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Lakers Trade Rumors: Lakers targeting forward Taj Gibson before trade deadline?

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With the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching on Feb. 20, the Los Angeles Lakers are starting to get active in pursuing players. One player that has emerged as a potential trade target for the Lakers is Taj Gibson of the Chicago Bulls according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Suns-Times on Jan. 31:

According to a source, the Lakers, Wizards and Bobcats have each inquired about Gibson, but they were preliminary talks in which the Bulls did not like the return.

Over the past few years, Pau Gasol has been constantly rumored to be dealt by the Lakers, but no deal has come to fruition. Despite the Lakers being unable to trade Gasol, the team may finally pull the trigger on a trade to send him elsewhere before the deadline.

Although Gibson is having a career year with the Bulls this season, the Lakers sending Gasol to Chicago in exchange for Gibson doesn't really make much sense. Gibson is set to make $8 million or more every season for the next three years.

With the Mitch Kupchak and company clearing the books in preparation for the upcoming 2014 and 2015 free agent markets, the team bringing in a player with a considerable amount left on his contract seems to go against the plans set in place.

All signs seem to be point toward the Lakers pursuing Kevin Love in the summer of 2015. Anything can happen between now and then, but Love appears to be interested in the Lakers with the storied franchise ready to bring him in with open arms.

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