In a move that no one saw coming the Lakers have traded Derek Fisher and a first round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill. The recent trade for Ramon Sessions has made Fisher expendable.
Fisher, a five time champions, has always been considered one of the team leaders. And a stabilizing force in the locker room.
Many fans have already expressed their sadness at Fisher leaving.
It’s no secret that Fishers skills have diminished but I always thought that the Lakers would allow him to go out on his own terms. I, and all Lakers fans, felt that he has earned that.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.
UPDATE: Adrian Wojnarowski has reported: “Lakers front office telling people that ‘nothing is happening’ with Pau Gasol, league sorces say. For now anyway.”
The rumor mill has been in overdrive today. It all started when Ronald Lazenby tweeted:
“It seems we’ll soon be getting news that Gasol has been traded. No details confirmed, but he’s apparently gone.”
No sooner did he hit the send button and “Pau Gasol” was trending worldwide.
Again, nothing has been confirmed but it has been no secret that the Lakers have been looking to trade Gasol. The main suitor appears to be the Houston Rockets. They have been inquiring about Gasol all season.
The only trade that makes any sense is Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry for Gasol. It addresses the Lakers dire need for a point guard and Scola will be a serviceable replacement for Pau.
There are rumors that the Rockets don’t want to part with Lowry, though. If the Lakers can’t get Lowry I say this is a no deal. And to make things more complicated, Lowry was hospitalized today for “fever and abdominal distress.” Rockets are listing him as day to day.
So if the Lakers do get Lowry, will he be able to play?
Stay tuned to see how all this plays out.