Lakers Trade Rumors: Pau Gasol, Emeka Okafor trade constitute good "karmic" tanking?

Here's an interesting spin on Lakers trade rumors from one of the more respected LA Lakers insiders in the business--would trading Pau Gasol to the Phoenix Suns right now constitute tanking in its best form?

In an article for today, LA Lakers beat writer Dave McMenamin argued that actively giving up on the 2013-14 season by trading Spanish superstar Pau Gasol would be a win-win situation for the struggling Lakers--

"But stripping down the roster even further -- trading Gasol to Phoenix for an injured Emeka Okafor and a future draft pick, for instance -- would be a way to aid the tank's path without the karmic repercussions."

The reference to karma is a response to LA Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak's assertions earlier this week that the Lakers would never knowingly tank a season.

Kupchak stated, "if you try to manipulate the draft, my experience -- I'm not a karma guy -- but if you try to manipulate this thing, it never works out the way you think it's going to work out."

McMenamin argues that utilizing injured Emeka Okafor's contract and a first-round draft pick would fall directly in line with Kupchak's focus on the 2014-15 season and beyond, without resulting to actively dogging games for a chance at a top-tier lottery pick.

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