Jan 17, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) works the ball against Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) and center Jordan Hill (27) in the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers' Jim Buss, Mitch Kupchak meeting Wednesday

As always, the Los Angeles Lakers are front and center when it comes to trade rumors.

There has been a lot of talk surrounding veteran power forward Pau Gasol. He reportedly does not want to remain in Los Angeles beyond the season and rival executives believed that meant he could be headed to the Phoenix Suns. The Charlotte Bobcats and Minnesota Timberwolves have also been mentioned in connection with Gasol, but a deal does not look like it will get done.

Gasol just wants these next two days to go by.

If a Lakers’ big man is traded, it will likely be Jordan Hill. Hill has interest from the Brooklyn Nets, who were said to be progressing towards a deal, and Cleveland Cavaliers, among others.

As the Lakers continue to play with star guard Kobe Bryant, general manager Mitch Kupchak and team president Jim Buss are set to have a meeting Wednesday night to discuss the team’s future, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.

But the Lakers are also considering moving forward Jordan Hill and the $3.5 million on his contract. The Nets have discussed taking on the deal and would be able to absorb his salary with the disabled player exception they received when Brook Lopez was injured. That would save the Lakers not only the remainder of Hill’s salary, but also about $6 million in luxury tax payments.

Deveny reports the Lakers are discussing how to reduce their tax and potential destinations for veteran point guard Steve Blake.

Tags: Jim Buss Jordan Hill Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Mitch Kupchak NBA Trade Rumors Pau Gasol Steve Blake

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