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Western Rumors: Gasol, Cousins, Aldridge

Marc Gasol has no interest in signing with the Lakers this offseason, Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports. The 30-year-old’s lack of interest is primarily because of the uneasy last few years his older brother, Pau, spent with the team, according to numerous people familiar with the situation. The Mavs, Spurs, Knicks and Lakers are reportedly putting together proposals to lure the big man away from the Grizzlies. He made his affection known for the city of Memphis, but has not ruled out any other destination.

Here’s more from around Los Angeles:

  • The Lakers would trade No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell to the Kings if that is what it takes to get DeMarcus Cousins, a league source tells Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Daily News. However, Heisler adds that a trade isn’t likely. Kings Owner Vivek Ranadive reportedly gave agent Dan Fegan permission to try to engineer trade proposals that would send Cousins to the Lakers, but Kings front office chief Vlade Divac is instead trying to see if the team can mend the relationship with the 24-year-old center.
  • Bresnahan notes in the same piece that LaMarcus Aldridge, who owns a home in Orange County, is a more realistic prize for the Lakers in free agency. The power forward is reportedly growing fond of the team. A maximum salary contract for the big man will cost an estimated $18.96MM and Los Angeles will have some $23MM in cap space once it declines Jordan Hill‘s team option as expected.
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One thought on “Western Rumors: Gasol, Cousins, Aldridge

  1. Z.....

    Is Marc referring to how the media treated Pau, how the fans treated Pau, or how the organization treated Pau (i.e. trading him, constant rumors surrounding trading him, how he was used after they brought in D’antone)

    The lakers shouldn’t Trade Russell. They’re building a pretty decent team right now, after also landing Anthony brown, and Robert Upshaw. If they can sign Aldridge and maybe a 3 and D wing player, they could make a lot of noise next year, assuming upshaw can protect the rimfor them.

    Gasol should go to the Spurs. Perfect fit.

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