Lakers Trade Rumors: Why a Trade for Pau Gasol Is Losing Steam

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Lakers Trade Rumors: Why a Trade for Pau Gasol Is Losing Steam
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Pau Gasol is handling rumors of his departure from Los Angeles with complete class, and while different trade scenarios are coming into play, don't be surprised if the Spaniard is still dawning purple and gold after Mar. 15.

The Lakers were once victims of a bad trade before when they were forced to send Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat for Brian Grant, Caron Butler and Lamar Odom in 2004 and rushing into another bad deal could really hurt them in the long run.

Sure, Odom contributed in the championship era, but do fans remember what happened to the other two players in that deal? Grant and Butler were both eventually dealt in a span of two years, and after some rebuilding, the Lakers finally recovered.

Fast forward to 2012 and the team is faced with a similar situation involving their star big man. Gasol isn't in the middle of a public feud with Kobe Bryant like O'Neal was, but the Lakers are somewhat forced to make a deal to better their team. After experiencing what happened in 2004, the Lakers should be a lot more picky with what comes their way and pulling the trigger on a bogus trade isn't a last resort.

With all that's happened and been said up to this point, here are four reasons a Gasol trade could be losing steam.

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