The Los Angeles Lakers have been attempting to trade Pau Gasol for quite some time – not only in recent weeks, but seemingly for the past few seasons.
No deal has ever manifested, but if something does capture the Lakers fancy come the NBA’s trade deadline, they may want to clear it with superstar Kobe Bryant first.
According to NBA.com, Bryant wants to continue playing with Gasol moving forward and was told when he signed a contract extension earlier this year, he’d be able to.
And he (Kobe) desires to continue playing with Gasol, who helped Bryant win rings in 2009 and ’10. When Bryant’s extension was announced, Bryant made it crystal clear he’d been told by Lakers management that not only would the team be able to re-sign Gasol this summer despite Bryant’s huge numbers, but also be able to add an impact free agent.
Of course, Bryant may be a bit more open to a move if the Lakers become a better team for it – be it now or in the future. But as of this moment, it doesn’t sound like Bryant is overly eager to see the Lakers trade their power forward.