NBA Trade Rumors: Suns discussing possible Gasol deal

Jan 15, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns forward Miles Plumlee (22) in the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Here it goes again. The Lakers embattled big man Pau Gasol is finding himself amidst trade rumors, this time with a team in the same division. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Suns are discussing the possibility of trading for Gasol.

 

 

The Suns have a situation similar to that which the Cavs had earlier this year. Emeka Okafor’s contract is currently insured for 80% of his deal, putting the Lakers on the hook for very little of his contract. Assuming Okafor is involved in the deal, which is most likely, the Lakers would be just over the tax thresh hold.

 

Most appealingly to the Lakers, the Suns could have up to four first round picks this year. The Lakers were looking for a first rounder in return for Pau during trade talks with the Cavaliers. The likelihood of obtaining a pick from the Suns is much greater.

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Pau Gasol, Rumor

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  • Daryl Peek

    Would hate to see Pau dumped like that but the last time the Lakers had two first round picks in a deep draft it resulted in Kobe and Fisher. As many know I’m not down with the tankers theme but it would be wise to trade Gasol for both cap relief and a draft pick. This kills two birds with one heart felt loss.

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