Is Pau Gasol headed back to the Grizzlies?

Pau GasolIt’s well known the Los Angeles Lakers want to trade Pau Gasol. Every week there is a new trade rumor regarding the two-time champion and this week is nothing new. The newest (and most interesting) rumor is the Lakers sending Gasol back to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Having Pau team up with his brother, Marc Gasol would be pretty interesting. They teamed up on the Spanish Olympic team back in 2008 and gave the US team a good challenge in the gold medal game.

But who would the Lakers get back in return? Rumors are that it could be Zach Randolph. That would be the best case scenario for Los Angeles. Randolph is the polar opposite of Gasol. No one will ever accuse him of not being aggressive enough or passing up open shots.

It would be great to see Z-Bo in the Purple and Gold but I’m not sure Memphis will be willing to let him go. Even for Pau. Read more here…

Redrafting all 32 teams of the 2009 NBA lottery

Blake-GriffinBlake Griffin, Ricky Rubio and James Harden all correctly went in the top 5 in 2009, but Hasheem Thabeet at #2 overall is one of the worst draft picks in NBA history. With the value of hindsight, here’s how the draft would look today, with who they actually took in parenthesis:

1. Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin, PF (Blake Griffin)

He’s been a human highlight reel since returning from his knee injury his rookie season, and there’s little doubt the future is very bright for Griffin in LA. Kevin Love is more effective, although not nearly as flashy, but Griffin is certainly in the discussion for being the best power forward, even if he isn’t quite there yet.

2. Memphis Grizzlies – James Harden, SG (Hasheem Thabeet, C)

OJ Mayo has fallen out of favor over the last few seasons in Memphis, and at this point he’s nothing more than instant offense off the bench. Harden would give Memphis a great backcourt partner to pair with Mike Conley, and Harden would fit in better with Rudy Gay as well.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder – Steph Curry, PG (James Harden)

This was a tough choice between both Rubio and Curry, but since Russell Westbrook came out before the draft saying he’d be upset if the team took a point guard, Curry would be an easier pick to spin. Curry could play the 2 guard at times with Westbrook running the point, although the defensive issues would likely mean they couldn’t play together for extended stretches. Read more here…

Have the Clippers blades gone dull, can they finish?

Blake-GriffinThe Los Angeles Clippers set the NBA world ablaze with the team acquiring  the top 5 point guard in the league, Chris Paul. The minute that the trade was announced everyone immediately put the Clippers in the playoffs. Then to my shock everyone began to write off the Lakers and say that the Clippers were the best team in town.Now that the playoffs have started I think the calls for the Clippers being the best in town has silenced but right now, its no guarantee that either will make it to the next round. The Clippers are dead locked in a battle with the Memphis Grizzlies and for the moment seemed to have the series in the bag. They leaped out to a commanding 3-1 lead in the series but 2 days ago failed to close the deal. Not only did they fail to close the series but they had some injuries to stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Both players averaging over 20 ppg for the team in the playoffs. Read more here…