Dec 29, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16) is defended by New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

NBA rumors: Lakers interested in potential trade with New York Knicks?


Few teams in the NBA currently have more internal turmoil than that of the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.

Los Angeles has been dealing with an unhappy Pau Gasol, who recently blasted head coach Mike D’Antoni (who returned the favor) and pondered a return to the Memphis Grizzlies where he began his career. Meanwhile, across the country the Knicks are one of the biggest disappointments in the NBA and seemingly have more drama than a prime time television show.

Both teams have players who could use a change of scenery, so it makes sense the two sides talked about a potential deal in recent days – one that involved swingman, Iman Shumpert:

The Lakers recently called the Knicks to express their interest in Iman Shumpert, according to sources close to the situation.

In addition to calling about Shumpert, ESPN also reports that Los Angeles is pondering a deal which would send Pau Gasol to the Knicks in exchange for Tyson Chandler, though did not talk about such a trade with the Knicks during their recent phone call:

Sources say the Lakers also are interested in another Knicks player — center Tyson Chandler. The Lakers did not inquire about Chandler when they called about Shumpert, but they are weighing whether to propose a Pau Gasol-for-Chandler trade, according to sources.

Tags: Iman Shumpert Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks Pau Gasol Tyson Chandler

  • Shalamar Raimie

    The only trade I would accept from the Lakers would be Shumpert for Gasol and a 2014 first round pick.

    • cheney2jail

      They have a few guys I’d take for our bad signings, but not Chandler for Gasol. Gasol is 2 years older. Knicks don’t need to get older and lose toughness and defense.
      On second thought I’d do it if the Knicks could throw in Dolan.

      • Z Kendall

        If the Bus family keeps running the Lakers the way they have the past two years, they might take you up on the Dolan trade.
        Seriously, Chandler for Gasol? What’s the point? Gasol’s probably more of a scoring threat, but Melo is not big on passing, and Chandler is a better cover for the shaky defense of his teammates.

        • cheney2jail

          That’s really funny; the Busses are the Laker fan’s Dolan. The two most valuable NBA franchises are run into the ground by clowns. We are the banana republics of basketball. My God, it’s like the last forty years of US history.
          Agree 100% about Chandler & Gasol.

    • ricknsdca

      Like they say in the navy when I retired BRAVO ZULU…I agree with my whole heart with what you said. Chandler is getting up in years, Shumpert would offer the Lakers a defensive weapon and go out and get a youngster now as Kobe isn’t going to be around forever.

  • PBHayes

    Trading Pao has to happen as he simply refuses to work hard on either end of the court because he is unhappy as a Laker. Getting TYson Chandler would be a great move as he is passionate about the game and a hard worker.

  • John Bauer

    Should have hired Phil Jackson Dumbo Jimbo Bust !!!

  • ricknsdca

    Another possibility is give Knicks Gasol for a 1st and 2nd draft pick.