Steve Nash Reportedly Keeping Gasol in LA

Lakers promised Nash they wouldn't trade Gasol

12/5/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Steve Nash Reportedly Keeping Gasol in LAPau Gasol has certainly made some headlines in the NBA this season, but not the sort of headlines a player aspires for. Gasol has struggled to adapt to new head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense, and has also dealt with troublesome knees throughout the season thus far. As a result, Gasol's name is now popping up in trade rumors with numerous teams around the league. Some say he may go to New York for Amar'e Stoudemire, while others speculate that he may be shipped to New Orleans for Ryan Anderson. Recent reports, however, suggest that Gasol won't be going anywhere.

A source tells Ric Bucher of CSN Bay Area that the Lakers promised Steve Nash that they would not trade Gasol when Nash signed with the team this past offseason. It's reasonable that Nash would want Gasol on his team, as Gasol is a good passer, knock-down mid-range shooter, and a nice counterpart for Nash in the pick and roll. We've yet to see the tandem's full potential, however, as Nash hurt his leg in the second game of the season and has yet to return to the court.

Gasol could turn his struggles around when he and Nash are able to return to action together, but it seems that his knees are really what are causing him problems right now. Gasol is averaging 12.6 points per game on 42% shooting, both of which are career worsts by a significant amount. Nash could help Gasol by returning to the court, but Gasol admits himself that he's lost "force and explosiveness" due to the tendinitis in his knees, and it has shown in his production.

The twelve year veteran missed Tuesday's game, will miss Wednesday's game, and seems unlikely to play on Friday as well. Gasol doesn't even know when he'll be able to get back on the court - when asked about it, he responded, "I don't know. I just don't know."

Any trade value that Gasol does have is surely being hurt by his ailment, and at this point in the season, the Lakers are surely upset with the promise they made to Nash - who has played in two games - to hold on to a player who is now sidelined indefinitely.
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