Los Angeles Lakers: Pau Gasol will not request a trade

December 25, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16), shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and point guard Steve Nash (10) react during a stoppage in play against the New York Knicks during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

When Lakers’ All-Star big man Pau Gasol was benched during the fourth quarter of a 107-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, trade rumors started to pick up once again.

During his post-game interview Gasol was asked if he would seek a trade and his answer surprised no one.

“No, oh, that’s radical,” Gasol said. “I still believe. I still have faith in what we have. I still have faith that I can be a big part in helping this team succeed. Right now, I’m not being able to do that very often.”

Gasol finished with two points, four rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes of action versus the Clippers.

Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said the benching had nothing to do with the plantar fasciitis and knee tendinitis that Gasol had suffered from. D’Antoni just stated that Gasol had a bad game.

Gasol, who was thought to be the perfect piece in D’Antoni system has expressed his frustration with the role.

“It’s difficult sometimes because it’s not up to me to get involved,” Gasol said. “I’m trying, but the times that I am at the elbows are the times that I get more involved and can make more plays from there, but it’s not consistent.”

Pau will not force his way out of Los Angeles, but if the Lakers believe they cannot make it work with the four time All-Star, how long will it take the proud franchise to trade Gasol.

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