NBA Trade Rumors: Why Pau Gasol Won't Be an LA Laker Next Season
With NBA Trade Rumors Swirling, One Seems To Be More Realistic Than The Others
LeBron James wasn't the only one taking blame for playoff losses this season. If you happened to notice, Pau Gasol took a beating as well. Pau Gasol has been a fixture of the Los Angeles Lakers. He has played a key role during the Lakers championships. While with the team he has attended three straight all-star games and averaging around 18 points a game. Yes, Gasol has been played well but he doesn't come without his criticisms.
When I have watched Gasol play, the word soft has always come up in conversation. Is he tough enough to bang around with the NBA big men? It is known that Gasol is definitely finesse player. He has good court vision and is a very good passer for someone who is seven foot tall. Indeed, he is certainly worth those all-star bids, but we saw something from Gasol this post season that has been overlooked for years.
It seems that Gasol shuts down in big moments. During games against Dallas in this year's post-season, he seemed to fade away in key moments. Kobe Bryant has been very boisterous of his opinions of Gasol. On more than one occasion, he has called Gasol soft.
Whether or not the criticisms are well warranted, Pau Gasol won't be around much longer. If you listened to rumors this week, the Lakers were shopping around Gasol. Right before the draft, there were murmurs of a trade between the Timberwolves and Lakers that would allow LA to obtain the second pick for Gasol. If this were true, the Timberwolves didn't bite.
Gasol does hold value. All-Star centers don't grow on trees and interior talent is needed on any teams.
The Timberwolves aren't the only team rumored to be offered Gasol. Several others have to be in play including the Cavaliers, Pistons, Wizards, and Blazers come to mind. While you might not agree, Pau makes those teams better immediately.
When Kobe is continuing to call you out, it is clear that your time has run out. Gasol won't be in LA much longer. The only thing that remains is someone offering what the Lakers want. The market is certainly open for business.
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