I'd been thinking about this for a little while, but after reading Bill Simmons/Zach Lowe's article on Grantland about the state of the Lakers, it made me start to think about it more seriously.
I'd considered several options in a trade, but Iguodala for Pau Gasol. Might need to throw in something else to make it work (Mozgov?), but to me, it makes sense. It works, $$'s-wise, and gives Denver a true low-post scorer. Like Simmons, I watched the Olympics and watched Pau dominate on the block for Spain - I don’t really believe he’s finished. His athleticism has probably declined a bit, but he was never the greatest athlete out there.
And let’s be honest – right now, the Iguodala experiment hasn’t worked. He’s brought better passing and rebounding to the 2-guard spot, but I’m not sure that justifies the expense of his contract. Besides, his contract expires at the end of this season, and he’s going to want to get paid again. Maybe not the $19M or so he’s on this season, but in that range of $15M+ p.a., and I have no doubt that some team will give it to him.
We’d have Gasol on the books at $19M p.a. for the next 2 seasons. It would also allow us to look at potentially trading McGee (for a shooter?), if we consider that Gasol/Koufos is a solid starter/back-up combination, and would allow Denver to rotate Gasol to the 4 and play him alongside Koufos at times.
Anyone with me? Or would you consider it too much of a risk for a guy who’s in his 30’s?