Sam SpiegelmanThe Los Angeles Lakers have interest in trading Pau Gasol for Tyson Chandler, according to ESPN.
Sources told ESPN’s Chris Broussard that when the Lakers inquired about trading for Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, they did not mention Chandler, but are mulling a potential Gasol-for-Chandler proposal.
Salary-wise, Chandler will cost the Knicks $14.5 million in 2014-15, while Gasol is an impending free agent. The swap would allow the Knicks to have more money to offer free agents over the summer, assuming they do not re-sign Gasol.
Chandler has been sidelined due to a knee injury for 20 of the team’s 24 games. On Monday he is expected to be evaluated for the time, according to Newsday.
The Lakers and Knicks trade talks began over Shumpert, who the Knicks have reportedly been shopping for most of the season.