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Report: Lakers not looking to acquire big man at deadline

Feb 12, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Gasol sits on the floor with a member of the Lakers medical staff after suffering an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Reuters

Pau Gasol is out until likely the final weeks of the season with a torn plantar fascia of his right foot. They already have lost reserve big man Jordan Hill for the season to hip surgery. Dwight Howard is playing but having to battle through shoulder and back issues. Oh, and Robert Sacre is on the roster.

But don’t expect the Lakers to trade for or acquire for another big, reports Ramona Shelburne at

The Los Angeles Lakers have no immediate plans to add a free agent big man to help fill in their suddenly depleted front court, a source told on Monday. The Lakers have been discussing their options since Pau Gasol suffered a tear in the plantar fascia of his right foot. The situation is still being evaluated, and much depends on how much Dwight Howard is able to contribute with his injured shoulder, but for now, the Lakers are sitting tight.

The Lakers don’t really have the assets to trade for a big man at the deadline — they have nothing Atlanta would want for Josh Smith, for example. Which would leave a free agent market where there is Kenyon Martin and Louis Amundson but nobody who will make a dramatic impact.

One bit of good news for the Lakers, Gasol will not have surgery on his foot reports the Los Angeles Times. He is still out for six to eight weeks but could return for the final weeks of the season and the playoffs. If the Lakers can climb into a playoff spot. Which they might need another big man to do.

  1. money2long - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    “The Lakers don’t really have the assets to trade for a big man at the deadline ”

    what have the lakers done with that injury exception the league granted them when jordan hill went down? isn’t it a $1.78mil contract they can sign someone for? that’s more than the minimum, and i think now is the time for them to do something with it. but who am i to tell the lakers what to do.

  2. money2long - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    50% of my comments do not appear when i type them probasketballtalk.

    • slickdemetrius - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      I have the same problem on Profootballtalk. Post shows up initially, then disappears.
      No problems on hardballtalk, here or hockeytalk and I’m quite sure I keep myself in check when posting. (Phoenix Coyotes fans may disagree!)
      Wonder who I ticked off?

      • spthegr8 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        I dont even ATTEMPT to leave comments on pro football talk anymore. Same thing happens 2 me!! TILTS ME!!!

    • money2long - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      this is what i tried to post b4, hopefully it works
      what have the lakers done with that injury exception the league granted them when jordan hill went down? isn’t it a $1.78mil contract they can sign someone for? that’s more than the minimum, and i think now is the time for them to do something with it. but who am i to tell the lakers what to do.

      • eventhorizon04 - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        That’s still available, but the issue is there aren’t any quality bigs who are sitting at home unsigned this late in the season.

        The biggest names are Martin and Amundson, and at this point, both would probably accept a minimum deal rather than spend the rest of the season out of basketball, which would make it harder for them to get a contract for next year.

    • money2long - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      what have the lakers done with that $1.78mil injury exception the league granted them when jordan hill went down?

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:22 AM

      Happens alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the time to me too. You are not alone. Always happens when you have the best ones too.

  3. zacksdad - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Why would they need another big guy? D’Antoni’s offense does not need them. He already pulled one of the best starting forwards of the starting line and put him on the bench. He is probably excited the he does not have to play as many big guys, now he can play small ball and no one can question his coaching. This is like bad karma, the team hired a coach that does need or like big guys and the big guys are all getting injured.

  4. mogogo1 - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Yes, they’ve got plenty of injuries, but the last thing their roster needs is another big man. What they need are some young, quick guys who can actually play D’Antoni’s up-tempo style. (Unless they just scrap D’Antoni and get somebody who’ll use a system that matches the personnel they currently have.)

    I have NEVER seen a team put together with less regard to style of play. They’ve signed guys (including their coach) based on just their names thinking everything else would magically fall into place.

    • slickdemetrius - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Your comments make sense to me, but have seen the same style of management (or lack thereof) in other pro teams. Absolutely baffling.

    • aboogy123456 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      I agree with you about the coach signing, but the style of play for each of their players should have actually been a good fit. Nash is a distributor, Kobe is a scorer, metta is a defender and shoots threes, pau is an interior post presence, Dwight is a defensive anchor.

      In theory, this team should be playing together beautifully, so I don’t know what you think would be a better assembled team. The problem has been injuries, Dwight Howard not being dominant, and the fact they don’t play to their strengths all the time.

  5. tampajoey - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    The only Big thing the Lakers need is a BIG box on tissues and feminine hygiene napkins for Dwight Howard.

    Kobe needs to stay on Dwight’s a$$ like he’s a white girl from Colorado.

  6. claymatthewshairplugs - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Here’s a trade:

    Lakers give up Robert Sacre, Earl Clark & Devin Ebanks
    Hawks give up Josh Smith & Devin Harris.

    Hawks get front court depth and another C so they can move Horford to PF, and two SF to replace Josh Smith, Lakers get needed G depth and another big to help

    • eugenesaxe - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      We’re talking real life, not NBA 2k12.

    • pglive21 - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      You think the Hawks are going to take that steaming pile of crap for Josh Smith and their second best guard (w/ Lou Williams out)? Delusional much?

      • eventhorizon04 - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Also, the trade fails because of the contracts involved.

        Josh Smith is earning $13.2 million this year.
        Devin Harris is earning $8.5 million this year.
        That’s a combined $21.7 million in incoming contracts.

        Meanwhile, Sacre, Clark, and Ebanks combined are earning $2.8 million.

        The Lakers would need to need to send an addition $18 million in contracts to the Hawks for the trade to work. And nobody wants Pau Gasol right now.

      • mazblast - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        No more desusional than the typical fan of one of the “legendary” franchises in any sport–Lakers, Celtics, Yankees, Cowboys, NYG, etc. The immediate world is supposed to be their farm team.

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      If you’re trying to design one-sided deals that heavily favor the Lakers while screwing over their trade partner, why not suggest a Metta World Peace + Scare + Clark + Ebanks + Jamison + Meeks + Blake trade for either Durant or LeBron?

      The numbers work out at least.

      And exchange for trading away their MVP candidate, either the Heat or the Thunder get “front-court depth” and “back-court depth.”

  7. bucs24 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Trade dumbtoni

  8. skinsfaninphilly - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Wouldn’t it make sense to trade Dwight to Atlanta for Josh Smith &/or a guard?? I mean, Dwight is from ATL so he’ll probably have no problem resigning with them & the Lakeshow can use Smith at the 4…paired with Gasol at the 5. D’Antoni doesn’t want to keep Gasol and Howard on the court at the same time..but if you get a true PF in Smith and have Gasol (who is a great passing big man)at the 5…only thing they have to worry about is aquiring an above average PG

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Howard’s people have made it clear he has no interest signing in Atlanta. They are adamant about it. For that reason the Hawks will not trade for him.

  9. cowpiesnotcowboys - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    They should seriously consider trading Howard since he isn’t working out there and could well (in fact should) walk in free agency.

    • fanofthegame79 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Howard for Chris Bosh. Both teams need what each player brings with them. Only catch is that Gasol is hurt for the Lakers. But before that, I’ve been pitching this trade for a while. Not sure if the money works out perfectly…but Heat get a center who can block, rebound and score when needed inside. Lakers get a true stretch 4 who can shoot all the way to the 3, not to mention athletic to run and decent at defense.

      • mogogo1 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        No, the only catch is that Miami would never be dumb enough to do that deal. They need what Bosh provides to them, which in addition to basketball skills includes an unselfishness that they certainly wouldn’t get from Howard. Plus, trading generally healthy guys for the injury-prone is seldom a smart move.

  10. bucs24 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Howard is walking at the end of season so why not trade him he’s already check out

  11. zzr600guy - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Could LA be interested in trading for Amare? He doesnt fit with Melo and he was great in D’Antoni’s system, but im not sure what LA has that NY would want.

  12. loungefly74 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    the “hands of defeat” are suffocating the Lakers (and ME!) a little more each day…

  13. paulhargis53 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I see the doofus laker fan rumor mill is in full effect. Good lord.

    What part of Kupchak stating over and over that they aren’t taking on more salary don’t you people get?!

    It’s over for this season, even if they get the 8 seed. Sacrificial lamb to whoever is the 1 seed. The sooner you grasp this, the better if you’ll be….

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