Whenever the Los Angeles Lakers are eliminated from the playoffs, a scapegoat must emerge. This year, that unfortunate soul is Pau Gasol, a player that Kobe Bryant was quick to point a finger at in their series loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Now, Lakers management is firmly committed to making a move during the offseason and shipping Gasol east of Los Angeles. According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, there's a good chance that Gasol could end up playing alongside his brother:
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.
Pau began his career with the Memphis Grizzlies, who traded Shareef Abdur-Rahim to the Atlanta Hawks for his draft rights back in 2001. He played with the Grizz until 2008, when he was shipped off to L.A. in a controversial trade.
Now, after three All-Star appearances and two championships, Gasol may be headed back to his beginnings. If he is, the player he is traded for will most likely be Zach Randolph.
Z-Bo's salary is large enough to make a one-for-one swap possible, and he fills the positional hole that Gasol's absence would leave.
Moreover, he makes the deal work for both sides.
Why Pau Gasol to Memphis Grizzlies Makes Sense
Bleacher Report | Jun 18