Raptors Pursing Pau Gasol

Raptors president Bryan Colangelo, in the wake of the Gay trade, is now openly acknowledging that he’s shopping former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani. The Lakers’ interest in Bargnani remains a matter of debate in the midst of the Italian’s worst-ever season by far, but the not-for-public-consumption message that continues to emanate from Canada is that Toronto remains intent on pursuing Gasol even after trading for Gay.

At a news conference Friday, Colangelo acknowledged that the Raptors are prepared to stray into luxury-tax territory in the “right transaction.” One source close to the situation says Gasol is a guy who fits those parameters, depending on the rest of potential trade principals besides Bargnani.

So we’ll see, over the next 20 days, if the Lakers change their stance on Gasol’s availability … and if Toronto can even assemble a package to tempt them without Jose Calderon’s expiring contract to attach to Bargnani.

(Via Marc Stein ESPN)

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