Most of the ten options ESPN's Chad Ford lists have all kinds of ifs and unknowns. Anything for the media to hate on the Lakers, eh? I don't remember them making lists of better deals we should've taken over Miami when we traded Shaq.
One problem with the article is that he clearly ignores what the Memphis GM said about sending Gasol out... that he is happy that he is on a team that gives him a chance to win (although he doesn't care specifically for the Lakers).
When a franchise player does a good job for your team but it is time to leave after a long run, you see in sports sometimes that the front office wants to hook you up. We saw it with the KG deal.
With that in mind, it would be terrible for Memphis to put Gasol in many of those situations listed: The Nets are falling apart, the Heat are beyond hope, Atlanta is"ok" for an lowly Eastern Conference team, and the Clippers are.,... the Clippers.Take all those off the table right there.
As for the others, Chicago won't pay the salary tax, so that should not have been mentioned. And what other teams ALSO don't want a big salary I wonder?
The Warrior deal is decent, but with the Lakers he gets two super cheap young players in M.Gasol and Crittenton, plus TWO 1st rounders. That is worth more than Brandan Wright and one first rounder.
The Orlando deal undervalues the potential with Crittenton when compared to Redick. That is the main problem I have with that suggestion. But with that said, it is so close that you can say, well why not deal with the Lakers?
The Suns suggestion was just stupid. Why would Memphis take only Shawn Marion and Atlanta's first round pick? Marion isn't guaranteed to opt out, which is the main thing Memphis wants in cap room. And Crittonton, Marc Gasol (both super cheap but with potential) and two first rounders from the Lakers is far better than just one first rounder.
The Spurs suggestion is somewhat sound IF the Spurs were willing to go deep into the salary tax range (we don't know).Also, Critton and M. Gasol is >>>> than Ian Mahinmi (the draft picks are equal). But none of this matters... if the sportswriter were paying attention, Popovich already promised his team that he won't break them up after the championship they just won. Horry and Brent Barry were key bench players in that run and Popovich will keep to his promise.
The Raptor deal is dumb from Memphis perspective. Chad Ford:says this is why Memphis does it:
The Grizzlies would not have cleared a lot of cap room, but they would have received some very interesting young players, especially Bargnani (the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft) and Moon, an older rookie who is likely to be a first team All-Rookie selection this year.
These actually are the reasons why they WOULDN'T take the deal... they want to clear a TON of cap space and get young talent (and picks) for little cost in the process.
The Lakers deal is not outdone substantially by any of the deals mentioned here when all the factors involved are considered.