Lakers Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Possible Deadline Deals for LA

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIMarch 14, 2012

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The Los Angeles Lakers will be movers and shakers during this year's NBA trade deadline, but which trades are real possibilities for the storied franchise? 

There are four players that are constantly running the rumor mill in Dwight Howard, Ramon Sessions, Raymond Felton and unloading Pau Gasol.

Let's break down which trades have the most traction.

Dwight Howard

We are going to start big and go for the big one in the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard.

The superstar center, who is averaging 21 points and 15 boards a game, had expressed significant interest in the Lakers for months now, but the Lakers have lost significant interest in D12 because Andrew Bynum's game has been ridiculous.

The 24-year-old Bynum is racking up 17.6 points and 12.7 rebounds a game while rejecting more than two shots a game. Bynum is a better scorer than Howard as Bynum has superior post moves.

Any trade for Superman would have to include both Howard and Pau Gasol, a steep price for the Lakers. Not only that, but Howard told the Lakers during All-Star Weekend he won't sign an extension.

In other words, this trade ain't gonna happen.

Pau Gasol

Poor Pau Gasol! What does a big man have to do to be appreciated these days?

The seven-foot Spanish baller was a huge reason in the Lakers' last two title runs while being a reliable scorer from the post.

Despite all that, Gasol was almost unloaded to the Houston Rockets in the nixed three-way trade for Chris Paul last December. The Rockets were still pursuing Gasol as of last week, but they won't cough up stellar point guard Kyle Lowry. Instead, they are will to part with the lesser Goran Dragic, who won't cut it.

The Boston Celtics were linked in a possible trade proposal of Rajon Rondo for Gasol that is a pipe dream now as general manager Danny Ainge finally has come to his darn senses and realizes that Rondo is clearly the C's best player.

Gasol even has drawn some interest from the Chicago Bulls, even if Derrick Rose will not admit he is better than Carlos Boozer. However, the Lakers would be nuts in this swap as Gasol is a way better player and scorer than Boozer.

Cap issues will also get in the way of this one for both teams who are over the luxury tax. Gasol is owed $19 million a year and there is a 15 percent increase if a trade is made.

Expect the unhappy Gasol to stay put.

Ramon Sessions

Switching gears to more likely trades, the Lakers have a good chance stealing Ramon Sessions from the surprising Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sessions, 25, will not be in the Cavs' long-term plans as the sensational Kyrie Irving is the franchise's future. In a backup role, Sessions is averaging more than 10 points and five assists per game.

The Cavs want a first-round pick for Sessions, and the Lakers have been hesitant to give into Cleveland's demands. However, this is a great deal for the Lakers so they need to man up and cough up the pick.

Sessions would be a huge upgrade at point guard and be a solid starter for years.

Raymond Felton

A bigger pilfer up for the Lakers' grab is Portland point guard Raymond Felton.

The Trail Blazers acquired the 27-year-old Felton from the Denver Nuggets for Andre Miller before the season began. Felton hasn't panned out as he is collecting 10 points and shooting 38 percent this year.

What Felton might need is a change of scenery, and LA is a perfect place for him to succeed.

The Trail Blazers are rumored to want the unimpressive Steve Blake and another piece still being discussed. That piece won't be Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol, since Portland has a strong frontcourt.

Of all these trades, the Lakers have the best shot of landing Felton.