The Suns have been on an astounding run this year and are looking to go deep in the playoffs, despite being predicted to struggle by just about everyone prior to the seasons start.
And Phoenix want a well known and experienced star to become a centerpiece of their push for a possible title shot in the coming months and see Gasol as being that man. From the piece:
"One option for the Suns, by virtue of their $5.6 million in available salary-cap space, is swapping the expiring contract of injured big man Emeka Okafor for Gasol, even though Okafor's $14.5 million salary this season falls well shy of Gasol's $19.3 million."
The Lakers wouldn't be averse to trading Gasol, as they tried to get him off the books before in a deal for Andrew Bynum that eventually fell apart and was usurped by the Bulls who sent Luol Deng to Cleveland.
"A trade for Okafor's expiring deal would not save the Lakers as much as a deal for Bynum would have, but it would come with undeniable financial benefits. The $4.8 million difference between Gasol's cap number and Okafor's would immediately drop the Lakers less than $3 million away from the league's luxury-tax threshold..."
Gasol has been averaging 17 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists a game so far this season and has posted 20+ points in seven straight games. He would definitely strengthen the Suns front-court.
We'll have to wait and see if the two teams can pull it off before the February 20th deadline.
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