Lakers to keep center Pau Gasol for now

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Lakers have put the idea of trading four-time All-Star center Pau Gasol on the backburner, according to sources.

Sources said the Lakers have changed their mind due to the rejuvenated play of Gasol in their last three games as well as his efforts to make amends for his public spat with coach Mike D’Antoni.

The Lakers began exploring the idea of trading Gasol when the Spaniard aired his complaints publicly about his limited role in D’Antoni’s system.

However, Gasol quickly made amends with conciliatory comments about D’Antoni during the team’s recently completed 2-2 road trip.

Gasol had 21 points and nine rebounds in the Lakers’ 96-92 win in Memphis on Tuesday night, after totaling 16 points and 10 rebounds Monday night in a loss to Atlanta. In the two games, Gasol made 16 of 21 shots to raise his overall shooting percentage to .439.

“I just think people go through periods of slumps where you question things,” D’Antoni said of Gasol after Tuesday’s win. “Like I said, we were out of whack. Different things go on. But Pau’s an All-Star, he’s one of the best players in the league, he worked through it and he’s back to normal.”

According to sources, the Lakers are interested in Knicks center Tyson Chandler, but New York appears to have no interest in fielding offers for Chandler at this time.

The Lakers also inquired about the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert after injuries depleted almost their entire backcourt.

Gasol is in the final year of a contract that pays him $19.3 million this season.

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