NBA Trade Rumors: 8 Realistic Pau Gasol Trades

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NBA Trade Rumors: 8 Realistic Pau Gasol Trades
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As a Laker apologist and a proponent of smooth, fundamental basketball, I lament the impending flurry of trade activity that will engulf Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol.

Yeah, I know he and his $19 million still reside in the purple and gold, but the longer this drama plays out and the more micro-analysis of the player we have to hear, the more it seems like a foregone conclusion that the inept Jim Buss will trade the versatile pivot man sometime this summer.

Now, I'm in the "Trade-Andrew Bynum-Before-His-Knees-Crumble" camp—that contingent of Laker fans that would rather see the team deal the injury-prone center for a king's ransom and keep the incomparable Gasol. I happen to think that Bynum's watershed breakout season—and his health throughout—was more the exception than the rule and that the Lakers would be wise to cash in while he's still young and vigorous. 

Still, it seems like a Gasol trade is preferred by Laker management, so let's fire up the NBA Trade Machine and explore some reasonable Gasol trade possibilities, even though all of them are less preferable than those involving Andrew Bynum.

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