Blogtable: The Suns With Pau

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Pau Gasol (Noah Graham/NBAE)

Pau Gasol (Noah Graham/NBAE)

Imagine the Suns with Pau Gasol: Could he make a big difference?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.comI’d like to see Phoenix acquire Gasol, so that 37 years worth of trade rumors about him can finally be put on mute. He would help the Suns, a finesse big man in the tradition of Alvan Adams, and certainly grab the attention of whichever top-4 seed drew Phoenix in the first round. The Suns’ surprising season and Jeff Hornacek‘s COY-worthy work deserves a boost, I can envision Goran Dragic clicking instantly with Gasol on the floor and this Rent-a-Pau move would provide a welcome anti-tanking storyline.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.com: While I think Gasol has consistently been underrated during his time in L.A., I don’t see a move to Phoenix elevating the Suns significantly in the playoff hierarchy. I don’t believe they would want to change what they’re doing now to get the ball inside and I don’t think Gasol is that inside force that’s going to carry a team anyway. And his addition isn’t going to make them a threat to win several — or maybe even one — round of the playoffs. Making the playoffs is an admirable and reachable goal for a team that most thought was tanking at the start of the season, but I wouldn’t give up a valuable first-round draft pick and derail future plans.

Jeff Caplan, NBA.comI think it would be a great move for Phoenix. The Suns’ front line isn’t exactly a scoring machine, but it is a blue-collar, hard-working group. Gasol would add a touch of sophistication and fit perfectly alongside the stretch-4 Channing Frye. You’ve got to admire the job young center Miles Plumlee has done (9.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg), and his game would really benefit from being around Gasol, who is masterful in the low block. The Suns need a proven, low-post option in the playoffs. My only concern is Gasol’s seemingly constant slew of minor injuries. Aside from that, he’s a great fit for the Suns and it could really fire up Gasol, whose energy, in my opinion, has been drained by an ongoing mental wrestling match with Mike D’Antoni.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: At what cost? I like Gasol on the Suns if the price is Emeka Okafor and the Indiana pick in 2014. But Okafor and a choice that could be in the teens? Or Okafor and a decent prospect? No deal. If I’m Phoenix, I’d like to get better for this season, but the long term, the next five to seven seasons, remains the priority. In that perspective, Gasol at the right cost would be a nice addition as a potential rental before free agency. He would help on the boards, be a positive in the locker room and add playoff experience if the Suns get there.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: He would help, because they don’t really have a back-up center and a Gasol/Plumdog center rotation would be strong. But he wouldn’t necessarily make a significant difference, because they’ve been very good (+6.5 points per 100 possessions) with Channing Frye and Plumdog  on the floor together. Their biggest issue is defensive rebounding, and while Gasol is a very good defensive rebounder, plugging him in at center doesn’t exactly help their floor-spacing power forwards rebound better. It would be cool, though, if the Lakers could help upgrade one of the teams ahead of them and make the West playoff picture that much stronger.

Sekou Smith, NBA.comThe Suns are legit without Pau, one of the best surprise stories in recent memory. But a skilled, veteran big man like Pau could push them into another category altogether. They lost a little of that post presence when they traded Marcin Gortat. Pau would be an upgrade in that department. So yes, I think he’d make a significant difference for that Suns team if I’m imagining him with Goran Dragic and the rest of coach Jeff Hornacek‘s scrappy crew.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com All Ball blogI think he could make a significant difference for the Suns. Pau may be older and no longer the player he used to be, but he also hasn’t been used in the post as much the last few years in Mike D’Antoni’s perimeter offense. With Phoenix’s uptempo offense, though, Gasol has the ability to play in the post as well as keep pace with his teammates. Also, Jeff Hornacek has shown a terrific acuity for making the best out of what he has.

Aldo Miguel Aviñante, NBA PhilippinesPau Gasol would provide a good, solid veteran presence in the middle for the young, athletic Suns squad. He will give them stability and experience and will prevent any sudden fall in the standings because of his leadership. He can play the pick and roll with Goran Dragic and play the high post and give beautiful passes to a cutting Eric Bledsoe, he will make the Suns a force to be reckoned with.

Stefanos Triantafyllos, NBA GreeceI like them a lot. But I ‘m not sure if Pau Gasol is the right fit. He is a great post player, but the Suns are thriving in a certain up-tempo  playing style emphased in transition. Frye and the Morris twins are great pick-n-pop players that stretch the floor and Miles Plumlee is the quickest big guy around, a player that is very dedicated in pick-n-roll situations. The current front-line matches well with the guards, and that’s why the Suns have one of the best offenses in the league. So, as much I respect Pau Gasol, Phoenix seems like a bad idea.

Adriano Albuquerque, NBA BrasilPau Gasol could still make an impact in an NBA contending team. The Suns’ defense might suffer a little bit, but Gasol could give them an offensive force on the block, and a guy who could teach Miles Plumlee a thing or two. Yeah, I think it might be a good fit.

16 Comments

  1. Polak from Poland says:

    I’m disconcerted about the lakers. I have few thoughts about coaching and business stuff of LA team. This season for them is a nightmare. Coach D’antoni make whole team injured- BRAVO MIKE! now they trade Pau to Suns, it;s stupid, kobe will not play well any more…even if he deserves so huge contract, He will not win the game alone at this age, and his state of health…Nash also will not win a game alone, Nick Young, and Wes Johnson, it;s not enough for high expetation team as Lakers are…with so big contract of Kobe, they will not have good players until Bryant’s contract ends…So Ms. Buss maybe it’s time to thing about retirement hmm..? Or stop thinking about the individual money because of Kobe;s contract, but START thinking about The team with championship traditions…

  2. Tenby0630 says:

    As a Lakers fan, the trade is very good if it involves a guaranteed top12 pick from the Suns in this year’s deep draft. The Lakers might just end up with two first rounders to build their future around. A potential Marcus Smart and Aaron Gordon catch can out back excitement to Lakerland.

  3. ERD says:

    Gasol is a good fit for the Suns. Even if they have an uptempo game, the opponent’s defense would sometimes dictate the flow.Meaning, they can’t run all the time. That’s where he sets in.

  4. okc2014 says:

    I agree w/ NBA Phillipines: “He will give them stability and experience and will prevent any sudden fall in the standings because of his leadership”. Pau Gasol will also contribute positively in the locker room. This is a mature, positive guy who’s been around the block. A good move for Phoenix overall. Let’s do it!

  5. Sandy says:

    I think we already bought ourselves an older player back when we got Shaq and he was a bust for the Suns. Gasol would be better than Shaq was for sure but we don’t need a slow ,expensive, older player. We need someone more althletic and energetic. The team will be fun to watch next year but with the right pieces. They need a strong center for rebounding and short baskets but it isn’t Gasol. Maybe we can just get Plumlee to take his open shots!

  6. dustydreamnz says:

    Jeff Caplan sums it up very well.

  7. Emanuel says:

    Gasol will be a very good addition to the Suns……He will make the Suns a team no one wants to play in the playoffs and or currently, not to mention the wonders that he will do for len, Plumlee and even frye…………bring on Gasol…..

    • Ju says:

      Gasol would be a very good fit with the Suns but not as a starter. Keep the starting lineup in PHX as is because they have developed such a nice chemistry especially with bledsoe out. And mason plumlee is as good a transition fast break big man as there is; he hustles and thats good for the uptempo style that the starters play. Gasol coming off the bench with Bledsoe, the Morris twins and sometimes barbosa would give them a tremendous amount of depth.
      That is not to say that gasol and bledsoe would not be playing in the fourth. depending on the circumstances PHX would most likely finish games off with dragic, bledsoe, tucker/morris/green, frye, gasol.
      with gasol i think they could make it to the western conference finals but no further. they should try to retain their lottery picks above all else.

      • RG says:

        even if they get Gasol, I don’t see the Suns making it to the WCF. the top teams in the West are still that good to stop them.

  8. hellon says:

    Mike Xidis: Totally agree,there’s nothing more to say…

  9. Mike Xidis says:

    I’m tired of hearing national pundits saying the suns are good because of their uptempo style and Gasol is old and slow and would keep them from pushing the ball. The suns fast break baskets don’t come from their Center(Plumlee, Len, frye) beating their man down the court. The fast break starts with the ball handler bringing it across the timeline(Bledsoe, Dragic, Barbosa, Green, etc.) gasol helps in defensive rebounding, post scoring and ball movement in half court sets where the suns could definitely use some help. gasol at the five will not hurt their fastbreaking style! If we can get him for Okeafor and the pacers pick, we will become a MUCH BETTER team to rival any team in the west. Thoughts???

    • gasol will stay for the 2014 championship run

      • jOLAN says:

        what a joke you are if you think the lakers can do anything this year, or next.

      • Rob says:

        I say Kevin Love needs to move to LA. I think he will fit well next season for the Lakers when there are more than 2 subs coming in.

    • jOLAN says:

      I kind of agree with you. You would have to play him at center though. And the uptempo style has got to be both ways. if he is slow getting back it could hurt them that way. But I agree I still think he would be beneficial. I wouldn’t give up more then what you said to get him though. The future is more important then the now.

      Just speaking of the old suns team, I was thinking, what ever happened to Raja Bell? good 3 point shooter who can defend, seems like he would be a good pick up to come off the bench. Grizzlies? pacers?

    • Lee says:

      This reminds me of when the Suns brought in an aging Shaq. He played hard and was never bad, but he changed the identity of the Suns more than the public thought he would. I wouldn’t give up any first round pick to try again.