With Dwight Howard heading to the Houston Rockets, Pau Gasol will shift back to the center position heading into the 2013-14 NBA season. Gasol took a backseat to Dwight last year moving over to power forward position and never really getting back to form while feeling out of place as the third option in the offense.
Now that Gasol will be able to resume his role in the paint as the starting center, the two-time NBA champion will have an opportunity to bounce back with a vengeance next season and prove his worth to the team.
Gasol heads into the final year of his contract with the Lakers and will likely be involved in trade rumors once again if the team continues struggle with the NBA trade deadline looming. The Spaniard has been on the trading block for the past few years with a lot of uncertainty surrounding his future in Los Angeles.
Although the team is preparing for next summer’s talented-packed free agent class featuring Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, Gasol may be able to secure another contract with the team with a bounce back season.
It’ll be interesting to see whether or not Gasol flourishes without Dwight clogging the paint. Steve Nash staying healthy and creating some chemistry with Gasol early in the season will be crucial to the Spaniard’s attempt to bounce back and secure a future with the team. Kobe Bryant potentially not returning until late November or early December may benefit Gasol with the veteran forward becoming the focal point of the offense.
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