Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Gasol, Pau and More Pau Gasol

Lately, all that has been in the talks for this Lakers big man is whether or not he would remain on the team for next year. However, today seems to be a lot about Pau, and not just for his Lakers roster spot.

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol co-own a horse named Siempre Mio (which means Always Mine) after a charity auction for the horse to help the Lakers youth foundation in April. Having never met the horse before, Pau finally got a chance to meet it this past weekend. So far, Siempre Mio has won $51,900 in prize money in 2012.

Pau was also awarded the 2011-12 Kia Community Assist Award for all his contributions off the floor, mainly with the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. His love for the hospital this year grew, when on March 26, Pau Gasol officially partnered with a Barcelona-based global health care company called Grifols. This partnership was part of an effort to bring new technology to light here in Los Angeles. Grifols is based in Gasol’s native country of Spain, but there are U.S. headquarters in L.A. By winning the award, Pau will donate the $25,000 to the hospital given to him by the NBA and Kia. This is the first year the award has been introduced, and Pau had this to say:

“I am honored to receive the 2011-12 Kia Community Assist Award and thrilled that it will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” said Gasol. “Supporting children’s health and wellness is my passion, and Children’s Hospital does a tremendous job of giving children with serious illnesses a chance to grow up and become healthy adults.”

For those of you who aren’t into the fluffy stuff, let’s get down to business. Today’s posts included a great article by Ramneet Singh on the top five Gasol trade possibilities. According to Singh, these are the best possible options; make sure to check out the full reasons why, in his post to see whether or not you agree:

5.  Los Angeles Lakers receive: SF Andre Iguodala, C Nikola Vucevic
Philadelphia 76ers receive: PF Pau Gasol
4. Los Angeles Lakers receivePF Josh Smith, SF Marvin Williams
Atlanta Hawks receive: PF Pau Gasol, PF Josh McRoberts, SF Christian Eyenga
3. Los Angeles Lakers receivePG Kyle Lowry, PF Luis Scola, PF Patrick Patterson
Houston Rockets receive: PF Pau Gasol, SF Christian Eyenga
2: Los Angeles Lakers receive: SF Luol Deng, PF Carlos Boozer
Chicago Bulls receive: PF Pau Gasol, SF Metta World Peace
1: Los Angeles Lakers receive: PG Brandon Jennings, PF DeMarcus Cousins
Sacramento Kings receive: PF Pau Gasol, PG Beno Udrih
Milwaukee Bucks receive: SG Marcus Thornton, PG Tyreke Evans, PG Andrew Goudelock

Lakers Nation News

Lakers Officially Pick Up Andrew Bynum’s Option

In Loving Memory of Orlando Woolridge

Pau Gasol Meets His Horse

Former Laker LeRoy Ellis Dies at 72

Lakers Draft Prospect Profile: Scott Machado

Top Five Pau Gasol Trade Options to Consider

NBA Honors Pau Gasol with Kia Community Assist Award

Michael Beasley Back on the Radar for the Lakers?

Lakers News

Bynum: Free Agency and Uncertainty [Forum Blue and Gold]

What Can the Lakers Learn from the Remaining Playoff Teams [LA Lakers Blog]

Former Lakers Big Man LeRoy Ellis Dies [ESPN New York]

Pau Gasol To Recieve Kia Community Assist Award [LA Times]

Grading Mike Brown [Land O’ Lakers]

Lakers Report Card: Bryant Provides a Mixed Blessing [LA Times]

Gasol Trade Rumors and Conspiracy Theories [ESPN LA]

NBA Playoffs 2012- A Quick and Dirty Look At Each of the 16 First Scoring Options for the Playoff Teams [All That Jazz Basketball]

NBA News

Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Space Jam [ESPN]

Rajon Rondo Doesn’t Feel Like Being Subtle [SB Nation]

Popovich, Duncan, Spurs had Best Change or OKC with Take Finals Trip [CBS Sports]

How Kevin Durant was Freed [SB Nation]

When the Whistle Blows Too Often: Celtics Game 4 [TrueHoop Blog]

A Teddy Bear Shirt and Red Pants? [Welcome to Loud City]

Durant Powers Thunder Past Spurs to Tie 2-2 [OC Register]

The Latest on the Chase for Steve Nash [ESPN]

Arron Afflalo is Ready For His Close-Up [TrueHoop Blog]

LeBron James Failed In Everything But the Final Play [CBS Sports]

Flop of the Night: Shane Battier [ESPN]

NBA Cheering Section: Playoff Edition [OC Register]

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