Here’s part of my afternoon Twitter exchange with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.
I’m intrigued by this deal. Pau Gasol would be a huge help to Kevin Garnett, the Celtics jump shot centric offense and (lack of ) rebounding.
I’d hate to give up a decade of Avery Bradley for 3 years of Gasol. And a move like this is extremely short-sighted. But I really believe Gasol could be the key to winning another championship this season.
Gasol returned to action this week after missing 8 games due to tendinitis in both knees, injuries that don’t appear serious. Gasol isn’t meshing with Mike D’Antoni and his new system. The two met this week to iron out their differences.
I’m sure the Lakers want to see how Gasol fits in the offense once Steve Nash returns, and the Celtics are also eagerly awaiting the return of Bradley and his defensive pressure. If both teams are still struggling by February, a deal like this might gain some traction.
FYI – The Celtics can’t trade Jeff Green until mid-January.