It is no secret that Gasol is struggling with the Lakers, as Dwight Howard has pushed Gasol out of the post, where he is at his best. Howard works best with a stretch forward who plays on the outside, while he just dominates the paint. This tandem with Gasol and Howard simply is not working, as Gasol is averaging under 13 points per game. The team would be wise to trade Gasol while he still has value and pick up a nice package to add much needed depth around Kobe, Howard and Nash. The only problem is that if they lose Howard in free agency and have already traded Gasol, they are in long-term, but the team is built to win now and will not win without improved depth and more talent. But Lakers fans must temper expectations, because they would not be receiving a star, as Pau Gasol has a big contract and is aging, but they could strengthen their team significantly with top-notch role players and young talent to bolster their bench and starting lineup. So here are some possible trades for the All-Star power forward…………
Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon
Toronto Raptors Receive: Pau Gasol and Steve Blake
Why: The Lakers receive the perfect stretch forward in Bargnani to give the post to Howard and he would improve their outside game. They would also receive a very versatile player in Calderon, who could be the sparkplug off the bench they sorely need. They would also save long-term money.
Los Angels Lakers Receive: Tristan Thompson, Daniel Gibson and Alonzo Gee
Cleveland Cavaliers Receive: Pau Gasol and Darius Morris
Why: This is all about depth and building an actual bench and finding much needed role players for the Lakers. Gibson would provide much need scoring off the bench, Thompson has big time potential and could be their long-term frontcourt partner with Howard and Gee is a very underrated player and could be the backup perimeter player they sorely lack.
Los Angels Lakers Receive: JJ Redick, Glen Davis and Moe Harkless
Orlando Magic Receive: Pau Gasol and Devin Ebanks
Why: At first look, Lakers fans may not like this, but Redick and Davis could both come off the bench for big minutes and give them much needed scoring and depth and are both on good contracts, for their production. Harkless is a wild card, but he has the talent to be their long-term small forward. They would fill a lot of holes and a potential starter in Harkless.