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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 FoxSports.com:
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.
Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

The only way this trade makes a little sense for the Lakers is if they get Williams and a number one and ship off the number #1 with Bynum for Howard and Jameer Nelson...maybe the Lakers toss in Blake. 

Bynum and Gasol is too much for Howard...about a half a player too much...so the Lakers got to get something back to balance things out. 



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:59 pm
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

this trade makes no sense for either side unless LA is going to package williams and bynum for dwight



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:25 pm
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Right on!!!!!!



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:31 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Don't see the Lakers going for this unless they are going to move other pieces.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:28 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

but......if wolves were to get gasol,  we would become a spanish team for sure just like the mariners of baseball are a japanese team. can you imagine our starting lineup of rubio, barea, gasol, love, beasely? half of them talk spanish, lol.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:24 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

this trade rumor makes no sense at all for the timberwolves since we alrady have a center and a power forward.  it perhaps makes sense on the lakers side since the pieces would be used to make room for howard, but then again, it will cost the lakers both their big men and leave them without a power forward.  this pretyy ruin the lakers chances this year. you cant win in the west without a four and a five.  lakers perhaps need a smarter general manager. howard wont mix with kobe at all, their egos are to big. they both want their points.



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:23 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Gasol for Williams?  A superstar for an average player at best?  That's a joke, and that's not even the problem.  The Lakers need a point guard.  That's the gaping hole on their roster right now.  



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:52 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

How about this peeps, salaries don't match. There would obviously be other pieces to this puzzle.  


This isn't a great trade for the Lakers either!! 



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:41 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

I know Kahn has looked foolish, but not this foolish.  This is just California dreamin...



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:29 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Don't the Wolves need a 2 or 3, especially a 3.  Johnson has been a dud for such a high pick.


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