Report: Gasol, World Peace on the trading block
After a fairly early playoff exit at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it looks like the, once again. According to Sam Amico, FoxSports.
Sources claim that Metta World Peace, also known as Ron Artest, is on the trading block for a late first round pick in Thursday’s Draft. World Peace is still a pretty good defender, but we’ve seen that he can be extremely inconsistent and still has the temper that has gotten him in plenty of trouble.
Additionally,Gasol, fairly or unfairly, has kind of been the scapegoat for the struggles the team has had.
The Lakers are very open to trade talk in regards to forward Pau Gasol, but nothing is imminent, according to two NBA sources.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 27, 2012
This shows that the team is looking to get younger through the draft and make another title run or two while Kobe Bryant is still playing at a high level.
If both these were to occur, perhaps the Lakers hope Kidd-Gilchrist will be available at 3. Is Bryant, Bynum, MKG, and a late first round pick better than what they had this past year? Maybe we’ll find out soon enough.