Originally written on Lakerholicz.com  |  Last updated 10/14/13

Let the rumors begin… The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in China – as is Mitch Kupchak – and opening night is still over two weeks away, yet the first trade rumor of the season is already upon us. According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Lakers have reached out to at least one NBA executive recently, and the word around the league is that the purple and gold may attempt to pull off a “substantial” trade before October 29. Oh, and once again, Pau Gasol’s name is mentioned: One Eastern Conference executive told FOX Sports Ohio he’s heard from the Lakers recently, and word around the league is they may try to make a “substantial” trade before the regular season. Apparently, forward Pau Gasol remains far from untouchable. Many NBA talent-evaluators feel as if Steve Nash is no longer capable of playing at a high level for more than 15-20 minutes game. The Lakers, it is believed, are on the lookout for a younger point guard who’s a more potent scorer. But as everyone who deals in the trade market will tell you, that won’t be so easy to obtain. Trades before the start of the season aren’t impossible (last year, James Harden was dealt to the Houston Rockets before opening night, however, that was because of contract extension problems) but it seems unlikely that the Lakers would make a move this early in the year, especially if it involved trading Gasol. Pau is finally healthy and has looked great so far this pre-season; unless the team could upgrade at the power forward or center position, it seems unlikely that they’d move Gasol, especially as he’s on an expiring contract. The report also says that the Lake Show are looking for a younger point guard who can score: didn’t they sign Jordan Farmar during the off-season? Farmar is no Chris Paul, but he certainly is capable of playing major minutes and running the point effectively. In conclusion, the Lakers really don’t know who they are yet, and neither do a lot of the team’s around the league, which is why this time of the year is usually not a popular time to make a trade. Of course, Gasol or any of the Lakers (aside from Kobe Bryant) could be dealt to another team nearer the trading deadline – as always, if the right deal comes along the trigger will be pulled – but it seems that this report should just be taken with a pinch of salt at this time. .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } @media(min-width: 500px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } } @media(min-width: 800px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 336px; height: 280px; } }

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