Amidst the chaos and uncertainty that remains in Lakerland, one thing that can be assured is that Lakers Power Forward, Pau Gasol, will remain wearing the purple and gold.
During his tenure with the Lakers, Gasol has been seen by many, as a weak link to the Lakers’ core, having contributed little to the team’s cause, due to injuries among other setbacks.
This has lead to the Laker brass to decide whether or not it should be a good idea to trade Gasol. While some may want him out of the L.A. immediately, some are saying that they should give Gasol a chance to prove his self worth before making a decision by the summer.
With the state that the Lakers are in, especially with the return of Kobe Bryant, Gasol must be able to provide help for Kobe in every aspect of his game.
With all things considered, the Lakers brass are still keeping a close eye on Gasol, and are weighing options of where they may send him. Teams interested in Gasol include, the New York Knicks, in which the Lakers have fielded an interest in signing Tyson Chandler, as well as the Houston Rockets, who are still shopping around Omer Asik.
Last week, Gasol told the Los Angeles Times: “The fact that I’m not getting the ball in the post affects directly my aggressiveness. When I’m not getting the ball where I want to, where I’m most effective, where I can bang guys and utilize my skill, that affects my aggressiveness and overall intensity.”
This could be referencing to how the Lakers have forgotten about their big man, and have tried to rely on such players as Nick Young, Jodie Meeks, and Jordan Farmar. For what could be said about the Lakers, misfortune is an understatement, regarding how the team has placed eleventh in the Western Conference, and not knowing when their other star, Steve Nash, will return back to the lineup.
Will the Lakers keep Gasol, or will they say Bon Voyage?