Will Pau Gasol ever get traded? The Timberwolves say yes
As much fun as it is to speculate trades and their associated rumors, it would be nice if the Lakers would go ahead and get something done with Pau Gasol.
The closer that we got to the draft, the more rampant that rumors ran that Gasol was moments away from being shipped out of Los Angeles.
Now that the draft has come and gone, the rumors continue to fly and now the latest stop on the Gasol Express is Minnesota.
The Timberwolves are reported to be putting a full-on press on the Lakers to swap him out for their budding star Derrick Williams
The T-Wolves are hoping that they import Gasol and pair him with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love and form a playoff contending trio.
It could work for either team yet it could not.
Some chalk Gasol’s spotty play last season up to the idea that he was having a hard time dealing with the consistent trade rumors.
Some point to the idea that as Kobe Bryant’s resident scapegoat for bad play, Gasol tended to flourish when agitated only to disappear when his emotions subsided.
The truth is probably a mixture of two thrown in with a dash of the tread is quickly coming off his tires.
The longer than the Lakers wait to trade Gasol, the more it becomes evident that his skills are on the downswing.
Don’t get it twisted we are another season or two before he’s Ray Allen status, but he is definitely crossing the other side of the mountain.
Like many, I firmly believe that the Lakers intend to move him but like anyone that has sold real estate understands sometimes you can price yourself out of the market.
They could do a lot worse by picking up Derrick Williams although his career would most certainly be judged by what Kobe did for him.
As another one of Bryant’s sidekicks, Williams would have the time to develop minus the pressure that is associated with performing at the level of a number two draft pick.
Relax, let Kobe take that clutch shot.
Regardless, the Lakers and the Timberwolves make good trade partners for each other.
So somebody please get this done already. Dwight Howard is holding on line two.