Proposed Deal: Houston Rockets
Let me quote ESPN’s Chris Broussard on this one:
[quote]3. Lakers trade Pau Gasol and Darius Morris to the Houston Rockets for Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry
Without Gasol, the Lakers don’t win their last two championships, period. But time moves on — and so do players, even stars. The Lakers need a shake-up and with Howard (at least in the above scenario) going to the next-door neighbor Clippers, the Lakers can’t rely on Superman bailing them out. So I suggest moving Gasol to the team that nearly had him in December, the Rockets.
Houston is dying to add a star, any star, and it will pay handsomely for one. In Houston, Gasol can return to the post (Mike Brown has him playing on the perimeter in L.A.), where he could give the Rockets a nice inside-outside punch with Kevin Martin. Morris could battle Jonny Flynn for backup minutes behind Goran Dragic.
As for the Lakers, this is just what the doctor ordered. While it doesn’t make them the Western Conference favorites, it certainly gives them a significant and much-needed upgrade at point guard. One of the Lakers’ biggest problems is their inabilty to contain quick point guards. Well, Lowry is a tough, gritty and quick point who has improved dramatically as an offensive player. The Lakers’ already stout defense would improve in an instant, and Lowry also would add to the offense as another playmaker and creator.
And with Scola, the Lakers wouldn’t lose one of their strengths — their size. Bynum and Gasol are the best center-PF combo in the game, but Bynum and Scola wouldn’t be much of a drop-off.[/quote]
Chris Broussard has come up with a scenario that is viable, sensible and actually possible. With the Lakers needing to make any form of move, the trade offers a myriad of possibilities that each team might be happy with.
The Lakers on the other hand would welcome the addition of Chase Budinger while adding Derrick Caracter or Andrew Goudelock. Budinger adds accurate 3-pt shooting for the Laker bench that needs a big time upgrade from that department while Houston will not hesitate to add such minimal piece if it meant they are getting Gasol.