Berger: Rival executives believe Toronto Raptors most likely destination in Pau Gasol trade

Stephen Dunn

Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that rival executives believe that if Pau Gasol is traded, the most likely place for him to land is in Toronto in a Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon centric deal.

The rumors continue to stir while Pau Gasol tries to rest his knees, which both suffer from tendinitis. At this point, talking Lakers is synonymous with talking about what's going to happen next for the Spaniard. Will he be traded? If so, where? Does he fit in the system? What can Mike D'Antoni do to change it? However, if Pau Gasol is in fact traded, rival executives believe the most likely destination is in Toronto in a Andrea Bargnani - Jose Calderon centered deal, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

Rival executives believe the most likely landing spot for Gasol is Toronto, which could offer Andrea Bargnani in return and bolster the Lakers' point-guard deficiency with Jose Calderon, who is backing up Kyle Lowry. Sources say Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo has shown no willingness to part with Bargnani, but if pressure mounts for him to bolster the team's youth movement and win now by adding a veteran with All-Star credentials like Gasol, that could change. - Ken Berger, CBS Sports

Bargnani is averaging 17.4 points per game on 40.4% shooting, 34.6% from beyond the arc. He is one year removed from shooting a career low percentage from deep, 29.6%. This is disconcerting, considering the Lakers would want to move Pau Gasol in order to find a true power forward to stretch the floor. With his deficiencies in rebounding and defense on top of this, Andrea Bargnani is a gamble. The net gain, however, may be in Jose Calderon, especially with Steve Blake missing extended time and Steve Nash showing he's every bit over 35. Calderon is playing limited minutes behind newly acquired Kyle Lowry, and still putting up 10.2 points and 7.3 assists. Most notable? He's shooting 47.9% from deep on 3.9 attempts per game.

The saga continues.

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