Report: Lakers no longer trying to trade Pau Gasol

Dec 17, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) fouls Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) during the fourth quarter at FedExForum. Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-92 Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

There have been several reports of Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol’s unhappiness with his current role and the Lakers’ desire to find a trade partner for Gasol in order to get younger and try to save money.

According to Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.com, that is no longer the case.

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

The Lakers entered the 2013-14 campaign fully intending to keep Gasol for the whole season and then to explore the feasibility of re-signing him in the summer. But ESPN.com reported last week the Spaniard’s recent public complaints about how he’s been used in D’Antoni’s system, as well as some subpar play, prompted L.A. to begin assessing its trade options.

Gasol is averaging 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists andd 1.3 blocks per game.

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol

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