Pau Gasol For Derrick Williams Tops NBA Hot Trade Rumors

(SB Nation Los Angeles, Ernie Pomin) According to SB Nation's basketball guru Tom Ziller, the Minnesota Timberwolves are apparently interested in Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol, and are willing to give up rookie Derrick Williams (a La Mirada High School alumni) and draft compensation to do so, according to Ziller.

The Lakers may be motivated to make a deal like this to spark a three-team trade for big man Dwight Howard, or could possibly hang on to Williams and the draft picks for themselves. Either way, the Lakers may see Pau as an expendable piece of their puzzle in his current position, more good to them as tradable material than a player suiting up for them.

Pau also was almost sent to the Houston Rockets during the Chris Paul kerfuffle before the start of the season, when it was looking like CP3 would be joining the Lake Show instead of the Clippers.

Gasol has averaged 16.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game this season, and was recently snubbed from the All-Star game for his brother Marc.

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