Lakers Trade Rumors: 3 Bizarre Rumors That Will Never Come to Fruition

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2012

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With the NBA trade deadline looming, it's only natural that some crazy rumors will surface.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been looking to make some moves, so they have been the subject of such rumors.

The Lakers have been wanting to move Pau Gasol ever since failing to land Chris Paul during the winter.

They're also in desperate need for a point guard, as it looks like the team can't win a title with either Derek Fisher or Steve Blake starting.

With Dwight Howard and/or Deron Williams possibly hitting the free-agent market, Los Angeles wants to keep some cap space open as well.

Most fans will probably be happy when the calendar reaches March 14th and the passing of the trade deadline.

Depending on your feeling toward them, you can either calm down or lower your expectations because these three trades aren't happening.

Rajon Rondo for Pau Gasol

This was speculated back in February by Eric Pincus.

It would be perfect for Los Angeles to land Rondo. Plus, they would finally be able to off-load Gasol.

But as much as Lakers fans want this to happen, it's not going to. The Lakers would have to give up much more than Gasol to get Rondo, and Los Angeles should determine the cost of bringing Rondo to the cost of losing multiple players.

Plus, this trade doesn't make a whole lot of sense for Boston.

Gasol is obviously a talented player, but would the Celtics—an aging team already—be benefited that much by bringing in the 31-year-old Gasol and losing an All-Star point guard.

Keep dreaming on this one Lakers fans.

Dwight Howard for Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! believes that Los Angeles would only move Andrew Bynum in a trade for Dwight Howard.

Orlando is definitely in quite a difficult position. If they do trade Howard, they'll never get fair value, but they also risk losing him for nothing in free agency.

It's doubtful that many Lakers fans believe that Howard is going to be arriving this March, but those who do should forget about it.

It makes sense to move Gasol, but Los Angeles should take the risk and see if Howard does hit the free-agent market.

In the worst-case scenario, they don't get him but they still have Bynum. Although Howard is arguably the best center in the league, the Lakers can win a title without him.

Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola for Pau Gasol

Of all the prospective trades, the fact this one won't happen has to be frustrating for Laker fans.

It solves almost every immediate problem for the team. They can finally offload Gasol, they bring in a serviceable replacement in Scola and solve their point guard problems with Lowry.

In the same Yahoo! article, Spears writes that the Rockets have "shown no inclination" to move Lowry.

It could just be posturing by Houston because they already have Goran Dragic and Jonny Flynn to help replace Lowry should the team trade him.

But don't bet on Lowry landing in Los Angeles by Thursday.


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