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Solomon: Pau Still Makes Sense For Rockets

This is a weird NBA season, so we shouldn't jump to too many conclusions based on this sample of games. But, for everyone still arguing that Houston should try and acquire Pau Gasol, his numbers aren't inspiring. As in, he's averaging fewer points than ever in his career, has his lowest FG percentage since 2005-2006 and his fewest assists since 2004-2005.

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He is playing with Kobe Bryant in full-on "damn the teammates, shoot the ball" mode, but that hasn't reduced his attempts any. He's averaging the same number of attempts he did last season, with less results.

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Oh, and his minutes have been pretty much identical to the last three or four years.

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So, what would Gasol do for these Rockets? Teaming him up with Samuel Dalembert would probably improve Houston's interior defense and keep from forcing Pau to play the 5. If Houston could keep Kyle Lowry, would they have enough to contend in the postseason?

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Let's assume they gave up a package similar to what they offered in the Hornets deal. That moves Goran Dragic, Kevin Martin and Luis Scola, opening up spots at the 2, the 4 and at backup PG. Gasol would fill the 4 and someone like Jeremy Lin (d'oh) or Jonny Flyn (ugh) could fill in behind Lowry. Who, then, starts at the 2? Courtney Lee? That'd improve Houston's defense, but leaves them sorely lacking in the scoring department. Only Gasol and Lowry would be above average offensive guys in that lineup, which means the Rockets would need to find a scoring 2-guard to fill out the roster.

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However, do you really think the Lakers will deal Gasol for just Dragic? No, they are going to hold out for Lowry. Putting him in this deal would hurt Houston's playoff chances, which is why I don't see it happening.

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