Nov 7, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) and Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) playfully shove during the first half at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets to pursue Pau Gasol?

Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol teamed up with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2012-13 season.

It seemed like an excellent pairing, but after an injury to guard Kobe Bryant and the inability to adequately fit in to Mike D’Antoni’s system, Howard left for the Houston Rockets in free agency. Now that Gasol is a free agent, he could chose the same path.

Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders believes the two could become teammates again.

Pau Gasol is an interesting option, and he would cost Houston considerably less than the $19.2 million he made this season. The question, of course, is whether or not he has enough left in the tank to help a team make a championship run. He and Howard do complement each other well, though Mike D’Antoni never could figure that out when they were together with the Lakers last season.

There are a number of tweak moves that could be made to shore up the defense. Shawn Marion is still a capable defender, as are Trevor Ariza and Thabo Sefolosha, but do any of these names constitute a “big splash?”

Gasol is reportedly going to consider re-signing with the Lakers or possibly leaving for the Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies or San Antonio Spurs.

Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.

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