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Pau Gasol to Charlotte Bobcats- rumor...

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This isn't a rumor at all, this was Bonnell just throwing an idea out there. He even said that we haven't talked to L.A. about a trade.

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Doubtful anything like this goes down (Lakers wouldn't do it imo), but it would definitely help the Bobcats. It wouldn't make them even an average team yet so they'd still be set for a very high draft pick, but it would help a lot combined with the draft and a pickup or 2 in free agency.

Kemba

Hendo

MKG

Biz

Gasol

ntb (Gasol would have to play C -- think Haywood, but slower)

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2 thoughts here.....he would have to agree to a longer contract with us, and a reasonable one. I know no one

wants to come to Charlotte, but if he could see what we're building, perhaps.

second, we're on track to get the first pick, and right now the only sure thing I see is McLemore. I'd hate to see us

start winning games and end up with the 6th pick for a guy who might play 1.5 years for us

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Dont really get the point of Gasol on this roster. If the bobcats made this trade wouldnt Gasol just be on the trade block for the remainder of his contract? I cant imagine he wants to spend the remaining years of his prime on a lottery team

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Yeah I wouldn't necessarily pull the trigger on the deal if I am the Bobcats (or the Lakers for that matter), but it does make some sense (for both teams). I'm not sure that getting Pau would disrupt the chance of getting a top 3 pick as we'd still be pretty bad, but it would help our development and give us a #1 scoring option for the time being. I'd just assume keep being terrible for a year, draft Shabazz or Noel and then draft Wiggins the next year :)

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As far as money all it does is add 7 million for next year, there isn't a FA that we are likely to go for anyway so I am all for it if the trade included Gordon, Diop, and Portland pick.

People smack on Gasol, but he had what 16pts and 12 reb off the bench last night? when is the last time a Bobcat got that in a game? He would be the best big man on the team and is a scoring threat with his back to the basket. He can also hit the mid-range jumper and makes great passes that will help all the offense. His defense is sub-par, on ball defense is ok but dont expect any help defense from him. I feel he would fit nice with Biz.

Biggest issue with acquiring Gasol to me is that it likely hurts our draft picks over the next few years, which is something that I do not really want to sacrifice. In best case scenario he plays like strong, we then either have a solid big man for a few years allowing us to take another big with potential to rotate in with Gasol or he is a 19mill expiring next year that teams will offer picks and players to obtain.

So either way i say it is a win-win situation to get Gasol as long as it doesn't require the Bobcats 1st round pick.

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I'd rather keep losing this season, get a top 2 pick, and throw max money on Milsap

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I highly doubt this would happen. The Bobcats know they have to build through the draft ala the Sonics/Thunder...getting Gasol and turning into an okay team does nothing for them except maybe being an 8th seed. Suck for another year, get Parker/Wiggins to add to Kemba/MKG, lure a big man FA or a drafted big from this class...and bam....Thunder East.

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I'd rather keep losing this season, get a top 2 pick, and throw max money on Milsap

Why does so many people want to give Milsap the max?

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Apparently people don't read. Rick Bonnell played with salaries and came up with this, he even said it's not a rumor.

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