Another off-season, another round of Lakers trade rumors. This time its Pau Gasol getting traded to the Chicago Bulls.
Of course its just a rumor but the Lakers are looking to trade Gasol. In fact, they have already trade him this season. Only David Stern un-traded him.
This most recent trade rumor doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Lakers. This first scenario involves Pau for Carlos Boozer. I don’t see the Lakers willing to take on Boozer’s huge contract when they are trying to lighten their payroll. Plus, Pau is a much better player than Boozer. The drop in talent will be too great.
The next scenario involves Luol Deng and Rip Hamilton in exchange for Pau. I like Den but the inclusion of Hamilton sours the deal for me. The Lakers need to get younger and with Hamilton, they get older.
I don’t see a trade with the Bulls happening because it doesn’t benefit the Lakers enough. The Bulls would be much better off and in a real position to challenge the Heat for Eastern Conference supremacy with Gasol in the lineup.
Its going to be difficult for the Lakers to trade Gasol because he is so talented. They will be hard pressed to find a player (or players) of equal talent.
One thing is for sure, this will certainly be an interesting summer.