What you say has some validity to it, BUT both Augustin and Aminu are expiring contracts. Nothing gained if one doesn't take a chance. We are only talking about a 58 game try since Aminu is an expiring. Aminu can play and guard multiple positions whereas DJ is a PG who can't guard his position. Little risk possible high return. I wouldn't be upset with this trade at all. It might be the best the Pacers could get, and it could produce a nice return as well.
If true I am a little surprised they would be willing to bring in that much salary. We don't have any major players to re-sign though other than West this offseason, and Pau only has one more season after this one so I can see the logic of bringing him in if they don't want to keep West.
There's a difference between "Pacers discussed" and "L.A. Times writer came up with 5 trade scenarios for Gasol".
I thought Aminu was pretty decent in the Olympic qualifiers and Olympics. I don't know if he's strong enough to play backup 4. I think he's gotten eaten up by stronger players.
I wouldn't mind getting in on a trade that moves Pau somewhere, but not for Pau to come here. Pau and Hibbert would be the slowest frontcourt ever. It would be brutal.
I like the idea of Pau going to the Wolves.
This scenario would work.
Might need some picks exchanged.
My offseason FA wishlist:
Sergio Rodriguez (backup pg)
Thomas Robinson (backup pf)
Andray Blatche (starting pf - replacing West)
Corey Brewer (starting sg/sf - interchangeable w/ PG)
I would take just this season with West over multiple years with a beaten down Pau that probably wouldn't want to be here in the first place...
Nothing in life worth having comes easy.
Pacers better stick one of the long term crappy contracts to West if they are thinking about moving him.) Gasol and point guard Darius Morris ($962,000) for Indiana power forwards David West ($10 million) and Jeff Pendergraph ($1.5 million) and point guard D.J. Augustin ($3.5 million).
Yes, up 2-1 on Miami last year it was clear that this stupid experiment was a disaster. It was also clear that all-star or Team USA members do not qualify as stars. I mean sure, the Pacers have 3 guys that have already been named to the AS team playing roughly the same caliber game they currently are (or will be in Danny's case), but those are technicalities. Pau is clearly a #1 option and proved it by leading Memphis to multiple 0 win playoffs in a row.
I mean how is "Pau as #1 option" not more of a "proven failure" than the Indiana "no stars" angle? Sheesh.
Gasol looked like toast to me this season. His knees are really bad. I don't expect it but I wouldn't be shocked if he sat out the remainder of the season.
I doubt any team would trade for him right now, but then again, I thought teams were wise enough to stay away from Bynum's lubricated knees.
Please NO, 38 million for Pau is frightening. He can stay in LA to keep them screwed!
Frank Vogel says "Killer instinct, start strong, build a lead and then step on their throats."
I dont want anything to do with Pau Gasol
Stop quoting people I have on ignore!
Danny's contract is whatever... only a year left after this one and we need him back in the rotation to compete in the playoffs.
Mahinmi's contract isn't too bad... a solid backup center for $4 mill/yr isn't overpaid by any means
Gerald Green on the other hand... that's just terrible. The Green signing ends the argument of who drafted Shawne Williams and James White, in my opinion.
I want to keep West. I want to keep Danny (at an obviously reduced rated) until he retires. But keeping both means extending PG for the big money he'll demand gets really, really hard. One of them's basically going to need to go.
David West has carried this team on his back for the first part of the season and some LA writer thinks we want to trade him for Gasol's bloated contract? That's what writers get for talking **** about the Pacers before they get to watch them play every night.
Why in the heck would you trade David West?