NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns talking Pau Gasol trade again

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

The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns made waves in trade rumor circles this past week when it was confirmed that the two sides had begun talking about a possible Pau Gasol trade. The Suns have made it no secret that they have assets to trade and the Lakers have been trying to trade Gasol for years it seems.

In typical Pau Gasol trade talk fashion though, things broke down in the middle of the week and the two sides shelved talks thanks to Gasol’s groin injury. But with the deadline approaching rapidly, the two sides are expected to pick up talks again and Mitch Lawrence of The New York Daily News expects the talks to heat up significantly in the next few weeks.

The Lakers were open to trading Pau Gasol until they couldn’t pry one of Phoenix’s top draft picks for this June away from the Suns. Phoenix could be getting No. 1 picks from Minnesota and Washington, and the Lakers are seeking one of those prime assets. Even as Gasol misses the next 10 days or so with a groin injury, the two teams are expected to resume talks.

It seems almost certain that the Suns will be trading picks along with Emeka Okafor’s contract to someone at the deadline. While they have other options, the door clearly remains open on Gasol talks with the Lakers.