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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: Los Angeles Lakers 'leaning toward' shutting down Pau Gasol

It has been on of the toughest seasons of Los Angeles Lakers’ power forward Pau Gasol’s career.

Not only are the Lakers playing without star Kobe Bryant are just 25-50 and are going to miss the playoffs, but Gasol has battled several injuries, including a recent bout with vertigo.

According to Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Timesthe Lakers are “leaning toward” shutting down Gasol for the rest of the season.

He won’t play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness.

It was the latest downturn in a rough season for Gasol.

In addition to various verbal tussles with Coach Mike D’Antoni about his role in the offense — and the small-ball concept in general — Gasol missed seven games in February because of a strained groin and three games in December because of a respiratory infection.

Gasol, who is averaging 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game, will become a free agent at season’s end.

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