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Report: Timberwolves interested in Pau Gasol. Good luck.

Feb 16, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston Reuters

I’m telling you now, this deal is not going to happen in this form.

But we pass along this rumor, via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, anyway.

In other news involving NBA big men, a source said Wednesday that Minnesota continues to pursue a possible trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, dangling rookie Derrick Williams, who is from the Los Angeles area, and draft choices.

Gasol would have to play the five for Minny as they already have a pretty good four, as I recall…

No way the Lakers do this deal. Not. A. Chance. I have a better chance of stealing Gisele away from Tom Brady.  Gasol is an All-Star caliber forward, the most skilled big man in the league, and they are not giving him up for an athletic rookie with promise but still a lot of holes in his game. The Lakers are not rebuilding from scratch. They would love to offer Orlando more picks in a Dwight Howard trade (centered around Andrew Bynum) but they are not giving up Gasol to get them, they want Gasol next to Howard and have said they are not giving up both to get him (which this essentially would be).

Sure the Lakers were willing to move Gasol for Chris Paul in a three-team deal (killed by David Stern) but it’s going to take someone of that caliber to get them to cough him up. Williams is not close to that guy. And I’m guessing even David Kahn is not going to give up Ricky Rubio or Kevin Love in a deal.

So this is out there. And despite some delusional Lakers fan trying to talk everyone into it, there’s no chance it’s happening.

  1. mlblogsbig3bosox - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    No Kurt, you don’t have a better chance of stealing Gisele from Brady (The trade still not happening).

  2. Justin - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    About time this got posted. Read it last night already. I was reading some stuff from some of the TWolves beat writers and such and they said the scenario would most likely only play out if LA did get Howard and Minnesota was part of a 3 team trade. I know you say they want to keep Gasol with Howard but just think of LA’s mammoth salary if that was the case.

  3. kandh2004 - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Once again had to put in the Paul deal JUST LET IT GO

  4. thestudiokida - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    It’s got to be easier to find a translator for Rubio…. guess nobody wants to live in Minnesota.

  5. fmlizard - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Why Gasol? Because he is Spanish and so is Rubio? He plays the same position(s) as two of the team’s 3 best players. Love and Pekovic are not the problem…how about dangling Williams to shore up the dumpster fire on the wing?

  6. djkiddb01 - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Let’s take into consideration T Wolves GM David Kahn was the guy who kept drafting Point Guards; meaning only he would offer a trade for a Former All Star this preposterous.

  7. ljl2 - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    or williams and berea for gasol and blake… dunno about cap but why wouldnt that make sense for LA?

    • foozeball - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      Because barea is nowhere near the top point guards in the league (and I’m not just talking about height)

      • ljl2 - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        Who said Barea was near the top point guards in the league? Not me, but he is better than what LA has and that is what they are chasing after.

  8. rgledz - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    How about Ridnour (he’s a huge jump at PG compared to what they have) and Beasley or Wes Johnson for Gasol……..still crazy, yes, but fills the Lakers PG needs and gives them a dynamic ( let’s not forget erratic) scorer in Beasley. He would thrive with Kobe and thw Wolves get another big that can score. I like it…….but nody asked me.

    • davidly - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      Well, heck, since nobody’s askin’, reach for the stars, why don’cha.. Trade Walton to the HoF for Ervin Johnson in his prime.

  9. 00maltliquor - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Delusional Lakers fan, huh?

    Well let’s take a look at this…

    I say do it. I was taking a long look last night at the Lakers salary cap situation and to be perfectly honest, we’re F’d! You think the Orlando Magic got a bad squad with bad, lengthy contracts? Take a look at the Lakeshow for the next 2-3 years!………

    2011-’12: $87,865,859
    2012-’13: $87,305,304
    2013-’14: $61,466,935 (And that’s on only 5 players!!! Salary cap is $58,044,000. Luxuary tax threshold is at $70,307,000.)

    All that cap space is being spent on very old players. Only young guys we got outside of Andrew Bynum are Andrew Goudelock, Darrius Morris, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter and Josh McRoberts. Not exactly awe inspiring. Can you see these guys carrying the team when the old guys drop off within the next 2 years. Umm hmm. I thought so.

    Now lets get to the meat of the topic. Lets be honest, Pau Gasol is good. Big, long, skilled…and very much on the decline. And lets be even more honest. We are not winning the Championship this year, sadly, I must admit that, with a heavy heart. We should cash out on him before he completely erroads and we have to pay him like a megastar. …..

    Gasol this year: $18,714,150
    ’12-’13: $19,000,000
    ’13-’14: $19,285,850

    We need youth, atheletisicm, and a lower payroll to build the team up again and recover from the mistakes known as Walton, Blake, McRoberts, Fisher, Artest and Kobe’s MONSTEROUS contract (not complaning, but daaaaaamn!) which will pay him $83,547,447 for the next 3 years including this one. ( $30,453,805 in his last year for the ’13-’14 season, his 18th in the L)

    Now let’s get to this kid Derrick Williams.
    Yeah, he will be a STUD. Very soon. Just needs to start, get regular minutes and his confidence up. He’s not getting that in Minny, partly because I don’t think Adelman wants to play too many rooks on a team full of youth he needs “veterans” playing the lions share of the minutes avalible. Plus they have Mike Beasley (yawn).

    He’s got 5 years, $20,760,924 on him, roughly what you would be spending on a declining Gasol for ONE YEAR.

    A roster shakeup is something the Lakers need. Badly. To re-energize the team and infuse it with youth and talent. And if we can get some good throw-ins like Nickola Peckovic, Malcom Lee, Wes Johnson and somehow convince them to swap Ridnour for Blake, we’d be better off now AND for the future. Or maybe don’t even get throw-ins and do it straight up so we really have cap space?

    I don’t think this is delusional at all.

  10. bparmalee - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    As someone that isn’t a Lakers fan that seems pretty logical. Let me also add this. If Orlando wont trade you Dwight for Bynum straight up… if the Lakers cant stomach trading Gasol and Bynum for just Howard and Turkoglu… this could be a way for both teams to get what they want. In the end if you end up with Derrick Williams and Dwight Howard….. thats a win. Just dont let him take any calls from Cuban before you get him locked up.

    • stadix093 - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      I remember when some guy on here was trying to tell me that Darko was a good signing. Now he can’t get off the bench. Pau would not hold up at center (see the finals when Celtics killed him) so this doesn’t make much sense for either team. Only reason would be to keep Rubio distracted from the fact that he lives in Minnesota and has a locker near Beasley.

      • bparmalee - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        I dont think I said Darko was a good signing. T-Wolves fans have to hope they find someone to take Beasley from them soon. I actually don’t like Gasol for the T-wolves… really i dont like Gasol. I was saying from a Lakers fan point of view… for the T-wolves getting older and more finesse down low doesn’t make much sense.

      • Justin - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        From all accounts Rubio has had no problem with Minnesota. Most people that make that joke have never been to the amazing state. Yes the Darko contract isn’t great but we always have a little something called the amnesty that we can use. Don’t feel threatened because in 2 years the Wolves will be the more talented team that originated from Minneapolis.

      • stadix093 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM

        Oh yeah it wasn’t you mah dude this was a while ago. I just don’t see why you would sign a PF when your best and franchise player, is a PF. I just think there are better trades out there for both teams. Also I’m Jk about Rubio, I’m a Lakers fan okay, we just like to get under ya skin. I love watching Rubio in Minnesota makes the team fun and I hope he stays for a while.

  11. cosmicatomic - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    lol……so the Wolves are going to trade Pekovic, Derrick Williams, Malcom Lee, Wes Johnson, & Luke Ridnour for Pau Gasol & Steve Blake???

    That is CLASSIC.

    Kurt has a better chance of getting gay marriage legalized in whichever state he lives in and convincing LeBron James to marry him.

  12. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Damn, someone wants Beasley? You can have him. No bigger black hole in the nba than Beasley. Never passes and always throws up brick after brick.

  13. fmlizard - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Why a franchise with the best young post situation in the league, including Love, Williams, Pekovic, and Beasley would want to go after Gasol of all people boggles my mind.

    Have they seen Wesley Johnson play? Wayne Ellington? Martell Webster?

  14. davidly - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Dude, you should totally go for Gisele. Haven’t you noticed how in all of those ads she’s lookin’ right achta!?

    Na. I don’t even think the T-Wolves want him. Faux chatter’s what that is.

  15. losangelasbasketball - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Lakers should get ryan madson out of retirement…

    • leib15 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      or slava medvedenko

  16. schaffershokai - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    He’d be more valuable if he started doing this:

  17. purplerain53 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Minnesota are asking for one of the top big men in the league, who can play both PF & C positions and has average of 16.8 points and 10.6 rebounds in exchange for rookie D.Williams who’s average for this season is 7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds.I don’t care for their draft pics. We are going to trade Gasol ONLY for All-Star player, nothing less.And the Lakers needs are not at the front court.We need a solid PG.That is all.Add Deron Williams to this squad and they are going to play to the finals.

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