In the midst of all of the trade talk surrounding Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol and a potential swap with the Phoenix Suns for Emeka Okafor, Gasol is trying to return from a groin injury.
Originally it looked like Gasol would be out for the rest of the week and the Lakers hoped to have him back after their road trip. However, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, he could be out longer.
The Lakers had initially penciled him out for this week’s trip with stops in Minnesota (tonight), Cleveland (Wednesday and Philadelphia (Friday). Gasol also received a platelet-rich plasma therapy injection Monday in hopes to accelerate the healing process in his groin. But the Lakers wouldn’t say what prompted the additional timetable.
The Lakers haven’t currently set a date on when they will reevaluate Gasol.. But according to the Lakers’ latest timetable, Gasol will miss at least six more games, including next week’s homestand against Chicago (Feb. 9), Utah (Feb. 11) and Oklahoma City (Feb. 13). Gasol’s won’t return until after NBA All-Star weekend Feb. 14-16, perhaps as early as Feb. 19 when the Lakers host the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. That marks one day before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 20, a notable development considering Gasol’s uncertain standing with the Lakers.
Gasol is averaging 17.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.