Trade market complicated for Pau Gasol as Lakers continue to search for answers

Jan 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Lakers 95-83. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers (17-24) are soul searching after losing their sixth straight road game against the Chicago Bulls 95-83 on Monday night.

“We’re going to have to look at some things,” Kobe Bryant said. “We’re going to have to change something. Probably going to have to post the ball a lot more, slow the game down a lot more. That’s just my intuition, but that’s my gut right now. I have to take a look at the film again, but we’re definitely going to have to change something.”

Most signs point to that change being the former four-time All-Star Pau Gasol, who was benched for Earl Clark by head coach Mike D’Antoni.

Gasol has made it very clear that he is unhappy about his new found role with the struggling ball club, when he was asked whether the bench role would have any reflection on his future in L.A.

“I have no idea. I can’t really worry too much about something that is out of my hands, so, I’m just going to no matter what stay positive and do my best. Like I said, it’s not something that I’m too thrilled about.”

His future looks very cloudy in L.A., but the big man will be hard to move.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Lakers do not want long-term money back in a trade scenario for Gasol.

Gasol earns $19 million this season alone, but he has played far from an All-Star level, averaging career lows in points (12.6 per game) and field goal percentage (43.2 percent).

To make matters worse, the combo of Gasol and Dwight Howard has been deemed a failure if they cannot move Pau.

D’Antoni has stated that Gasol and Howard will barely be used together on the court together within new rotation, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.

The Lakers are the biggest disappointment in the NBA, but will trading Gasol truly improve things in L.A.?

Los Angeles has been dreadful to watch on the defensive end.

The Lakers have a defensive rating of 106.8 (20th) and are currently 26th overall in points allowed giving up 101.6 points per game.

Also unlike that other team in L.A., the Lakers bench is very thin. They are 27th in scoring (26.4), 22nd in rebounding (13.6) and tied for 23rd in assists (5.3).

The finger can be pointed in multiple directions, but no matter the excuse nobody expected this type of performance from the Lakers.

If the Lakers can move Gasol, what type pieces would they receive in order solve their never ending saga or is it too late to save the Lakers?

Comment below and let your voice be heard.

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Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol

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