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Lakers aren't talking with Gasol

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07:14 AM ET 11.27 | Now that Kobe Bryant has been extended, is Pau Gasol up next? "We have not had any discussions with Pau," Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday on a conference call with a small group of reporters. "I'm sure I will and where that leads I'm not sure right now. A lot has to do with different variables. I'm not saying that something won't be considered and I'm not saying that something will be. I'm just saying that it's not something that came up and it wouldn't have come up before (Monday) anyway. There was no reason for anything to take place until we signed Kobe. So, we'll kind of roll with that and see where it leads." Gasol, 33, is averaging 14.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks this season, but shooting just 42.1 percent from the field.

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November 27, 2013  07:58 AM ET

Without Pau the Lakers (and Kobe) would have 2 rings less to crow about.

November 27, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Too Much For So Little, Bro.

November 27, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Pau is irrelelvant no.. LA can use that cap to acquire someone more talented than Gasol

November 27, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Breaking News!

Vanessa Bryant just signed a 2 years extension worth $24 million.

November 27, 2013  08:28 AM ET

Anyways, Pau just needs to go elsewhere! He is unwanted in LA and he can make a lot more from other teams. He can still command $8-10 million per year.

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November 27, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

David west just signed for 12 mil per year x3 yearsand is currently averaging 12 & 6Pau is the same age and is averaging 15 & 10he will get his 10 mil for sure somewhereI'd love to see him in OKC

I think he'll end up there. He and Ibaka are buddies. If not he could go back to Memphis to help his brother.

November 27, 2013  09:12 AM ET

If the Lakers don't get him, it will be the NETS.........where all the old fogies go to retire.......the Florida of the NBA!!!

November 27, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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If the Lakers don't get him, it will be the NETS.........where all the old fogies go to retire.......the Florida of the NBA!!!

They can't pay him

November 27, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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Without Pau the Lakers (and Kobe) would have 2 rings less to crow about.

eh...that can pretty much be said about a number of teams that signed "help" for their guy.

November 27, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

They can't pay him

What?!?! He is a gazillionaire............bro

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November 27, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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Pau is irrelelvant no.. LA can use that cap to acquire someone more talented than Gasol

That's the common thinking from the peanut gallery but these things have to be true.
1. There needs to be players who are UNRESTRICTED FA's.
2. Those player(s) need to be BETTER than Pau.
3. Those player(s) had better not want the ball since Kobe dominates it.
4. They had better want to participate in a rebuilding.

November 27, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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Kobe is going to want to keep Pau.

Lakers added to the their years of mediocrity by this ridiculous signing of Kobe.
That move is an emotional move but from a business and basketball perspective it is very very dumb.

Lakers will sure be a lottery team this year as well as the additional years Kobe's been signed for.

November 27, 2013  09:58 AM ET

I expect Pau to get traded near the deadline.

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November 27, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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Pau is irrelelvant no.. LA can use that cap to acquire someone more talented than Gasol

And whom might that be??? Gasol is still a top 5/6 center in the league.

November 27, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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I expect Pau to get traded near the deadline.

I agree.

 
November 27, 2013  10:04 AM ET

ven after giving Kobe an extension, the Lakers could easily have enough cap room to sign most free agents to a max contract (though not Carmelo Anthony), according to Larry ****. I bet the Lakers are dreaming of those high-end free agents rather than planning to settle for Gasol this early in the process.

There???s little reason for the Lakers to offer Gasol more than a small salary-extension that still leaves them cap space to sign a major free agent, and there???s little reason for Gasol to accept a deal like that. A small offer from the Lakers will likely always be on the table. If he waits until the offseason, he might command a large offer from another team or the Lakers if they miss on more desirable targets.

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