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Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:40 am
 
Gasol's name is popping up in trade rumors again. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

The Lakers already tried to trade Pau Gasol once this season. So they aren't completely married to their Spanish power forward. The Lakers appear to be a team shopping at the trade deadline, especially with that nice trade exception they got in the Lamar Odom deal.

But that doesn't mean the Lakers are just going to do anything. So are ready for a trade rumor that almost certainly will not happen, but is pretty fun to think about anyway? Via FoxSports.com:
In other news involving NBA big men, a source said Wednesday that Minnesota continues to pursue a possible trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, dangling rookie Derrick Williams, who is from the Los Angeles area, and draft choices.

The only players considered untouchable by the Timberwolves, who are seeking to add a veteran by the trade deadline, are Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves believe it could be enticing for Gasol to play on the same team as fellow Spaniard Rubio.
The two biggest reasons this isn't happening:

1) No way Kobe Bryant would at all be cool with this, considering he's not exactly of the mind for the Lakers to start a rebuilding youth movement as he chases a sixth ring. If you want to upset Kobe, trade Gasol for someone not named Dwight.

2) Actually, that first reason is probably enough.

Then again, maybe there's one reason it would. Maybe the Lakers have visions of using Williams in a package with Andrew Bynum to have a go at Dwight Howard. Maybe the Gasol/Bynum thing isn't what Orlando is looking for and instead wants to get younger, get some picks and get some talent back. That, I can buy.

From the Minnesota perspective, I'm actually a little curious as to why the Wolves would want to go down that path. Gasol is more of a 4 than a 5 and they already have Kevin Love playing power forward. And Nikola Pekovic is coming on strong right now at center. It's understandable if they see Williams not fitting in anywhere, but Gasol's not exactly a major need player for them either.

Either way, there's a month until the trade deadline and I'm pretty sure this isn't the last trade rumor you're going to hear Gasol's name get dropped in. The Lakers want, and probably need, to make a deal. And Gasol's a pretty big piece to dangle out there.
Comments

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Pau is old and on the decline. The Lakers aren't getting the offers they thought they would be getting for him so far. Minnesota may want him but they aren't going to give up anyone that great for him. Lakers would probably end up getting Beasley instead of Williams in a trade. Minnesota doesn't need to trade right now, they are only 2 games out of a 7th/8th seed in the playoffs. They don't really have a big weakness at any position. The Lakers need to trade, they are on the decline, and the condensed season will get rough for them down the stretch due to their age.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:13 pm
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Only player that is out there and mentioned in trade rumors I would trade Gasol for is Dwight. The Lakers are crazy if they did this with Minnesota.



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:47 pm
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

THAT IS INSANE!!!!! Your going to trade Pau for Derrick Williams????????????

He is NOT Strarting on the TWolves LOL!!!! So you want to bring him to LA????? That would be the Worst trade in NBA history!!



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:26 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Who are the lakers going to trade for?????????????



Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 2:40 am
 

The Lakers would be stupid to make that trade.

If there is any truth to this rumor I would feel like a complete idiot if I was the Laker gm. To trade one of the best big men in the league who has many years left barring no major injuries for a totally unknown talent who has shown nothing this year at all and may end up being a nobody and most likely will.




Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:13 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

redskins, your trade is absurd. But then this trade makes no sense either. Love is the four. Would bringing in pau make love the center? Thats not smart if thats the idea. Williams is a borderline bust ....which a lot of people knew. he's a classic tweener. He's too slow to guard the threes, and too small to guard the fours.  Why dont the lakers snatch up that houston offer ? Pau for scola and martin and something. Much better deal.



Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:56 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Huh? This "perposed deal" by olie -- How does trading Derrick Williams and a No. 1 pick next year for Marshon Brooks make any sense for the Wolves? I like Brooks - Wolves should've taken him last year with their second first-round pick - But please, that's way too much my friend. Seriously.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:29 am
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Here's a good 3-way trade. New Jersey wants Dwight. Here's what they pay: Marshawn Brooks to Minnesota, then Wolves send a #1 pick and Derrick Williams to Orlando, Orlando sends Dwight to New Jersey for Brook Lopez. Wolves get their SG, Orlando gets Lopez, Williams and  a #1, and New Jersey gets Dwight for Lopez and Marshawn Brooks. Fair to all!
that actually makes good sense if you think about it and i bet if the Nets also throw in a first round pick to Orlando, this deal could happen. i think Orlando should do that, they will likely lose Howard soon anyway, so why not get Lopez, Williams and a pick or 2 for him?



Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:07 pm
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

Here's a good 3-way trade. New Jersey wants Dwight. Here's what they pay: Marshawn Brooks to Minnesota, then Wolves send a #1 pick and Derrick Williams to Orlando, Orlando sends Dwight to New Jersey for Brook Lopez. Wolves get their SG, Orlando gets Lopez, Williams and  a #1, and New Jersey gets Dwight for Lopez and Marshawn Brooks. Fair to all!



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:52 pm
 

Wolves offering Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol?

I don't get this trade AT ALL. reminds me of the vladi divac trade for a young 18 year old kobe bryant. Why would minnesota suck and get the #2 pick and then turn around and GIVE him away for a guy with 2-3 years left. And they have to throw in another pick as well. lol I really hope this is just a rumor because it's a terrible deal for the almost rebuilt Wolves. All the Wolves need is a SG and Gasol is does not fit the bill. Derrick Williams may not have set the world on fire this year but he looks like he will have a long career ahead of him, he just needs to be developed a bit, and when the minutes finally come he will be solid player at worst and more likely have a few allstar years in him. The Lakers should just trade for Dwight and leave the Wolves alone.


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