The reason for that is the impending luxury tax for the 2013/14 season.
The current 2013/14 Lakers payroll is:
- Koby Bryant 30.5M$
- Pau Gasol 19.3M$
- M.W. Peace 7.7M$
- Steve Blake 4M$
The luxury tax level for the past two season has been around 70M$, so I'll assume it will be 75M$ for the 2013/14 season. That makes the Lakers 19.5 M$ above the luxury tax level.
The 2013/14 will be the first season with the incremental luxury tax:
- 0-5 M$: 1.5$ for 1$
- 5-10M$ 1.75$ for 1$
- 10-15 M$: 2.5$ for 1$
- 15-20M$ 3.25$ for 1$
- 20-25 M$: 3.75$ for 1$
- over 25M$: penalty increases by 0.5$ for each 5M$ tax bracket
Obviously that's a lot of money, even for the Lakers. They will have to amnesty him, or trade him. I believe that no team will trade for him, since they will know they can get him for free at a lower cost by the amnesty process.
That's why the Lakers have to trade him this summer. That's the source for all the trade rumors they're trying to create - they're in a desperate position. It's just like the CP3 trade situation this winter, and we all remember how it ended with Lamar Odom.
The wolves have the upper hand, and they should not panic into a bad trade.