Rumor: Toronto Most Likely Destination For Pau?
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.
On one hand, if Lakers fans thought Gasol was soft, wait until they get a load of Bargnani. But he’s younger (27), makes half as much (though he has one more year on his deal) and would be the ideal floor-spacer to open the middle for Howard, who is uncomfortable sharing the low block. Gasol fancies himself a post player, and his range is decidedly less than Bargnani’s, which makes him uneasy when pushed far out on the perimeter.