April 5, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph (50) moves the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Would the Lakers trade Pau Gasol?

Lakers power forward Pau Gasol becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, and has already gone of record saying that he will not sign with Los Angeles at a discount.

With that said, should or will the Lakers trade him? Or should they just risk losing him at the season’s end for basically nothing?

Sam Smith of NBA.com wrote an interesting landing-spot for him, if in fact the Lakers elect to dealt him:

It looks like Steve Nash could be gone awhile, if not for good now with what may be serious back problems. And the guess is Pau Gasol won’t be far behind. It won’t be easy, but the belief is the Lakers want to get something for free agent Gasol rather than see him leave without compensation after this season. Despite what the personable and professional Gasol says publicly, he’s supposedly run his course with the Lakers as well. It’s been a tough start for Gasol, averaging career lows of 12 points and 35 percent shooting. The weight of having to carry the Lakers without Bryant is obviously too much.

“It’s pretty obvious I have got to be sharper,” Gasol told L.A. media last week. “I might not have all the speed and the explosiveness that I used to have years ago. But I still have to use my experience and my fundamentals to be able to be effective every single night.”

The issue in trading Gasol is his $19.2 million salary with 15 percent additional if traded. But I’ve got a spot: Memphis.

The basis of the article is explaining a Zach Randolph for Gasol swap, which would end up saving money for the Grizzlies in the long haul, and give a building piece for the Lakers going forward, who at this point, other than Kobe Bryant, don’t have any certainties on that roster.

It’s interesting to say the least, I guess. An all-Gasol front court in Memphis would actually be pretty dope. However, I still believe that it’s a stretch, and a long one at that.

I think the Lakers should at least attempt to trade Gasol, I’m just not sure they’ll actually pull the trigger. That’s just me, though.

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