NBA Trade Rumors: Why the LA Lakers Shouldn't Trade Pau Gasol

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIJune 30, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: Why the LA Lakers Shouldn't Trade Pau Gasol

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    After the Los Angeles Lakers were embarrassingly swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks, many fans pointed to Pau Gasol’s performance as one of the main reasons.

    In 10 playoff games, Gasol averaged 13 points and seven rebounds, failing to reach his regular season scoring average of 18 points one time.

    Since then, some fans have not been opposed to the idea of trading Gasol.

    While there is no doubt he wasn’t himself in the postseason, it may be a little hasty wanting Gasol beheaded at the guillotine.

    After all, he has contributed a lot to the franchise in a short amount of time and will likely continue doing so in the future.

    Here are seven reasons why the Lakers shouldn’t trade Pau Gasol.

7. Pau Gasol Has Plenty Left in the Tank

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    I could understand trading Pau Gasol if his poor performance in the playoffs was the beginning of the decline to his career.

    But that’s not the case. Gasol has quality years left in the tank. All the more reason for fans to have confidence in his game going forward.

6. Mike Brown Is Bringing a New Offense to Town

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    With Mike Brown bringing in a new offensive scheme to replace Phil Jackson’s triangle offense, the Los Angeles Lakers would be smart to keep proven personnel who are familiar with one one another's tendencies on the court.

    Pau Gasol worked well with his teammates in the triangle offense. No reason to think he wouldn't in a new system.

5. Pau Gasol’s Poor Performance in the Postseason Was an Aberration

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    Pau Gasol played some of the worst basketball of his career during the 2011 postseason, averaging 13 points and seven rebounds.

    Although it was frustrating watching the usually consistent Gasol struggle, it may be premature to think it’s the right move to trade him.

    In his 10-year career, Gasol has averaged 18 points and nine rebounds a contest. Considering he has a much larger sample size of good games than bad ones, I am sure Gasol will bounce back.

    Therefore…

4. Pau Gasol Will Have Something to Prove

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    After his dismal performance in the postseason, Pau Gasol should be very eager to prove to his teammates and fans he has snapped out of his slump.

    Fans should expect a fully engaged Pau Gasol next season.

3. Adding Superstars Doesn't Always Equal Championships

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    I have heard some discussion amongst fans the Los Angeles Lakers should consider trading Pau Gasol for Dwight Howard or Kevin Love.

    While there is no doubting both these players' talents, there is no guarantee they would get the Lakers back to the NBA Finals.

    The Lakers should take their cues from the Miami Heat, and realize you can't put all your eggs into one basket by signing a superstar in hopes of winning a championship.

2. Pau Gasol Has Proven Himself on the Biggest Stage

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    Pau Gasol has proven his worth in the most pressure filled situations, helping the Los Angeles Lakers win back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.

    Who can forget him scoring 19 points and pulling down 18 rebounds in Game 7 against the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals?

    In conclusion...

1. Shouldn’t Fans Give Pau Gasol the Benefit of the Doubt?

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    Considering the impact Pau Gasol has had on the Los Angeles Lakers, fans should be more appreciative.

    Since Gasol joined the team in the middle of the 2008 season, the Lakers went to three straight NBA Finals (2008-10) and won two championships (2009 and 2010).

    Gasol has been the sidekick Kobe Bryant desperately needed after Shaquille O’Neal left in 2004.

    Without Gasol, the rafters in the Staples Center wouldn’t be quite as full.