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Why Phoenix cut off Gasol talks

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07:34 AM ET 02.05 | Pau Gasol finds himself in familiar territory these days: In the midst of trade talks. The Phoenix Suns have stopped talks to acquire [Gasol] because they feel the Lakers want too much for the veteran post player, according to a person familiar with the situation. Phoenix could own four picks in the June draft, and the Lakers coveted one of the more valuable two -- the pick the Suns could potentially get from Minnesota or the one they might receive from Washington. Both of those picks are protected and will revert back to Washington and Minnesota if they stumble. The Wizards' pick is top-12 protected, so the Suns technically own it at this point (17th overall before Tuesday's games), while the Timberwolves' pick is top-13 protected, meaning Minnesota holds it right now (12th overall before Tuesday).

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February 5, 2014  08:08 AM ET

Dannggg...the Lakers need to sell off EVERYONE!!!!! They are tied for last in the West....Lord did Cuban screw this team up....

February 5, 2014  08:20 AM ET

The Lakers are in deep Doo Doo

February 5, 2014  08:45 AM ET

The Lakers will tell you that Pau's value is way too high and is worth more than a first round. Too bad Jerry West is in GS. He can't help the great Kupcake anymore.

February 5, 2014  09:06 AM ET

Better Read "The Art Of The Deal", Bros.

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February 5, 2014  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

How arrogant of the Suns. They should just give the Lakers all 4 1st round picks for someone of the magnitude of Pau Gasol. After all - it's PAU GASOL!!!

And the Lakers

February 5, 2014  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And the Lakers

I forgot that...




AND THE LAKERS!!!

February 5, 2014  09:45 AM ET

Smart move on the Suns part honestly.

February 5, 2014  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

How arrogant of the Suns. They should just give the Lakers all 4 1st round picks for someone of the magnitude of Pau Gasol. After all - it's PAU GASOL!!!

"Magic Johnson is turning over in his grave right now!"

February 5, 2014  09:59 AM ET

Asking for a first round pick for gasol is too much. Especially when it's clear it isn't working in LA. There is no magical trade we are gonna use to pull ourselves out of the hole. We are gonna have to climb out of this hole with good drafts, hard work, and smart decisions over the next few years. Enjoy this year laker haters, we will never be this bad again.

February 5, 2014  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Asking for a first round pick for gasol is too much. Especially when it's clear it isn't working in LA. There is no magical trade we are gonna use to pull ourselves out of the hole. We are gonna have to climb out of this hole with good drafts, hard work, and smart decisions over the next few years. Enjoy this year laker haters, we will never be this bad again.

Hard to say what your future is with Jimmy in charge and a new CBA hampering the old way of doing things for the Lakers.

February 5, 2014  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Hard to say what your future is with Jimmy in charge and a new CBA hampering the old way of doing things for the Lakers.

Either way, the only way to go from here is up. It's not going to be a quick road back either way. There will be growing pains as we rebuild from scratch

February 5, 2014  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Either way, the only way to go from here is up. It's not going to be a quick road back either way. There will be growing pains as we rebuild from scratch

A good solid draft pick and some good free agency moves this summer will be a good start.

February 5, 2014  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

A good solid draft pick and some good free agency moves this summer will be a good start.

It can be a new foundation, but the road back is going to be several years in the making. We had a good run though. Time to enjoy Kobe's last years and enjoy the rebuild

February 5, 2014  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Asking for a first round pick for gasol is too much. Especially when it's clear it isn't working in LA. There is no magical trade we are gonna use to pull ourselves out of the hole. We are gonna have to climb out of this hole with good drafts, hard work, and smart decisions over the next few years. Enjoy this year laker haters, we will never be this bad again.

According to some Lakers fans he is worth more than a first round. They have faith in Kupcake fleecing other teams. I've mentioned that the Bynum trade and some picks was a great trade w/ Cleveland but they think Pau is worth more than that. That was the best trade for the Lakers. It would have accomplished many things. They get rid of Pau's high salary, get some picks, and get Bynum who they can release right away...prolly smh

February 5, 2014  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

How arrogant of the Suns. They should just give the Lakers all 4 1st round picks for someone of the magnitude of Pau Gasol. After all - it's PAU GASOL!!!

Pau Gasol OF THE LAKERS!

February 5, 2014  10:38 AM ET

Lakers @ Cavs tonight! First place is on the line for both of them.

February 5, 2014  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Pau Gasol OF THE LAKERS!

Oops! A little redundant.

February 5, 2014  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

According to some Lakers fans he is worth more than a first round. They have faith in Kupcake fleecing other teams. I've mentioned that the Bynum trade and some picks was a great trade w/ Cleveland but they think Pau is worth more than that. That was the best trade for the Lakers. It would have accomplished many things. They get rid of Pau's high salary, get some picks, and get Bynum who they can release right away...prolly smh

It's one of those deals where they hesitate to get it done at a reasonable price out of loyalty for pau. On some level, they don't want to lose pau but there's little to gain by keeping him around. I think he still has some good years left in him for the right team

 
February 5, 2014  10:42 AM ET
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Lakers @ Cavs tonight! First place is on the line for both of them.

First place in your heart???

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