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Pau Gasol could be done playing for Lakers

Apr 4, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

Kendall Marshall, Pau Gasol

Vertigo is just the latest setback in Pau Gasol’s miserable season.

He’s feuded with Mike D’Antoni, dealt with other injuries, seen his production slip, lost frequently and just seemed wayward without Kobe Bryant. It’s the type of season that can’t end soon enough.

And for Gasol, maybe it already has.

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo.

He won’t play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness.

Gasol becomes a free agent after the season, and it’s difficult to see him re-signing with the Lakers.

For his part, why would he want to return after this sour ending? Gasol, who’s averaging 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, is still productive enough to draw significant interest on the open market. He won’t make $19 million again, but he can nab a fairly large contract – or join a team better-positioned to win right now. Whichever is his primary focus, he’ll probably find it outside Los Angeles.

For the Lakers’ part, why would they want to keep him? If they’re rebuilding, he’s too old, costly and cranky while losing. If they’re attempting a quick turnaround, they must use his freed money to lure someone better.

It’s probably best for both sides to part. The only question is whether Gasol’s proud Lakers tenure – which included two championships – has already ended on the court.

  1. aboogy123456 - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    If he leaves I hope he goes somewhere like Chicago, where people can see how good he still is. He’ll be good for another 3 years, and him and Noah would be a great pairing down low. He’s still an all-star player and I hope he ends his career on a high note.

    • lowercasejay - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      If San Antonio wins the title and Duncan retires… hmmm.

      • lj312chicago - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Nikola Mirotic has been compared to Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tim Duncan…….forget about Pau Gasol…..

    • deshan74 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      He will have to take huge paycut if bulls still want Melo

      • therealhtj - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Apparently Chicago’s now joined Lakers and Heat fans in the race for most delusional fanbase.

        You do realize amnestying Boozer won’t give you anywhere near enough to sign Melo, much less Melo AND Gasol right?

  2. romestar82 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    hate to see him go but Lakers treated unfairly these last 3 yrs ,he still has it and will be perfect with Coach Pop system

  3. lj312chicago - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Not goin to chicago… Boozers getting amnestied and were bringing over one of the top unheard of prospects in the world this year nikola mirotic power forward Real Madrid.

  4. fordmandalay - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    As a lifetime Laker fan, I want to thank Pau for the terrific years and his play with the team. He belongs on the long list of great Laker players ever. Best of luck wherever you go!

  5. antistratfordian - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Out of all of the bizarre things this team has done since Jackson left, one of the most perplexing is how management apparently values Mike D’Antoni much more than Pau Gasol.

    Gasol was actually the key to bringing shiny hardware back to Los Angeles – but they’ve been treating him like a red-headed stepchild. To that I shake my head.

    I wish Pau the best.

  6. therealhtj - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    He was pretty much done after game 7 vs. Boston.

  7. lakerade - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Waiting for the Pau to Knicks talk. I’m sure it’s not a simple acquisition, but perhaps some kind of sign and trade to reunite him w Phil? New York is planning to run the triangle anyway and Pau won two rings doing it. Happy that Pau has options, he deserves to be able to showcase his game again, something D’Antoni’s style and the Lakers’ state do not really afford him.

  8. dinofrank60 - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    How do you alienate Howard, Gasol, Kaman and Hill in less than two years?

  9. tombstone7 - May 22, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Paul would be a great fit at Golden State with Steve Kerr…..Tri-Angle offense….

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