Gambadoro: Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers never talked about Pau Gasol
Provided, of course, Gasol could be had for the right price.
According to Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro, though, that's not at all the case.
The Phoenix Suns never contacted the Lakers about trading for Pau Gasol and the Lakers never contacted the Suns. There were no offers made!— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) February 5, 2014
Obvious LA is desperate and trying to drum up interest in an injured Gasol.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) February 5, 2014
Plus the Suns are not in the market of giving up a first-round pick for a rental player. Not good business.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) February 5, 2014
The Suns were looked at as a potential suitor for a number of reasons, not the least of which was their ability to make a deal work under the salary cap without needing to surrender much in the way of assets.
The idea was that the Suns could send Emeka Okafor and his $14.5 million salary to L.A. That, along with Phoenix's $5.6 million in available cap space, would be enough to acquire Gasol and what's left of his $19.3 million contract.
However, it was believed the Suns would also have to part with a draft pick and/or young player to make a deal work, which some thought they would be inclined to do now that the team is in the thick of a surprising playoff run.
The 33-year-old Gasol is averaging 17.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Lakers. A four-time All-Star, his expressed frustration as part of head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense and is currently sidelined with a groin injury that is expected to keep him out past the NBA's Feb. 20 trade deadline.
But according to Gambadoro, the team's postseason chances as well as the potentially cheap cost to acquire the big man is not enough to make GM Ryan McDonough veer off the path he's set for the team by swinging a deal for a veteran who may or may not help the team this season.
Adam Green, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com
- Phoenix Suns owner: The only question is how much we'll be paying Eric Bledsoe
- Tweaks -- not major changes -- ahead for the Phoenix Suns
- GM: Eric Bledsoe will be a Phoenix Suns player 'for a long time'
- Pau Gasol to the Phoenix Suns makes a lot of sense
- ESPN NBA analyst: Suns have nothing to be ashamed of
- Robert Sarver, Suns owner - Friday April 18Robert Sarver talks about possible offseason plans.
- Bickley Blast - Friday April 18Does Eric Bledsoe want to spend the prime of his career with the Suns?
- Jon Barry, ESPN NBA insider - Friday April 18Who is the team to beat in the East?
- Channing Frye, Suns forward - Thursday April 17Channing discusses the Suns' completed season, and what he is looking forward to in the offseason.
- Lon Babby, Suns president of basketball operations - Thursday April 17Lon Babby reacts to the Suns' season and talks with the guys about the optimism surrounding the org