It seems like every week, there is a trade report involving Pau Gasol. We’ve heard that the Lakers want to trade him. We’ve heard that the Lakers don’t want to trade him. And we’ve heard his name associated with both the Bulls and the Celtics. But it seems that the Minnesota Timberwolves have joined the chase of Pau Gasol. And according to the AP, they are “pulling out all the stops” to land him.
If they have to part with the highest draft choice in franchise history after just one season, the Wolves appear ready to do it.
That much became clear leading up to the NBA draft on Thursday, when Minnesota offered Derrick Williams to the Charlotte Bobcats for the No. 2 pick as a vehicle to help them land Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers, two people with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press.
The deal never came together before the draft began, and the Bobcats stayed at No. 2 and took Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The people requested anonymity because the talks were meant to remain private.
The Timberwolves were expected to continue their pursuit of Gasol in hopes of putting him with fellow Spaniard Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love on a revamped roster aimed at getting the team back to the playoffs, and beyond, for the first time since 2004.
A front court of Kevin Love and Pau Gasol would easily put the Timberwolves in contention for a playoff berth in the West. If David Kahn is able to pull this off, we just may have to take back some of the things we’ve said about him in the past.