Jan 26, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) shoots the ball as New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) defends during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won 110-103. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers clearing cap room to keep Pau Gasol

The Los Angeles Lakers have already made one trade, dealing point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for guards MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore.

The Lakers are expected to stay busy. They’ve talked to the Brooklyn Nets about sending big man Jordan Hill east in exchange for the Disabled Players’ Exception the Nets received because of Brook Lopez’s season ending injury. They have also spoken with the Cleveland Cavaliers regarding Hill and have had discussions with the Atlanta Hawks about Hill and disgruntled center Chris Kaman.

Although it looks like the Lakers may be cleaning house and making way for a Pau Gasol deal, ESPN’s Marc Stein says that is not the case at all.

It makes sense. The Lakers can get under the tax without losing Gasol, who has been by far their best player throughout the season. They can also attempt to keep him in the offseason, perhaps at a reasonable price.

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  • Brenda L Williams

    know body but the stupid lakers want Pau he play’s no D he has know heart how much dummer can Mitch and Jim Buss get.F Pau we lakers fans do not want his cry baby slow know heart on our beloved lakers team anymore.know mater who you bring in we need a center that’s going to protect the rim and not cry about evey touch he gets about a a foul.should of kept Bynum.

    • George Taylor Wilson

      Kept Bynum over Pau? How many games has Bynum been on the court since the Lakers wisely let him go after reaping a few titles (one without him on the court the entire playoffs). Also of special note, Pau is meant to play the 4. Not the 5. Most of his time on the Lakers has been at the 4, and he has been one of the best in the game. In fact, he’s been with Kobe for 3 trips to the Ship and 2 world titles. Kept Bynum over the Spaniard… you are no Laker fan.