Apr 9, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) and shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) in the second half against the New Orleans Hornets at the Staples Center. Lakers won 104-96. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kobe Bryant doesn’t want Lakers to trade Pau Gasol?

The Los Angeles Lakers have been attempting to trade Pau Gasol for quite some time – not only in recent weeks, but seemingly for the past few seasons.

No deal has ever manifested, but if something does capture the Lakers fancy come the NBA’s trade deadline, they may want to clear it with superstar Kobe Bryant first.

According to NBA.com, Bryant wants to continue playing with Gasol moving forward and was told when he signed a contract extension earlier this year, he’d be able to.

And he (Kobe) desires to continue playing with Gasol, who helped Bryant win rings in 2009 and ’10. When Bryant’s extension was announced, Bryant made it crystal clear he’d been told by Lakers management that not only would the team be able to re-sign Gasol this summer despite Bryant’s huge numbers, but also be able to add an impact free agent.

Of course, Bryant may be a bit more open to a move if the Lakers become a better team for it – be it now or in the future. But as of this moment, it doesn’t sound like Bryant is overly eager to see the Lakers trade their power forward.

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  • J Taylor

    Imagine the anger if Phoenix passed up on this trade and slipped enough to fall out of the playoffs? Currently they are in a 3-way tie for the 5-8 seeds.

    Any sort of 1st round pick from Phoenix would be (essentially) a mid-20′s pick. Outside of the protected Minnesota pick, the remaining 3 picks are all from teams expected to make the playoffs. If Minnesota doesn’t make the playoffs, I am certain they will do their best to get within the top 13 pick “protection.”

    If we kept Pau, we might be able to sign him for $8M and let him exercise a no-trade clause. If we trade him, we get a mid-20′s pick. Mitch needs to hold the Suns feet to the fire and hold out. Of the available options (to the Suns) Pau is the only one with near-certain results.

    The Suns need Pau more than the Lakers need to get rid of him.

  • Marty Susman

    Kobe might be one of the greatest BUT he is far from a expert in players… I am also a little sick of making the team fit an older/on his way out player who wants to get old guys now for him, not for the team and fan base.