It's been a tough year for the Los Angeles Lakers who are now 17-5 and currently on a seven game road losing streak. But with all the troubles they've had this year, forward Pau Gasol has probably had the most difficult time of them all.
Now it's being rumored that Gasol has told those close to him that he expects to be traded before next month's Feb. 21 deadline.
Gasol is reportedly livid about not being able to adjust to his new role in coach Mike D'Antoni's new offense. And on top of him losing his starting spot, Gasol expects the team to make a move for a more athletic forward who fits his coaching designs.
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This isn't the first time Gasol has been on the trading block. Just recall to December of 2011 when the two-time champion forward was actually being traded, only to have the trade vetoed and disallowed by the league office.
Since then Gasol has been the center of trade rumors for 13 months, but at least for the time being, has remained on the roster.
It's no secret that D'Antoni hasn't made an assertive effort to find a place for Gasol in his offense, and if the team decides to stay with him over Gasol, it's understandable why he would feel his time in L.A. may be at its end.