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The Los Angeles Lakers should keep Pau Gasol in every circumstance but one. If the Brooklyn Nets are willing to offer Deron Williams for Gasol in a sign-and-trade, then the Lakers should obviously do that trade in order to answer their point guard questions and build the team for the future.
This trade might actually be enticing for the Nets, too. They'll get someone for Williams rather than letting him walk away for nothing.
However, if the Lakers aren't getting anyone as valuable as Williams for Gasol, then they should keep him. It makes no sense for the Lakers to trade Gasol for guys like Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry or Josh Smith.
The Lakers don't become a championship team by doing that trade. They simply trade a B-plus player for a bunch of B-minus players. Sure, they get deeper, but they don't get better.
Gasol is a fantastic player, and the Lakers know this. He had over 40 double-doubles this season, and he has consistently put up at least 17 points per game every season throughout his career.
So why in the world would the Lakers want to trade a player that exemplifies consistency and stability?
Sure, he didn't step up during some games this postseason, but there were other games where he showed up, and the Lakers won. He's merely a scapegoat. The Lakers' problem isn't Gasol, and every Laker fan knows that deep down.