Originally Posted by lakerfreak
They never specified whether the deal was going to be a straight up trade between the two teams. Im sure there'd be some sort of package surrounding Smith.
Secondly I would like to mention that Gasol has appeared to be declining. Many people have even suggested that Pau is done at this age. Josh Smith is only 26 years old and has plenty of good years left. Good enough for a long term contract with this team. So I say before we lose Pau for garbage, or nothing, give him up for Josh, who averages around 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game.
It also depends on what kind of garbage we're taking back like you said. If its some washed up veteran, lakers can buy them out. They don't HAVE to keep the garbage. This team needs to trim some of the fat anyways.
I disagree on some of this. Yes he's getting older but Pau was moved to 3rd option. He was moved to a position on the floor away from where's he's spent his entire career playing. This happened because Bynum can't play anywhere but the low post. Pau can player higher and outside in and he's smart enough to do it well. The fact his numbers this year barely dropped off from his numbers for the previous years is actually pretty cool when you consider all this. It's a lot harder battling for position when the system has you starting out 10 feet from the basket that's a lot of real estate for a guy who's not real beefy to cover. It took it's toll on Pau no doubt but I think with a full camp and time to actually institute some tweaks that keeps Pau moving off ball more this could work for the Lakers. Speed up the game and life will be easier for both Pau and Kobe.
Phil fixed this twin towers problem by pulling Bynum early in the rotation so Pau could move to center and that worked but now you can't justify Bynum playing 28 minutes a game at his salary and age if he's healthy enough to do it so something new was installed. I think you're making maybe to harsh a critic based on a season where nothing was the norm. You want the same old Pau but it wasn't the same old anything. Coach, system schedule, practice, days off, roster and on and on.
Nobody on the team looked great or comfortable this past season, nobody performed up to past performances and that's to be expected under all the circumstances that are well documented.