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Pau Gasol Out Two Weeks, Throwing Extra Wrinkle Into Trade Rumors

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NBA trade rumors regarding Los Angeles Lakers veteran big man Pau Gasol have ramped up in recent weeks. While the speculation of him being dealt before the Feb. 20 deadline has always been there, there have been more reports of teams having discussions concerning a deal that would involve Gasol as of late.

One of the biggest candidates to emerge in these talks has been the Phoenix Suns. A deal that would send Gasol to the Suns would make sense for the young, upstart team. Gasol would not only provide them with a reliable force on the inside, but also a veteran leader to guide them through uncharted waters for this young team in the second half of the season.

However, with Gasol having a strained right groin that required a PRP injection, the Suns reportedly were waiting to see what the deal is with the injury before continuing to pursue a trade for the big man. The Suns didn’t have to wait long to hear what the diagnosis was, though. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported late on Tuesday night that Gasol will be out for two weeks after having the PRP action after originally only being expected to miss a single week. Coincidentally, a two week absence would bring him back to action right around the day of the Trade Deadline.

It’ll be interesting to see the Suns’ next move in this situation. They are clearly interested in Gasol, but worried about his health at the same time. We shall see if the two-week timetable is satisfactory enough for them to continue working out a deal or if they will wait to see if he can return before the deadline before quickly throwing a deal together. Either way, this situation is clearly one of the biggest storylines to stay tuned for leading up to Feb. 20.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.