While the Los Angeles Lakers continue to struggle, standing at 15-21 and holding the No. 11 seed in the Western Conference amid flux throughout the roster and the coaching staff, Pau Gasol continues to take the brunt of the blame for all that woes LA.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, it’s difficult to see the Lakers making any moves, especially using Gasol.
They’re going to need a 30-15 finish just to get to the 45 wins that are typically sufficient to snag the eighth playoff spot in the West. But the sense out there is that trading Pau Gasol — even if the Lakers could actually find a deal they like when Gasol’s numbers, mobility and trade value are at all-time lows at age 32 — would just as likely lead to more upheaval and adjustment for a team that fired Mike Brown after a mere five games, stunningly chose Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson as Brown’s replacement and then had to wait 20-plus more games before reintroducing Steve Nash into the lineup.
“What else are they going to do?” one rival GM said. “Trade Pau now? I don’t see it.”
It’s still remotely early in the season, but to think a team constructed like the current Lakers squad could miss out on the playoffs seems unfathomable. Regardless of what happens, LA is sure to shake things up this summer. But it will fully depend on what happens over the final half of the regular season that determines what pieces are staying and moving.