Lakers News: Pau Gasol Discusses Free Agency Factors

Lakers News: Pau Gasol Discusses Free Agency Factors

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This offseason will be one of the most crucial in the history of the Lakers franchise. With just about everyone on the roster coming off the books, the Lakers will have a number of decisions to make about who will stay in LA and who will be let go in order to bring in new talent.

One of the most important, and difficult, decisions will involve longtime Laker Pau Gasol. Gasol has helped the team win two championships, but his play has slipped severely as of late and many doubt that he will be back in Los Angeles next season.

In an interview with’s Scott Howard-Cooper, Gasol discussed free agency and the most important factors in his impending free agency decision:

There’s different factors you have to take into account. The financial factor. That I’ve been with this franchise, for what I’ve been through, the loyalty I have to them. And also the chances of winning a championship. Those three are the most. What percentage I will give or prioritize, we’ll see when the opportunities come along. But I would like to first be in a position to win a championship again and enjoy the last few years of my career and be in a good position to do so.

Gasol is a loyal person and would likely love to stay with the Lakers, but at this point, it is unlikely that the Lakers will offer Gasol a significant amount of money to stay with the team. He is averaging on 14.4 points and 9.5 rebounds this season, and while the Lakers have been bad defensively as a whole, Gasol, in particular, has generally looked slow in most games this season.

There will surely be contending teams who will be looking for an extra big man to help bring them a championship. The Heat, Pacers, and Trail Blazers immediately come to mind. If Gasol truly is focused on getting one more championship, there is a chance that he could make the move to leave LA before the Lakers part ways with him in free agency.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Pau is answering a question honestly.Lakers need a interior defense presence.

  • Ryan

    Yea to me Pau is a professional and the fact is as a laker fan we love him but i think he knows that his time is up and he knows he isn’t going to get paid the amount he knows other teams will pay and knows what the lakers are looking for.

  • Lakers Fan

    Pau is better off leaving the Lakers. He knows he is not the Pau of old. He knows that his defensive presence in the paint is non-existent and has become a huge liability to the team. It’s time to move on. We love and appreciate he things he has done for us, but every story eventually comes to an end. In this case, that story is Pau.

  • Danny E. Pagan

    Very disappointing of Pau to be talking free agency instead of talking about how he is going to improve his game to help the Lakers right now. Lakers must trade him asap IMO.

    • Daryl Peek

      I feel you but when a player is asked a question it’s refreshing to hear the honest truth from them. Many duck and dodge giving you the PC answer he thinks most want to hear.

      Gasol could have easily just said all I’m focused on is improving and winning with my teammates.

    • ra

      Gasol is still one of the best big men in the game. If he leaves (for any reason) the Lakers have …. nothing. No ‘real’ big men anymore, and all the ones in the NBA are taken. The Lakers would end up going ‘real’ small, and already they give up too many points in the paint – which is their biggest problem. So, you can forget a championship if you just let Pau go, with nothing ‘big’ in return.

      Gasol, by ‘just answering a question’ presented to him, is definitely leveraging his value to the league, and to the NBA.

      In the meantime, if the Lakers are ‘really intent’ upon giving up Gasol, they should package a trade right away, for Kevin Love, and not wait (like they did with DH). Otherwise, keep Gasol – provision his new contract with more ‘defensive’ training (not that he doesn’t know how, but position him for that).

      …… no big men left in the game. No bigs = No championship (for Lakers).

    • Josh

      He was answering a question that has been asked a thousand times. He’s just being honest about it and you’ve got to respect that. They couldn’t trade him now if they wanted to. They probably will trade him, but that won’t happen until he’s healthy and playing better closer to the trade deadline. If he plays another hone game like he did against the Raptors, however, he might get booed out of the building Kwame Brown style, and I think that would be unfortunate.

  • JohnC

    Almost 15/10 + 3 assists in 30 minutes is not bad for a center who is coming back from a long year of injuries + surgery. It is logical to expect that his numbers are going to improve within a short period of time, but obviously Gasol does not represent the Lakers’s future bet… as neither does Kobe.

    Even if Gasol is not playing for LA next year, he is playing for LA this season, has a lot to offer and his top-of-the-league offensive skills are far from being exploited with the current system. The addition of Gasol’s repertoire to the attack would change the main issue of this system offensively; predictability.

  • roseducanna

    LAKERS need to change new coach.The players will play better when they have new coach.A lame duck came 2 years maked all players injuries.