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Stein: Suns considering Lakers' Pau Gasol for Emeka Okafor's contract and remaining cap space

The Phoenix Suns want a star. Is that Pau Gasol?

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According to Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns are thinking about acquiring Pau Gasol in exchange for their cap space.

Logic would dictate that, if a deal such as this goes through, the Suns would NOT include any other assets.

But logic would also dictate that acquiring nothing but Gasol would potentially mess up the Suns rotation, benching Miles Plumlee and telling Alex Len to wait till next year.

My sense is that the Lakers would like this to happen, and that they would love to get a first round pick from the Suns too. I just don't see that happening.

The Phoenix Suns have emerged as a potential trade suitor for Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, according to sources close to the process.

Sources told that the Suns, among the options being weighed as part of their well-chronicled desire to acquire an established player as they make an unexpected playoff push this season, have been exploring the feasibility of trading for the Lakers' four-time All-Star.


The Lakers engaged in similar trade discussions in late December and early January with Cleveland in a proposed deal that would have sent Gasol to the Cavaliers for the partially guaranteed contract of ex-Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who then would have been waived to help L.A. save roughly $20 million in salary and luxury-tax obligations.

Those talks, though, broke down because of the Lakers' insistence on receiving another asset of value in addition to the significant financial benefits, only for L.A. to see Cleveland successfully switch gears and trade Bynum to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng.

Go back to your Super Bowl watching, folks. Nothing to see here.

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