Prior to this season, Los Angeles pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Gasol to the Rockets in a three-team trade that would have brought Chris Paul to the Staples Center. That deal was killed by David Stern for "basketball reasons."
Now, according to The Daily News' Mitch Lawrence, the Lakers are reportedly willing to part with Gasol for what seems like non-basketball reasons. Lawrence tucked this nugget away in the notes at the end of his latest effort on the NBA Finals (emphasis mine):
The Lakers are committed to moving Pau Gasol — the fall guy for their second-round ouster against the Thunder and previous playoff failures — even if they have to take back less talent. As long as Heisley retains the Grizzlies, Memphis will always have interest. Heisley has always wanted to bring Gasol back, pairing him with his brother, Marc.
OK. Now wake me up when Gasol *actually* gets dealt.
The Grizzlies aspect is interesting, at least. It's hard not to support the marriage of comedic and basketball excellence that would be an all-Gasol front line.