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.