6 Reasons L.A. Lakers Need to Pump the Brakes on Pau Gasol Trade Chatter

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6 Reasons L.A. Lakers Need to Pump the Brakes on Pau Gasol Trade Chatter
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It doesn't seem as if the Los Angeles Lakers have been outwardly trying to get rid of Pau Gasol in the early stages of this season, but we all seem to be under the impression that they are open to sending him away for the right price. The only thing is that we're all waiting to find out exactly what that price is.

As far as Gasol goes, he's still one of the most skilled post players in the league. He hasn't lost any of his ability in the post, yet it just seems like his body is starting to disagree with him.

There are a lot of reasons why the Lakers would want to trade Gasol at this point. He's obviously on the down slope of his career, his contract is a bit bloated—albeit short—(roughly $38 million over the next two seasons) and they are in need of a slasher for Mike D'Antoni's offensive system.

However, there is an incredible case for Gasol to continue on in his career with the Lakers. He's done a lot for this organization over the past five seasons, and he can continue to contribute for the life of his contract.

With the constant chatter seemingly coming from out of nowhere, Gasol is going to have to end up hearing some of it, and who knows how he'll react to the constant rumors, proposed trades or even just Lakers fans' crazy trade ideas.

It's time to cut down on the chatter. Whether it's coming from somewhere in the Lakers' organization or from other organizations the Lakers are contacting, it seems the most prudent thing would be to end it altogether.

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