Lakers Trade Rumors: Randolph, Gay, Deng, Iguodala On L.A.'s Radar?

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on June 28 2012 9:32 AM
Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph will resume their battle today at 4:30 p.m. from Los Angeles.
Zach Randolph could be traded to the Lakers. REUTERS

The Memphis Grizzlies have offered Zach Randolph to the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol, according to a report.

The New York Post's Peter Vecsey, known for rumormongering, reported on Twitter that the Grizzlies were willing to move Randolph to bring Gasol back to the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies, however, are unwilling to offer forward Rudy Gay for Gasol.

The Lakers have indicated a willingness to trade Gasol for a veteran player and a draft pick. Gasol would likely welcome a chance to reunite with his brother, Marc Gasol, and get a break from the drama that surrounds the Lakers.

Gasol averaged career lows in points and field goal percentage last season with the Lakers, but is still considered to be one of the premier big men in the NBA.

Other Lakers trade rumors have Gasol going from anywhere from the Chicago Bulls to the 76ers.

One proposed trade has the Lakers sending Gasol to the Chicago Bulls for a package that included forward Luol Deng. Deng recently admitted to seeing truth behind rumors that he'll be traded after he went against his team's advice and decided to play in the Olympics with the British national team, despite a wrist-ligament injury. The latest rumor has Deng being traded to the Golden State Warriors for a first round draft pick, but the Lakers are expected to be players.

Gasol has also been discussed in a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers for Andre Iguodala. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Sunday that the 76ers organization will neither confirm nor deny that they have discussed a deal for Gasol. The 76ers could benefit from a talented big man like Gasol -- Elton Brand is on the tail end of his playing days -- but it's unclear how much interest the Lakers would have in bringing back Iguodala.

The trade that the Lakers are believed to be most interested in is also the one they have the worst chance of completing. The Lakers have a lot of interest in adding Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams, but don't have the cap room to sign him outright. The Lakers would have to pull off a sign-and-trade with the Nets, but it is believed that the Brooklyn franchise has no interest in trading for Gasol. The Nets could be interested in Andrew Bynum, according to reports, but he has not been made available by the Lakers.

Pairing Williams with Bryant and Bynum could give the Lakers a more effective Big 3, but the latest reports indicate that Williams is only interested in signing with the Nets or the Dallas Mavericks.

If any deal for Gasol is to happen, it could happen within the next 24 hours.

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