It's not often you hear a guy of Pau Gasol's ilk make a statement like this, but he did.
The big man did an interview with T.J. Simers of the LA Times and when asked what he would do if Coach Mike D'Antoni and Dwight Howard stayed with the Los Angeles Lakers next year, Pau said, “It would be hard to me to deal with another season knowing the facts you just mentioned.”
He then went on to say he would possibly ask for a trade. Pau also said that he understands D'Antoni has a system which revolves around one big man, which means choosing between him and Dwight. However, he slightly undercut the Coach, stating:
“Nothing is going to change, but I have no doubt we could coexist and dominate every single game. I believe 100% if I was starting inside with Dwight we could make the playoffs. I just don’t know if coming off the bench gives the team a chance to be better and win more games.”
He ended with saying that D'Antoni was “messing” with his season, but not his career, because he believes that he's one of the best in the world.
Gasol definitely helped his Spanish team during the Olympics and gave the US team a tough time. He's also been a huge reason Kobe Bryant won his last two championships.
The tough part is that he is injured right now, so a team isn't likely to deal anything of equal worth for him, unless they've already written their season off. The Lakers still reportedly also want to keep Dwight, despite all the drama.
So, it is possible that the team could eat the rest of D'Antoni's contract and bring in yet another new coach. Otherwise, they may lose one of the guys who helped them win in the recent past, although he is certainly past his prime and maligned with injury.