The Brooklyn Nets apparently had a chance to trade Brook Lopez to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Pau Gasol before Lopez broke his foot earlier this month, but they turned down the Lakers’ proposal, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Lakers, who are struggling again this season, were looking to shake things up earlier this month and thought that dealing Gasol could be a way to do it. There was almost no chance that the Nets seriously considered this deal. Instead it was likely the Lakers doing their due diligence in gauging his value.
While the Nets have also struggled and could use a shake up, dealing their best player in Lopez was never very realistic. Gasol is still a solid player at 33, but he’s injury prone and much older. It wouldn’t make sense to try to improve the team by getting older. Of course, there is no possible way that this can be resurrected now since Lopez has gone down with yet another foot injury.
Gasol has averaged 17.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per 36 minutes with a true shooting percentage of 48.8 in 28 games so far this year. He is owed $19.3 million this year and will be a free agent after the season.
Lopez averaged 23.8 points with 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes with a 62.9 TS% in 17 games. He is owed $14.7 million this season, $15.7 million next year and has a player option worth $16.7 million in 2015-16.