Latest On Pau Gasol

December 4 2012 at 2:17pm CDT By Zach Links

2:17pm: League executives believe that Los Angeles won't have any real discussions for Gasol until Steve Nash returns, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated tweets.  They also believe that they Lakers will hold off until after December 15th, when players who signed contracts over the summer can be traded.

1:32pm: Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak recently spoke with Gasol's representatives and explained that the team will have no choice but to explore trade possibilities if Gasol is unable to adjust to Mike D'Antoni's system, multiple league sources tell ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin.  Gasol, who has been the subject of heavy trade speculation for weeks, will miss tonight's game due to tendinitis in both knees.  However, the resting has to do specifically with the big man's injury and isn't being prompted by a forthcoming trade

The former four-time All-Star has career low numbers so far in 2012/13, averaging 12.6 PPG and 8.8 RPG in 34.8 minutes per contest.  From a team standpoint, the Spaniard doesn't seem to mesh well in the club's offensive system or make a strong complement to center Dwight Howard.  Gasol's mental lapses on the court have also been well documented and have been a recurring problem for the club over the last couple of years.

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