Lakers Trade Rumors: Most Ideal Destinations for Pau Gasol

With the Los Angeles Lakers' 2013 NBA season reaching its end, the annual Pau Gasol trade rumors have ensued. This time around, speculation has mounted off of quotes made by Gasol himself.

The question is, where would be the most ideal situations for Gasol to end up?

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Gasol is well aware of the fact that his future with the Lakers is uncertain. After roughly two calendar years of trade rumors, it's none too surprising to hear that Gasol is conscious of what could be.

This time around, however, it's what wasn't said that has Gasol thinking long-term.

“[Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak] couldn’t really tell me, ‘Hey, thanks for everything you’ve done, it’s more likely you’re going to be gone,’ or no, ‘Don’t worry about it, you’re going to stay here. We’re going to make it happen,’” Gasol said. “Which is to be expected. I appreciate Mitch’s honesty and everything that he’s done and the franchise has done for the last two years to keep me here and have me on the team.” 

Gasol's comments about the past two years are in reference to the infamously vetoed Chris Paul trade.

If Gasol is to be traded, it will be the end of what has been nothing short of an illustrious Lakers career. With two NBA championships to his name, the Spaniard has done everything asked of him and will thus go down as one of the best European imports in league history.

The question is, where would Gasol continue his career in a perfect world?


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