Pau Gasol Trade Rumors: Why Gasol for Dwight Howard Deal Doesn't Make Sense
Pau Gasol Trade Rumors Continue to Swirl as Lakers Face Uncertainty in Offseason
One of the biggest disappointments for the Los Angeles Lakers this postseason was the play of power forward Pau Gasol. It was Gasol's lack of fire, indecisiveness and inability to make plays in the post that ultimately left them at a large disadvantage against the Dallas Mavericks in the second round.
Shortly after the Lakers' season ended, Gasol admitted that he was "suffering" because his fiancee was suffering from hearing about all of the breakup rumors and criticism for his poor play. Effectively, he let all of the negative press get the best of him.
The Gasol we saw in this year's playoffs was a far cry from the talented and versatile big man that led the Lakers to the last three NBA FInals. Before, he was subject of talks that compared him as one of the best power forwards in the game. Today, he's a possible guy that could get moved, should the Lakers decide to break apart their core.
If the Magic do put Howard on the block this summer and somehow covet Gasol because he's a more proven commodity than Andrew Bynum (as Magic Johnson has hinted at), Gasol and Howard's salaries are close enough that a straight-up swap would work.
But it won't make much sense for the Lakers to do.
Bringing in Dwight Howard to work with Andrew Bynum on the inside may be a scary looking frontcourt. However, their games are too similar that they would have a hard time playing with one another.
Bynum and Howard do not have a dependable jump shot. Without a guy that can consistently drain a basket from mid-range and spread out the floor, there won't be enough room to operate inside.
Gasol and Bynum work because Gasol he can nail a 15-foot jumper and Bynum and bang inside.
The most ideal alternative for the Lakers would be to move Bynum for Howard. With Gasol at the four and Howard at the five, they get a very effective inside tandem with games that complement each others.
Now, if only the Magic can be convinced to make that deal.
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