoney noticing now odd he looks and sounds during post game pressers? Slurred speech. Pallid clammy skin. Wonder if he's been dipping into the Vicodins too frequently? I don't really have skin in this game, not a Laker fan or hater, but something is off about the guy. Also wondering if the Phoenix teams and system were more a function of having Nash, Stoudamire, Diaw, Barbosa, Bell..etc in their primes than any coaching genius on Mike's part. Also Shawn Marion was there. People talk about the need for the Lakers to get shooters but all those guys were slashers and finishers too. Who besides Kobe can drive to the hole on the Lakers?

Tj B
Tj B

dude, that package from toronto is good...bargnani can put up points, calderon can pass the rock, and kleiza is decent off the bench...nash can do the pick and roll with howard...

DERRICK1
DERRICK1

Still don't have faith in Jim Buss making the rights moves.......hiring Mike Brown strike #1, not hiring Phil strike #2 and trading Gasol......Laker nation will end paying for his Jerry Jones-like ego!

DanielSmith1
DanielSmith1

Either of those packages make the Lakers a whole lot better and deeper.

zarcady
zarcady

 @HOFPufnstuf In response to your last sentence. Who else gets the chance? Not since Odom has anyone stood up to Kobe and played their own game in spite of the obstacles. Odom had to change his game from getting the ball for a set play to getting the rebound and crashing back to the basket. When Odom rebounded (usually a Kobe miss) he used that opportunity to attack the basket knowing if he passed it, it would wind up with Kobe again for another Kobe shot attempt.

 

I don't think the new coach will have any better luck in coaching Kobe than anyone else has had. Poor Phil, hi biggest 'fail' in life was to make a team player and/or leader out of Kobe. The Lakers will win, make no doubt about that, they have too much talent to fail miserably. That said, they still have huge weaknesses. 

 

Howard as good as he is, is easily stoppable in a series. the old ShaqAttack defense (foul him and put him n the line) will take him out of the game if used properly and at the right time of the game. He can't shoot free throws, it's easy to get inside his head, the game slows down and there are a lot more big men in the league these days who can body him physically night after night. Howard is not as strong as Shaq who was freakishly strong and could take the nightly pounding. 

 

The Lakers are not good at adapting to personnel changes during a game especially when a starter is out. Kobe then gets it in his head that he can shoot their way to victory with all evidence to the contrary as exposed last season and in the playoffs. Their bench is woeful, so you have Metta, Nash and  Gasol to carry the load with Metta being a constant concern that he will get suspended and Nash still isn't on court and is 38 so how much pounding and effectiveness will he have at the end of the season?  The Lakers are left with Gasol who if he plays like he did in the Olympics, gives them a viable chance but with Kobe hogging the ball and having distaste for Pau, Kobe won't give up the ball.

jimschaf52
jimschaf52

 @DERRICK1

 You forgot turning La Mar Odom into Steve Nash with the trade exception and 4 mediocre picks, and trading Bynum for Dwight Howard. Yeah, Jim Buss has never done anything right. Are you a Clippers fan trolling real NBA threads?