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Lakers Are Interested In Keeping Pau Gasol In LA Beyond This Season

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Pau Gasol has been in constant trade rumors for at least three seasons now, and with his $19 million coming off the books this summer, Gasol as a trade piece has become even more valuable for other teams looking to get under the cap or avoid repeater taxes.

Gasol has been rumored to be moved for the New York Knicks’ Tyson Chandler in recent weeks, but it appears as if the Lakers could be looking to retain Gasol, according to ESPN.

The Lakers are still assessing their long-term plans and whether there’s a way to keep Gasol beyond this season, with the 33-year-old headed for unrestricted free agency in July. Sources say that team officials have communicated to Gasol in various ways that they remain interested in keeping him in L.A. beyond this season.

How much money the Lakers would be able to offer Gasol remains to be seen as the Lakers recently extended Kobe Bryant for two more years worth $48 million dollars, keeping him the highest paid basketball player in the NBA.

For many, that meant that Gasol would be expendable — and those sentiments became even more apparent when Gasol and head coach Mike D’Antoni got into a rift via the media.

Things have calmed down a bit since, and Gasol has played better as of late, recording 21 points and nine rebounds in a win over the Grizzlies to end the Lakers four-game road trip. If the reports are true, Gasol will finish his contract as a member of the Lakers after seven years with the team, and it looks as if there may be an eighth year if the two sides can agree to terms on an extension.
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  • jeremy

    no no no lakers should get younger in the post. pau has been nice but i think it time to move on. there could be good big man out there who will be alot cheaper

  • LakersHeatBeef

    If MDA stays i predict Pau walks in free agency just like D12 did.Trade him while you can get nice value in return.Just my personal experience as a fan.

  • QuinBarrios

    Jim Buss NEEDS TO LEAVE all hes been doing is fucking shit up..

  • Danny

    Sounds like a ploy by the Lakers to increase Gasol’s trade value… smart.

  • Paytc

    Pau Gasol is the type of player that needs cuddling.He is very sensitive. He needs to feel you love him and prioritize him. His motivation does not come from within.

    The Lakers or someone close to the situation realizes this, and is trying to stroke his ego in the way to get the max effort and production out of this once superstar.

    Gasol takes every little thing said or done personally. Whenever there are trade talks his focus,desire,effort,and performance shuts down.
    We need to handle Gasol in a way to get the max production out of him.

    I think Gasol is still a superstar. He has a sleeping giant inside of him. It is obvious Kobe is working on awakening that sleeping giant. I wish Kobe,Gasol,and the Lakers all the best in getting these two superstars back to playing at the high level they both are capable of.

    I think the bench players have already proven they have what it takes to “STEP UP ” and contribute. Once we get at least one true healthy PG, I think we can have the type of balanced attack we need to exceed expectations outside of the locker room.

    The goal has not changed……. “Step Up” Effort over excuses…… a healthy roster,make the playoffs,and play our best ball when it counts the most.

    We can not get to high after a couple of wins or too low after a couple of loses.
    Not when we still have a very good chance to lock down a playoff spot.

    You gotta stay true !

    That’s how Paytc see it. And how I roll thru the bitter and the sweet.

    Go Lakers !

    • Paytc

      Losses instead of loses :-) I think, but then again english is just one of the many languages I’m versed with.

      Go Lakers !

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