Jan 8, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) runs back on defense during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Trade value of Lakers foward Pau Gasol has ‘plummeted’

The Los Angeles Lakers have seemingly been in the market to trade forward Pau Gasol for years now.

Nothing has ever been confirmed, of course, but Gasol has found his name in the rumor mill more than just about anybody, including recently when he was reportedly being shopped for Andrew Bynum.

That deal never manifested – apparently due to the Lakers requesting too much in return. But it wasn’t much of a shock according to Ken Berger, who says league sources suggest the trade value of Gasol has ‘plummeted’:

If LA is looking for a premium player in return for Pau Gasol, league sources say Gasol’s trade value has plummeted to the point where such a deal is unrealistic.

It’s understandable considering Gasol’s impending free agency. Nobody is going to part with a high level talent in return for Gasol, who could be nothing more than a couple month rental if he’s to leave in free agency. Add in his age and his struggles within the Lakers system recently and teams being hesitant to make a move isn’t exactly earth shattering news.

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