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Pau Gasol out Wednesday night for Lakers

Feb 19, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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It was always a long shot anyway, but the idea of the Lakers trading big man Pau Gasol at the deadline — most likely to Phoenix, but there were other talks including with Charlotte — always seemed to have the caveat that other teams wanted to see him healthy and back on the court.

Not going to happen before the trade deadline — Gasol is out for the Lakers Wednesday night when they take on Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets, tweets Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell. Gasol has been out with a groin issue for several weeks now and got a PRP injection in there to help the healing process.

While him being out doesn’t completely kill the chances of Gasol getting traded at the deadline, it’s doesn’t help as some trade partners remain unconvinced about his health.

It was always difficult to find a deal that worked anyway. First, only a few teams could or would add his massive $19.3 million salary to their books for a rental — Gasol can be a free agent this summer. However, there were a few teams open to it, for example the Suns, who want to solidify their playoff standing.

On top of the small market, Los Angeles wanted more than just a straight salary dump for Gasol, they wanted an asset back — and a pretty good one. Remember they were asking for one of the two highest of Phoenix’s potentially four first round picks in this draft, something that pushed the rebuilding Suns away from the bargaining table. The Lakers felt Gasol was worth more than a straight salary dump, other teams did not agree.

It looks like the Lakers will have Gasol through the end of the season. Don’t bet on his return to the team next year, this relationship has run its course.

  1. eureca323 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Well Pau would have to take a physical anyways before completing a trade. This isn’t considered a serious injury by any means. He practiced yesterday. Yes it makes it less likely, but I doubt its gonna be the reason Pau is moved or not. Pau is expected to be playing again very soon.

  2. floriojr - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    another Laker who is D.O.N.E. First Kobe now Gasol. Good thing the Lakers have the rings and hardware in that trophy case cause that’s a ton of salary for no return this year

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Pau looks good this year when healthy. Lakers fans all appreciate the Spaniard. Hopefully he is back next year.

      • mackcarrington - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Yes. Laker FANS appreciate him. Unfortunately Mike D doesn’t.
        And do you honestly think these two will co-exist next year any better than this season?

    • kb2408 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Pau is not done. He still has 2-3 good years left…if he takes care of his body. That being said, I must disagree with asi88. I appreciate what Pau brought to the LAKERS. Even with the greatness of Kobe, without Pau the LAKERS would still be stuck on 14 titles. However, it is time for him and the team to part ways. I wanted him to go to Phoenix in a trade because it would’ve been a pretty good situation for him to finish his career and the LAKERS would’ve gotten another good draft pick. Who knows, maybe he will still end up there. But the LAKERS re-signing him next season should not be an option.

      • redbaronx - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        @kb2408 – Lots of fans like you are in total denial. Shaq fans were in total denial too when he went through Cleveland, Boston, and Phoenix. Pau might have another 2 to 3 years left, but they’re not going to be “good years”.

        The truth is that when players experience does not compensate for their lack of athleticism, they become liabilities on court very quickly! I said the same thing to Kurt about MWP at the start of the year on these posts when he thought MWP was a great signing for the Knicks.

        Branch Rickey who was one of the best baseball executives ever (Dodgers and Cardinals when they were winning banners) said that it was better to trade a player a year early than a year late. The Lakers (When Doctor Buss Sr. was running the show) operated on that philosophy too (See Shaq, Eddie Jones, Robert Horry, Divac, Cedric Ceballos, Nick Van Exel)

        If Lakers fans want Kobe for sentimental value, I understand. But make no mistake, the days of Kobe (most likely), Nash (definitely), and Gasol (absolutely) having “good years” left is slim to none.

      • floriojr - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        I mean done this year, and with the lakers.. Kobe is done this year and the season itself is a loss and over for la. Lottery time

    • beavertonsteve - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      If you are 7 ft tall and can still run, shoot and rebound there’s always a spot for you in the NBA.

    • apkyletexas - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      “Don’t bet on his return to the team next year, this relationship has run its course.”

      So they are going to figuratively dump his salary at the end of the season and get nothing in return. Instead of dumping his salary mid-season and getting an expiring contract. Good thing the Laker brass holds to such firm standards.

      I’m sure the only reason they want to hold onto him is to be part of their late-season push FOR A RUN AT THE NBA TITLE.

      • Kurt Helin - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        All I’m saying is I heard he will not be back, Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report said the same thing on our podcast.

    • redbaronx - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      @floriojr – Don’t forget Steve Nash…

      • floriojr - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        True red.. More wasted cash.. He at least looks like he is trying at least

  3. billtetley53 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Wave bye bye to Pau. He won’t be a laker after this year. Kobe “getting his” ensured that. What kind of nincompoop management lets their only worthwhile trade asset walk for nothing?
    Jim is not his dad, and Mitchs hands seem to be tied. Lakers stink for another 5 years, at least.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Lakers can afford to keep Pau at a high salary. Whether doing so or not is wise is a different question. Lakers clearly disagree with Pau on his worth, which is why he likely won’t be a Laker.

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