The [Lakers] know how to play the game.
Reports surfaced early this week that the Lakers had informed [Pau Gasol] that if he couldn't fit into Mike D'Antoni's system, he would be traded. After a flurry of speculation over for what and where Gasol could be traded (we did an entire podcast on the subject), the Lakers have now played the market again.
They've leaked that they're rejecting trade offers for Gasol, including some from Toronto. [From ESPN]:
The Los Angeles Lakers, largely at the behest of general manager Mitch Kupchak, have rebuffed trade inquiries from at least two teams for Pau Gasol, according to sources with knowledge of the Lakers' thinking.
The Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves have recently tried to engage the Lakers in trade discussions for Gasol, sources told ESPN.com, but the Lakers continue to tell teams that call that they will not consider dealing the Spaniard until L.A. can fully assess its roster after the return of injured point guard [Steve Nash].
This is the same line the Lakers set the table with a week ago. So why make it known they're even going to consider it eventually?
Because the Lakers are setting a market. Should Steve Nash return and the team take off, well, no need for a trade. Forget about it, nevermind, we don't know what you're talking about, what trade rumor? But if Nash returns and Gasol continues to struggle, the Lakers will want to establish the best market for him.
The Lakers almost never lose trade deals. They always wind up on the winning end. And in pursuant of that, they would still be trading the best player involved in the deal, under any reasonable circumstance. So they want to establish the high ground, develop a bidding war prior to the actual trade, and keep it on hold.
This is pretty great maneuvering by the Lakers. It puts more pressure on Gasol, but at this point, the Lakers are through babying him. He has to step up and earn his money, and in doing so, prevent the trade that he's feared for more than two years
you're right fired one coach 5 gms in , started winning with the interim coach then then hired another coach who just got fired 7mths ago.. and now the Lakers are 3-6 with this idiot... JUST THE FACTS