Lakers Trade Rumors: Why a Pau Gasol for Andre Iguodala Trade Is a Win-Win

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 27, 2012

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As the NBA draft approaches Thursday night, Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears reports that the Los Angeles Lakers will try to trade forward Pau Gasol in an attempt to move into the top 10 of the draft.

The only problem with that is the fact that Gasol still has close to $40 million on his contract for the next two seasons and not many teams are in a position to take on that type of financial commitment.

The Lakers are very open to trade talk in regards to forward Pau Gasol, but nothing is imminent, according to two NBA sources.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 27, 2012

However, one scenario exists where the Lakers could absorb another team’s bad contract and it would benefit both teams. That's by shipping Gasol to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Andre Iguodala.

This makes the second consecutive season the two All-Stars have been linked together in a possible deal, but the time is right for both teams to pull the trigger on it.

Very few times does a win-win scenario pop up for both teams and this is one of them.

For the Lakers, they actually save money in the long run as Iguodala is due a little over $30 million.

In addition, they get a defensive-minded small forward in his prime that can contribute on the offensive end as well. Iguodala also makes the Lakers more athletic which is a priority.

Looking more long term, Iguodala is someone Lakers coach Mike Brown can use on the likes of Kevin Durant in the playoffs as if the Lakers are to make another title run, there's a good chance they would have to go through Oklahoma City to do so.

For the Sixers, not only does Gasol improve their frontline, but he also allows them to move Evan Turner to the 3. Elton Brand could be amnestied and Spencer Hawes could walk as a free agent, so addressing the frontline is something Philadelphia must do.

It's something that works well for both sides and a change of scenery for both players may be good for them.

If the Lakers can somehow pry the No. 15 pick away from the Sixers as well, then it's definitely something general manager Mitch Kupchak should aggressively pursue.