How a Pau Gasol Trade Shakes Up the 2012 NBA Draft

Pau Gasol, one of the most dominant big men in the NBA, has been at the heart of trade talks since the March 15 trade deadline.

Though Gasol's production dipped in the postseason while the Lakers were bounced in the second round for the second year in a row, his overall ability to dominate every night will have numerous teams willing to trade draft picks in order to get him.

He's owed $19 million over next season, so any team that takes on his contract will be paying a hefty price.

Even though it's nice chunk of change to land the two-time champion, one team will be getting one of the best power forwards/centers in the game.

He's more than capable of putting up a double-double every time he steps on the floor and will have no problem putting fans in the seats.

A proven veteran like Gasol is almost always better than a shiny new draft pick.

As enticing as draft picks are, they're never guaranteed to pay off.

There are always those players who fail to live up to the high expectations set out for them once they enter the NBA.

See: Adam Morrison and Hasheem Thabeet.

Here are five scenarios where a Gasol trade could alter the draft board.

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