Los Angeles Lakers Targeting Hawks Josh Smith

By CDR
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Reports out of ESPN’s camp had surfaced detailing a possible trade that would send Lakers’ power forward/center Pau Gasol to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for forward Josh Smith.

According to Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers had reached out to the Atlanta Hawks to show their interest in “J-Smoove” and would like to discuss possible trade scenarios to get their man.

Once again, Pau Gasol finds himself on the trade block, a situation that the Lakers’ seven-foot Spaniard has been dealing with for the past couple of years now. Throughout these trying times, Gasol has been a consummate professional whenever his name was being thrown around in trade talks, but when will the Los Angeles Lakers finally get rid of him?

Pau Gasol is still considered to be one of the most reliable big men in the NBA. It’s only fair to give the man a decent shot at being one of best players in another team. It’s obvious that the Lakers have been trying very hard to deal him somewhere else, so give Gasol a fair shake and don’t wait until February 21st (NBA Trade Deadline) to get the deal done.

Currently, Pau Gasol is averaging 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists this season compared to Josh Smith’s 15.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists. The numbers are fairly close with one another, but if this trade were to happen, it will most likely deal with the Lakers wanting a more versatile player on the team that could run step by step with their new point guard, Steve Nash.

In review of this possible trade at face value, we wouldn’t believe it to be true, except now that the Lakers have Mike D’Antoni, an NBA coach that loves to run on the open floor, this trade has a great chance of actually happening.

The Atlanta Hawks have made it clear that the team has no intentions of trading away Josh Smith, but similar to any business, when different chips are thrown onto the table, things could certainly change quickly. For now, we’ll all just have to wait and see.

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6 Responses to Los Angeles Lakers Targeting Hawks Josh Smith

  1. Desperate times, call for desperate measures. And that is what the Lakers have now become …………. extremely desperate and mediocre !

    No truth to the rumor that Phil Jackson and his girlfriend , Jeanie Buss , will be spending Thanksgiving with her family , Jim and Jerry Buss . Phil has another engagement on hand , he is spreading cow manure across acres of his ranch in Montana . Apparently he says it reminds him of the Lakers’ current form .

    Tophatal ………..

    • CDR says:

      That’s funny Alan. The Lakers are going “all-in” and are trying to win right now. Signing Mike D’Antoni to a three-year contract is bold and if things don’t turn the way the team would like, the move not to hire Phil Jackson would be an bigger story down the line.

  2. What happened to that whole “We’re not trading Pau Gasol as long as I’m a Laker” talk that Kobe’s been ranting about?

    • CDR says:

      Kobe Bryant might have a chokehold on the Lakers, but he’ll be the first player to tell you that if the move significantly makes the team better, he’s all for it. At the same time, Josh Smith hasn’t played well this season, so it would certainly be wise for the Lakers to really think things through.

  3. I still prefer Pau. He is still my premier power forward after Dirk. No trade.

    • CDR says:

      To each his own. Thanks for the comment. The fact that Pau Gasol is a willing passer and doesn’t care about anything else but winning, the Lakers should continue to keep Gasol. With Josh Smith, there just might be more headaches down the road.

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