After a hectic offseason that saw two superstars land in Los Angeles, the Lakers became the hottest team of the 2012-13 NBA season. The fact that the franchise is struggling with an 8-8 record and replaced a head coach five games into the campaign has added to the must-see drama.
With all of the ups and downs that the Lakers have been through, it’s no surprise to learn that trade rumors have been swirling about and will continue to until the team goes on a major winning streak or actually makes a move.
Let’s take a look at the latest rumors surrounding the Lake Show in today’s rumor roundup.
Wait and See on Gasol
Ever since coach Mike D’Antoni stuck Pau Gasol on the bench for the entire fourth quarter of a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, it’s been highly speculated that the Spaniard would soon be on his way out.
It was clear he didn’t fit in the new coach’s system, and coupled with the fact that he was nearly traded at the start of last season, it wasn’t a stretch to conclude that GM Mitch Kupchak would have his All-Star power forward on the block.
However, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, team insiders are reporting that this isn’t the case. As per his report:
Sources close to the situation stressed again this week that the Lakers don't want to even think about trading Gasol and making another huge on-the-fly change until after Steve Nash returns, based on the premise that it's impossible to make a judgment on whether the Gasol-Dwight Howard tag team is forever ill-meshing until Nash is playing 30-something minutes a night
While Gasol is struggling with second-year player Darius Morris starting at point guard, it could all change when a two-time MVP is running the offense that made him a superstar.
Nash knows how to get teammates involved and puts them into a position to make shots and excel. If he can do that for Gasol, these trade rumors are likely going to die down in a hurry.
Anderson an Option
During the 2011-12 season, Ryan Anderson made a name for himself playing down low with Dwight Howard on the Orlando Magic. His skills as a stretch 4 helped keep defenses honest and punished teams that elected to double-team the superstar center.
Would the Lakers be upgrading the PF position by acquiring Anderson?
Anderson was swapped in a sign-and-trade with the New Orleans Hornets this summer, but there are now rumblings that he could be packing his bags again and heading to Hollywood.
According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, the three-point specialist is considered a fit for D’Antoni’s run-and-gun offense that focuses on long-range bombing and quick shots.
He’s already shown success playing with D12 (Anderson averaged 16.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and knocked down 2.7 of 6.9 three-pointers per game last year) and could be a major upgrade if Gasol remains mired in his slump after Nash returns. It’s certainly a situation worth keeping an eye on.
No Talks for Stoudemire
The New York Knicks have been one of the surprise stories of the 2012-13 campaign, jumping out to a 11-4 start without Amar’e Stoudemire or Iman Shumpert in the lineup.
Because of the Knickerbockers' success, there have been rumblings that the team would be looking to move STAT, who is still owed over $60 million dollars and has never proven to be an ideal running mate for a ball-dominating forward like ‘Melo.
However, because Stoudemire has reportedly maintained that he’s willing to come off the bench upon his return, it’s not likely that the Knicks are anxious to flip him for Gasol.
There also haven’t been any talks between the two clubs located on opposite coasts of the United States, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
The rumors of any Gasol-for-STAT swap are likely just going to remain as that and nothing more.
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