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Lots of people who Pau Gasol will not save want Pau Gasol

Mar 4, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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

It’s really interesting to watch the evolution of a player like Pau Gasol, not only from the public’s consciousness perspective, but from that nebulous aspect of basketball which metrics can’t define. Our ability to define efficiency and production is better than ever and shouldn’t be disregarded when considering Gasol’s value. But there is another part of it, which is that he’s simply not making the Lakers great this year. There are a number of reasons for the Lakers’ perceived vulnerabilities, and it’s not that they are not a very good team. They are. Exceptional. But not great. And while the problems with L.A. go far beyond Gasol, in the past, his play has masked much of that next to Kobe Bryant. That hasn’t been the case this year.

Which is why the trade rumors will not cease even after the drama of two weeks ago. From SI.com:

Meanwhile, the future of Lakers forward Pau Gasol hasn’t been made any more clear after Kobe Bryant’s Feb. 19 mandate for clarity from management. Sources say Minnesota general manager David Kahn is still attempting to land Gasol, and that push is likely to continue all the way until the deadline. Houston general manager Daryl Morey remains equally enamored with the player he thought he landed in the vetoed three-team deal with the Lakers and New Orleans on Dec. 8, but the Rockets’ love of point guard Kyle Lowry (who the Lakers would also love) has likely ended any possibilities there.

via Dwight Howard’s future, Boston’s possible break-up and more NBA trade rumors – Sam Amick – SI.com.

The Wolves are red hot right now after annihilating the Blazers offensively Saturday night. They have Nikolai Pekovic and Kevin Love as suddenly one of the toughest frontcourts in the NBA. They have the glorious star of Ricky Rubio shining palely through the night. and they have superb coaching from Rick Adelman. Would adding Pau Gasol be adding a wonderful offensive player? Absolutely. But it takes away shot from Kevin Love and complicates your frontcourt defense. Adelman would make it work, but does it make the Wolves necessarily better given their future flexibility?

Then there’s the Rockets, who continue to chase the dream that died when the Chris Paul trade was vetoed. On the one hand, it makes sense, Daryl Morey has consistently pursued a star and Gasol is an available star. But Gasol is a star for two, maybe three more years, and then the dropoff may become severe. Even if the Rockets pull a deal to acquire another star to go with Gasol, is there any guarantee his production will remain the same outside of the warm and comfy confines of L.A., and can they assemble a championship team before the 31-year-old’s skills begin to diminish?

This isn’t really about Gasol. He’s a fine player and some nights can be the second best player on the floor. But he’s turned into an available star commodity so his value is going to be raised above what it might actually may be, which makes it doubly difficult. The trading for team may be getting a player who isn’t worth what they paid, and the Lakers may be stuck having to negotiate a price above what Gasol is actually worth.

  1. smoothaswilkes - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    “This isn’t really about Gasol.” …

    Yes, it is. Let’s be clear though, Gasol doesn’t get traded to either Houston or Minnesota without Love, Rubio, or Lowry coming back to the Lakers. Thus far, it seems too steep a price, which sort of makes this all about Gasol. While Gasol had a rough start to the year, he’s rounding back to form over the last month. I’d rather he not get traded but he is still the Lakers best chip. Should be interesting to see how this all shapes up for Gasol and the Lakers.

    • redbullenergydrink - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      HAHAHA. There is NO WAY Love is traded for Gasol even if it included a 1st round pick from the Lakers.

      • sellahh - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        Get back to grade school, the guy just said it seems too steep a price so why don’t you read it over and over again until you comprehend it?

      • redbullenergydrink - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        Sellahh, did I offend you? Sorry your mom will be home soon to comfort you.

      • sellahh - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        You offended my logic sense, i have a feeling you get that a lot.
        Gotta try a lot harder though. Cheers :-)

  2. mytthor - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Gasol should have good longevity as a player, because his game is predicated on skill and height and shooting ability, losing athleticism should hurt him very little, comparatively.

  3. Justin - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    This is a terrible basketball take. Gasol’s numbers are near what they have been for the last 4 years. His shooting percentage is down a bit and so are his FT attempts but he is still their second best player. Kobe is also shooting at a historically low percentage for him but shooting more. Lets all jump on the Kobe is finished bandwagon… oh wait there is no such thing. The problem is and will continue to be the supporting cast. You have a starting PG that is getting 6 points and 3 assists. How is this acceptable?

    Go ahead though trade Gasol for some mid level talent. Then when Bynum gets hurt you become a Lottery team because a 34 year old won’t be able to carry the team like he used to.

  4. jolink653 - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    “Lots of people who Pau Gasol will not save want Pau Gasol”

    Ummmm what?

    • zxrated - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Translation; Gasol won’t make THEM better, but he is the MAN for the Lakers.

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      the author was channeling yoda…

  5. jeff6381 - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    As a Houston Rockets fan I will be the 1st to say I don’t won’t any part of Paul Gasol. He is soft and his production has been declining I don’t think Gasol would make another star want to come play here. I also don’t think Gasol would be good at being the number 1 option. He flourished as the second option.

  6. rooney24 - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I fail to understand why the Wolves are interested, unless you would get him for Beasley and spare parts (doubtful). The Wolves have Love and Pekovic (both younger and better deals financially), and Derrick Williams is showing the he deserves playing time. While Williams may be able to play some 3, he is more of a 4 (sometimes with Love sliding to the 5). That leaves three guys that can, and should, get most of the minutes at the 4 and 5 spots. Where does Gasol get minutes if you add him? And, I would hate to see any of those three players leave in order to land Gasol. The Wolves are a building team. You build with cheap, talented, young players, not with an older player like Gasol.

    Kahn, you have finally got people to stop calling you a meddling idiot. Making a deal for Gasol, and sending away any of the three players I mentioned (or Rubio) wiull have people calling you stupid again, and should get you fired.

  7. lakerluver - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    For the LAKERS to have a legit chance to win a title they will have to trade either Bynum or Pau. As much as I like Pau, I’d rather keep Bynum. Pau and a pick for Lowery and Scola. After that the LAKERS should go after Beasely.

  8. snoopy2014 - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    This is one of the worst composed article headlines I’ve ever read. Do the writers compose the headlines on this site, or the editors? If I were Kurt, I’d be a little offended with the way Moore mails in articles on this site. I’ve seen Moore write great pieces for other sites. But a lot of his pieces on PBT read like a teenage girl is writing them.

    • snoopy2014 - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Reading my own comment, that was overly harsh. But there seems to be a huge difference between the articles Moore writes for other sites (which I enjoy a lot) and the weekend articles I see on this site. It might be the fact that NBC pushes for articles to be churned out so fast, that quality suffers a bit for quantity.

  9. Dan M. - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I picture Pau Gasol standing at the ledge of a cliff, refusing to save league GMs when I read this title.

  10. losangelasbasketball - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    yo Minnesota, trade u our white power forward for your white power forward?

  11. conjecture101 - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Gasol is pretty underrated. You guys act like the Lakers were racking up championships before he got there, when in fact they weren’t even wining playoff series.

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