It's that time of year again. No, not daylight savings time or the spring equinox; I'm talking about the NBA trade deadline. With the deadline comes the fun of seeing legitimate deals take place, and the speculation of who is going to end up where.
However, along with the realistic deals, part of the amusement surrounding the deadline is taking a look at the trade rumors that truly make you scratch your head and say "What are they thinking?" This year is no different, with enough trade rumors swirling around to give you vertigo. Here we will take a look at one of the rumors that, to me, seems to benefit one team way more than the other.
According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Rockets sent Los Angeles a trade proposal that would have shipped Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic, and possibly a first-round draft pick to the Lakers in return for simply Pau Gasol.
Seriously, Houston? Pau Gasol is good, but THAT good? I'm not so sure about that one. I understand that Kevin Martin may be having something of a slow year (by his standards), but trading him, as well as surprisingly-effective big man Scola, along with Dragic and a first-round pick just seems incredibly unfair in favor of the Lakers.
What may be more surprising though, is the fact that the Lakers didn't feel as if that deal offered enough for Gasol. They want more! This is one of those situations where I really don't understand the logic of either team: Houston wanting to offer that much for Pau, and Los Angeles saying that the offer wasn't good enough. I guess that's why I'm not an NBA GM.
The Lakers are in dire need of a legitimate point guard, and Dragic would have the opportunity to fill that slot. Scola is having a very efficient year, averaging 15 points per game, as well as 6.5 rebounds, in comparison to Gasol's 16.7 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game. The scoring is pretty identical, with the main concern being that Gasol grabs 4 more boards than Scola does.
But the Lakers currently lead the league in rebounding with almost 46 every contest, and still have young phenom Andrew Bynum anchoring the front court, so there is some wiggle room in the rebounding department. Looks to me like the Lakers get a need filled there.
The Rockets, on the other hand, are getting an improvement of solely four rebounds and less than two points per game at the power forward position, while giving away not only Scola and a first round pick, but also shooting guard Kevin Martin, Houston's leading scorer at 17.4 points per game.
I realize there is a guy named Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles that already plays shooting guard, but there is so much you can do with a guy who has the ability to score almost 18 points every game. His numbers would obviously go down when inserted into the Lakers' lineup, but the scoring ability of Martin is there, and he could prove valuable down the stretch.
To sum it all up, let's look at it like this:
The Lakers receive a power forward averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds, a shooting guard averaging 17.4 points, a decent point guard they desperately need, and a first-round draft pick. The Rockets receive an aging power forward that will contribute four rebounds and less than two points more than what they had per game.
If you take the names out, this deal looks to me like a one-legged duck: a little lopsided.