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Pau Gasol confirms it is “unlikely” he returns to Lakers this season

Apr 9, 2014, 10:32 PM EST

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Reports around the Lakers late last week suggested that Pau Gasol was done for the season, that the vertigo he battled and the state of the Lakers made both sides decide to just shut it all down.

Now Gasol is pretty much confirming that.

Gasol said this speaking with Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

“It’s unlikely,” Gasol told ESPNLosAngeles.com following the Lakers’ 145-130 loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday when asked if he would play in any of the four remaining games this season. “But, I want to.”

For those of you scoring at home, Gasol would join Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Kent Bazemore, and Xavier Henry as players done for the season.

It is almost certain Gasol is gone from the Lakers this summer, both sides are ready to move on from a relationship that started with a couple NBA titles but has run its course. For Gasol he wants to be in a place he can contribute to a contender, for the Lakers who are rebuilding the older Gasol is not worth what the market will offer him.

Gasol will have options — Chicago, Cleveland and Memphis are the most mentioned names but other teams are expected to be in the mix as well. In what is a down market for free agents he will be one of the most productive big men available, that despite his declines (particularly on defense) and some nagging injuries.

Gasol will return to Spain this summer and will be part of the Spanish national team as it tries to win the FIBA World Cup on its home court (it is the one team with a real shot to knock off the United States, having picked up the silver medal the last two Olympics in tough contests with America).

Look for Gasol to return from that experience physically and more importantly mentally energized. Look for him to put up numbers wherever he lands next season.

  1. luz56 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Thank you Pau…. Total glass for the way the Hollywood Fakers treated you.. Yes you were paid handsomely but mind games are not part of contract… Looking forward to seeing you show why the Fakers (A team I once cheered for) are a disgrace now that Mr Buss has passed

  2. thevikesarebest - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    If you had a chance to leave that laughable joke known as the lakers,wouldn’t u?

    • therealhtj - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      You mean like the Lakers leaving that laughable joke known as Minnesota did?

  3. antistratfordian - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Smart.

  4. j0esixpack - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Crap. There goes the Lakers chance of winning the title this year.

    Without Gasol, I just don’t see them making it deep into the playoffs this year.

  5. danielv210 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    I would love to see this man on the spurs. Although, I know it’s probably a long shot. Hopefully title contention and the foreign legion are enough for him to consider. His type of play would thrive on our offense.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      He would have to take a massive paycut, and less than other teams would pay.

    • gerrytotos - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      That wouldn’t happen, Gaso doesn’t know how to play defense; and Pop is all about defense!

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Tanking. Oh wait, Adam Silver said that doesn’t exist.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Can he also confirm that water is wet?

  8. 00maltliquor - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    NOOOO!!!!

  9. whitwarren - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:04 AM

    It feels like I’ve seen so many “(enter injured laker player here) will probably not return this season” articles on this app the past few weeks… WHO CARES?! It doesn’t matter, the regular season is almost over and they aren’t getting into the playoffs.

  10. sportsnut101 - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Leave the lakers
    Join the spurs,bulls

    • gerrytotos - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Gasol plays no defense for a 7 footer!

  11. cantonbound13 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Remember when people thought they stole him in the trade with the Griz? Lakers wish they had Marc now.

    • ranfan12 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Well, they got 2 chips as a result, so I guess it worked out better than they expected. You probably don’t remember that though.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      No sir. I’d take Pau over Marc every day of the week, and twice on Sundays.

      • therealhtj - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Up until 2010, sure. Beyond that, not so much. Or are you the type to still want Kobe over Lebron (or another couple dozen or so of the NBA’s elite) today too?

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        As a matter of fact I would keep Kobe over LeBron. Kobe’s a part of this Laker family, and whether we win another one with him or not I would like to try. I love how Kobe has been in a Purple and Gold jersey his entire life, I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

        Now when it comes down to Pau or Marc, Pau is much better then his younger brother STILL. I don’t get you people with your fantasy decline insinuations. You guys see age and automatically just assume they have to be greatly declining. Check the #s broham, even with less minutes in a system that treats him like a red-headed stepchild, he’s still pretty much the same Pau we’ve always had.

    • willis56 - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      They sure as hell wouldn’t have won two titles with Marc.

  12. El Pollo Loco - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    #extenddiantoniscontract

  13. sonnysuave - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Chicago is probably the best option for Pau… top 3 coach in the league, hardworking team always ready to go war, contenders, a system he would fit in well with, and we’re in need of a true post-up big man.

    BUT… if you’re Chicago, do you spend your cap & try to win now with Pau (on the decline)? OR… do you take a risk on holding out for Klove nxt yr?

    Klove is leaving Min, no doubt. Yes, he has family ties & home in Cali… but if Dantoni is still there, that’s a big reason not to go thr, since Dantoni’s system is not compatible for big men.

  14. imakcds - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Thank you Pau, for your contributions to the Lakers, and for you exhibition of Class thruout these recent years of turbulence.
    True Laker Fans wish you well.

    • gerrytotos - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Pau plays no defense!

  15. kamauthabiti - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Pau did a Dwight Howard bailout on the season. bye

    • ranfan12 - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:18 AM

      That doesn’t make any sense.

  16. onlinedollarsandsense - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    I don’t blame him. The Laker organization has treated him like crap.

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