Well, I'm just looking at it from a luxury tax perspective. The Lakers could use both. You need depth behind Steve Nash and J Hill is the only defensive-minded big man the Lakers have. But, the Lakers should definitely get under the luxury tax threshold this season.
Hopefully the other players the Lakers get would be able to replace some of the things those players do.
Agree! I think it'll be difficult though.
Right now we're at 76,5 not counting Harris, Kelly or that extra guy from summerleague - that's probably 2,5 combined. So we'll be at 79 million.
We could trade Blake, Meeks and Sacre for nothing (trade exception, future 2nd round picks, a bag of chips, whatever) which would take us within 1 million of the luxury tax that is set at 71.7 million.
OR we could include Hill and get below the tax.
OR just trade Gasol for a cheaper option, like Varejao or something.
Personally, i think we should do whatever we can to keep both Hill and Pau. Those guys can be big pieces on the Lakers' roster going forward, and i really expect Pau to give a big discount on his next deal. To all the Pau haters out there: for 18/yr playing the 4 he's overpaid, but if we could get him for 8/yr at the 5 and pair him with an elite defender, that's a bargain.