Posted December 14, 2013

Report: Pau Gasol’s recent comments may have him on trade block

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Pau Gasol (Getty Images)

Pau Gasol is shooting a career-low 42.3 percent from the field this season. (Layne Murdoch Jr./Getty Images)

Pau Gasol, who recently voiced his frustrations with his role in the Lakers’ offense, has caused the Lakers to weigh whether to make him available before the NBA trade deadline in February, sources with knowledge of the situation told Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

L.A. hasn’t engaged in any talks involving Gasol yet, but his struggles and impending free agency have forced the team to consider its options.

 “The fact that I’m not getting the ball in the post affects directly my aggressiveness,” Gasol told Bill Plaschke of The Los Angeles Times on Thursday. “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.”

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Head coach Mike D’Antoni held a team meeting on Friday to address the situation and urged Gasol or anyone else who had an issue with his coaching to speak directly to him, sources said.

The 33-year-old, who is making $19.3 million this season, is averaging 14.4 points per game, which is the second-lowest mark in his career, with 9.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists, and he’s become a defensive liability. He’s shooting 42.3 percent from the field, well below his career average of 51.5.

He scored 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds in Friday’s 122-97 loss in Oklahoma City. After the game, he backtracked from his comments, saying that “you always have to make yourself responsible” for your own play, and that “when you start pointing fingers at other sides or other directions, you’re making a mistake.”

Kobe Bryant said the D’Antoni/Gasol spat was nothing major.

“That’s every year. They’re like an old couple,” Bryant said. “It’s not really anything new. It’s not a big deal.”

The Lakers (10-12), who have lost three in a row (all since Bryant’s return), continue their four-game trip on Saturday in Charlotte.

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46 comments
Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Paul just keep your mouth shut, no need to stir the pot.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

$19 million a year. LOL.  That's highway robbery.

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like 08,

Lakers Starting Slow,

But Then Jerry Came To Thier Aid,

Gave Them Young Pau In A Trade,

And Off They Goooooooooooo.

Sorry Bout The Song, But I Sense A Big Trade Coming. Pau For Zach Randolph?

bambam824
bambam824

A few tweaks and the Lakers continue their 14 Bling and counting run. Most Bling since 1979, most Bling since 2000.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Who wants to play in LA with KoMe anyway?

Ken Cunningham
Ken Cunningham

Frustration at losing speaking loud and clear. Understandable, though not the wisest thing to do. Too bad, because it didn't have to come to this, and Jerry B nor Jeannie wouldn't have allowed it to happen. We could use a two way coach too. A little 'D' never hurts. Ask Doug Moe about that all offense approach.  Oh well, guess we're not going anywhere near that trophy any time soon, so Kobe, suck it up and forget another ring as a Lakers player.

BathazarXavier
BathazarXavier

i'm not a laker fan though i've rooted for them during the showtime days (i hate boston), and during the kobe/shaq days (just because). even if i hated them, i'd still be embarrassed for how this franchise, which at one time was one of the best in sports, has turned into a circus of idiocy. poor management from the top down and at every level.

dcoxfinancing
dcoxfinancing

It's going to be a tough couple years for the Lakers....Cant wait to get season tickets for 50% off in 2 years.  Although it might be 3 or 4 years until the Lakers are any good again. 

jakdangrr
jakdangrr

'Old couple?' Again Kobe makes Gasol look like a whiny baby. Just like last year, and the year before, and the year before. Why Gasol sticks around is beyond me. 



Chris8
Chris8

Sports media types have been talking about Pau Gasol being on the trade block for at least the last 3 seasons now.  Sure makes it sound like these guys are either just bored for some sports news or just don't know what the heck they're talking about.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Is this Pau's contract year? Because if it is not, I dont see anybody absorbing that contract into their books. If it is then why not try a former all star big man on a contender coming off the bench? I still dont see what LA sees in D Antoni as a coach. He just seems below average anymore.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

The team is not going to accomplish much until Kobe's contract is over and he retires. To sign any major players the Lakers would have to pay hundreds of millions in luxury taxes.

mystafugee
mystafugee

Isn't this the same Lakers who were talking about rewarding loyalty?

me1
me1

A trade would be best for Pau...D'Antoni coaching will never play to the skills his players have, but to the style he want to play. He can be a great backup for any team.

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

how awesome is it that the lakers are irrelevant?

Macheen
Macheen

Lakers are meaningless until Kobe retires. Best thing for Gasol is to be traded.

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

I dont like Damtoni, but he is right in saying there is no excuse for not playing hard, your making 19 fricking million, show some heart, if im the Lakers i get what i can for Pau, he is done

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

" ... Mike D’Antoni urged any player who had an issue with his coaching to speak directly to him, ..." Does that apply to Kobe too?

JulesG
JulesG

@jakdangrrNot true at all, but typical of a fan to over exaggerate a comment that Kobe makes. I think if Kobe would have said "I am staying out of it", you or someone else would find something negative to turn that into. STFU sometimes.

jakdangrr
jakdangrr

@DODGERFAIL2013 LA will never be irrelevant in the news, but right now the Lakers are irrelevant to the 2013-14 NBA season. It's pretty awesome! 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@DODGERFAIL2013Uh, the Lakers continue to make news and people, including you, are talking about them.  This hardly makes them irrelevant.  In fact, the idea that they are a middling team yet continue to make news tells us how relevant they are.

khadu
khadu

@jackgorfin At what point will Damtoni realise it's better to coach to maximise his players skills rather than force old dogs to learn new tricks

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@Lohikaarme He doesn't need to tell Kobe.  Kobe's the one who told him to say it.  Kobe works Mike 'Antoni like a puppet.

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

@Lohikaarme You've got to be crazy if you think the problem in the D'antoni-Kobe equation is the Mamba. Get a life.

crdurrett018
crdurrett018

@donniejohnson4@JohnFergusonKobe's 24.5 takes up 41% of the cap. Nash takes up 15% of the cap. Thats 2 players for 56% of the cap. They'd need 10 other players. They also have a pick that could cost them another $1.5-$2 million. 

They really can't afford another player of max caliber. Someone in the $10 million dollar range that solves the fact the can't defend and helps significantly on offense.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@SukeMadiq Then apparently he is still relevant to those people.  You are beginning to catch on.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@mystafugee Yes it does.  You finally took the time to look up the definition of relevance.  Great job!

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@SukeMadiq @WestcoastMD @Lohikaarme Like him or not, he got his championships without D'antoni coaching him and he's an all-time great. The jury is still out on D'antoni's coaching skills.