I’ll never understand how a player can save himself after playing a “good” couple of games, after the fact that he’s played a less than impressive first 20, or so, games.
Apparently, that’s exactly what happened to Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers recently, after Gasol’s name, reportedly, was thrown on the trade block after he and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni had a little bit of a back and forth through the media.
The Los Angeles Lakers have decided — at least for now – that they’re better off keeping four-time All-Star center Pau Gasol, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Lakers, after weighing the idea of making Gasol available before the NBA’s annual trade deadline in February, are encouraged by the way Gasol has played over the last three games as well as his efforts to make amends for his recent public spat with coach Mike D’Antoni. …
Sources maintain that the Lakers would be reluctant to surrender any of that hard-fought flexibility in a potential deal for Gasol or any other player. Yet it’s believed that the Lakers would consider taking back some salary that bleeds into the 2014-15 season — but not beyond — if they could acquire a player who could significantly help them in the short term or other trade assets to help them reload around Bryant.
For one, why? And two, is Kobe Bryant telling the Lakers front office that he wants Gasol to stay for the time being?
Let’s be honest for a minute, if the Lakers don’t trade Gasol, he’s going to walk come summer. So why are the Lakers going to take him off the block? Because they have a shot this year?
I understand they want flexibility for the offseason, but they honestly don’t think they’d be able to trade Gasol to a contender for a pick or even a future pick? That’s perplexing to me.
While it’s unlikely, now, for the Lakers to trade Gasol, I think it’ll be the wrong move to not even give this some thought. Weigh the options, and then make a decision. Don’t use the media as leverage.