Rooscooter wrote:Uncle Drew wrote:Pau is ranked as 29. best player in NBA by BSPN, that's a huge drop from last year when he was at number 15, but this is new healthy year, he is way better than that, he can prove that.
Pau Gasol is one of five players in NBA history to average at least 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists per game in each of their first 12 seasons. The other four are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Tim Duncan and Chris Webber.
What does the last 12 years have to do with this season, his expiring contract and the fact he's going to be a free agent next year have to do with anything. He's a HOF Center based on that 12 years. He's one of the most skilled bigs to every play but he's also our only trade asset that can help the Lakers return to where we should be. To not investigate any and all opportunities to trade him for the future based on what he's done in the past is not the smartest thing we've done.
If, by some chance, we can land a guy like Rondo or another guy of that quality we have to do it IMHO.
I don't see why Boston would give us Rondo for Pau unless they know Rondo will never be the same or something, even for a 19 mil expiring. If they would of course I do it. I think Rondo is in a PG class by himself though, because of his defense and playmaking skills, so I can't think of anyone of "the same quality" we could trade Pau for, unless you mean a guy of a different position. I do think exploring trades for Pau is smarter than just letting him and everyone expire and having like 2 guys under contract though. Smarter than praying we sign big name free agents, AND Kobe takes a pay cut, AND everyone who plays well this season signs back on for cheap again instead of going and getting paid and cashing in on good seasons though. If we can't get useful players for him oh well at least they tried, but it has to be smart to look, though I still don't see him being traded.