The Los Angles Lakers desire to trade Pau Gasol, or at least their open willingness to do so, has been something we’ve seen develop over the last few years. He’s still on the roster which shows you just how serious they are about trading him, but they remain open about seeing if there’s an offer out there they like.
Recently, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been trying to land Gasol, but the only problem is they aren’t one of those teams with an offer the Lakers like. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles, the Lakers are confident that they can get under the luxury tax without trading Gasol which is why they want more than just cap relief in return.
As a result, Shelburne again reiterated today that the Lakers are increasingly cooling on the idea of trading Gasol to the Cavaliers as they feel Cleveland isn’t going to be able to offer a substantial return package for the center.
Lakers cooling on the Bynum-Gasol trade by the hour, fearing they’re “farther apart than ever.” Won’t simply give him up for cap relief
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 4, 2014
The rumors about Gasol, like they have been for years, come and go in terms of how seriously we’re taking the Lakers efforts to move their Spanish big man. If the right deal comes along, a trade may happen but it’s looking more and more like Cleveland won’t be Gasol’s final destination.