Ever since the Los Angeles Lakers were swept by the eventual NBA champion Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs, the trade rumors have been flying around Lakerland about what players might be available and what players they may be targeting.
Although changes to the roster may be on the horizon, the first order of business for the storied NBA franchise was finding a new head coach to replace Phil Jackson on the sidelines. This was thought to be long drawn out process if the team didn’t go with the obvious choice of assistant coach Brian Shaw, but it wasn’t as Jerry Buss and company didn’t take long to decide on the Zen Master’s successor.
Now that the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Mike Brown to be their new head coach, the focus has shifted towards the team’s current players and possible trade scenarios. There is no question this team was quite flawed in the end as this extremely talented team just couldn’t get it together. The one player that was the fall guy for all of this mayhem in the playoffs was perennial All-Star and two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol.
Even though Gasol redeemed himself in last year’s NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, the Spanish import seriously dropped the ball this time around as he absolutely fell apart in the playoffs. With very public slump in the playoffs, the talk around Lakerland is that Pau Gasol might be on his way out of town via trade.
Recently, the Spaniard has been involved in a very interesting trade rumor. This rumor could include the second overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft and All-Star forward/center Kevin Love. With Love having a breakout season last year and having that kind of toughness the Lakers are looking for, this could be the ideal trade for the storied franchise.