Take this how you may, but the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors are rumored to be in trade talks in a move that would send Pau Gasol north of the border for Andrea Bargnani. This may be jumping the gun as the Lakers have been struggling mightily, however not as much as the Toronto Raptors.
The rumored trade would send Pau Gasol to Toronto in exchange for Jose Calderón, Bargnani, and a third player. The Minnesota Timberwolves also made contact with the Lakers organization, but ESPN is reporting the Lakers have declined to view any potential packages, and instead are focusing on making the team they currently have work.
Sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Gasol was not remaining on the Lakers’ bench because of trade talks, but general manager Mitch Kupchak did alert representatives of Gasol that if he was unable to adjust to D’Antoni’s system a trade scenario would be explored.
The possibility of dispersing Gasol for a Bargnani who would be more inclined to shoot is what the Raptors hope the Lakers find intriguing. Bargnani would certainly be able to pull his defender out of the paint, theoretically creating more space for center Dwight Howard.
All talks with the Lakers have ceased.
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