NBA Rumors: Phoenix Suns backing off trading for Pau Gasol?

Jan 15, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns forward Miles Plumlee (22) in the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Over the weekend, it was reported that the Phoenix Suns were very much interested in trading for Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol. The Suns have been looking for a “star” in order to push forward towards this late season run and the Lakers have been looking to dump Gasol’s expiring contract for future assets, cap space or draft picks.

Sources told ESPN.com that, while there is substantive interest on both sides, it’s believed Suns officials want to see how Gasol recovers from a strained groin before deciding whether to take talks to the next level.

Gasol received a PRP shot to help the healing to his groin on Monday.

“Today I got a PRP shot to help the healing of my groin injury,” Gasol wrote on his Instagram account. “I will work hard to be back with the team as soon as possible.”

Gasol is averaging 20.8 points and 11.9 rebounds in the month of January. You’d think that if the Lakers are going to trade him, this is the time. Gasol picked the perfect time of the year to play his best basketball. However, with the injury, it doesn’t appear that the Suns are going to make the move.

According to reports, they would only make the move once they see that Gasol is back to 100 percent, or something close to that, when he returns from the groin injury.

Gasol’s injury was never categorized as a serious injury and he should recover soon. However, if it lingers, it appears that the Suns want nothing of it. After all, it’s very likely, if the Suns trade for Gasol, they’ll be giving up a first round pick. If you’re giving that up, you’re going to expect a fully healthy Gasol. The last thing the Suns want is damaged goods.

 

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumors, Pau Gasol, Phoenix Suns

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