Here we go again.
According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, the Los Angeles Lakers are once again listening to trade offers for Pau Gasol, with his relationship with Mike D’Antoni finally reaching “boiling point”:
[pullquote]Tensions between Lakers big man Pau Gasol and coach Mike D’Antoni have been simmering almost since the day D’Antoni took over the team last year, and they might have finally hit a boiling point. League sources told Sporting News that the Lakers have been fielding trade offers for Gasol for a while now, and finally could find a new home for their disgruntled big man.
Gasol will earn $19.3 million this year, an obstacle to any deal. But he is in the final year of his contract, making him a workable target for a team hoping to find a short-term big man who won’t sit on the books past this season. Another obstacle—the Lakers are protective of their cap space, and any deal they make would have to include enough expiring salaries to allow them to pursue a max-contract free agent in July.
The Lakers are also trying to get younger, and with their 2015 (Phoenix) and ’17 (Orlando) first-round picks slated to go elsewhere, one source said a draft pick would be a key.[/pullquote]
Obviously, we’ve been here before and nothing has happened – and the Lakers won’t want to make a deal if it will jeopardize their 2014 cap space – though this may be something worth keeping an eye on.