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NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers won’t trade Pau Gasol for now

Dec 23, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) sits on the bench during a timeout in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. The Suns won 117-90. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The on-again, off-again rumors of Pau Gasol‘s impending trade from the Los Angeles Lakers is off – at least for the time being.

According to CBS Sports, the Lakers have decided to ride things out with their current roster and have no plans to trade Gasol in the immediate future:

Things can always change in Lakerland, but for now, the team intends to keep Pau Gasol and ride it out with the group it has.

Of course, that doesn’t come without Ken Berger’s caveat that ‘things can always change’.

Gasol is a free agent at season end and if the Lakers don’t have any intention of re-signing him come next season, there’s not much reason keep him around past the NBA’s upcoming trade deadline.

Depending on what moves the Lakers make in the coming month, they should have enough cap space for one maximum contract deal as they currently stand so it seems questionable if Gasol is in their future plans, despite suggestions that they intend to keep him.

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Trade Rumors, Pau Gasol

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