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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