February 23, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) moves the ball against Brooklyn Nets power forward Mason Plumlee (1) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Pau Gasol wants to leave Los Angeles Lakers, play for Memphis Grizzlies

The NBA offseason will be upon many teams in no time and one of those teams are the Los Angeles Lakers. After being staples in the postseason, the Lakers appear destined for a high lottery pick and some serious changes to the roster.

One name who has been rumored to be leaving for a long time is Pau Gasol, but he survived yet another trade deadline without being moved. But it appears the Spanish big man will be on the move by his own will and Sam Amico from FOX Sports reports that the Memphis Grizzlies could be the beneficiaries of his travels away from Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant is likely the only one who can convince Gasol to stay in LA. If not, Gasol would love a return to Memphis, but the Grizzlies aren’t exactly big spenders.

A return to the Lakers is not out of the question, but it’s long been known that Gasol hates Mike D’Antoni’s system and doesn’t feel very appreciated by management. He may end up coming back for Kobe but it won’t be cheap and it probably won’t be pretty either.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers Memphis Grizzlies Pau Gasol

  • Bahoozy

    Via con Dios, Pau.

  • JoeDaBeast

    Expected more.

  • J Taylor

    More irresponsible media reporting. Creating an article that says nothing more than the speculations found on another one amplifies the original speculation and creates media driven frenzy.

    Le’s see… when I can’t find anything to write about, i’ll summarize the speculations someone else has written.

    Did you learn these tricks in journalism school, or do you hope to feed your own ego?

  • hookedonnews

    It’s only been a few days since Gasol said he wanted to stay in LA. There’s no reason to believe the Grizzlies want him. There is also no reason to believe Gasol “hates” MDA’s system. He obviously would prefer a half-court slow-mo system, but he said he wanted to stay in LA knowing that D’Antoni is going to be there at least one more year. Whether Gasol stays in LA will probably depend on how much money he’s willing to take.