The LA Lakers finished off the 2011-12 NBA season disappointed again as the team was bounced early for the second straight season.
Denver lost to the LA Lakers in the first round, but the Nuggets had a terrific year for a team that was not expected to play over .500 basketball. Both teams have some big needs this off-season, but they could help each other with a trade.
The latest rumor from Bleacher Report suggests the LA Lakers send veteran forward Pau Gasol to the Nuggets for Danilo Gallinari and either Corey Brewer or Aaron Affalo.
Denver surprised most experts with their play this year, but adding a veteran big man like Gasol could make this a top four team in the Western Conference next season. Denver has some good young talent on their roster, but they need a leader for this team and Gasol could give them the player they need to jump into the next level.
The LA Lakers could see some major changes this summer, especially in their front-court and adding two young players with talent is a good start. The team could have a big need at small forward if they don't bring back Ron Artest, Troy Murphy, and Matt Barnes. Adding Gallinari would fill that hole and give the team a much-needed shot of youth.
The window is closing on the Los Angeles and their bid to win another NBA title, but trading Gasol for the right players could give Kobe Bryant and company a good shot at winning another championship in the 2012-13 season.