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Lakers forward Pau Gasol shares players' perspective on trade rumors

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The job security involving Lakers forward Pau Gasol couldn't be much greater. Nearly two years since the Lakers acquired him in a trade with Memphis, it's been natural lately to reflect on the immediate impact he's brought to the team. In addition to providing Kobe Bryant a much-needed complementary player in the post, the Lakers have won a championship, made two Finals appearances and are 136-39 in the regular season since Gasol's acquisition.

Yet even with Gasol agreeing to a three-year extension in December worth up to a reported $64.7 million, depending on the NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011, he provided an interesting answer when a reporter mentioned that he's pretty safe as  today's trade deadline approaches.

"This I where I want to be and I will work hard to continue to be," Gasol said.

The conversation arrived at that point soon after he was asked if anyone on the team had addressed the trade rumors involving the Lakers -- presumably combinations involving Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, Jordan Farmar, Adam Morrison and Josh Powell for Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich. Though Gasol downplayed any type of discussion, he offered an interesting perspective on how players react to the never-ending trade reports that circulate, particularly during this time of the season. The quote below provides a case study on how trade rumors feed the fans' insatiable appetite for discussion, become a poker game among teams' front offices and create uncertainty for the players involved.

"It's kind of interesting when it doesn’t have to do with you, especially if you're in a good spot and a good situation that you would never want to be moved from," said Gasol, who had recounted his trade experience from Memphis recently to The Times' Mike Bresnahan. "That's the way I feel. When you want to be moved and there's rumors, that makes it a little bit interesting and distracting to you and your play. But sometimes it's part of the deal and you have to accept it."

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Warriors guard C.J. Watson eye a loose ball during play in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Pau Gasol received the second Best European Player of the Year.

If I were Mitch, I will use him in trying to invite his paisanos to become a Laker from: Rudy Fernandez, Ricky Rubio, Calderon, Navarro and Marc Gasol. It is like 5 year plan done by companies in enhancing their product lines. Navarro, Fernandez and Calderon will provide the marksmanship in the perimeter, Rubio will be the PG and the Gasol brother covers the post plus the Lakers best players. That is the way to seal Championship in the future.

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>> memo to Todd.. Did u just now compare farmar to derrick rose? OMG! I can tolerate reading farmar is the future posts but ur farmar posts are borderline delusional. No disresopect but for ur own good enough is enough.

The blurb you reference was from a post by LakersforLife that teams don't trade players on rookie contracts. His point was that Rose's rookie contract is cap friendly while Hinrich was available for trade but his contract was bigger than his talent.

Probably should have copied more of LakerforLife's statement to avoid seeming to compare Farmar to Derrick Rose. That said.

I told many people Tom Brady as a future NFL star long before its was established by media experts. Told folks in Boston that Brady was the man the day he was drafted. It wasn't rocket science or snake oil. Brady was killer at Michigan. Plain and simple. Check the tapes. The only thing holding Brady back was Lloyd Carr's love affair with Drew Henson.

Jordan Farmar at Taft HS was cocky enough for a Valley HS to win the LA championship. UCLA final four.
He is a winner no doubt.
Yes, he is 23 and hasn't had a chance.

So NO I am NOT comparing Farmar to Derrick Rose who may be the best young point guard in the game. (or saying Farmar will be Tom Brady for pete's sake)

But I am also NOT putting a ceiling on what Farmar could achieve with minutes and a coach who believes in him.

Co-sign @ Mamba's prayer for George Karl.
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sounds like some real power moves going on with Sacto/Houston and agents moving McGrady to NY. Don't understand why Miami would go after Boozer... also don't understand what Steve Kerr thought he was going to get? The only smart move they made was calling Amare's bluff that he would opt out after this year... who's kidding who? He's going to opt out of $17m? give me a break...

oh snap! NICE deal by Houston! NICE.

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Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)
Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:25 am
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With hours to go before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline, here's some of the latest buzz:

The Bobcats, determined to add an athletic big man to their front court, have agreed to acquire Tyrus Thomas in a deal with the Bulls that would send Acie Law, Flip Murray, and a future No. 1 pick to Chicago, a person with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com.

Charlotte beat out several other suitors -- New York, Denver, and San Antonio chief among them -- and will have the rest of the season to evaluate the soon-to-be restricted free agent and decide whether to commit to Thomas long-term. Trading Thomas spares the Bulls the embarrassment of losing one of their best players through free agency with no compensation for the second year in a row.

The Bobcats were able to circumvent discussions between the Knicks and Bulls involving a swap centered around Al Harrington. The Bulls, who already have dealt John Salmons to Milwaukee for the expiring contracts of Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander, took another step toward freeing up cap room for a free-agent spending spree on July 1. Chicago is off the hook for Salmons' $5.8 million next season and also avoids Thomas' $6.3 million qualifying offer. If they make no further moves by the deadline, Chicago will have cleared $17 million in cap space for '10-'11 -- enough to add one max free agent to pair with All-Star point guard Derrick Rose -- without giving up any draft picks.

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UPDATE: The Knicks and Kings are going down to the wire in their attempts to expand the Tracy McGrady deal into a three-team affair, the goal of which from New York's perspective would be shedding Jared Jeffries' $6.9 million contract for 2010-11. The Kings, sources say, aren't driving any easier a bargain than Houston did as a price for taking on Jeffries' deal plus a trade kicker that is attached to it. The Knicks' first-round picks in 2011 and '12 -- protection of which was the sticking point in a straight-on deal with Houston -- remain in play in New York's discussions with the Kings.

Powerful forces were trying to push McGrady to New York behind the scenes, including McGrady's agent, Arn Tellem. But with two hours to go before the deadline, the Knicks were getting squeezed by rival execs at every turn in their efforts to clear cap space for a major free-agent splash in 2010 -- evidence that small market teams recognize the threat a New York team flush with cap space represents.

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The chances of Amar'e Stoudemire being traded were reduced dramatically with the Cavaliers dropping out of the talks and acquiring Antawn Jamison. On Thursday, a person familiar with the Suns' thinking told CBSSports.com that it's "not real likely we do anything" to shake up the team heading into the post All-Star break stretch run.

The Suns, according to another source, are "going to hold" at the deadline on Stoudemire.

On Wednesday night, Stoudemire placed his chances of being traded at "50-50," then met with Suns owner Robert Sarver after Phoenix's game in Dallas -- presumably to discuss his future. Before Cleveland dropped out of the trade talks, Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, had said he expected a trade and that Stoudemire believed Wednesday night would be his last game in a Phoenix uniform.

The Suns' brass are said to have not been enamored of any offers they received from Cleveland or Miami, which is believed to have offered a package centered around Michael Beasley and a first-round pick. Phoenix has been weighing the pros and cons of breaking up a potential playoff team vs. facing the possibility of losing Stoudemire as a free agent this summer. The Suns and Stoudemire's agent have made no progress on extension talks, and there's some question as to whether Phoenix is prepared to commit max money to their All-Star forward.

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Keep an eye on the Bucks, who already are engaged in discussions with Chicago for John Salmons -- a deal that was confirmed Thursday to be for Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander. Milwaukee is described as still active in discussions, although a person familiar with the team's thinking all but ruled out a last-minute meeting of the minds with Indiana on a deal for Troy Murphy. Another front-court option for Milwaukee could be the often traded Drew Gooden. The Clippers are holding off on arranging a buyout for Gooden in the event they can flip him for another asset or additional cap relief.

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UPDATE: The Warriors are said to be leaning strongly toward keeping Monta Ellis, whom they refused to send to Memphis in a larger package that would've included O.J. Mayo. The Sixers and Celtics also appeared to be out of the running for a major deal.

Todd,

I actually kind of agree with you about Farmar. I think the Lakers haven't explored his full potential. And I also think that the triangle might not be the best system for his skills. If he was traded to New York, he'd be scoring like Aaron Brooks is in Houston, getting 7 or 8 assists per game, and New York would be in the weak Eastern Conference playoffs.

I don't think he's at the level of Deron Williams or CP3 or Derrick Rose or Rajon Rondo or Chauncey Billups, but he could be on the tier below that given a chance.

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But I am also NOT putting a ceiling on what Farmar could achieve with minutes and a coach who believes in him.

Posted by: Todd | February 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

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Jordan also needs to totally believe in PJ's system. He has openly declared on more than one occasion that the Triangle is 'not in his wheelhouse'. Unless he removes that 'mental block', he may not inherit the starting PG position.
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There is also this quote from JF in an ESPN last December:

What has been the biggest adjustment that a PG must make in the conversion to the triangle offense?

Jordan Farmar (6:35 PM)


Not having the ball. That's the biggest thing. Usually the point guard has the ball a lot. And distributes it. But as soon as you come across half court, you pass it and you're off and running. There's no point guard in the triangle.


@SIR CHARLES, GREAT POST

And no I'm not on the Kobe Hater bandwagon. As Edwin, Jon K, Rick Friedman and the rest of the Patriarchs can tell ya, the BANNER HOLDER has always been TEAM FIRST!
Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | February 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I CAN AMEN TO THAT BROTHER!
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No, Farmar isn't Rose. But he has been a winner. And Todd, his Bruin team played for the National Championship. Kind of like Lakers played for NBA and next year won it all. Only Jordan went pro.

Think Jordan deserves more time. Glad when trading deadline passes. Thought he played like he had been reading the blog vs. the Warriors. Not a good game for him.

But then Shannon had been less than stellar as a starter, and then lit it up and made a difference. Sometimes playing time and lots of it makes a difference.

I believe that Jordan has showed some growth, as has Sasha. These three young hot shots (including Shannon)have the potential to blow up in a good way. Like what we've been seeing. It's time for us to love the ones we're with. Give them some more rope, Coach.

It's obvious Kobe needs to listen to his body more, and I hope his minutes are cut back to save for playoff crunch time. The same goes for Derrick, Pau, and Drew. We've seen signs (except for Iron Man Fisher) of physical stress. It's good to give the youngun's more run and make sure our incomparable big guns are fresh, strong, and ready for when it really matters. Those of us who are now older know we can no longer win by brute strength, but must learn to employ our cunning and experience--part of which is we learn to pick our spots.

When this team with all of it's incredible pieces truly comes together, there's no one who will be able to withstand our awesomeness. It's time to stop the unrealistic "what if" game and start believing that our Lakers are going to take step number two towards another threepeat! That's how good these guys are.

I don't think he's at the level of Deron Williams or CP3 or Derrick Rose or Rajon Rondo or Chauncey Billups, but he could be on the tier below that given a chance.
Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | February 18, 2010 at 10:53 AM
NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!

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The only smart move they made was calling Amare's bluff that he would opt out after this year... who's kidding who? He's going to opt out of $17m? give me a break...


Posted by: Kwaminus I can teach you, but I have to charge Brownicus | February 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM

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There is a very high possibility of a lockout when the current CBA expires in 2011. It is generally considered smarter to opt out now, if possible, than risk the unknowns in the new CBA, given the economic situation. Based on what some of the owners are proposing, the new CBA could usher an era of an $8M superstar. Even Kobe is expected to opt out of his last year, if contract extension negotiations falter.

LTLF

"he COULD be on a tier below.." Again could being the operative word... That doesn't say much now..

Todd

Fair enough, as long as ur piping down ur jordan HOMERism from comparing him to cp3 all the way down to "not even close to rose" than equilibrium has been achieved

As for ur brady prediction, remind me to give u a biscuit... He is clutch and I give him that but his coach is a cheater and he hasn't won much of anything since the belicheater accusations... Just sayin.

LTLF

On farmar... "he COULD be on a tier below.." Again could being the operative word... So that doesn't say much does it..

Todd

Fair enough, as long as ur piping down ur jordan HOMERism from comparing him to cp3 all the way down to "not even close to rose" than equilibrium has been achieved

As for ur brady prediction, remind me to give u a biscuit... He is clutch and I give him that but his coach is a cheater and he hasn't won much of anything since the belicheater accusations... Just sayin.

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Mamba,
Sign my up for the prayer for George Karl. He's done so many outstanding things as a coach, you have to see him as a star and a fine human being... even when he's coaching an enemy.

And don't forget the brief but tender moment his son Koby spent on the Lakers. We all loved to see him make a brief appearance in garbage time.

We owe a prayer to the Karl family... and make the therapy short and successful.

Mamba

Good to have u back! Can we start a new sasha is garbage bandwagon? U could put me anywhere.. owner, driver, shotgun, backseat driver, or even ride bitch... It don't matter.

Yayyy.

yellofever,

like it or not, we'll be depending on our scrubs to do well. I say scrubs because they belonged to smush-kwame era that blew up Kobe to rant in '07 summer. Start w/ Farmar, it is a game-to-game supervision. His performance on GSgame was awful but his past three games before ASG was great. Going back to my golf game aanalogy, can he try to remember the good things he did in those games and avoid the awful ones he made in GS game where Monta was not even playing. He was against this Curry, Borrow who are rookies. Farmar is a five year old Laker like Luke 7 seasons and Sasha the old machine.

Therefore, no hating here but just being objective on what we see, we tell in the blog. It is up to the player to make it happen, not the blogger's wishes or dreams.

Look at our Olympians: Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn and Shani Davis they are already best in their disciplines, yet no boast but just keep on practicing and harnessing skills. Once the competition starts, they just do it.

Here what I read Farmar went to Final Four b2b, it was short!!! no count in the Bruins record that you went to Final Four without the trophy. That he won the Valley HS......that's a long time ago in high school we're now in NBA. Gasol is regarded the best european player yet called all kind of names in this blog. That is the nature of the business of being a Laker representing the better LA team, you got to be the best not a half-baked or mediocre good today then bad tomorrow.

Therefore, having said that GO FARMAR, give them hell and just do it.

Mamba24,

Coaching in basketball is just a job. Fighting cancer is real game in life. Aside from prayers he needs total support from the NBA community to give him the best treatment, the best doctors to save George Karl.

but Amare is assUming he could make MORE than $17m by opting out. I don't see it. As they say, "a bird in the hand", take the $17m, ask questions later... don't sign a multi-year with some other team out of spite, then make less than $17m that first year of the contract instead of the $17m he is guaranteed for next year and then not have the rest of the contract pan out due to the new union labor agreement.

MAMBA24 -

Please put me on the George Karl get well bandwagon. It is sad to hear that he has cancer, much like it was sad to hear that Koby had cancer when he was playing with Idaho State.

Can we start a new sasha is garbage bandwagon? U could put me anywhere.. owner, driver, shotgun, backseat driver, or even ride bitch... It don't matter. Posted by: yellofever | February 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM

STOP THAT! LOL!

*
SAY A PRAYER FOR GEORGE KARLS HEALTH - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 –owner – George Karl you are a worthy opponent and a kind and honest man may
The Lord of healing deliever you from your Cancer and ease your pain.
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Co-sign @ Mamba's prayer for George Karl.
(03) CALIPHILOSOPHER – DRIVER - It is sad to hear that he has cancer, much like it was sad to hear that Koby had cancer when he was playing with Idaho State.
(04) EDWIN GUECO - Aside from prayers he needs total support from the NBA community to give him the best treatment, the best doctors to save George Karl.
(05) TSPHERE -- He's done so many outstanding things as a coach, you have to see him as a star and a fine human being... even when he's coaching an enemy. And don't forget the brief but tender moment his son Koby spent on the Lakers. We all loved to see him make a brief appearance in garbage time. We owe a prayer to the Karl family... and make the therapy short and successful.
(06)

I cosign Mamba's prayer to George Carl. You know, he's now an indirect Laker by way of his son. Now and forever.

--FEARless

MAMBA24,

Thanks for another ride on the Roll Call Train and prayers for George Karl as well!

*
SAY A PRAYER FOR GEORGE KARLS HEALTH - BANDWAGON
*
(01) MAMBA24 –owner – George Karl you are a worthy opponent and a kind and honest man may
The Lord of healing deliever you from your Cancer and ease your pain.
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Co-sign @ Mamba's prayer for George Karl.
(03) CALIPHILOSOPHER – DRIVER - It is sad to hear that he has cancer, much like it was sad to hear that Koby had cancer when he was playing with Idaho State.
(04) EDWIN GUECO - Aside from prayers he needs total support from the NBA community to give him the best treatment, the best doctors to save George Karl.
(05) TSPHERE -- He's done so many outstanding things as a coach, you have to see him as a star and a fine human being... even when he's coaching an enemy. And don't forget the brief but tender moment his son Koby spent on the Lakers. We all loved to see him make a brief appearance in garbage time. We owe a prayer to the Karl family... and make the therapy short and successful.
(06)FEARLESS - cosign Mamba's prayer to George Carl. You know, he's now an indirect Laker by way of his son. Now and forever.
(07)DJ - PRAYERS GO OUT TO GEORGE KARL


Posted by: mamba24 | February 18, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Mamba,
Please add me to George Karl bandwagon.
Hope good health for good man.

Agreed, Farmar needs more rope to get it going...they are never going to give it to him...just don't have the same philosophy...PJ bores the freaking hell out of me...old, slow, boring triangle...why not adapt to the players you have? Can you be flexible or do you just have to shove your type of game down your team's throat? I can't believe how easily the Lakers get scored on sometimes...guys just waltzing to the hoop...getting burned on pick and rolls...that said, Farmar's defense is pretty bad...seems he can go forwards and backwards, but not side to side very well. He's the type of guy to get his team in the flow and take his shots as the game comes to him...but in this system, he's not allowed to control the flow of the game, but just set up and knock down the shot when and if...and that's a big if, it rotates back around to him at some point. I don't think he that type of player...he's not Eddie House and Eddie House in not him...different skill set...figure it out, use it to your advantage and stop trying to make a guy something he's not and then condemning him for not doing it right...going to f with his head...then what are you left with...guy who doubts his game (that once came naturally to him)....not going to help when you go to trade him... so you're shooting yourself and your franchise in the foot right there...so many dumb moves and thinking in this Laker organization...if it weren't for all the talent...they'd be so screwed...D'Antoni (though I can't stand him) and Doc Rivers coach circles around Phil Jackson...Need a younger, more dynamic, crafty coach who is not so set in his ways...Yeah, we'll probably win another ring, but not very sophisticated...out.


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