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Despite all of the rumors, Gasol has spent six seasons with the Lakers and enjoyed a lot of success in purple and gold, so it’s understandable that part of him wants to remain in L.A. However, both sides likely see that the marriage is going to come to an end in the near future.
If Gasol doesn’t get traded before the deadline, it seems pretty likely that he’ll walk as an unrestricted free agent this summer. It’s hard to imagine Gasol wanting to re-sign with the Lakers given his relationship with head coach Mike D’Antoni and his desire to play for a winning team at this stage in his career. It’s also hard to imagine the Lakers wanting to re-sign Gasol since they’re trying to preserve their cap space and bring in younger players.
That’s why trading Gasol now seems to be the best move for L.A. Rather than losing him for nothing over the offseason, they should try to get some assets back for the big man while they can. The Lakers’ asking price remains very high for Gasol, but as the deadline gets closer, L.A. should settle for one of the offers that they receive and pull the trigger.
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As Woj pointed out, the Thunder have three trade exceptions: $6,500,000 Kevin Martin TPE that expires July 11, 2014, $2,388,721 Eric Maynor TPE that expires February 21, 2014 and $884,293 Ryan Gomes TPE that expires January 6, 2015.
Oklahoma City also has two open roster spots.
Evan Turner and Gary Neal are two wing players who have been linked to the Thunder at various points this season. I’m sure other names will surface in the days to come as well.
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Yesterday, the Wizards were rumored to be expressing interest in the veteran point guard and today add the Spurs to the list of teams that may be pursuing the point guard before the deadline.
Other teams will likely inquire too, since there are a number of teams that need a reserve floor general and every team in the league knows that Udrih is available since he is out of Woodson’s rotation. The Knicks have no use for Udrih at this point, so it shouldn’t take much to acquire him.
In New York’s game on Wednesday, the Knicks were without J.R. Smith and then Iman Shumpert left the game with an injury in the second half, and Udrih still didn’t see the floor.
Teams are interested in the 31-year-old Udrih since he’s a reliable reserve. Over the course of his 10-year NBA career, he has averaged 8.9 points and 3.6 assists in 23.3 minutes.
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