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Pau Gasol Trade Rumors: Lakers Still Hearing From Timberwolves, Rockets

If they do choose to trade him, Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol is one of the best assets available for any team that wants to try and contend for a championship. He's skilled, he's versatile, he can pass, rebound and score, and he's not a shabby defender either.

Two teams are still willing to make a move for Gasol: The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets. Ken Berger of CBS Sports has more.

Houston, whose acquisition of Pau Gasol in the ill-fated trade that would've sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, also remains in hot pursuit of the Spaniard, sources say. So are the Timberwolves, who would like to pair Gasol with Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio. The Lakers, however, are unwilling to trade Gasol unless they get a comparable All-Star in return -- preferably one who could provide the guard penetration they're so sorely lacking.

Clearly, the Lakers have a big gap in point guard where they want to get a new player, and the only premier point guards available to deal back would be Ricky Rubio or Kyle Lowry, and neither team is likely to want to make that move. Gasol feels pretty certain he's going to stay a Laker, and based on the teams interested in this report, you'd have to concur.

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