Regarding Gasol, what's your stance on whether to trade him or not and his role (minutes, starter vs 6th man, play him at the 5 or at the 4)?
I think Pau's been awful, bad enough to trade him without much hesitation if the right package comes along.
Still, considering that he hasn't killed us (he is still a good player, let's not overreact), that he's injured and so is Steve Nash (who I presume will help him be more effective, at least a little bit), I don't think you trade him now, I think we should wait a little longer, it's not as if there's a very good deal on the table we're turning down.
Keeping him a little longer could help up his value, assuming Nash impacts the offense as we hope he does. There's always a chance he does very well, enough for us to want to keep him for the season. If we don't trade him this season, next season he becomes a huge expiring and we'll probably get better return on a potential deal.
So I'd give him a little more time, not because he really earned it but because of these particular circumstances. If he keeps sucking we make the move.
Regarding his role and minutes, I still think he should start games, but play more of a Sefolosha role in OKC, that is, starting but coming out early and playing more limited minutes (30-32 a night seems right). In crunch time, assuming he's playing well, I wouldn't mind getting him in and taking Howard out if he's missing FTs and the opposition is looking to foul him. Pau's still a good decision maker, he makes FTs, and he plays well with Kobe.
I think D'Antoni got it right when he stopped subbing out Dwight early to start him in the 2nd Q and started doing that with Pau. He's a better fit with the second unit IMO, he's better at creating offense for others, which our bench desperately needs. I still need to see him go down on the block more when he's at the 5, that's when he has to really be assertive and get position near the basket.
He should keep working on spot up mid-range Js because he's gonna keep getting those. Nash's return will probably mean even more open Js for Pau.
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