March 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) moves to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Pau Gasol doesn’t ‘rule out’ re-signing with Los Angeles Lakers


Los Angeles Lakers’ power forward Pau Gasol has become accustomed to winning.

Since he was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Lakers in 2008, Gasol and the Lakers have won two championships, played for another and have not missed the playoffs.

This season, the Lakers are 24-48, have suffered several embarrassing losses and are destined for the lottery.

In the summer, Gasol will become a free agent.

Although star guard Kobe Bryant has gone on the record saying he wants Gasol back, it may not be the best decision for either side. The Lakers need to develop younger players while Gasol, 33, wants to win another title before he eventually retires.

“My priority is basketball. I want to be on a team with real chances of winning the championship next season,” Gasol told Marca.com as translated by Hoops Hype. “I don’t rule out staying in Los Angeles if the circumstances are appropriate.”

Gasol didn’t stir up as much interest as many thought before the trade deadline, but should have several suitors in free agency.

He’s averaging 17.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocks per game this season.

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