Lakers Rumors: Los Angeles Doesn’t Have Assets to Nab Paul Pierce from Celtics

There is no question that acquiring star forward Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics would put the Los Angeles Lakers back in title contention, but there simply isn't a logical trade to be made.

According to Robert Littal of Black Sports Online, the Lakers have interest in Pierce, although he doesn't offer any possible trade scenarios. That is likely because there isn't much that would work from a salary cap perspective while still offering fair compensation.

Pierce makes over $15 million this season, so the Lakers would have to offer up a player (or multiple players) whose salaries come close to matching that. Either forward Pau Gasol or center Andrew Bynum straight-up would work, but I highly doubt Los Angeles would want to part with either.

I realize that Gasol was part of the vetoed trade that would have brought point guard Chris Paul to the Lakers prior to the season, but that was a different circumstance. Pierce is much older than Paul and probably wouldn't be considered an elite player at this stage in his career.

Aside from those two players, there likely isn't anything the Celtics would want from the Lakers.

Los Angeles could try to package small forward Metta World Peace and a couple other players, but I doubt that any team would touch the train wreck formerly known as Ron Artest right now.

When it comes down to it, the only possible trade scenario would be a player-for-player swap with Pierce going to Los Angeles and Gasol going to Boston. There is no doubt that such a trade would fill major holes on both teams.

The Celtics have nothing at center since trading Kendrick Perkins last season, so Gasol could fill that void. He isn't the greatest defensive player, and he tends to play soft at times, but Boston is getting virtually no production from that position right now.

Los Angeles could really use a perimeter scorer to take some of the burden off Kob...

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