Lakers Rumors: L.A. Wise Not to Seek Pau Gasol Trade

November 30th, 2012 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers are in a win-win scenario in standing pat on power forward Pau Gasol, and their patience is bound to be rewarded no matter what the ultimate fate of the four-time All-Star is.

As reported by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Gasol has struggled to adapt to the new up-tempo "Seven Seconds or Less" offense of new head coach Mike D'Antoni. That has resulted in declining stats for Gasol, who discussed the adjustments and analogized how he was trying to still be a viable contributor to the Lakers' NBA championship hopes:

As a professional, you adjust to a different position in your company and try to do your best so the company still finds you a valuable asset and the company still performs as well as it did before.

Gasol hasn't proven to be as valuable of an asset as he has been in the past—particularly in Phil Jackson's triangle offense—as he is averaging career lows in points per game (13.1) and field goal percentage (.423).

But it would be a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to dump Gasol this early on in the 2012-13 season. It's far too premature to label the 32-year-old as "past his prime" or a tota ...

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