Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Is A Pau Gasol Trade In The Works?

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Jan 22, 2013 11:43 AM EST
Gasol could be somewhere else in 2013

With another loss to their season the Los Angeles Lakers remain in trouble of missing the post season entirely.

As the Lakers continue to struggle, power forward Pau Gasol remains in trade rumors as he's having one of his worst seasons of his career.

He's averaging a career-low 12.6 points and shooting a career-low .432 from the field. Gasol has also gone through tendinitis on his knees, plantar fasciitis, and a concussion that have all caused him to miss 13 games.

Gasol has already been removed from the Lakers starting lineup in favor of Earl Clark. With the move now made permanent, the two-time NBA champion now believes his time in L.A. may soon be coming to an end.

Craig Sager of Turner Sports talked to Gasol about his new role, and of course the big man expressed his dissatisfaction about coming off the bench. Sager asked Gasol about possibly being traded before the trade deadline. Gasol responded that it has certainly become a "possibility."

Gasol has been in trade rumors for a long time now, ever since former coach Phil Jackson left town. He was initially traded to Houston involving the Chris Paul to the Lakers before it was nixed by the commissioner David Stern.

Gasol has been rumored to go to Minnesota, Toronto, New Orleans, and Atlanta but obviously, nothing came to fruition. Kobe Bryant has been one of Pau's bigger defenders, saying that he should be more involved in the offense.

Unfortunately for Gasol coach Mike D'Antoni prefers to play "small ball" so you can expect trade rumors to continue until one is eventually made.

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