The Lakers got some difficult news last night as they learned that Dwight Howard will be taking his talents to Texas. However, there might be a silver lining in it for Lakers veteran Pau Gasol. With D12 out of the equation, there will be no talk or discussion about using the amnesty provision on the Spaniard anymore, a source with knowledge of the team's thinking told Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
If Howard re-signed with the Lakers, Gasol, who will make $19.3MM in the final year of his deal, was an amnesty candidate as the Lakers want to ease their luxury tax burden. However, no firm decision had been made, according to the source, as the team's preference was to look for ways to keep Gasol.
Gasol will likely move back over from power forward to center and be featured in that role, as he was on the 2009 Lakers team that defeated Howard and the Magic in the Finals. Metta World Peace, Jordan Hill, and rookie Ryan Kelly are all candidates to man the four in that scenario.