For both teams, trading Pierce + Bass for Gasol would make too much [dang] sense. It would probably solve the problems of both teams.
Boston's 4th best player is Jeff Green, but he's forced to back up the captain. Moving Pierce allows him to plug into the starting lineup where he belongs. Pau is a starting center (all-star level when healthy) and would be magical next to KG. He would solve most of our long-running issues. We haven't had a starting big next to KG since Shaq broke.
PG - Rondo
SG - Lee/Bradley/Terry/Barbosa
SF - Green
PF - KG
C - Pau
I have no doubt that would be an improved team.
But the thought of trading Pierce to the Lakers makes me sick. I couldn't do it. Maybe if it sent Pierce to a 3rd team or something. I also continue to operate under the assumption that Pierce would threaten retirement if we attempted to trade him. Rumors say he has already blocked multiple trade attempts in the past and I know he already has one foot in retirement already.
As a fellow Cs fan, LB33, I fully understand where you are coming from. BUT, I still do it. Getting all the things that Gasol brings is too much to pass up...IF WE STILL WANT TO CONTEND.
As far as the Captain goes, obviously we can't speak for him, but getting a chance to end your career in your home town with a storied (albeit enemy) franchise, would be more than palatable for him, I would think. Again, we don't know what PP thinks.
Let's hope the opportunity to find out presents itself.