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Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol To Leave If D’Antoni Stays Next Season?

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As the Lakers regular season mercifully comes to an end, the Lakers management will have some tough choices to make in terms of which players on the roster they want to bring back next season. One main focus this off-season is sure to be Pau Gasol.

Gasol has already said there’s a chance he stays with the Lakers after this season. But according to ESPN’s Nick Borges that decision may hinge on whether or not Mike D’Antoni is still coach:

Gasol and Mike D’Antoni have not been on the same page the last two seasons, which is why many think Gasol will leave if the head coach comes back in 2014-15.

Gasol also told Borges about his options to stay with his teammate Kobe Bryant or play with his brother in Memphis.

I’d love to play with Kobe Bryant more, because he’s a friend, he’s a winner and he’s a guy that I’ve been through a lot and won championships with. I would love to play with my brother, but you can’t have everything. Just try to think where is the best position for me to succeed collectively and individually.

Despite rumors that Gasol’s time in Los Angeles is done after this season, the Lakers have expressed a strong interest in re-signing Gasol in the off-season.

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Meanwhile, D’Antoni’s future in Los Angeles is just as unknown. There have been conflicting reports with some saying no decision has been made while others say the team is hoping for a peaceful, mutual parting.

With only two games left in one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the Lakers will continue to evaluate the talent they have in hopes of figuring out which players will return next season. The team will have ample cap space and a high draft pick in this June’s NBA draft.
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  • Lakers4Life

    There’s nothing to worry Gasol. We all know Dumbtoni’s arse will be headed right out of LA once the season ends. Pringles may be out of here maybe as early as next week!

    • independentbynature

      I sure hope so.

  • Daryl Peek

    I hope Pau isn’t taking that stance with the FO. If so, thanks for all you’ve done and good luck in your future. If anyone’s been paying attention, you should know Jeanie, Jimmy and Mitch will follow the Dr. Buss template on this and Pau will be elsewhere just as Shaq and Phil were sent walking in 04, or how Phil again was allowed to jet to NY.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      That may be true, but from the things that are coming from the FO lately, i think, they are very interested in keeping him and getting another coach…

      • Daryl Peek

        All speculation at this point. What we do know is the Lakers brass will not be bullied into making their decisions.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          I am not saying someone is bullying them… be it a player of somebody else…. I think Pau is just making himself clear to the FO, that, “he doesn’t want another year of MDA…”, we both agree that they are like oil and water… it now rest on FO to weight in and decide which way they should go from here….

          And right now, I am more inclined that FO will let go of MDA, whether it be because of keeping Gasol or not is inconsequential.

          • Daryl Peek

            Oil and water I agree on but the topic at hand is Pau not staying if MDA does. That said, if so see ya Pau… as the FO has gone as far to say not even Kobe will factor in their decision.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            IF they take Pau’s comments as bullying them or forcing them to cut MDA, then they are indeed inept… business decisions should not and never be done that way…. but if they so decide that it is time to part with Pau, being that he is bad investment, I can take it, infact I will support it 100%.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed but the mass assumption by most on a blog like this is the FO is inept because they don’t allow popular opinion to move them. The undertone of this articles title implies this. And it is rumors that drive inclinations of the populace.

          • New Power House

            Strangely the numbers show that they are loosing something that might forced them to fire the coach,money and tons of hard laker fans. Besides which player they could bring better than Gasol in the next two years? Do not say Love. But they can easily bring a better coach any time. Byron?

          • Daryl Peek

            Fans that are jumping off the boat due to a coach didn’t belong on the boat in the first place. This is not the first losing season or first unpopular coach that has been employed. Again, the FO is in place to make the best decisions for the franchise they see fit. Dr. Buss caught pure hell for firing Paul Westhead and developed his thick skin off that. Letting Shaq and Phil go was another example of this as many Lakers fans jumped off the boat over that. To them i personally say ‘kick rocks’ The Lakers brass cannot say that but they show it in staying the couse they deem fit, and rightly so.

        • Computer Networking

          No they won’t because they already have their mind made up. He is gone.

        • imbwar

          Daryl, MDA is gone… Mitch just came out and said that “we haven’t made a decision on Mike yet, there is no timetable for a decision”…. Mike Dantoni has one more year on his deal through 2015… if the Lakers were going to keep him why would Mitch say that to the press, if Mike was coming back, it is as easy as saying “what are you guys talking about, Mike is our coach he is under contract for 2015, I don’t see what everyone is talking about”… John Black and Mitch both have said they haven’t made a decision on Mike yet….if you have a deal for another year.. What decision is there to make??? UNLESS, Mike is to “resign” or just fired…

          • Daryl Peek

            You can easily argue that the other way also. Why hold on when you have an assistant on staff with HC experience who could easily take over as interim?

          • imbwar

            Because there are 2 games left, Kurt Rambis will not be a candidate… and the Lakers will like to have Mike “resign” BEFORE the draft lottery picks happen…. not the lottery itself just the draft order…. also Mike could’ve put the end to the speculation also when asked about John Calipari by simply saying, hey guys I do have another year on my deal… he hasn’t..

          • Daryl Peek

            If their mind was made up they could’ve made that decision long ago. Everything you’re pondering is pure speculation. Only time will tell and again, no one outside of the FO collective’s influence will be of consideration in which way they go. This was proven when MDA was hired and when Phil was allowed to join the Knicks as most were clamoring for a position in the FO for him.

          • imbwar

            DP, it isn’t speculation… 1. Mitch and John both have said they haven’t made a decision on Mike, right? If the Lakers were going to keep MDA, why even put that statement out. I don’t think that they (FO) would ever comment on a coach’s tenure, in a matter of fact bases during an ongoing season, yet they have said what I’ve written in the aforementioned… Mike is the coach going into the offseason, yet when you are under contract for the 2015 season..and your bosses say to the media “we haven’t made a decision” it isn’t farfetched to believe that MDA is gone…again if they wanted MDA as coach… they would not have put those statements to the media… simply say that Mike is the coach of the Lakers next year end of story… and you can’t compare the situation with the Knicks and what happen there different circumstance, team priorities and players on 1 year deals…

          • Daryl Peek

            It’s absolutely speculation because they have not come out and said MDA is fired, which is what you are insinuating.

          • imbwar

            Then why say anything? Why even say “we haven’t made a decision” when MDA has ONE more year on his deal? just explain that.

          • Daryl Peek

            Because they have not made a decision. That means it could go either way which is what I keep telling you but you’re stuck on fired already.

          • imbwar

            No I am reading the tea leaves… like I’ve said I like MDA and hope he gets another coaching job if not in the NBA in college… the fact that they haven’t made a decision, to use your words, when he has a year left…and “it could go either way” when he has a year left, should give you some insight to what the FO is thinking about… I think he’ll resign, collect his 4 mil and move on… and it will happen before the lottery draft order comes out…

          • Daryl Peek

            To use Mitch’s words, there’s and evaluation at the end of every season on all Lakers players and coaches. Nothing more nothing less. They did it with Phil and Mike Brown and it’s no different with MDA.

          • imbwar

            Then it really doesn’t look good for MDA then…

    • Computer Networking

      To be honest, he can take that stance and it won’t matter. Kobe, gasol, nor hill wants to play for da. Then there aren’t any big free agents that wants to play for him. DA is gone because the Lakers can’t move forward with him.

      • Daryl Peek

        Scince when has any player came out and made it clear he wont play for a certain HC? That wishlist presumptuous IMO.

        • Computer Networking

          Come on!!! Why do people have to spell it out all the time. It’s obvious gasol and kobe wants to play the same style of basketball and hill knows that he won’t get the playing time he deserves with DA as the HC. None of these players are run and gun players. They are half court basketball players. So let’s read the writing on the wall.

          • Daryl Peek

            Why do I have to keep spelling it out? Hill has gotten more PT and started more games this season under MDA than he has in the previous 4 years of his career. Every player on this roster fits MDA’s styly except Kobe, Gasol and Kaman. Kobe went off on Pau last season about not adjusting and adapting to coaching change “put your big boy pants on” Kobe understands players must adapt but they can still do things outside of the system that fits their talents. Kobe and Shaq often did this in the triangle as they often strayed from it. Again, the wishlist is a personal bias by most fans and pundits. Players play coaches coach!! I can’t say whether he’s gone or not but that decision will be made by the FO and no one will have input to say them as it will be what they deem best for the team as I said before.

          • Computer Networking

            I’m not saying that you don’t have some good points but hill does not fit DAs system. The only reason he played was because of injuries. Every time he had a big game, the next he was on the bench. He played Johnson at the power forward and brought hill off the bench. We have seen that plenty of times. It’s like this, DAS system doesn’t work. Plain and simple. Nothing else matters.

          • Daryl Peek

            Hill absolutely fits MDA’s system. There’s no difference in him as a player than a Lou Almundson, Kurt Thomas or Tim Thomas. Energy hustle players like Hill fit and have a role. Hill wants full time starter minutes and will be hard pressed to get that anywhere he may land.

            What you and most don’t want to concede is how this entire season was an experiment from the jump and Kobe coupled with all of the other injuries only furthered that stance. Blake was traded so other young players could be developed. That is all this season was due again to the injuries. You are looking for a scapegoat simple and straight. Miami and the Spurs are using much of the MDA system so save that ‘it doesn’t work argument. Talent will allow it to work as we’ve seen in the past and presently.

            We can question MDA’s decisions on rotations all day but if you choose to ignore the injuries you can’t be taken seriously. The fact remains Hill has played along side of Gasol, Sacre, Kaman, Johnson Kelly ETC…. more than any other big this season as he’s played in the most games of all the four centers and was on pace for that prior to injuries. There is no basis for the MDA misuse of Hill when he has played in and started the most games of his career this season under MDA. Again, the details of all that has happened are lost in personal bias, and this is why the FO will ignore the outside white noise.

          • imbwar

            DP do you have time warner cable? The reason I ask is due to the fact that Mike has said that Jordan Hill really isn’t a stretch 4 and its hard for him (Hill) to get minutes at the 5 when Gasol, Sacre are playing, Hence the reason why Sacre was playing more minutes than Hill. J.Hill doesn’t fit that system at all… When Hill put up 25+ and 15 rebs Mike did not even phrase him on that game, Mike just said Hill work hard on the boards and the guys got him the ball down low… but what we want to do is get the ball flowing from side to side…. which means Hill, Gasol, Kaman and Sacre do not fit MDA system… Amare did playing center at that time Amare was a high flyer and Shawn M was playing a stretch 4 at 6’7 players playing out of position… this system the way MDA runs it fits the GSW way more than the Lakers.

          • Daryl Peek

            So what if he’s not a stretch 4. Does MDA always play a stretch 4? I’ve watched every Laker game this season and DVR’ed many of them. MDA has gone with the hot group all season in trying to win games but the group is just not experienced or talented enough to have made up for the difference of all the key players being in and out of the line up via injury. It’s just that simple! If it were not they would not have been 10-9 without Kobe, Nash and a recovering Gasol earlier in the season right before all of the freak injuries sapped the team.

            People tseem to think a HC can win consistently with only seven healthy players on roster for months at a time? How can you practice 5-5 game situations? How can you simulate in game adjustments if you don’t have enough players to execute?

            Any stragety you come up with is out of the window for so many reasons I’ve listed and more. It’s no coincidence there are other teams in the lottery just as the Lakers are this season due to injuries. NY’s season was derailed due to injuries and they didn’t have near the volume. The Nuggets and Wolves also. These are teams that were supposed to be in the playoffs. The Blazers were on fire but when Aldridge was out they almost fell out of the playoffs. Bledsoe’s injury cost the Suns a playoff bid. Bogut’s injury will cost the Warriors a chance at a deeper playoff run. I can go on and on….

            Stop looking for a scapegoat when the answer to the problem is clear and there is no blame outside of bad breaks to be assessed.

          • imbwar

            We aren’t talking about any other team but the Lakers… I’m not concerned what those teams issues are, who was hurt and how that team reacted to them… yes, MDA was dealt a raw deal with the injuries… but you still have to coach to compete and MDA has failed to do so… AND yes the system that Mike runs is predicate on a stretch 4… other teams that run it do not, spurs will play Ducan and Splitter together… MDA will not play Hill and Kaman together and reluctantly played Gasol and Kaman together and was forced to play them due to the injuries, granted, but there is always a scapegoat… there always will be one… when any team loses and have the worst record in team history… someone has to be blamed and that’s ALL on MDA….

          • Daryl Peek

            Phil ran a stretch 4 in both Lake Show runs. Horry was a stretch 4. LO was a stretch 4. Both got the bulk of the minutes at PF. Rice and Fox also manned the 4 next to Shaq. Bynum was benched for LO in crunch time. Phil used Sasha, Fisher, Farmar, Ariza, and expected both Metta and Shannon Brown to improve their three point shooting in order to space the floor also.

            I’m done with this.

          • Computer Networking

            Breathe. It’s ok. Once again, DA system does not work. When I say his system, I say his entire system. Offensive and defensive. It doesn’t work. It didn’t work in new york, Phoenix, and not in LA injuries or not. His offensive system is impressive but his defensive system sucks. A team should never score 130 points in 4 quarters and lose. It hasn’t just happened in LA so don’t blame that part on the players alone. Like I said, his system doesn’t work and it has been proven on many occasions. Therefore, he needs to be replaced.

    • Chrmngblly

      Geeeez, DP. There’s no need to assert that there is some beef or showdown going on between Pau and the FO about this. He has the right to choose where he wants to play next year. MDA has “led” this team the way he thought best. Some people don’t agree with him, a lot of us don’t. Someday the Buss kids will have to begin writing their own history, using their own heads instead of clinging to the past. Things change. Dr. Buss wasn’t perfect. Most of his “template” was written to protect Jimmy. What it will do instead is strangle JB in his cradle. JB will never be a man as long as he is just following in his daddy’s footsteps and the Lakers will lose their greatness because of it–OR–Jimmy will assert himself and move the Lakers forward. We will get a new coach and re-sign Gasol. And I hope, trade a future number one pick to swap picks with some other team so we get Embiid.

      • Daryl Peek

        The template is just now in effect. These are their first decisions without Dr. Buss around. Why are you trying to have them stray from it before giving it a chance? They are allon the same page in a united front to see it through. This is why Jeanie didn’t flex for Phil.

        • Chrmngblly

          Already the plan is unraveling. This will be the second Jim Buss selected, Dr. Buss approved coach to go down in flames in a row. The Lakers should have co-opted PJ, the most successful individual still living in the NBA—but they were too fearful and insecure.
          Dr. Buss will was about giving his kids jobs more than an attempt to pilot the club through stormy seas. He was afraid Phil, who had a great disdain for Jimmy, would eat him up, which he would have. Now, that ship has sailed; that danger has passed.
          What lies ahead is a fork in the road: They can either go down a safe path that keeps Jimmy from making any mistakes or Jimmy can be a man and take the reigns and make strong decisions–like hiring a strong coach, bringing back Pau, making a move on Embiid in the draft, that kind of stuff. I would trade a future pick to move up in the draft if we have to to get Embiid.

  • Jim213

    The DH stance to an extent? We’ll see what takes place but the lame Celts (they’ll end up with 25 wins for the season) lost to the 76ers. They have worser problems than the Lakers as they struggle offensively but play somewhat better defense.

  • 3339

    it is absolutely incredible how everyone except the Lakers front office said dantoni was the wrong coach for us when hired and they have been proven right.
    now the front office seems to be debating dantonis future with their reputation in mind over what’s right for the team. I mean the man made an absolute mess with last years team and this year was just a joke. worst record in Lakers history. Thats really saying something. This man does not deserve another chance as coach. It’s over. Should be fired as soon as the game is over in San Antonio. If he is somehow kept, the front office is flat out f*cked. even if Dr. Buss made the decision to hire dantoni, he would be man enough by now to see that it isn’t working and admit a mistake.
    Pau Gasol meanwhile is a true professional and a champion. No matter where he goes, he’ll always be a Laker.

  • e3bonz

    Where does he say he doesn’t what to play with MDA as coach? Did I miss something?

    • Daryl Peek

      You know any article that leads with a rumor that impLIES gets ran with…

      • e3bonz

        I suppose, but didn’t Kobe say they were like an old couple? That implies, at least to me, that it’s not too serious.

        • Daryl Peek

          You can’t quote that. Collective eyes roll at direct source quotes that don’t bash MDA as the evil buffoon.

          • imbwar

            Kobe has no interest in playing for MDA, Kobe doesn’t saying anything he has, in recent years let his actions speak loudly.. Kobe hasn’t seen nor has spoken to MDA since Kobe stop sitting on the bench during home games… this came from MDA himself, his words when Dave McMenamin asked about a Kobe update… MDA said he hadn’t spoke to him and the trainers tell him (MDA) Kobe’s update…. does that mean Kobe doesn’t want to play for Mike, no not necessarily, but again Kobe let’s his unspoken actions speak for him. I think MDA is a good coach, who did get a fair chance with a full roaster, for two years in a row… but this is a show me, win now business… and it’s easier to fire a guy who cant and/or wont slightly change is philosophy for the betterment of an already flawed team… I wish him well in his next stint as a coach somewhere hopefully some place in the NBA.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again, you’re projecting what you wish to happen and using it as basis for reading between the lines. Speculation period man.

          • imbwar

            Its not speculation when I was watching THOSE words come out of MDA’s mouth… as surprised as I was to hear them.

    • J Taylor

      The article that Bryant said, “I have no interest in playing for D’antoni next year.” <- LA Times… Look it up.

      Gasol's style of play is opposite D'Antoni's and his performance and production has suffered as a result. In D'antoni's system post play is taboo; Gasol is one of the league's best post players. In D'Antoni's system Gasol is the perfect Center, but Pau while tall enough, isn't fast or tough enough to be a solid center solution.

      • Daryl Peek

        Kobe never said that. Kobe simply said he’s not sure if MDA earned another season. He also said MDA has not got a fair shake over the last two seasons and blasted Gasol for not adapting his game to coaching change with his “put your big boy pants on’ Kobe assertion is Gasol is talented enough to adjust. Kobe adjusted and expects Gasol to do the same. All of this is verifiable via his Dan Patrick interview. Articles speculated his words as a slight against MDA but ignored all he said.

        • Chrmngblly

          Phil could have kept Howard aboard.

  • Rdnk_laker

    How about both of them leave? D’antoni has no idea what to do with unathletic bigs past their prime and Pau Gasol is a whining, complaining prima doña who has forgotten how to play defense.

    Let both of them go.

    • J Taylor

      HUH?
      Gasol’s 15ppg, 10RPG, and 4Apg is “past his prime”?
      Especially when he wasn’t used in a method where he has proven success and 2 rings?

      Pau isn’t worth $18M, but for $8M he’d be a steal. And I suspect, that if used properly, he could STILL be a top 5 PF in the game.

      • Rdnk_laker

        Not denying he can still play some offense, but that alone does not win rings. The lakers this year allowed more points in the paint than most, if not, all teams in the league. Who do I believe should be blamed the most for that: The guy who was paid $19 million to ensure that it did not happen.

        The lakers were one of the highest ppg teams. If there were defense in the paint, our record wouldn’t haven so bad. I still say get rid of him and let other teams assume his defensive liability.

    • Laker Fan Since Forever

      Bottom line, Jim Buss is a lousy owner. He had the chance to bring Phil Jackson back and he screwed that up and he is not man enough to admit it. Magic Johnson and the boys should’ve saved their money and bought the Lakers instead of the gang producing Dodgers. Nothing against the Dodgers but their fans wear Raiders shirts if they don’t have Dodger shirts.
      Either way, it is a shame to watch a dynasty die because Jim Buss has head up his A$$ and not focused on the team.

  • Alan Sien

    Everyone knows that anyone would leave if D’Antoni is still a Lakers head coach next year. Jeanie Buss would leave too. lol May I suggest his replacement? Jerry Sloan or George Karl, or Bryan Scott.

  • Danny E. Pagan

    they need to let Pau walk. Defensively he is atrocious and offensively he is not as skilled as he was before. In this era PFs are mobile and highly versatile Pau’s mobility and range are limited plus defensively he got lit up every single game this season and tons of players even had career nights. Lamarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, David West, David Lee, Paul Millsap, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, Zach Randolph, etc all destroyed Pau this year. I think he is a bench player in a good team or a starter on a bad team at this point of his career. Unless he accepts a diminished role he shouldn’t come back and we all know that Pau won’t want to come off the bench so unless they want another year of Pau pouting and complaining then they should let him go and start the rebuilding process for real. I would rather get Jordan Hill resigned than Pau. He gets rebounds at a much higher rate and can keep up with the more elite PF defensively much better than Pau plus offensively he has improved his game to the point where you can post him every once in a while and get a bucket.

    • J Taylor

      HUH?
      How about, sign Pau for cheap and let Kobe and Pau go back to their proven game? Kobe and Pau for $30M (total) would be a great value and neutralize the slight overpayment for Kobe.

      Think… Keep the old men (kobe and pau) and surround them by 3 young athletic starters. Let the young guys push the fast break and start the defense.

      SG: Bryant
      PG: Exum / Bledsoe
      PF: Gasol
      SF: Young
      C: Hill
      / In this situation, the 3 young guys can do the running to set up fast breaks, and set the defense while the 2 old guys follow. And once all 5 guys are in the same half-court they set up the tried-and-true Bryant / Gasol offense. – Kobe and Pau are solid locks for 40ppg cumulatively.

  • J Taylor

    If D’antoni stays:
    Gasol Leaves.
    Hill Leaves.
    Kobe is very upset.
    There is no chance for Melo or Lebron.

    Having said that, we won’t know what the option is until the draft settles and the team gets a bigger picture of the player and coaching market. – Replacing D’Antoni is critical, but the replacement needs to be a clear upgrade.

    My Pick: Byron Scott (with Rambis as Asst).

  • la1

    Fire this idiot. Getting beat down every night and he smiles. He is garbage. Had good players and bad players and did sh!?!.
    Please end the mercy. Jim buss loser and will ruin Team. Did already.

  • la1

    Go give calipari the keys to the kingdom asap. And trade pick for carmelo Anthony and contracts. Works for all. Knicks dead either way
    He 2 ND tier guy

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