Los Angeles was ready to erupt into fireworks. After all, it was July 4th when news broke the Lakers were on the verge of acquiring Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade.

Mike Brown was oh, so happy.

Lakers fans everywhere were ecstatic. Suns fans were not.

Neither was Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl, who admitted to the Denver Post on Monday he was "really upset" when he learned Nash was headed to the Lakers over the summer.

Pau Gasol, on the other hand, was hesitant to be happy. A constant subject of trade rumors, Gasol wasn't sure he wasn't going to be next in a deal involving the Lakers.

"I was excited to get Steve but then I couldn't get too excited," said Gasol, who's entering his 5th full season with the Lakers. "In this business you can't get too excited, pretty much, at any time."

Like, before the start of last season when Gasol was sent away in a trade allowing the Lakers to acquire point guard Chris Paul, only to be overturned by the NBA for "basketball reasons."

Gasol's name was mentioned throughout the first half of the season in possible trades, including rumors that had him as a potential piece to acquire his current teammate Dwight Howard in Orlando or even landing in Chicago.

The rumors took a toll on Gasol and prompted Kobe Bryant to stand up in his defense, adamantly asking management to show their hand.