For the second offseason in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be looking to part ways with Pau Gasol, the all-star big man who helped the team achieve post-Shaquille O'Neal relevancy and was instrumental in bringing home two consecutive championships.
However, after a pair of disappointing playoff runs where Gasol seemed to be unfocused at times and not playing up to his enormous potential, the team feels there are players available who could make more of an impact for the team than the skilled seven-footer.
The Lakers have plenty of needs heading into this offseason—the team still needs to find a long-term solution at the point guard position, address the need for a more athletic small forward to replace Metta World Peace and generally acquire more youth and speed on the court.
The Lakers are contenders as long as they have Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, but they will have a hard time clawing their way to another finals appearance unless they make some serious positional upgrades.
Luckily, there are plenty of teams in the NBA that are desperate to add elite big men, and many would be more than willing to give up quality pieces in order to bring back Gasol—one of the most gifted power forwards in the league in terms of his ability to score, rebound, block shots and pass out of the post.
The Lakers may not be too high on him anymore, but that doesn't mean a ball club looking to add legitimate size wouldn't be willing to part with some serious talent.
Without further ado, let's take a look at five players that the Lakers may be able to bring to Los Angeles in exchange for Pau Gasol...