Monday, February 20th, 2012

Trade Rumor: Pau Gasol for Derrick Williams

Published on February 17, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   1 Comment

The Los Angeles Lakers have already tried Pau Gasol this season but thanks to David Stern the deal never happened. Now, there are new reports of Gasol being involved in another trade.

According to Chris Tomasson Fox Sports Florida, the Minnesota Timberwolves are very interested in Gasol and would give up Derrick Williams and draft picks to get him.

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.

This deal will never happen and never should happen. In my opinion this deal wouldn’t make sense for both teams involved.

The Lakers are an aging team and probably only have a couple more years of championship runs in them. They do not need to rebuild, in the future yes but not now. Gasol is 31 years old and is still putting up great numbers with 16.8 points and 19 rebounds.

Meanwhile Derrick Williams the second overall pick in the 2011 draft is still a work in progress. For the season he is only averaging 7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. Williams has a ton of potential but still needs time to develop. He is a very athletic player but he needs to just improve his overall skills. The Lakers don’t have time for Williams to develop.

How do you think the Lakers star Kobe Bryant would react to this trade? Bryant wants to get that six ring, and if he is to do so he needs Gasol.

From the Lakers standpoint trading Gasol for Chris Paul makes sense because it makes your team better right away. As trading for Williams does not. Let Williams prove himself first in this league.

This kind of makes sense for the Timberwolves a lineup of Ricky Rubio, Pau Gasol, and Kevin Love is pretty good. The Timberwolves would still be a rebuilding team they don’t have the supporting cast to support these three. The Timberwolves need to build for the future not the present. When the Timberwolves are ready to win Gasol will be way past his prime.

The Wolves don’t need to trade away their future. Williams has star power he just needs time to develop. Also the draft picks are important to the rebuilding factor.

While this deal is intriguing there is no way it gets done.

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