Trading Pau Gasol isn't a good idea.
"Pau is used to laboring up the floor and coasting a little bit. In this offense, we have to put the motor on the first few steps we move up the court."
Heck, even his new coach took a veiled shot at his All-Star power forward (h/t USA Today):
Mike D'Antoni on sitting Pau Gasol last night: "I was thinking, 'Well, I'd like to win this game.'" usat.ly/U3QXJW— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) November 24, 2012
First, Gasol doesn't fit in with what Atlanta does offensively. Second, Atlanta is going to do everything in their power to keep Smith in a Hawks uniform for years to come.
Most importantly though, is this, via NBC Sports:
Therein lies the rub.
You won't find a GM around looking to do the Lakers a favor by taking Gasol—and the more than $38 million due to him over the next two seasons—off of their hands without getting rid of terrible contracts in return.
So if the Lakers are interested in a broken Amar'e Stoudemire in exchange for Gasol, I'm sure the Knicks would be willing to talk.
Mike D'Antoni needs to make things work with Gasol in the mix, for what they got in exchange for him wouldn't be any better of a fit—or more cap friendly a contract—than what they have with Gasol.