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07:26 AM ET 02.03 | With the dawn of a new month comes more speculation about Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol. The Phoenix Suns have emerged as a potential trade suitor for [Gasol], according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that the Suns, among the options being weighed as part of their well-chronicled desire to acquire an established player as they make an unexpected playoff push this season, have been exploring the feasibility of trading for the Lakers' four-time All-Star. One option for the Suns, by virtue of their $5.6 million in available salary-cap space, is swapping the expiring contract of injured big man Emeka Okafor for Gasol, even though Okafor's $14.5 million salary this season falls well shy of Gasol's $19.3 million.

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February 3, 2014  07:50 AM ET

I really don't see how this helps the Suns or Lakers.

February 3, 2014  07:59 AM ET
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I really don't see how this helps the Suns or Lakers.

Me either

February 3, 2014  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I really don't see how this helps the Suns or Lakers.

I see it helps the Lakers by getting rid of Pau's salary. They'll get back Okafor's salary but that's insured which means that the Lakers don't have to pay his salary. I don't get why the Suns would help out the Lakers.

February 3, 2014  08:50 AM ET

The Suns are trying to do this to ensure they make the playoffs this year and they probably feel they can sign Gasol on the cheap next year. Okafor is getting paid 14.6million and not playing a single minute which tells them he is not realy needed. LA is doing to this most likely to shed cap and get something back probably a pick and maybe a cheap Okafor next year. Not a bad gamble for the Suns.

February 3, 2014  09:16 AM ET

Only If You Take Back Nash, Bros.

February 3, 2014  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I really don't see how this helps the Suns or Lakers.

A double-double guy for a player that isn't even playing. It's obvious how it helps the Suns who are making a playoff push. It helps the Lakers some financially and helps their tanking for the lottery.

February 3, 2014  09:17 AM ET

Gasol gives them a legit big man that can score 16-17ppg, grab 10rpg and dish out 3-4apg. The Suns need some help if they want to guarantee a playoff spot.

But, I'd keep Gasol and let him walk.....unless the Suns include a 1st rounder. Okafor will never suit up for the Lakers. And they aren't doing it just to save $.

"The Lakers, though, have been adamant that they won't part with Gasol merely for financial relief, even in a season in which they've slipped into the West's bottom three at 16-31. Lakers officials refused to relent in their talks with Cleveland, convinced that they had other means to get below the luxury-tax threshold before the trade deadline and that Gasol still holds trade value."

February 3, 2014  09:18 AM ET

"Gasol responded by averaging 20.8 points and 11.9 rebounds in January. He's expected to miss the next week because of strained right groin that's not believed to be serious."

February 3, 2014  09:22 AM ET

It helps the Suns by giving them a still consistent low post scoring option to make a stronger push in the post season.
It helps the Lakers by giving them a draft pick they will need.
As a whole, neither Gasol nor Okafor are under contract next year. Both of their deals expire. Gasol will be able to be signed much cheaper and is still a reliable piece for another year or 2. Okafor is probably done for good.
This sounds like a win-win.............or at least not a lose-lose for both.

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February 3, 2014  09:30 AM ET

I could see the Suns bringing back Gasol on a more team friendly deal if they traded for him and he played reasonably well.

For those that think they won't give up a 1st rounder:

"In mid-December, general manager Ryan McDonough told NBA.com that the Suns are indeed open to trading one (or more) of their possible four first-round picks in the loaded 2014 NBA draft if it meant they could get an impact player immediately."

February 3, 2014  09:32 AM ET

It may actually happen this time!

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February 3, 2014  10:04 AM ET
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Lmao..Your days of fleecing other franchises seem to be over.I could see them giving you Bledsoe, not a 1st rounder for an older guy that can walk at Seasons end.

Suns would be foolish to give up Bledsoe. They actually have a small guard lineup that was actually working. Bledsoe is one of the better defensive pg's in the league probably top 5 defensively.

February 3, 2014  10:07 AM ET
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Lmao..Your days of fleecing other franchises seem to be over.I could see them giving you Bledsoe, not a 1st rounder for an older guy that can walk at Seasons end.

Pau can help but he's a little long in the tooth now. I'm not sure that he is the type of impact player they would want for a first round pick. I guess it depends where it lands. Certainly not a lottery pick.

Maybe they consider giving back the Lakers first round pick from next year's draft which they own.

February 3, 2014  10:19 AM ET
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Lmao..Your days of fleecing other franchises seem to be over.I could see them giving you Bledsoe, not a 1st rounder for an older guy that can walk at Seasons end.

A 1st rounder is more valuable than Bledsoe?

Really?

February 3, 2014  10:20 AM ET
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Here is the Lakers future...embrace it because he is gonna be FANTASTIC!Think MCW with a better jumper not a selfish, trainwreck like Kyrie Irving..

The tall PG is starting to pay off. I don't know defensively if he is MCW but that description is what I said as well. Tall pg's give most Pg's problems if they can move their feet. Shawn Livingston has been playing really good

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February 3, 2014  10:23 AM ET
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Here is the Lakers future...embrace it because he is gonna be FANTASTIC!Think MCW with a better jumper not a selfish, trainwreck like Kyrie Irving."I don't want to go to a team, somewhere like the (Los Angeles) Clippers, that have Chris Paul and I'll be kind of stuck behind him," The point guard has signed with Bryant's manager Rob Pelinka, who has told the 18-year-old that Bryant is willing to give him advice on how to handle the leap. The Lakers, in the midst of a disappointing season, have already contacted Australia basketball great Luc Longley to discuss Exum, who led Canberra's Lake Ginninderra College to last year's national schoolboys title. ''A reason why I signed with the agent I'm with is he has Kobe Bryant, and he's been through this when he came into the NBA,'' Canberra schoolboy Dante Exum plans to sit down with Kobe Bryant to learn the secrets behind the superstar's successful leap from high school to the NBA. LA Laker great Bryant became the first guard in history to bypass college and be drafted straight out of high school in 1996. Exum, who completed high school last year, is preparing for a similarly rapid rise to the big stage after announcing last week he would forego college and nominate for June's NBA Draft.

He's a nice consolation prize, the kid can really play.

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