Most believed when the news that Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol would be out at least two weeks — up until the All-Star break — broke, that would put the damper on their trade talks with the Phoenix Suns. Ironically, according to reports, that wasn’t it. Instead, it’s the fact that Lakers asking price, in exchange for Gasol, is just too much.
The Phoenix Suns have stopped talks to acquire Pau Gasol because they feel the Lakers want too much for the veteran post player, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Phoenix could own four picks in the June draft, and the Lakers coveted one of the more valuable two — the pick the Suns could potentially get from Minnesota or the one they might receive from Washington.
With that said, this could just be some hard ball play by the Suns. The talks could very well resume later this week, or even next week. Perhaps even days before the NBA Trade Deadline. The Suns know the Lakers want a first round pick; the Lakers know the Suns want Pau Gasol.
I’d say there’s still a chance that talks will resume at some point before the Feb 20 trade deadline. Maybe the Lakers asking price will go down as the deadline approaches, or maybe the Suns will give in?
Still, I feel like, if the Lakers really want to get something in exchange for Gasol, this might be their best chance. And they can’t get too greedy.