The trade deadline is just two weeks away, so it’s time to get the rumor mill going.
One of the biggest names who is most likely to get traded is L.A. Lakers’ Pau Gasol. The Lakers tried to trade Gasol before the season started and there are lots of sources saying
No one seems to have solid information on where Gasol will end up, but the newest rumor is that he’ll be traded to the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo. The Celtics are really struggling so there’s a chance
Giving up Gasol for a point guard would be a win-lose situation for the Lakers. It would give the Lakers some much-needed help in the back court but would definitely decrease their advantage in size. The combo of Gasol and
Since only seven games separate the second best record in the Western Conference from the tenth, it’s a little early to start talking about playoff matchups, but there’s always a chance the San Antonio Spurs could see the Lakers in the first round. Would you rather see the team the Lakers have now, or the Lakers minus Pau Gasol but with a much better point guard? I think the Spurs would match up so much better with the latter considering San Antonio doesn't have the size to contend with Gasol and Bynum.
We won’t get to see the Spurs and Lakers play until the end of the regular season when they play each other three times in nine days, so we won’t get to compare, we’ll just be getting a preview of what it could look like if the teams played each other in the playoffs.
Of course adding Rondo to the Lakers would make a formidable backcourt with Bryant but the Spurs would counter with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
Either way, trade or no trade, I still think the Spurs would have the Lakers number in a playoff series.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Would you rather see the Spurs face a Lakers team with Rondo or Gasol should these two teams meet in the playoffs?
You guys are all thinking short term. The Lakers are looking to build their future as are the celtics. The Celtics are looking to build chemistry and the Lakers are looking for an aid to Kobe. Kobe only has so much mileage left. You can't build a championship contender overnight. Both teams understand that it's a process. They both are in a rebuilding stage with different goals at the moment. The right players come along during the rebuilding process.
If the Lakers lost one of their bigs, you bet it would be good for us this season. But, honestly, I cannot imagine the Lakers and Celtics swinging a trade like that. They are bitter old rivals.
Personally I think that this trade would be bad for both teams. As you said, Lakers needs Gasol's size, weather Celtics needs Rondo smartness. I also think that Gasol could not change the Celtics situation and I agree when you say that Spurs would have the Lakers number in a eventual playoff series.
I honestly don't think it matters because the Lakers bench is by far the worst in the NBA and the Spurs' is one of the best. The starting fives are about even, (the Spurs have the advantage at point, small forward, while the Lakers have the advantage at the shooting guard and center). I think the Spurs would win quite handily. One team that I think could be a dark horse this year is the Warriors because they're young and they have a bunch of good talent.