With the possibility of Pau Gasol not being resigned looming over head, should the Lakers trade him before the deadline?
Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia: Gasol has had some fantastic years here in Los Angeles, and he was largely the reason the Lakers won back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. However, all good things must come to an end and it seems as if his time in Los Angeles is up. Trading Gasol is the best bet at this point.
Oren Levy // @LakersOren: If they can get something they want, absolutely. The Lakers should explore Gasol trades to find a lottery pick or a promising young player another team needs to offload. Gasol’s $19 million expiring salary is extremely valuable. Can the Lakers get restricted free agent Greg Monroe from the Pistons? How about a pick and a contract for 2014-15 from the Cavs or Bobcats?
Johnny Navarrette // @JohnnyNav: I’m a believer in that the Lakers are content with riding this season out and going into the off-season with a clean slate. If a team were to offer a first round pick for Gasol, you might see the Lakers jump on that deal because of the potential in the upcoming draft, but I’m not sure what his value is at this point. We’ve seen weirder deals happen in past seasons.
Jory Dreher // @Jay_Laker: That’s a touchy subject in LA. When you look at what they are trying to achieve with their cap space over the next two years. The Lakers do not want to take back any long term contracts in any deal involving Gasol and that has been the end game. I do not expect them to deal him, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they did.
Belal Abdelfattah // @ItsBelal_A: There really is no wrong answer here. If the Lakers can get a desirable contract or asset, then of course they should move Pau, especially with his woe is me attitude of late.
Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBG: It’s a draw. With all the injuries plaguing this team, resulting in what seems like a million and one line-up changes, trading a regular rotation player like Gasol can only make things even more unstable than they already are. On the other hand, because of these ever changing line-ups, trading Gasol may not make much of a difference, and the Lakers could start building next year’s team now.
Ashkan Kargaran // @aakargaran: The Lakers need to find out if Pau will take a pay cut to stay with the team and help them contend in the coming years. If Mike D’Antoni is still the coach next season, then forget about it. Pau will not, and should not, take a pay cut to play for a coach that has no respect for him as a player and two-time NBA Champion. I believe the Lakers will ride this season out with Pau because there won’t be a great offer for him and if he walks then at least they have more cap space to sign someone else.
Robert Benitez // @beeb0: This is tricky, dealing Gasol will likely add contracts that won’t help the Lakers long term plans with their cap space, but the Lakers don’t want to lose him for no one. If the right deal comes along, I can see the Lakers and Gasol going separate ways, if not, I think the Lakers keep him and see what happens this summer.
Melvin Taylor // @MelvinTaylorII: If the right deal comes along I believe they, the Lakers, should. That’s for anyone outside of Kobe but hat is another conversation. With Gasol implying that a return to Memphis would be welcomed in the off-season I do believe it would be smart to get someone for him sooner rather than see him walk away like Dwight Howard did previously. Regardless of the fact, if Mitch Kupchak has a plan to resign Gasol then by all means keep him but a trade would not shock me.
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