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Feb 4th, 6:00pm PST – The Lakers do not believe trade talks with the Suns are over, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.  She also says to expect talks to continue with the Suns and other teams up until the Feb. 20 trade deadline.

Feb 4th, 5:30pm PST – The Phoenix Suns have stopped talks to acquire Pau Gasol because they feel the Lakers want too much for the veteran post player, according to the LA Times’ Mike Bresnahan.

The Lakers coveted one of following draft picks from Phoenix: the pick the Suns could potentially get from Minnesota or the one they might receive from Washington.

According to Bresnahan, the talks could resume before the February 20th trade deadline, but the Lakers were reluctant to deal Gasol without receiving what they felt was adequate compensation.

Feb 4th, 2:00pm PST — According to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, Gasol is expected to sit out at least two weeks with his groin injury.

There is no date as to when he will be reevaluated but Gasol is out for at least the next six games.

Feb 4th, 1:00am PST — While many were sleeping, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne was giving an update on the Gasol-to-Suns talk. 

According to Shelburne, the Lakers and Suns engaged in “fresh discussions” earlier in the day on Monday.  She says there is ‘substantial’ interest on both sides to complete a deal but the Suns reportedly want to see how Gasol returns from his groin injury before going further in talks.

Also on Monday, Gasol posted a picture of him receiving a PRP injection for his injury on Instagram:

“Today I got a PRP shot to help the healing of my groin injury,” Gasol wrote on Instagram. “I will work hard to be back with the team as soon as possible.”

Feb 3rd, 1:50pm PST — Mike Bresnahan says the main reason a trade has not been agreed upon is because the Lakers want a better draft pick than the Suns current position:

Should be noted that if the current pick being offered is currently 17th overall, that would be the Washington Wizards pick the Suns own.  The only other pick which is better than that particular one is the Minnesota T’Woves pick, which is top-12 protected.  With the T’Wolves out of the playoff picture at the moment, that belongs to them, not the Suns.

Feb 2nd, 8:00pm PST — Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times reported late Sunday night that the Lakers are now engaged in trade discussions with the Phoenix Suns on a Pau Gasol trade.

According to Bresnahan, “Gasol would be comfortable with a trade to the Suns, eager to prove himself in a new system on a better team, according to a person familiar with his thinking.”

Feb 2nd, 3:00pm PST – According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns have explored a potential deal for Lakers center Pau Gasol.

The Suns (29-18) have had a surprisingly good season after expectations of being lottery bound and are looking to add a piece to help solidify their position in the playoffs.  With a young roster, Gasol would provide Phoenix with a veteran presence and championship experience.

But is a trade realistic between the two division rivals?

The Suns have the expiring contract of center Emeka Okafor to offer as well as some other assets including four first round draft picks in this June’s NBA draft.  Okafor has not played a game this season due to a herniated disk in his neck and is out indefinitely.

Just two weeks ago, the Lakers were engaged in trade discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers for former center Andrew Bynum, but ultimately the Cavaliers did not want to part with any young players or first round draft picks the Lakers coveted in exchange for Gasol.  That move would have brought the Lakers below the tax threshold, something they are still aiming at doing to avoid a hefty tax bill this season.

According to Stein, an Okafor/Gasol swap would bring the Lakers within $3 million of the tax threshold and another small deal at the deadline could be made to bring them completely under.

Currently, the Suns own four 2014 first draft picks from the following teams: Minnesota (top 13 protected), Washington (top 12 protected), Indiana (top 12 protected), and their own first rounder.   At 16-31, the Lakers will almost certainly be in the lottery come the draft and another first round pick in a highly regarded draft could pay dividends for the Lakers in June.

Should the Lakers trade Pau Gasol to the Phoenix Suns for an expiring contract and draft pick or should they allow Gasol to play out the season in Los Angeles?

Andrew Bynum & Pau Gasol
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By: Alex Lambeth & Oren Levy

Mon., 9:50 PM PST — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Bynum has been traded to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng, effectively ending the possibility of a Bynum-Gasol deal. Pau Gasol remains a Laker for the time being, with his name sure to emerge in trade rumors as the February 20th NBA Trade Deadline approaches.

Mon., 1:11 PM PST – ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne provides an update on the ongoing talks between the Lakers and Cavaliers–now in an “old-fashioned stare down.”

Although there was an unofficial deadline Sunday for the Andrew Bynum trade, due to his contract becoming guaranteed on January 7th, Shelburne explains theoretically the trade can still happen Tuesday if teams either waive physicals or get them done quickly.

Sun., 7:45 PM PST — Ramona Shelburne reports that the Lakers and Cavaliers failed to reach a deal by the end of Sunday’s deadline. Talks are expected to continue as the Cavs weigh other deals.

Sun., 6:30 PM PSTPau Gasol is in the starting lineup for the Lakers against the Denver Nuggets. It looks like the Cavaliers’ Sunday deadline will come and go with no deal in place.

Sun., 1:30 PM PST – Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico reports the Lakers asked for the Cavaliers’ first-round pick, offered to swap first rounders, and also asked about Anderson Varejao. A deal has still not been met, despite Sunday’s “deadline.”

Also according to Amico, the Cavs scoffed at the notion of including guard Dion Waiters in any deal.

Sun., 11:15 AM PST — Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Cavaliers are refusing to include Dion Waiters in a potential Pau Gasol-for-Andrew Bynum deal.

The Lakers are clearly looking for a valuable asset in return for Gasol, besides the immediate financial relief that this move would bring for Los Angeles.

According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, the Cavaliers have put nothing more than Bynum and a second-round draft pick on the table so far.

According to a person with knowledge of the talks between the two teams, the only asset Cleveland has offered as of Saturday night is a second-round pick, and that won’t be enough to get this deal done.

Sun., 10:00 AM PST – After Saturday night’s premature news break by Rick Schwartz, Pau Gasol remains a Los Angeles Laker for the time being. Schwartz reported late Saturday night that Gasol had been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for former teammate Andrew Bynum.

Here is Schwartz’s original tweet breaking the news.

ESPN 710, the flagship radio station of the Lakers, also picked up the story Saturday night, but has since apologized for the premature reporting.

ESPNLA’s Ramona Shelbourne shot down all rumors, saying the Lakers deny that the deal is done. She has been covering the story throughout the week.

Despite Ramona and others hearing otherwise, Schwartz continues to insist the deal is done.

As of now, Gasol is still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. But, according to earlier ESPN reports, the Cavaliers hope to have a Bynum deal in place and finalized by Sunday.

A trade still may be coming, and if the deal does go through, the Lakers are expected to waive Bynum before his contract becomes fully guaranteed on January 7th in order to get below the luxury tax threshold.

The Lakers and Cavaliers had been negotiating throughout the past week, with the Lakers looking to acquire an asset in addition to Bynum’s contract. This deal will save the Lakers in excess of $20 million dollars while helping the Cavaliers push for the playoffs with Gasol.

If the trade is to be executed, at least one more Cavaliers player would have to be involved to make the salaries match up.

Stay tuned to for the latest on this developing story!

Sat., 9:50 PM PST – According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers and Cavaliers made significant progress Saturday, on a deal centered around Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

According to the report, the Cavaliers hope to have a Bynum deal in place and finalized by this Sunday. The Cavaliers want to execute a trade by Sunday so that it can be completed ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for Bynum’s contract to become fully guaranteed—trades need 48 hours to be finalized so players can have physicals.

Sources say the Lakers are seeking a package in return for Gasol that would include a young player or a draft pick.

A Gasol-for-Bynum trade would certainly help the Lakers escape the luxury tax and, more important than the $20 million in instant savings, the Lakers would be easing the pressure of going into the repeater tax in either 2015 or ’16. If a team is in the luxury tax in four out of any five years, it triggers the repeater tax.

Whether Bynum returns to Laker Land, or Gasol dodges yet another trade rumor, it sounds like a resolution is coming on Sunday, one way or the other.

Image: Maddie Meyer | Getty Images
Image: Maddie Meyer | Getty Images
Image: Maddie Meyer | Getty Images

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Lakers have inquired about New York Knicks G Iman Shumpert.

Shumpert, a 6’5″ combo guard in his third season with the Knicks, is averaging 6.7 ppg on 37.9% shooting, 2.0 apg, and 4.3 rpg in just under 28 mpg this season.

An athletic guard and an above average defender, Shumpert could add some depth to the Lakers injury-depleted backcourt.

This news comes just after Kobe Bryant‘s post-game comments following the Lakers win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday:

The Lakers are also said to be interested in another Knicks player: C Tyson Chandler.

The Lakers did not inquire about Chandler when they called about Shumpert, but they are weighing the possibility of a Pau Gasol-for-Chandler trade, according to sources.

Broussard, however, reports that no trade of Shumpert is imminent at this time.

Stay tuned to Laker Nation for the latest on any Lakers trade rumors.

Credit: AFP
Credit: AFP
Credit: AFP

From day one, the relationship between Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni has been anything but cordial and pleasant.  During the season and off-season, the relationship was said to be repaired whether it was due to nice dinners or private meetings between the two, but it should not come as any surprise that problems between the two have once again shown its ugly head.

Gasol, speaking to Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times, had strong comments for D’Antoni’s system and the impact it’s having on his play:

“The fact that I’m not getting the ball in the post affects directly my aggressiveness,” he said. “When I’m not getting the ball where I want to, where I’m most effective, where I can bang guys and utilize my skill, that affects my aggressiveness and overall intensity….

“This year hasn’t been ideal, certain things are not ideal for me, but that’s not going to change any time soon,” he said.

To which D’Antoni responded:

“I can’t lie to him… Our numbers tell us the worst thing we do is post up,” he said.

Which lead us to this response by Gasol:

“I don’t pay attention. Mike is sometimes all over the place, I don’t give much credit to things like that,” he said.

Unfortunately for Gasol, myself and plenty of Lakers’ fans are siding with D’Antoni this time around, which should speak volumes.  Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, published this quote from D’Antoni at shoot around this morning, questioning Gasol’s effort:

“It’s also a nice excuse not to play hard,” D’Antoni said. “That’s a classic, ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.’ Well, you don’t have trouble getting up to the paystub line. You know what you need to do to get your check. You know what to do. They will. They’ll figure it out.”

Gasol’s play dating back to last season as been average at best.  This season, he is averaging 14.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists playing 30.3 minutes a game, but has a field goal percentage of 41%, which is terrible for a center and is the worst in the league for qualified centers, behind Al Jefferson at 44%.

Offensively, he is a shade of his former self and has continued to use D’Antoni as an excuse for his play instead of taking responsibility for it himself.   There is zero issue with Gasol wanting to be put in certain spots in the offense, all players want to be comfortable.  Where the issue lies is that when Gasol does get into the post, he gets pushed out 5-10 feet from his original position, resulting in long jumpers. Simply put, he can do more by being assertive in the offense, but doesn’t seem interested in doing so more times than not.

On the defensive side of things, there’s not many, if at all any good things to say about Gasol.   Although he is battling injuries, there has been times where he does not attempt to jump to block shots and instances where he will shy away from contact.  Gasol isn’t a defensive enforcer in any sense, but it’s the effort that bothers me.

Gasol has been a professional on and off the court during his time in Los Angeles.  You rarely hear negative things about him, so it’s disappointing to hear a situation like this.

At this point, Gasol has one of two options.  The first is to play this season out, keep his mouth shut, and find a better situation for himself in free agency or risk getting traded.  The second is simply to demand a trade out of Los Angeles.  With the injuries this team has gone through the last two seasons, the loss of Dwight Howard, and the losing, this franchise doesn’t need more distractions as they attempt to get through this season.   Unfortunately for Gasol fans, it looks as if a trade could be on the horizon if things do not change.

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Lakers could be looking to trade the disgruntled Spaniard:

League sources told Sporting News that the Lakers have been fielding trade offers for Gasol for a while now, and finally could find a new home for their disgruntled big man.

Gasol will earn $19.3 million this year, an obstacle to any deal. But he is in the final year of his contract, making him a workable target for a team hoping to find a short-term big man who won’t sit on the books past this season. Another obstacle—the Lakers are protective of their cap space, and any deal they make would have to include enough expiring salaries to allow them to pursue a max-contract free agent in July.

Could the Lakers find the right deal for Gasol? That’s unclear.  They have shopped him for the last three seasons, had in fact traded him in the Chris Paul deal, then kept him around and have turned down offers for the 12-year veteran over the past two seasons.

It’s important to remember that the Lakers will not sacrifice significant cap room unless it’s a player that can help them move forward in their rebuilding process. With Kobe’s extension in place, the team will almost surely look for expiring contracts and draft picks as Sporting News reports, but the question remains if there is a team out there willing to give the Lakers what they want, especially with the inability to trade draft picks until 2019 due to the Steve Nash and Dwight Howard trades.

What happens next is anyone’s guess.  This situation seems like it will only get worse but let’s hope a resolution comes quickly so the focus can stay on the basketball court.




With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.
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