The NBA trade rumors 2014 involving L.A. Lakers forward Pau Gasol have become so pervasive, that even the All-Star player himself has had to endure the gossip during off time. In recent headlines, former Lakers and Cavs center Andrew Bynum was the big name on the trading block, but was finally dealt to another team (and waived). However, rumors had centered on a Bynum for Gasol swap, which Pau found out about during intermission of a play.
The MSN Fox Sports site reported on Jan. 8 that Gasol was attending a "Lion King" play performance in Hollywood this past Saturday when he read some of the rumors on Twitter. The gossip indicated that Gasol was being traded for Bynum, who at the time was still a member (suspended indefinitely) of the Cleveland Cavs. Gasol noted he was getting messages wishing him "farewell" and said it was "good to get a heads up a day before," because "Most guys don't get that."
Gasol was of course not traded for Bynum. Instead, the Cavs sent their suspended $20 million center to the Bulls in exchange for Luol Deng. The Bulls promptly waived the problem child from their roster. However, Gasol's name has been in trade rumor mills for several years now. Gasol said with regards to all the gossip:
"There will be other rumors and potential trades coming up, but I can’t really worry about it. I just need to continue what I’ve been doing, which is come in and be ready to play. ... It feels good to survive and live to fight another day. I’d like to continue to be here. But that’s not up to me."
For this season, Gasol is currently second on the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game, while leading them in rebounds with nearly 10 a game. Gasol also leads the Lakers in blocks with 1.5 per contest. The Lakers are still awaiting the return of superstar player Kobe Bryant, who ironically is among the leading vote-getters for the 2014 NBA All-Star game to be held in New Orleans this February.
Should the Lakers explore a trade involving Gasol once Kobe Bryant returns, or is he too good to give up right now?