Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.
And if Dwight doesn’t move, who’s your best bet for the superstar (or, at least, a pretty good player) who will change teams this week?
Steve Aschburner: I’d say Pau Gasol. For some reason, the Lakers keep coming back to moving this guy, to the point now where a deal is expected. I think it would be a mistake; Gasol’s length and skills are vital to the Lakers’ competitive advantage. But we have to remember, the Lakers aren’t being run like “the Lakers” anymore. Could see P. Gasol landing in Houston or even Chicago.
Fran Blinebury: Pau Gasol. They Lakers look like a team that has to do something and they’ve been dangling Pau out there all season.
Scott Howard-Cooper: Andrew Bogut. He’s getting a lot of money for not a lot of games, the Bucks need dependability and teams (Houston, Golden State) have been searching hard for a center and have a history of being aggressive. The injuries are not his fault, but there just comes a time when a change is necessary. Editor’s Note: Ding-ding — Good job, Scott!
Shaun Powell: Pau Gasol is even money to switch teams, if only because the Lakers would like to change gears from being slow and boring to younger and more up-tempo, and he’s one of their few assets. Also, they’re not too keen on paying the remaining $60 million of his contract. Question is, does anybody want to shell out that price, plus give up a good player, for Pau at this stage of his career?
John Schuhmann: Pau Gasol. And it’s all about his $19.3 million salary in 2013-14, when Kobe Bryant is owed more than $30 million and the extra punitive luxury tax kicks in. There’s basically no way the Lakers can afford Bryant, a re-signed Andrew Bynum and Gasol that year, and Gasol is obviously the odd man out. He doesn’t necessarily need to be moved before Thursday, because there will be teams with cap space this summer. But L.A. should see what it can get for him now. The Lakers just can’t take back a big contract that’s as long or longer (like that of Carlos Boozer).
Sekou Smith: Pau Gasol. No matter what he’s done since that humbling performance against the Mavericks in the playoffs last season, Gasol can’t shake the notion that he came apart in that series. And the Lakers can’t forget it either. They realize that when their season came crumbling down, Gasol’s inept performance was in the middle of that madness. They’ve been working to move him since training camp and seal the deal this week by sending him to Houston the way they planned to all along. The Bulls could make things interesting, if their interest in Gasol is serious. But the Rockets make the most sense. And Kevin McHale could do wonders for Gasol’s confidence and game.