Lakers Looking to Move Pau and World Peace For Draft Picks

With the NBA Draft only a few days away the Lakers trade rumors are flying fast and furious.

The latest ones involve Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace. It’s no secret that the Lakers are trying to move Gasol. He’s been the fall guy for the Lakers’ post-season woes the last two seasons.

According to reports Los Angeles is trying to trade Gasol to the Washington Wizards for the #3 pick in this year’s draft. That seems a little farfetched since the Wizards have just signed Nene and Emeka Okafor and it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to have three big men with three big contracts. But you never know.

The next rumor involves trading Metta World Peace for a late first-round pick. This one has a slightly better chance of happening than the Pau trade. Teams may look at MWP’s late season play (minus the elbow to James Harden’s head) and think he may be worth it. The only snag may be the fact that MWP is owed nearly $15 million over the next two years.

Apparently the Lakers have their eye on Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague. They definitely need a point guard but I’m not sure they need a rookie point guard. No matter how good he is. (Is it already time to say goodbye to Ramon Sessions?)

Right now the Lakers do not have a first round pick. Kobe Bryant is getting older by the day. Jim Buss has not proven he can run the team as well as his father. To say the Lakers are desperate is an understatement.

The Lakers need to do something big in order to remain relevant in the Western Conference. OKC will only get better. Young teams like Memphis, Denver and Utah are nipping at their heels. Their window for winning another championship with the roster is closing fast, if it isn’t closed already.

Something has to be done.

Expect an avalanche of rumors to be reported over the next couple of days and expect Draft Night to be pretty wild.

The Lakers are on the clock. In more ways than one.

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Metta World Peace Gets 7 Game Suspension!

NBA commissioner came down on Metta World Peace with a seven game suspension for his elbow to the head of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s James Harden during Sunday’s game.

I think it was a fair decision. I was hoping for a five game suspension but I was also fearful that Stern would come down with a 10 game suspension. After all the media hype and the talking heads calling Metta a “criminal” along with other names, I thought they might suspend him for the rest of the season.

Metta’s past certainly was taken into consideration with this suspension. But it could have been worse. Think back to last year’s playoffs. Andrew Bynum got suspended for five games for his elbow on the Dallas Mavericks’ JJ Barea.

So Metta gets two extra games because of his past. I can live with that. The elbow was uncalled for and there had to be some punishment.

So this means that Metta will be out for all of the first round of the playoffs. And depending on how many games that first round goes, he may be available for the second round. And if the Lakers hold on to the 3rd seed in the West their opponent could very well be the OKC Thunder.

If that’s the case it will be interesting to see MWP and Harden greet each other before the tip off.