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Lakers mulling what to do with Pau

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07:31 AM ET 02.19 | This may be news to Pau Gasol -- or likely not -- but his name is being mentioned as a potential trade candidate. The Los Angeles Lakers have been weighing the benefits of holding on to the perpetually dangling [Gasol] for the rest of the season to maintain his Bird rights this summer, against trading him before Thursday's trade deadline, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The Lakers have been one of the more active teams in advance of Thursday's deadline as they gauge the market for Gasol and veterans like Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman and Steve Blake. With their record at 18-35 heading into Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets, it makes little sense to pay luxury taxes and be in line to pay the more punitive repeater taxes in the future.

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February 19, 2014  08:13 AM ET

Going to be tough for the Lakers to reach 25 wins once they start getting rid of the little talent they have.

February 19, 2014  08:16 AM ET

Yeah move Kaman, Hill, and Blake if it is for picks or trade exceptions.

February 19, 2014  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yeah move Kaman, Hill, and Blake if it is for picks or trade exceptions.

LOL, yeah, those guys should bring some second round picks.

February 19, 2014  08:25 AM ET

NOW they're 'mulling'?


A little late in the game, no?

February 19, 2014  08:36 AM ET

They're clueless! Pau is a Laker for life. He'll get that extension for 2 years to go out into the sunset w/ Kobe...prolly

February 19, 2014  09:34 AM ET

Marc Stein is reporting the Lakers can get more back in the offseason in a sign and trade.

February 19, 2014  09:42 AM ET

Set Him Free, Bros.

February 19, 2014  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Marc Stein is reporting the Lakers can get more back in the offseason in a sign and trade.

Now that is not a bad idea but what is exactly more?

February 19, 2014  10:38 AM ET

Trade him to clear some cap space now and get under the repeating penalty tax. Then go big with signings this off season and next.

February 19, 2014  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Marc Stein is reporting the Lakers can get more back in the offseason in a sign and trade.

A lot of teams are stockpiling assets but when the draft is over... some teams will be sitting on draft picks and trade exceptions that need to be used. That's when these Lakers will have some value... but for now they need to keep the old war tanks in safe.

Even though it's a dumb move it's better than nothing at all ya know. Unlike the Knicks who have no plans whatsoever.

Go Lakers!

February 19, 2014  11:04 AM ET

Work him like a plow horse....

February 19, 2014  11:29 AM ET

At this point.....

If I am the Lakers I try to resign him to a amount as low as possible and move him in the summer for younger talent or whatever is out there that is young,inexpensive and has talent

If I am Gasol I send the Lakers to hell and try to get some sucker GM to give me a long term deal for as much as possible...and ride pine till retirement.....like Nash or Amare or even Kobe

February 19, 2014  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Marc Stein is reporting the Lakers can get more back in the offseason in a sign and trade.

Why would another team give up assets if he is a FA?

Its not like he'd get a max deal or anything?

February 19, 2014  01:14 PM ET
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Why would another team give up assets if he is a FA?Its not like he'd get a max deal or anything?

Laker fan's way of thinking. Pau is so valuable that no first round picks will satisfy the Lakers w/ any trade.

February 19, 2014  01:15 PM ET
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Set Him Free, Bros.

Agreed

February 19, 2014  02:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Marc Stein is reporting the Lakers can get more back in the offseason in a sign and trade.

Stein is an idiot. Why would a team agree to trade assets in a sign and trade when Pau is a UNRESTRICTED FA? The team that wants him doesn't have to give anything up to sign him outright.

 
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