Pau Gasol is still one of the best big men in the league. He has a unique skill set that is unmatched by others at his position. So why does it seem like he is always being shopped around by the Los Angeles Lakers?
The Lakers know they must get younger and more athletic. It is the Lakers’ top priority moving forward, so I can understand why Gasol future with the franchise never seems to be secured.
He has helped the Lakers win back-to-back titles from three-straight trips to the NBA Finals. For that, I am sure the organization is very appreciative, but we all know that the NBA is a business and as currently constructed, the Lakers will not win a title next season.
The Lakers can let Gasol ride out the last year of his contract and let him walk away for nothing. I do not know for sure if they are going to go that route as of yet. If Dwight Howard does not re-sign with Los Angeles, then Gasol would definitely be plan “B”. So until Howard’s situation is resolved in some way, the franchise’s plans with Gasol will just be on standby for now.
Gasol deserves to play out the rest of his contract in L.A. He has done so much for the franchise since being acquired in a trade for his brother, Marc Gasol. For the Lakers to trade Gasol before or during the season means that there would be some really good, young pieces coming their way in exchange.
Do not be shocked if Gasol stays put and plays all of next season in Hollywood. Financial flexibility is coming at the end of next season and for the Lakers. That is when the real fun starts L.A.