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Pau Gasol Trade Rumors: Memphis Grizzlies Taking A Look

Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers will pop up in about a trade rumor every day or so. It's the nature of the universe that his name is brought up--even though he's heading toward the downside of a successful NBA career, he's still one of the best offensive weapons out there and has great skill. The Lakers probably need to improve a bit though, and he's the player that is the one that other teams should be interested in obtaining.

The New York Daily News files this latest trade rumor that would involve Gasol's first team in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Lakers are committed to moving Pau Gasol — the fall guy for their second-round ouster against the Thunder and previous playoff failures — even if they have to take back less talent. As long as Heisley retains the Grizzlies, Memphis will always have interest. Heisley has always wanted to bring Gasol back, pairing him with his brother, Marc.

There are issues, namely with how Gasol would fit in Memphis and whether the Lakers would like the pieces they get back. Matt Moore of CBS Sports explains.

Gasol is arguably the best player of the four involved, but not for Memphis. Memphis' identity has been forged in toughness, grit, and defensive attitude, three things that the elder Gasol is, shall we say, not known for. It's not a bad thing, it's a stylistic thing. There's just no reason to bring Gasol in for Gay, since you'd be bringing in an older player who clashes with the two you already have on roster. There's no reason to trade Marc Gasol for his brother because the younger one does more of what the Grizzlies need. And there's no reason to trade Zach Randolph for Gasol because it's been his attitude and leadership that has helped the Grizzlies to legitimacy.

This could be a tough deal for the Lakers to pull off, and it might not really work for anyone.

Talk about the possibility of Pau being moved to Memphis with Grizzlies fans over at Straight Outta Vancouver. Talk about a Pau trade to Memphis with Lakers fans by going to Silver Screen and Roll.

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