In the Los Angeles Lakers latest win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Pau Gasol finally started to show some passion and much needed aggressiveness on the offensive side of the basketball floor. After the consecutive losses to the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and the Indiana Pacers, Gasol made it known that he would like more touches in the Lakers’ offense.
Along with losing three in a row, the Lakers’ offense was dreadful to say the least with the team being unable to hit the century mark (100 points or more) in 11 straight games. The 100-point drought continued with the win over the Clippers (96-91), but it would hard to argue that the Lakeshow didn’t show signs of life offensively.
With Kobe Bryant (24 points), Andrew Bynum (19 points) and Pau Gasol (23 points) all making an impact offensively against the Clippers, the Lakers started to show that this team might not be ready to be blown up in a blockbuster trade as they can still play at a high level when motivated. Unfortunately, if the Lakers go back to their poor play on offense in the weeks to come, a blockbuster trade could very well be on the way with Andrew Bynum and or Pau Gasol getting dealt elsewhere.
Recently, NBA analyst Chris Broussard got Lakerland buzzing on ESPN after propossing this trade possibility to help the Lakers get back to form. This was just an option that Broussard brought to light for the Lakers, but it has definitely gotten people in Los Angeles thinking about the possibility and benefits of this trade.
Hoopsworld’s Eric Pincus talked about the option that the Los Angeles Lakers could explore in terms of this trade that would bring in an up-and-coming point guard and solid power forward. The proposed deal would have the Lakers talking to the Houston Rockets once again in a trade that would involve Pau Gasol as the centerpiece.
In exchange for Pau Gasol, the Lakers would receive point guard Kyle Lowry and forward Luis Scola. There has also been talk that if this deal goes down that the Lakers should include rookie point guard Darius Morris.
With Kyle Lowry having a career year with 16.5 points, 8.7 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game, the Lakers would get an ideal candidate to run the point in Los Angeles. Lowry can score, pass and rebound the basketball consistently which might make Lakers fans forget about Gasol sooner rather than later. Not only would this trade solve the point guard problem, but Luis Scola (15.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game) will take Gasol’s spot in the starting lineup and probably fit in nicely.
Remember, this is nothing more than a possibility if Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak were to look into another possibly trade with the Houston Rockets, but the numbers work and this move would make the Lakers that much better in the backcourt.
Lowry’s contract is worth $17.7 million over three years and Gasol’s contract will pay him roughly $19 million per season this year and the next. The NBA trade deadline is on March 15.
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