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Gasol unsure of where his future lies


08:11 AM ET 02.17 | At this point, very little would surprise Pau Gasol. With the NBA's March 15 trade deadline now less than a month away, Lakers forward Pau Gasol admits he's not sure if his future lies in Los Angeles. "There's talks and rumors every day. Today I was reading it was Minnesota is really interested in trying to put a good package together," he said. "[Other teams are] calling, and it seems like things are just waiting for the right offer to come along, for [the Lakers] to pull the trigger." Certainly Gasol has evidence of the team's willingness to move him. He was a major component of the controversial three-team trade in early December between the Lakers, New Orleans, and Houston.

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February 17, 2012  08:15 AM ET

Not in Boston....

hahahahaha... i couldn't agree more

February 17, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Why would the T-wolves want him now....With Love at the four and Pekovic playing some strong center minutes he isnt what they need...Plus they still have Beasley and Williams....

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February 17, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Cause the wolves have no inside scoringHe would be the perfect player there

im not sure you even watch their games....

February 17, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Cause the wolves have no inside scoringHe would be the perfect player there

So they are going to give up good young talent for a older Gasol who isnt better than Love and isnt to much better than Pekovic for the money he makes....come on now..

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February 17, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Don't Come to Boston, Bro.

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February 17, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Some people are making him the scapegoat when the underlying problem is they have no pg

Very, VERY true. They don't have a wing that can create his own shot or consistantly hit a mid/long range jumper outside of Kobe Bryant. They need a quality guard that can stretch a defense and create less congestion in the psint for Bynum and Gasol.

I don't like this trade for either side. I think that it helps the Wolves more than the Lakers, as getting Gasol and sliding Pekovic as post sub makes them a much, MUCH better team, but I don't think giving up a player with upside is worth it for a young team as talented as the Wolves. They could build around Williams, Love and Rubio and have a really good team.

As far as the Lakers go, trading away your second best player for a talented young player who hasn't shown much but has a lot of upside is not a good idea. If you're trading away a guy who has arguably the best offensive post game in the league, you'd better get a whole lot more in return than a player with upside.

February 17, 2012  08:52 AM ET

If they want a shot at winning......yesLove and pau would compliment each other welllove can shoot the 3s and pau can man the offensive post.Wtf do they need more tweener forwards for?

no but Love does more than just shoot threes....He scores from everywhere....They are a young team like the Thunder were a few years ago so why not let them grow...They have obviously improved as they have gotten a real coach and better players in there...

Beasley is a restricted free agent after this year so why not hang on to him until the off season and do a sign and trade....

I dont get when having so much talent was a bad thing...

February 17, 2012  08:53 AM ET

They are under 500 in the stacked west AND they have player well over their heads this seasonIf they roll the dice, they might be able to sneak into the playoffs, if they don't they stay entrenched AGAIN in the lottteryWhat are they really risking?

the future?

Should the Sonics have gotten rid of Durant after his first two losing seasons? No they stayed the course and picked up Ibaka, Harden, Westbrook, and others....

February 17, 2012  08:56 AM ET

On a side note, the Lakers, as bad as they have been (and at times, it's very bad), if they find a way to finish games better, they'd be fine. They blew an 11 point lead in the final 3 minutes to Chicago and lost. They blew a 6 point lead in the final 2 and a half minutes to Philadelphia and lost. They lost to the Nuggets after holding a lead late, only to get outscored 11-2 to finish the game. They were up 13, and then 5 in the last few minutes to the Pacers and lost. If they can shore up the point guard situation, then start finishing games, they'll be fine. I don't know that it's enough to make a run at another title, but it's a start.

February 17, 2012  09:00 AM ET

I don't get to watch much of Minny games, but they obviously must not think highly of Williams.
It'll be a "project" for Lakers, and big market teams NEVER have patience for projects.

Besides, just stacking up young talent year after year takes you no where if you don't make the appropriate moves when available (case in point the Blazers).

Minny should make this trade.

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February 17, 2012  09:22 AM ET

I'd rather he stay in L.A. but this is business and the Lakers need to do something to get to where they can compete for the prize...Don't know where you'll wind up Pau, but be you in L.A. or elsewhere, you'll always be appreciated by real [loyal] Lakers fans!

maybe Minny was going to throw in those 5 titles!!!!

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