With the trade deadline looming, the Lakers may have to make moves in order for the team to make the playoffs. So far, this season has been viewed by many as a disappointment. Gasol has heard all the rumors before, and this year will be no different. There have been stories that Pau Gasol has not seen eye to eye with Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. If you recall earlier in the season, D'Antoni benched gasol in the fourth quarter. Gasol has made it known that he doesn't like the idea of being benched. Gasol has been coming off the bench as of late, due to the fact that he's recovering from a concussion that he suffered against the Denver Nuggets.
It has also been said, that Gasol is not flourishing in D'Antoni's offense. The season has been a whirlwind for the Lakers, as well as Gasol. The team has been hampered with injuries, and Gasol has already had knee tendinitis and recently a concussion. I believe that the Lakers have to get younger in the backup point guard position, and the back up power forward/center position. Mitch has said that the Lakers do not intend to make any major moves by the trade deadline. If the Lakers do not trade Gasol, it would be wise for them to keep him just in case Howard decides to leave at the end of the season. That way, the Lakers would still have a skilled big man. Pau Gasol may be the Lakers most valuable asset if they do intend to make some moves before the deadline.