Pau Gasol Trade
After Earl Clark was named the starter for the rest of the season, and Pau Gasol not happy, it appears a trade may happen soon. I came up with a trade idea that I think benefits both teams: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=a2lec2e why? Charlotte needs a true low post threat and any sign of veteran leadership, which is what Pau can bring in immediately, the Lakers need a legitimate bench scorer and shooter which is what Ben Gordon can bring every night, Byron Mullens is another stretch 4 in the mold of Channing Frye that Nash had in Phoenix, both of these guys are shooters that Nash needs to be more effective as Dantoni needs alot of shooters in his system. Duhon and Thomas are just salary dumps to make the salaries match. What are your guys thoughts on this trade?
fact the bobcats are not making the playoffs this season
fact not including Pau Gasol the average age in the starting line up is 21 years old (Walker: 22, MKG: 19, Biyombo: 20, Taylor: 23)
yes you are right they are in need of a low post play and veteran leader ship but what is gasol going to do for this team moving forward by time MKG and Walker are ready to be contributors to play off team Gasol will be long gone I would much rather have bobcats package this years pick for a borderline allstar in his mid 20's than gasol
The bobcats can't trade their first round pick as Chicago holds it, they do have Detroits and Portlands though
I think Charlotte would have to add more.
More? Pau Gasol is 32 and is still owed over 30 million dollars, he's also shooting a career low % from the field
Less than six month ago he was tearing up K love and the USA front line in the olympics; he is old but his body of work along wtih recent success makes that contract worth it if he is motivated to play and age seems to matter a lot less in today's nba.
Why would the Lakes make this move though? More Offense, less rebounding? Would make them worse and do they really want to be stuck with Tyrus Thomas for the next 2 1/2 years. They can do better.
But isn't that mike dantonis system? More offense right?
putting more pieces to fit D'antoni's style is only setting them up to win regular season games only.
But they need to start winning to make the playoffs right?
What's the point of making the playoffs when your set up to lose in the first round or second round and the bar is set at making the finals
Sometimes getting your ass spanked is neccesary; makes you realize that their are people out their better and working harder.
Can't find the link again, but I did read this morning that Charlotte was in the market for a starting calibre big. The 3 names most likely were Andrea Bargnani, Demarcus Cozens (which I don't see happening), and Al Harington.
If Pau is available I could see how they might considder him, but maybe not as a first choice.
This is just speculative rumor right now, but Doug Smith generally has a good pulse of the raptor's organization. Basically TO would put up less than what was rumored a few weeks ago.
Barganani + some bench guys. All of which LA could use. No Calderon, Ross, Davis. In this case I could see a place for Pau in Toronto for a couple of seasons. May even be able to get Jose to stick around a while longer. Pau would be a good mentor for Jonas Valenciunas, and with the core of guys they have, I could see them making a run for the playoffs next year (and finish this year fairly strong.)
Again...rumors, rumors. But for TO it does come down to where would Bargnani fit best and be most valuable.
Sorry if this has been discussed already, but what about a Pau Gasol to Milwaukee trade?
Bucks could offer Ilyasova (3 point shooting big man), Doron Lamb (Solid defender who can hit the 3), Dalembert (mostly to make salaries match but Lakers could use the depth)
Not a great trade, its hard to find a suitor who is in win now mode (I'm not even sure if the Bucks are) and have a three point shooting big man and someone who can guard wing players and shoot threes who they're willing to give up
Charlotte would be reluctant to trade away a very likely high pick but their pick they have to send to Chicago is well protected this year and top 8 protected in 2015. 2016 is the year that Chicago could get it unprotected, the protection on the pick that the Bobcats get back from Detroit is less than the one they give away being only top 8 protected next year.
Charlotte also have a pick due from the Blazers which is top 12 protected this year until 2015 and unprotected in 2016. If Charlotte get that pick this year they may try to trade it but more likely to try and move up the draft. I know they would perhaps like to sign a big name FA or get one via a trade but having gone into rebuild via the draft a couple of years ago, I feel they will want to see it through.