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Pau Gasol remaining calm as trade deadline approaches

Mar 7, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

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Over the next week, Pau Gasol’s name is going to come up a lot in rumored trade talks. Most of which have little if any foundation, but the rumors will be out there.

Gasol said it doesn’t bother him anymore. He’s moved past it.

Here is what he said, via the Los Angeles Daily News.

“I don’t know what the state the moves and (team’s) intentions are right now,” Gasol said the other day when asked about his phone conversation with Kupchak. “I have an understanding where things are, where he stands and where I stand.

“(Kupchak) told me just play the way you play. Keep playing hard and keep playing well and then we’ll see. It was kind of calming to have that feedback.”

Except for a tough game against Miami (where LeBron James did a good job defensively on him), Gasol has shot over 54 percent in each of the last six games. He has looked like his old self.

The Lakers were ready to move Gasol before the season in a three-team deal that netted them Chris Paul. That made sense — Paul is one of the 10 or so transcendent superstar players in the NBA. Gasol is a 1A guy — the guy who needs to be paired with an elite guy.

However, the Lakers are just like the Celtics with Rajon Rondo (who also were willing to move that player for CP3) — unless you are getting a true superstar back, there is no point in trading the guy in all these rumors. The Lakers are not shopping Gasol around. If you want him, you better have a Dwight Howard level player to send back.

Gasol didn’t like seeing his name in all the rumors, but he has clearly learned to deal with it.

  1. 00maltliquor - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Pau ain’t going anywhere, relax…

  2. AlohaMrHand - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    How bout those Wizards?

    • stadix093 - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      Yeah, they are going to do real damage in the playoffs, I mean lottery.

      • AlohaMrHand - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        They have a better chance of winning the powerball than drafting correctly. The wizards are a joke

  3. deadeyedesign23 - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    The problem the Lakers have is all of their good players are too good to move unless they’re getting a superstar back, and no one would want anyone else. The drop off after Pau/Bynum is meteoric. Unless they can figure out something with the trade exception, moving Odom is making them look silly as hell right now.

  4. omniusprime - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Pau Gasol shows the kind of personal class Lamar Odom lacks as he brushes off all this idiotic trade talk. The Lakers would be stupid to trade Pau away, they have no one who could replace him on the roster. What Kupcake needs to do is get rid of Luke Walton who has become nothing but an over expensive bench warmer. The Lakers need a great young point guard to replace Fisher, he’s also expendable. But most of all the Lakers need to ditch Mike Brown, the most incompetent coach in the NBA!

  5. isujames - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    if the lakers get howard its a wrap.

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