The trade rumors surrounding Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers have started to surface in the City of Angels with a good possibility of the Spanish forward having played his last game with the Lakers.
With play Gasol failing to prove to the Lakers’ front office that he is worth holding onto for the last two years of his contract at $19 million a season, GM Mitch Kupchak is pursuing different options on the trade market for the Lakers’ star forward.
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An intriguing trade option that has just surfaced for the Lakers is acquiring veteran forward Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics. With the Big 3 in Boston on the verge of being dismantled after this season, Pierce may become trade bait for GM Danny Ainge with the team seemingly wanting to build around All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.
According to Ric Bucher of ESPN the Magazine, Pierce for Gasol trade is a possibility:
"If the Lakers are looking for a go-to scorer from the wing who can take some of the burden off Kobe Bryant, they can't do much better than bringing Pierce home to L.A. ... The attraction for the Celtics? A pick-and-roll partner for point guard Rajon Rondo and a rim protector, presuming Kevin Garnett will be riding off in the sunset."
Perhaps the most intriguing option for the Lakers via trade during the offseason is to acquire perennial All-Star point guard Deron Williams. With Ramon Sessions not exactly convincing anyone in Los Angeles that he is the long-term answer at point guard, the 26-year-old floor general might not return to the Lakers if he opt-out of his contract this summer.
Rumors have started to circulate around the league of Williams potentially being on the open trade market if the Brooklyn Nets can’t surround him with talent over the offseason. With that being said and Williams showing interest in joining the Lakers via sign-and-trade, Gasol may be headed to Brooklyn in the near future.
Obviously, at this point in time everything is speculation in terms of trade talk with the NBA playoffs still in progress. Even though that is the case, the Lakers’ front office will be working on all different sorts of trade scenarios heading towards the 2012 NBA Draft on June 28 and throughout the rest of the NBA offseason.