Gasol turns 33 in July and is due $19.3 million next season. He’s still pretty good, still capable of being a No. 1 or No. 1-A option on most teams. Trading him shouldn’t be overly difficult, and the Lakers will certainly try.
As for World Peace, he turns 34 early next season (Nov. 13). He’s not nearly the defender he once was. He’s erratic offensively. His contract calls for a player option of $7.7 million next season. The Lakers are privately hoping he declines it and tries his hand at free agency.
If the Lakers can trade Gasol, and World Peace walks, they could have something. Everyone on their bench can be had for cheap – and reserves such as Devin Ebanks, Jodie Meeks and Antawn Jamison (who should’ve retired three years ago) won’t be back.
Nice shot there by Amico, must not like Jamison from when he played for Cleveland.