This weekend saw a lot of trade rumor action get kicked up, with the biggest rumor being a trade that sends Lakers big man Pau Gasol to the Phoenix Suns for Emeka Okafor and draft picks. While the trade is still in the infant stages of being discussed, it’s likely that a deal gets done before the deadline and that may be something that makes Gasol very happy.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Gasol would welcome a trade to the Suns as it would afford him a chance to prove himself outside of LA and away from the Mike D’Antoni system he currently loathes.
Gasol would be comfortable with a trade to the Suns, eager to prove himself in a new system on a better team, according to a person familiar with his thinking.
Picking up Gasol would instantly make the Suns serious contenders in the Western Conference, as they’re already slowly climbing up the playoff ladder without him. Getting Gasol without giving up any of their core pieces would be ideal for the Suns and would make the trade a win for everyone involved.