Let’s get this suggestion out early because it is the biggest and most realistic improvement that the Lakers can make. Pau Gasol doesn’t look like he is comfortable in the new Mike D’Antoni offense and has been called out by Kobe for coasting a little bit.
Gasol is averaging 35.7 minutes per game this season, which is about a minute less than he averaged the past two seasons. Yes, he is 32 years old and seven-feet tall, but he shouldn’t be acting like he is in his late 30s, even though he is playing through tendinitis.
This is the same trade that was rumored about back in June, and it could easily fill one hole and provide a solid backup to fill another hole.
Smith is a 6’9” forward who is very athletic and can play underneath and away from the basket. The biggest complaint is that he likes to fire too many shots that are out of his shooting range.
Smith will become a free agent this offseason, and GM Danny Ferry will more than likely want to get something in return for Smith rather than see him walk out the door empty-handed. Smith will be looking for a big payday after the season ends.
Smith would mold into the D’Antoni offense with ease, as he could use his athletic frame to really push the offense.
Teague would most definitely be a great backup to Steve Nash, as he is the starting point guard for the Hawks. He has put together some numbers so far this season with a line of 13.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG and 7.3 APG.
Teague was not one of the restricted free agents to be offered a contract this offseason, so he will be free to pursue other opportunities in the offseason, making Teague a little easier to give up.