Should The Lakers Resign Pau Gasol?

Pau Gasol wondering about his future in LA.

Pau Gasol wondering about his future in LA.

For the past 6 to 7 seasons in Lakerland, Pau Gasol has been a huge piece for them going forward, as they have won 2 championships and 3 finals appearances. Sadly, times have changed, and he is not the player he once was as the Lakers have already tried to trade him in a deal that would have landed them Chris Paul before it was vetoed by former commissioner David Stern. Through all the trade rumors, Pau Gasol admittedly was bothered by this, but continued to play his game and didn’t really let the off court issues effect his on court play. So the ultimate question is, should the Lakers resign someone who they have had on the trade block for the past few years? The answer is no. Kobe Bryant for one will be upset if Pau ever gets traded away. He showed similar emotion when Steve Blake was traded away to the Warriors stating he wasn’t cool with it. Pau Gasol is one of Kobe’s favorite teammates ever, he is always saying complimentary things about him and singing his praises. Lets not get confused here, Gasol’s stats are very good, basically averaging 18 and 10 a game, or rather 17.8 and 9.8 a game to be specific. The Lakers need to resign him, his production isn’t necessarily going down from a statistic point of view, he is around his career averages. Aside from this, from a personal point of view you have to commend Gasol’s maintained commitment to the team. He even wants to come back and your franchise player, Kobe Bryant wants him back. He has been the frontrunner for the Lakers as Kobe and Steve Nash have been out with injuries. At the end of the day though, we all know this is a business, so we will see where it goes from here.