Pau Gasol: Trading Star Forward Best Move for Los Angeles Lakers

January 5th, 2013 by Chris Hummer Leave a reply »
Pau Gasol won't make a trade request, but the Lakers should look to move him anyway.

The star forward is having his worst statistical season of his career, averaging 12.2 points and 8.5 rebounds a game. A direct consequence of the fact that he doesn't seem to fit into Mike D'Antoni's system.

To be fair, that's not entirely Gasol’s fault.

D'Antoni has him spending more time on the three-point line than he does in the paint. That would be fine if he was a 6'5" guard. Only problem is, he's a four-time All-Star at the power forward spot.

Gasol has had a terrible time this season, and it only got worse on Friday night.

Gasol spent the majority of the fourth quarter on the bench against the LA Clippers. And D'Antoni made it clear the benching was based purely on performance saying, "He just didn't have a good game." (h/t ESPN)

That might sting, but that quote wasn't even the main story from the post-game interviews. Instead, the talk surrounded Gasol and any desire he might have for a trade, which, according to Gasol, is none.

"No, oh, that's radical," Gasol said when asked whether he would request ...

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