Lakers News: Pau Gasol Prefers To Stay With Lakers Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="130"] Over the last few years, Pau Gasol has been mentioned in trade rumors constantly. The Los Angeles Lakers are always an active team he [new_royalslider id="130"] Over the last few years, Pau Gasol has been mentioned in trade rumors constantly. The Los Angeles Lakers are always an active team he Rating: 0
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Over the last few years, Pau Gasol has been mentioned in trade rumors constantly. The Los Angeles Lakers are always an active team heading toward the NBA trade deadline and this season is no different.

Gasol is in the last year of his deal and may be headed elsewhere in the off-season, but as of right now, he sticking by his stance that he wants to remain a Laker according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:

With the Gasol’s trade value nowhere near as high as it was in years past, the Lakers have struggled to find the right package in return for the four-time All-Star. Although Gasol has put up All-Star numbers recently, the veteran forward is currently battling through a groin injury making teams concerned about what kind of player they’d be receiving from the Lakers.

The most recent trade rumor involving Gasol has the two-time NBA champion headed to the Phoenix Suns. In exchange, Phoenix would send Emeka Okafor’s expiring deal to Los Angeles along with a potential first-round draft pick.

The Lakers have been pushing to trade Gasol in order to get draft picks in return, but have come up empty thus far with no deal coming to fruition.

It remains to be seen if the Lakers will be able to get a deal done before the deadline on Feb. 20. If not, Gasol will simply play out the rest of his contract with the team and may choose to sign elsewhere in the off-season once officially an unrestricted free agent.
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  • Kenny

    If we trade Pau we let go of another asset that will help attract those star guards that are coming out in free agency…like really, think….we trade pau and all we have to lean on is an injury ridden team full of bench players and a couple future hall of famers(also seemingly very prone to injury) and a MDT as head coach….oh yea and you cant forget Jimbo, smh. Mitch, work your magic because we as fans desperately need it.

    • kenny

      not taking away from the talent or potential of those “bench”, or rather “role players”

  • Tom

    Of course he wants to stay. If he goes elsewhere, fans of other cities wont treat him with kid gloves and make excuses for his soft play. Unlike a good chunk of fans here who makes excuses for his lack of D and toughness, especially the last 3yrs when he has totally regressed, saying “well, it’s not his game etc etc”, like that is a valid excuse.

    • Gregory Choa

      “totally regressed”??? SMH…this perception that Pau has somehow regressed is completely inaccrurate. Aside from last season, when he was essentially forced to clear out of the way so that Dwight Howard could be coddled and treated with kid gloves, Gasol’s production accross the board has been remarkably consistent throughout his tenure with the Lakers; 18.2pts/9.9rebs/3.6assts & 1.5bks per game…those all All-Star numbers folks.

      And, it’s not like he’s regressed in terms of his “softness” either – he’s been the quintessential euro-finesse player through his entire NBA career.
      The worst thing you could say about him right now, which is true for any 14 year vet, is that he’s a little less durable than he used to be…which is why it’s probably worth seeing if he’d be willing to take a fairly substantial pay cut next season, assuming he’s not traded by this season’s deadline…for what I would hope would be nothing less than an early 1st round pick in this summer’s draft and a player or two.

      • Rip

        Sorry Pal, but anybody who doesn’t see that Pau is a sad SAD shell of himself is either an idiot or just a blind Pau jock sniffer

        • Gregory Choa

          First of all, I’m not your pal, secondly, I’m not an idiot, and thirdly, I’m perfectly happy to agree to DISAGREE on your assessment that Pau is a “sad SAD shell of himself”…the numbers don’t lie.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Only a few days away from the trade deadline,i hope some good news is coming.

  • Jim213

    Would be sad if the only thing FO thought of was trading Pau. Best to wheel and deal other trades = more assets. But doubt Kupcake has other things on the forefront.

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