Lakers trade Pau Gasol for Raptors Andrea Bargnani

The Bargnani-Gasol chatter — borne in part because the Lakers are struggling, relatively, as much as the Raptors are — became the story of the day in Toronto for a few hours as fans grow even more impatient with the enigmatic Roman and a losing team.

They want a trade, they want a better team that wins more consistently and, believe it or not, so does management and they will explore whatever avenues are available to do that.

But that any interest the Raptors may have in Gasol got out in the public means little, actually. It’s the one that people have heard of but the fact is president and general manager Bryan Colangelo has spoken to nearly every team in the NBA about possible moves, it’s what general managers do as a matter of course.

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