The NBA trade deadline is on Feb. 20 and Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers may be one of the biggest names moved before the buzzer sounds on the deadline. Although Gasol may ultimately be traded elsewhere, it seems as though it won't be back to the Memphis Grizzlies according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:
And lets stop the Pau wants to be in Memphis talk. They want no part of his $19 million contract. If he’ll sign there as a free agent on the cheap they’d take him, but they are not trading for him.
With Gasol mentioning that he'd consider a return to Memphis in the off-season as a free agent, the Lakers making a deal with the Grizzlies before the deadline would seemingly make sense. The Lakers do want some value in return for Gasol in a trade, but have yet to find a trade partner that would bring assets back to Los Angeles.
It comes as no surprise that the Grizzlies wouldn't want to make a deal to acquire Gasol if they could simply sign him in the off-season without paying him for the rest of this season.
As for Gasol, returning to Memphis in the twilight of his career might be the right move for the two-time NBA champion. The Spaniard would play alongside his brother, Marc Gasol, and as a result might be on a legitimate title contender or at least a perennial playoff contender for the rest of his NBA career.
It remains to be seen what will happen to Gasol moving forward, but the trade rumors involving the four-time All-Star are likely to heat up again in the coming weeks.
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