Many guys in the NBA enjoyed their All-Star break maybe spending time with family and friends, watching the Olympics, catching up on some reading, or watching Oscar nominated movies so they can get caught up before the awards show. Others spent this time wondering if they would be wearing the same jersey once the break was over.
In less than 24 hours all possible NBA trades will be over and done with.
The team that many people are paying attention to and talking about is the Los Angeles Lakers.
The possible Lakers trades include Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman, and Steve Blake. The most talked about possible trade is that of Gasol.
Rumors started circulating that the power forward/center might be leaving the Lakers after he made some disparaging comments about Coach Mike D’Antoni.
Gasol addressed the trade rumors after practice on Tuesday,"It fills up a lot of pages and f------ airtime. It's something that's there and there's potential that it might happen. Who knows? We might be saying that it's been great to see you guys [in the media] and we'll see you around. But hopefully that won't be the case because it's always hard and I think if it ever happened, it would be tough."
While Gasol is in his last year on his contract with the Lakers, many speculated that he could be traded to the Phoenix Suns, but that idea seems to be a thing of the past now.
Hearing that Gasol to Suns, if it ever was serious, dying quickly on the vine. PHX "looking at other stuff" now, per source.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 19, 2014
It looks like many people are ready to see Gasol leave the Lakers. (Wonder how bummed they'll be if he doesn't get traded?)
Lakers need to get Kevin Love tonight!!! Throw Pau Gasol in the ocean!!! Lmao!!!
— BILL BELLAMY (@BILLBELLAMY) February 17, 2014
Any hopeful Pau Gasol trade news? Please tell me he's on the way out?
— A$AP SHOTTO (@ottoman89) February 19, 2014
There is one fan who doesn't want to see Gasol go.
@paugasol Lakers fans love you pau. We don't agree with trading you! You + Kobe = unstoppable !
— Jake Sordelet (@JakeSordelet) February 19, 2014
A major get for the Lakers would be the Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love. The only issue with this possible trade is the Timberwolves aren't getting enough from the Lakers to make such a trade.
Other Lakers who could be wearing a different jersey after the trade deadline include Jordan Hall, Chris Kaman and Steve Blake. Hall is rumored to be receiving interest from the Brooklyn Nets, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Phoenix Suns, and the Dallas Mavericks. Kaman could be heading to Cleveland. And Blake could be wearing the royal blue and gold of the Golden State Warriors.
All the rumors will die down after 3:00 pm on Thursday, the trade deadline.
Image via Pau Gasol, Twitter