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Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol to Memphis Grizzlies in Free Agency?

Kelvin Kuo – USA TODAY Sports

It has become a common theme for Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol‘s name to pop up surrounding any trade rumor with the Lakers, and this coming offseason when Gasol becomes a free agent he may finally be on his way back out of town. The Spanish Native Gasol was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks after playing three years professionally in Spain but was then immediately traded to the Grizzlies where he would end up spending seven seasons before being traded to the Lakers in 2008. The trade that sent Gasol to the Lakers also actually included sending the rights to Pau’s younger brother, Marc Gasol, to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The older Gasol has since played the last several seasons with the Lakers and was a part of both the 2009 and 2010 Championship teams. The Championship factor is what remains the most important to Gasol as he looks to finish out the last few seasons of his NBA career. Gasol is an extremely loyal individual and would ideally like to finish out his career in Purple and Gold, but if the Lakers are unwilling to either meet his demands financially or if Gasol doesn’t believe he will be apart of a Championship caliber team he will surely be on his way out of town. The team that Gasol has expressed the most interest in returning to? The Grizzlies.

If the situation in Los Angeles becomes desperate at any point this season or if a large enough offer is made there is a very real possibility that the Spaniard will make his way out of Tinseltown long before the curtain drops on this 2013-14 season. Until then he will continue to give his all out on the court, but his all just may not be enough anymore.

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