NBA Rumors: Can Charlotte Bobcats Acquire Pau Gasol from Los Angeles Lakers?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IFebruary 14, 2012

Could MJ Grab Pau After Passing on Him in 2001?
Could MJ Grab Pau After Passing on Him in 2001?Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The NBA trade deadline is a little more than one month away, and the month of March could be an interesting one.

The most interesting tidbit going into this year’s trade deadline is what the Orlando Magic is going to do regarding the Dwight Howard scenario. Other teams may wait until this situation is settled before locking in on other potential deals.

Another NBA veteran that could possibly be moved closer to the trade deadline is Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers. Gasol, the former Rookie of the Year winner back in 2001-02, has become one of the league’s best passers for a center—and he has been a scorer (that has varied during his tenure in LA since the addition of Andrew Bynum).

Gasol would be an interesting addition to the Charlotte Bobcats as the young Bobcats “learn” their way through this season behind rookies Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo. However, things may be better if Walker and Biyombo have some veteran leadership on their team. It would hopefully show the fans that ownership is committed to putting together a winning team on the floor sooner rather than later.

With the growth of Bynum, the Lakers could look to move Gasol along with other possible players (Troy Murphy, Jason Kapono, Luke Walton, Metta World Peace, Derek Fisher and Matt Barnes) in exchange for a younger supporting cast to play around Kobe Bryant—in order to have another group built for the near future.

The Bobcats do have the contracts of Corey Maggette, Boris Diaw (expiring), Eduardo Najera and possible draft picks that they could give up to obtain Gasol. However, if the Bobcats were to make a move for Gasol, they would need the assistance of one or more teams in order to reasonably satisfy the Lakers’ demands.

The bottom line is the Bobcats need to make moves almost immediately in order to make their team more competitive. With the way things have been going so far this season, the Bobcats have a lot of work to do.