Amidst the turmoil in Los Angeles Lakers-land in the first quarter of the 2012-13 season—head coach Mike Brown being fired, the team stumbling out to a sub-.500 record in its first 20 games—forward Pau Gasol has found his name ensconced in trade rumors once more.
This isn't an uncommon place for Gasol to be over the past couple of years, as fellow NBA Featured Columnist Bryant Knox expertly details.
Ever since nearly consummating a three-way trade back in December 2011 that would have sent Gasol to Houston in exchange for Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, Gasol's name has been a fixture in NBA trade talk.
The Lakers have a few major obstacles to overcome if or when they do decide to trade Gasol: his age (32), his contract ($19 million-plus per year through 2013-14) and the recent flare-up of knee tendinitis that's caused him to be sidelined indefinitely.
He also has a trade kicker on his contract of 15 percent, according to Basketball Reference, which bumps his cap hold up to $21.85 million in 2012-13 if or when he's traded.
Despite all of those potential holdups, team representatives have reportedly told Gasol's representatives that he'll either need to adjust to coach Mike D'Antoni's system or the team will start fielding offers for him, according to both ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated.
Let's look at five trades that have made recent headlines, but have absolutely no chance of happening.
Note: All statistics and records are current through games on Dec. 6.