The Los Angeles Lakers have revamped their entire roster this offseason with hopes of making it back to the NBA Finals. After winning the NBA Championship in the Orlando Bubble, the Lakers were eliminated in the first round of the 2021 postseason by the Phoenix Suns.
Looking to avoid that letdown again, Rob Pelinka made some drastic changes. The Lakers will have at least 10 new players on the roster to begin the 2021-22 season, and that number could climb even higher if Marc Gasol is moved on from.
Gasol is one of four players that were on the team during the 2020-21 season that will remain with the team for this season. LeBron James, who is now the longest-tenured Laker, Anthony Davis and Talen Horton-Tucker, who was re-signed in restricted free agency, are the other three.
Gasol committed to playing with the Lakers while he was at the Olympics with Spain, but that may no longer be the case. Gasol is no longer a lock to return to the Lakers according to sources.
This is a bit of surprising news and raises the question about what has happened since his announcement at the Olympics. Los Angeles could certainly use Gasol in the middle, as he was productive as a starter last season.
At 37-years old, retirement from the NBA shouldn’t be ruled out. Like his older brother Pau Gasol, he could want to end his playing career overseas in Spain. But, if he wants to remain in the NBA and just not with the Lakers, a trade could occur. One team that could make sense is the Golden State Warriors.
What could a trade between the two California teams look like? Let’s take a look at this swap that lands Gasol in the Bay Area.