Lakers Rumors: Pros and Cons of L.A. Trading Pau Gasol

According to Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio, the Los Angeles Lakers are considering trading Pau Gasol before the regular season begins. The Lakers' reported goal is to acquire an athletic point guard to serve as either the long-term or short-term replacement to Steve Nash.

The question is, what would be the pros and cons of Los Angeles trading Pau Gasol?

Gasol has been at the center of trade rumors for the better part of the past half-decade, despite helping the Lakers win two NBA championships. Even still, L.A.'s unwillingness to use the draft as a tool for building has led to constant talks of Gasol being dealt for a young player.

The talks have returned, per Amico.

One Eastern Conference executive told FOX Sports Ohio he’s heard from the Lakers recently, and word around the league is they may try to make a "substantial" trade before the regular season. Apparently, forward Pau Gasol remains far from untouchable.

Many NBA talent-evaluators feel as if Steve Nash is no longer capable of playing at a high level for more than 15-20 minutes game. The Lakers, it is believed, are on the lookout for a younger point guard who's a more potent scorer.

Adding a scoring guard is ideal, but it's also unclear whether or not it's possible.

Gasol is still one of the most respected players in the world, thriving as a scorer, rebounder and facilitator. He's a surefire Hall of Fame selection and has enough left in the tank to be somewhere in between effective and elite down low.

Here are the factors that L.A. should weigh before making a decision.


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