With a relatively high asking price, the Lakers are said to want a first round pick in exchange for Gasol – something teams have been hesitant to offer given the forward is a free agent at season end. But in addition to that, the Lakers are also said to not want any long term salary. That normally wouldn’t be a big problem if Gasol wasn’t making $19 million dollars, but given that he is, it appears the Lakers are struggling to find a deal.
Laker source admits “It’s gonna be tough” to trade Gasol with so little time left. Two hours and counting ’til deadline.
There are only a few expiring contracts available that would allow Los Angeles to not take back any significant salary – Emeka Okafor of the Phoneix Suns and Ben Gordon of the Charlotte Bobcats are two of the biggest available.
Of course, the Suns and Bobcats haven’t exactly been thrilled with the prospect of giving up a first round pick (understandably) for a potential two month rental, which has put a damper on any potential Gasol trade.