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NBA Trade Rumors: Why Kevin Love and the No. 2 Pick for Pau Gasol Is a Steal

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 12:  Kobe Bryant #24 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after a 96-91 win against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on March 12, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIJune 21, 2011

The 2010-11 season wasn't a great season for Los Angeles or Minnesota. The Lakers got swept by the eventual NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, and the Timberwolves finished an NBA-worst 17-65.

Pau Gasol stock in Los Angeles has dropped considerably. He crumbled under pressure when it mattered the most and let an entire city down. The funny part is that a lot of Lakers fans wanted to trade Gasol after their postseason came to a quick close.

However, now that the Timberwolves have made a legitimate offer—some fans are second-guessing themselves.

Now it's an overreaction to one bad postseason, why trade the man that helped the Lakers win back-to-back championships? I'll tell you why—it will help the Lakers win even more championships. Would you rather have a lineup of:

PG: Derek Fisher/Steve Blake (barring no trade for another PG)

SG: Kobe Bryant

SF: Ron Artest

PF: Pau Gasol

C: Andrew Bynum

or

PG: Derek Fisher/Steve Blake (barring no trade for another PG)

SG: Kobe Bryant

SF: Derrick Williams (he's going to start over Artest eventually if not right away)

PF: Kevin Love

C: Andrew Bynum

I'm sorry, but the second lineup sounds a lot better to me. Pau Gasol is in his prime right now, and has more than a few years of good solid basketball in him. However, Kevin Love, at only 22 years of age, is on his way to becoming a true superstar.

Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol don't even play well down low together, maybe a younger more athletic PF is what Bynum needs to help him co-exist down low.

The Lakers can keep Pau Gasol now, and hope that they can win maybe one or two rings, but I wouldn't bank my money on it. The Lakers should keep an open mind on this and heavily consider this trade.

I would hate for Kevin Love and Derrick Williams to breakout within the next year or two and to think as a Lakers fan as what might have been instead of what should have been.

There's obviously much to be desired at the PG position, but that can be filled through the draft or just by making a trade during the offseason.

The proposed trade by the Timberwolves is win-win for both sides.

The Lakers get rid of Gasol who's heart was clearly not in this playoffs and has doubts whether it ever will be again. They also get younger and more athletic, as well as getting better from the three with Derrick Williams.

The Timberwolves get rid of Love who doesn't want to be there anyway, and get another Spanish player in Pau Gasol to help smooth Ricky Rubio's transition into the NBA. Pau Gasol has also been there and done that, and you can bet that the Timberwolves will not finish 17-65 with Pau Gasol there.

The Lakers made a crazy trade to get them Gasol and propel them back into true championship contention. Maybe trading him away is what they need to get them back into the top form.

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