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Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:40 am
Gasol's name is popping up in trade rumors again. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

The Lakers already tried to trade Pau Gasol once this season. So they aren't completely married to their Spanish power forward. The Lakers appear to be a team shopping at the trade deadline, especially with that nice trade exception they got in the Lamar Odom deal.

But that doesn't mean the Lakers are just going to do anything. So are ready for a trade rumor that almost certainly will not happen, but is pretty fun to think about anyway? Via
In other news involving NBA big men, a source said Wednesday that Minnesota continues to pursue a possible trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, dangling rookie Derrick Williams, who is from the Los Angeles area, and draft choices.

The only players considered untouchable by the Timberwolves, who are seeking to add a veteran by the trade deadline, are Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves believe it could be enticing for Gasol to play on the same team as fellow Spaniard Rubio.
The two biggest reasons this isn't happening:

1) No way Kobe Bryant would at all be cool with this, considering he's not exactly of the mind for the Lakers to start a rebuilding youth movement as he chases a sixth ring. If you want to upset Kobe, trade Gasol for someone not named Dwight.

2) Actually, that first reason is probably enough.

Then again, maybe there's one reason it would. Maybe the Lakers have visions of using Williams in a package with Andrew Bynum to have a go at Dwight Howard. Maybe the Gasol/Bynum thing isn't what Orlando is looking for and instead wants to get younger, get some picks and get some talent back. That, I can buy.

From the Minnesota perspective, I'm actually a little curious as to why the Wolves would want to go down that path. Gasol is more of a 4 than a 5 and they already have Kevin Love playing power forward. And Nikola Pekovic is coming on strong right now at center. It's understandable if they see Williams not fitting in anywhere, but Gasol's not exactly a major need player for them either.

Either way, there's a month until the trade deadline and I'm pretty sure this isn't the last trade rumor you're going to hear Gasol's name get dropped in. The Lakers want, and probably need, to make a deal. And Gasol's a pretty big piece to dangle out there.

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:21 pm

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

I saw the headline and thought it was Deron Williams for Pau. Oh, the disappointment after reading the wrong first name.

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:21 pm

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Wow.... How stupid could the Wolves POSSIBLY be? 

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:58 pm

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

The Timberwolves are going to trade Rubio/Love to the Celts for Garnett.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:50 pm

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

This is garbage. You had nothing to do or report so you created a rumor about a trade that would never be completed by either team.

The Lakers are no gonna get rid of a clog in their championship team that would prevent them from trying for a championship team this year.

Williams is not the player the Lakers need and I doubt if they would get rid of Bynum in a package to obtain Howard.

I think Howard has other motives for wanting to be in Los Angeles, which does not include basketball.

We need a center as well as other players that would want to be the best team in the NBA each year contending for the NBA championship.

Howard want to rap and attempt to be in movies.

I can not understand the fact that others don’t understand that we have a center, a very good center that is averaging doubles in rebounds and points. Is that not what a good center do night in and night out?

With Howard and his ideas he and Kobe would clash as did Kobe and Shaq. Kobe wanted a dedicated player that would practice during the summer and not come into training camp out of shape. Shaq did this more than one season.

I think Howard has the same motives and would not make  Kobe happy with his with his off season antics that would not be dedicated to basketball.

Mitch is smarter than this.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:12 pm

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

you are all nuts, i am a wolves fan. if we were to get gasol, where would play?  we have officially have a center in pekovic, a power forward in love, and a small forward in beasely and williams.  we do not need gasol, and we will win thirty five games without him this year, with more wins coming next year.   the wolves are serious in trading williams for a shooting guard though.  they been talking eric gordon, ray allen, oj mayo, and a few other options. with ray allen, it would for this year only so short term. but with gordon or mayo it would be longterm wanting to win within five years.  this is what i see happening. not this dumb trade for gasol who we dont want or need.  pekovic at this time is better than gasol.   wolves first have to answer what direction to go from here first. beasely or williams. that, in my oppinion is what they are discussing before the trade deadline.  williams is also in the coaches dog house for his work ethic.

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:36 pm

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

This trade does nothing for me....Gasol is old and Williams has a huge upside...Why trade a promising young player for an old guy in the twilight of his career and then let the Lakers turn around and use him to trade for Howard....Just leave the Wolves as is Kahn...

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:53 pm

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Many people are saying this would help both teams; I don't see how it would help either one. The Lakers chances to win are NOW, so they need the developed player, Gasol. The Wolves aren't going to win now either way, so they need to keep the promising young player.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:39 pm

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

i am  not a wolves fan necessarily. i am a kansas city-omaha royals fan. ( that does go back a day or two) anyway i like the wolves. i would like to see the wolves ger pau. with he and love, we are talking a bunch of rebouds and goodbig man play. like dick vital said. you cant teach 7 ft.

Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:15 pm

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Awesome 3-way deal that works for everyone (in my opinion):

Wolves send D. Williams, Luke Ridnour, their 2012 first-round pick (via Utah), Darko and Brad Miller (to make the money work) to LA Lakers for Gasol.

That's a good deal for the Wolves and Lakers in my opinion.

However, maybe the Lakers could then send Bynum, D. Williams, Darko and Miller and the first rounder to Orlando for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu. I have to feel Orlando would love to shed Turk's contract and rebuild around Bynum, Williams, Reddick and next year's two first-round picks.

The money works in this deal (which is obviously important, but often forgotten when speculating on trades).

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:52 pm

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

You are insane if you think this is a good trade for the Lakers.  I don't know what draft picks the T-Wolves are "dangling" as part of this deal but unless they are lottery picks this year and next there is no way the Lakers make such a dumb unproven 6-8 PF
i think it is, a pick and a young player, now losing Pau would hurt (which is why i dont see the trade happening anyway), but it would be a good trade in the sense that Williams was a number 2 overall pick for a reason and if the Lakers get all his potential out of him, then you got a young player with talent. now i dont see the trade happening, in fact, i see Williams being a Bobcat before he's a laker.

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