Pacific Notes: Kings, Lakers, Gay, Gasol

December 15 2013 at 9:36pm CDT By Zach Links

Tonight’s look at the Pacific Division, as the Warriors and Suns do battle..

  • The Kings are being roasted by many for dealing for Rudy Gay, but James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom comes to Sacramento’s defense.  The Kings didn’t mortgage their future by throwing a pick into the deal or taking on a Joe Johnson-type contract that could potentially cripple the franchise for four or five seasons.  They took a stab with a talented, young, healthy athlete with a proven track record of success.
  • As Ramon Sessions finishes out his two-year, $10MM deal with the Bobcats, he reflected on how things might have played out if he stayed with the Lakers.  “I think about it at times,” Sessions said Saturday, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.  “It’s one of those things that when I opted out, I wasn’t expecting to leave. I was expecting to work something out. But you know how the NBA business is.”  Sessions turned down a one-year, $4.55MM player option with L.A. after the 2011/12 sesaon.
  • Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com wonders if the Kobe Bryant-Pau Gasol narrative will end happily again.  Many have speculated that Gasol’s future in L.A. could be in jeopardy once again as he is in his walk year and is butting heads with coach Mike D’Antoni.
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