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Pau Just found out he's moving to utah.
The LA Lakers front office is in a tough position. They have one of the most talented teams in the NBA, but they are getting older.
Do they trade some of their guys now while their value is high for younger talent in hopes of staying on top in the future? Or do they try to hold on one more year and risk a long rebuild?
They also have to worry about how the new CBA will affect their capacity to spend as much money as they do on players.
LA is looking to trade one of its core guys for multiple assets, cap flexibility and draft picks.
Utah now has an extra lottery pick and many such players.
LA sends Pau Gasol, Steve Blake and Luke Walton and either $3 million or a future first-rounder.
Utah sends Mehmet Okur, Paul Millsap, Devin Harris and pick No. 12.
The Lakers get more athletic, tougher and a seven-foot backup for Andrew Bynum who can hit threes. Okur is also a $10 million expiring contract that LA could package with either Harris or Millsap to get a $16 million type PG or PF if a player wanted to be traded to LA, like say Chris Paul.
LA also has pick No. 12 and the opportunity to gamble on a potential big man to replace Gasol. Last time it picked in this range it got Andrew Bynum.
Utah gets the best player in the trade (Gasol), who it will look to flip next year for a similar score of assets like it got in the Deron Williams trade.
Utah's roster for next year looks like this:
PF/C Enes Kanter PF/C Pau Gasol SF Gordon Hayward SG C.J. Miles PG Jimmer Fredette
C Andris Biedrins PF Derrick Favors SF Luke Walton PG Steve Blake
A young team with lots of talent and hard-working senior players to help them reach their potential.