Jan 28, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) guards Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers will make trades that impact future seasons

The Los Angeles Lakers seem to typically be in trade rumors every year and almost all of those rumors exclusively revolve around Pau Gasol. This year is no exception, as the Lakers have been shopping him to teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, but we’re starting to get a better idea of what they want in return.

According to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, the Lakers front office is looking to make trades that will impact the 2014-15 season and beyond, which is to say they aren’t looking to make immediate upgrades on the roster.

This seems to makes sense, since most rumors with the Suns involve first-round draft picks and an expiring contract. The Lakers aren’t totally throwing in the towel this year, but for the first time in a long time, the franchise seems to be as forward thinking as they’ve ever been.

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