Lakers’ Gasol Won’t Ask For Trade
Lakers forward Pau Gasol isn’t OK with coming off the bench, and doesn’t see himself embracing it for the long term. But Gasol told CBSSports.com Monday he will not request a trade before the Feb. 21 deadline and is committed to the Lakers for the rest of this season.
“Not right now,” Gasol said when asked if he or anyone on his behalf would lodge a trade request before the deadline. “I don’t think now is the time for that step to happen. Right now I’m very focused and committed to our team.”
Gasol, a four-time All-Star and one of the most gifted 7-footers in the world, has struggled with his demotion to the second unit — calling it “not ideal” and adding, “Whether I like it or not or whether I agree with it or not, I still try to go out there and do my job.