It seems as if Pau Gasol hasn’t been comfortable in Los Angeles for a few seasons now, likely because he continues to hear his name pop up in trade rumors.
The rumors have been as strong as ever this season, likely stemming from the team’s poor play, the lack of Kobe Bryant and Gasol’s impending free agency. That said, Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears doesn’t believe the Lakers will move their power forward, suggesting they have little to benefit from a trade:
By moving Gasol, you’re probably going to have to get some money back on a contract. I don’t think they want to do that. And if they continue to be bad, they’re going to have a great chance to get a high pick in the draft….
I think Pau Gasol stays.
Spears makes a few solid points, especially regarding the financials as the Lakers currently (even with Bryant re-signed) have space for a potential max player in free agency. Of course, they’d need to fill out the rest of their roster with minimum contracts and/or trades but trading Gasol would certainly tie up funds for next season.