The Los Angeles Lakers are still hard at work trying to find a reasonable offer for their much-maligned power forward, Pau Gasol.
One of the questions that a lot of fans have been asking themselves over the past couple of days is: are the Lakers trying to make a move in order to improve themselves, or are they just trying to make a move for the sake of making a move?
When you hear murmurs about management looking to trade one of the most skilled big men in the NBA, a multiple time All-Star, for a top-10 draft pick – that sort of thing gives you pause. It was one thing to suggest that Chris Paul would be an upgrade over Gasol; suggesting that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or some other rookie would be able to fill Gasol's shoes is nonsense, though.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped L.A. brass from doing what they do anyway. So, what’s the latest on the Gasol-trade front? Well, there are two reports.
According to Peter Vecsey, the Lakers got an offer from the Memphis Grizzlies that centered around a Pau-for-Zach Randolph swap.
Memphis, by the way, says a source, is offering Zach Randolph, another solid citizen, for Pau. Rudy Gay, as of now, is not available
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) June 28, 2012
The other big rumor, as noted yesterday, was an interesting potential trade between the Lakers and Hawks. Per yesterday’s report:
The Lakers are listening to an offer from Hawks brass that, in theory, would send Gasol to Atlanta for Josh Smith. Yes, that Josh Smith
Whereas the deal for Smith makes some sense (get younger, more athletic), the one for Randolph makes no sense whatsoever. On top of everything, the Grizzlies don’t even have a top draft pick to send back to L.A. which, presumably, is what the Lakers would want in return for downgrading at the four spot.
So, where do we stand as of four hours before the 2012 NBA Draft? Exactly where we started. None of these deals are especially realistic, and the smart money is on none of them actually going through.