Originally written on HoopStuff  |  Last updated 1/3/13
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The Pau Gasol trade rumors have been going on for the last year or so, but with Gasol a poor fit in new coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense, the rumors are getting very hot. The Lakers are playing well as of late, but that does not change the fact that Gasol is a bad fit for the team. The Raptors have long been rumored to be interested in Gasol and the Raptors have a lot of pieces that could entice the Lakers to moving their All-Star big man. Mike D’Antoni’s system is best when it includes a sweet shooting power forward and the Raptors happen to have one of the better ones in the NBA, in Andrea Bargnani, who they are very willing to move. Bargnani has played center most of his career, but is simply a power forward, who has been playing out of position and although he has his weaknesses (rebounding, defense), he is the perfect player for their system. The Raptors on the other-hand are desperate for inside scoring and have needed a go-to post player since Chris Bosh left. So a trade is poss...
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