Potential suitors for Pau Gasol
December, 16, 2013
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN.com
It remains to be seen if the Los Angeles Lakers will trade disgruntled center Pau Gasol. After all, finding a trade partner for a declining 33-year-old earning more than $19 million in 2013-14 could prove to be a difficult task, and even if they do, the trade fit would have to be right.
ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein highlighted that in their story on Gasol over the weekend: "The Lakers' main objective with every personnel move this year has been to maintain their financial flexibility over the next three summers, when several premier free agents will become available. Sources maintain the Lakers would be reluctant to surrender that hard-fought flexibility in a potential deal for Gasol or any other player. Yet it's believed the Lakers would consider taking back salary commitments for the 2014-15 season if they received a strong offer featuring a player who could significantly help them this season and beyond or other assets to help them reload around Bryant."
Shelburne and Stein mentioned New York's Tyson Chandler (owed $28.7 million over the next two seasons) and the Chicago's Carlos Boozer (owed $32.1 million over the next two seasons) as possible options, but here are a few others that would make sense: