Jul 5, 2012, 12:55 PM EST
Once Lakers fans realized that they had not imbibed so much on the Fourth of July that they hallucinated their team had signed Steve Nash… well, first they went and got another drink.
But not long after another question came up:
Do we keep Pau Gasol or still try to trade him?
Lakers management has already answered that, tweets Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
Pau or Bynum trade the next shoe to drop after Nash? Not so fast. Source tells me Lakers intend to keep core intact to play with Nash
Now, even if you were going to trade him that is what you would say, trying to keep value up. We know for sure Gasol does not want to be traded, he said so a Twitcam video chat. (Hat tip to Marca and Hoopshype for the info.)
“It would be a huge honor to play along side Steve. Obviously, I’ve know him for many years now and he has been one of the lead point guards in the league for as long as I can remember and as long as I played in the league. It would be a true pleasure to play with Steve and he is one of the best point guards ever to play the game and still has a lot of juice in him.”
The Lakers shouldn’t trade Gasol. Not yet anyway, see how this works out. (Note, that in no ways applies to a Dwight Howard deal. That you still do.)
First, with Nash at the point having two large bodies in the paint to block shots and deter drives is a good thing. The Lakers got better with the Nash trade but their perimeter defense didn’t.
On offense, Nash’s ability to hit the three will space the floor in a way the Lakers desperately need — last season and in the playoffs teams collapsed on the Lakers and dared the to win with jump shots. Second, Nash and Gasol on the pick-and-pop could be a deadly combination (the Lakers need more point guard pick-and-roll in their offense now, with Gasol and Bynum).
Basically, the Lakers offense, which was good before, has the potential to be a real force of nature. Now, they need some creativity from Mike Brown and his staff. And they need time to adjust and get used to one another. The Lakers had a good pick-and-roll point guard in Ramon Sessions last year but would go away from him for long stretches of Kobecentric offense last year. There needs to be a balance.
And all of that takes time to work out. All we are saying, is the Lakers should give that a chance.
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