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Report: At the moment, Lakers no longer considering trading Pau gasol

Dec 18, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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Pau Gasol was off to a slow start this season, and after he and coach Mike D’Antoni traded jabs through the media about both his role and his performance, the Lakers had reportedly started to weigh their options by making Gasol available in trade long before the Feb. 20 deadline had begun to approach.

Even before Gasol’s comments and lackluster play to this point in the season, logic dictated that L.A. would consider dealing him at some point if the right offer was in place. Gasol will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and if it’s evident that he isn’t a fit in D’Antoni’s system, it makes sense to try to get some assets in return for a player who will almost assuredly return to All-Star form at his next destination.

At the moment, however, Gasol is safe in Los Angeles. After strong play over his last couple of games, along with some comments that no doubt were intended to make amends, the team has backed off of exploratory trade talks involving Gasol for now.

From Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN Los Angeles:

The Los Angeles Lakers have decided — at least for now – that they’re better off keeping four-time All-Star center Pau Gasol, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Lakers, after weighing the idea of making Gasol available before the NBA’s annual trade deadline in February, are encouraged by the way Gasol has played over the last three games as well as his efforts to make amends for his recent public spat with coach Mike D’Antoni. …

Sources maintain that the Lakers would be reluctant to surrender any of that hard-fought flexibility in a potential deal for Gasol or any other player. Yet it’s believed that the Lakers would consider taking back some salary that bleeds into the 2014-15 season — but not beyond — if they could acquire a player who could significantly help them in the short term or other trade assets to help them reload around Bryant.

That’s one of the things that gets tricky when thinking about dealing Gasol. The Lakers would likely have to take back a significant amount of salary in any deal that sent him out of town, and that would cut into the team’s ability to be a true player in free agency this coming summer.

In order to deal Gasol, the Lakers would need to get players back who could increase their chances of winning now — not a championship, necessarily, but enough to do some damage in the playoffs in a very deep Western Conference.

There aren’t any deals out there to be had that would improve L.A. in this way, and with Gasol playing better and toning down the inflammatory public comments, the team will be content to stand pat for now, while likely revisiting their options as the trade deadline moves closer over the next couple of months.

  1. JHathwell - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    At some point this has to be a discussion about whether or not you can re-sign him and if not, getting something in the way of assets while you can. Pretty sure a contending team would be sweet on Pau.

  2. sportsfan18 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Well, even with all the he said she said stuff, the odds are larger that they won’t resign him after this season.

    So they may keep him all year and let him walk or they may try to get something vs. nothing in return.

    I’m not saying that a bad trade is better than no trade, but they need to put their feelers out so as to NOT miss something that might be beneficial to them vs. missing it while whistling dixie.

  3. jimsjam33 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    The Laker front office are a bunch of confused individuals that don’t know if they’ are coming or going . Yesterday , it was Chris Kaman complaining about playing time and his bad decision to play for the Lakers . Today , it is Pau Gasol , who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season . Kobe Bryant has been moaning and groaning all season . Steve Nash is a basket case ,
    The Lakers , basically are fighting for a lottery pick , because they have no chance at the play-offs this season . I know Jerry Buss would be in torment if he was alive .

    • mackcarrington - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      What has Kobe been “moaning and groaning” about “all season?
      He’s been rehabbing his injury and has only played 5 games.

  4. basketballhooper1 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    I think that they should just trade him and hope to get some value in return.

    Gasol is still a good player, but his value is decreasing. It’d be nice to see him playing a major role on some contendor, just for the sake of the end of his career.

    That being said, it wouldn’t be bad for him to finish his career with the Lakers and Kobe, but its pretty obvious that he’s disgruntled (to say the least) and there’s a good chance he’d leave, so the Lakers might as well get something in return.

  5. ranfan12 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    These reports are being lame lol. People always talking about “trade gasol”, but fade back into the wood work when he puts up a decent double double.

  6. toddm1016 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    The Lakers aren’t going to be a player in free agency this summer. It’s going to be in 2015 when Bryant’s bloated salary and ball hogging ways are off the books. Meanwhile it’s two more years of mediocrity. Just hope they can make the lottery this year so they can get a young building block for the post-Kobe era.

    • zacksdad - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Kobe is now not off the books till the Summer of 2016. So your statement is sort of non-relevant whether true or not.

  7. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    In related news- I am no longer considering dating Kate Upton.

  8. aw2857 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Long-time Lakers fan here (back to Wilt/West/Baylor) and while Gasol contributed in the team winning two championships, he has always played “soft”. Rarely does he post down low, is a poor finisher around the basket, prefers to play with his back to the basket, grunts and groans ON EACH AND EVERY shot with most being off the mark. Smart money says trade him, but other GM’s out there aren’t fools. Lakers will be lucky to get a second round draft pick for Pao, and, come to think of it, that might not be such a bad exchange.

  9. 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Keep Gasol. Re-sign Gasol next year. We will not do any better. I love Pau, I don’t want to see him go.

  10. frankpierucci7 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Some of the comments on here are ridiculous and it’s clear the people posting them have never watched a single basketball game in their life. Gasol for a 2nd round pick? Dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. Yeah, let’s just throw in the staples center too into that deal. Some people (sighs).

  11. savvybynature - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Of course the Lakers would like to trade him, and of course they would leak a report like this to the media so as not to come off as desperate to find a trade partner! (And of course, PBT would be the site that runs the “leak” as a legit news story!).

    Buss had to learn SOMETHING from his daddy after all. You can’t get value for something that everyone knows you want to get rid of.

  12. antistratfordian - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Well not now – not after D’Antoni finally had an epiphany and realized how foolish he was being with Gasol previously.

  13. lhollis74 - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    I hope they decided to keep him thinking that the NEXT coach might want to use him! Fire Mike D!

  14. daddyghi - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    i dont know why Pau is always in talks of getting traded when D’Antoni is the one that needs to get sacked.

  15. chargerdillon - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    It’s not that they shouldn’t trade him. There is nothing they can get in return that will be as valuable as Pau really is.

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