Originally Posted by dd24
It would make more sense to amnesty Gasol. If they were that worried about money amnesty someone who makes more than 10 million per season. Artest's contract really wasn't that bad of one. Everybody is talking about how Dwight walked, but I really think the big story is the fact that Kobe could (after this season).
Gasol is still one of the league's best (and smartest) big men.
After his contract expires and Kobe's contract expires, they need to be resigned to lower pay contracts and make these guys retire lakers. Gasol will always be productive. That way we can still sign a superstar to play with them.
Kobe won't walk unless he retires, and he deserves that honorable retirement. If we traded his contract for financial reasons, its the biggest slap in his face he would ever get. Let him retire honorably and let his legacy live as the best laker ever.