Pau Gasol has been constantly in trade rumors for a couple years now. That can wear on anyone and you can’t blame him for having doubts or even if he wants to be on the team since they are so bad right now. Pau says he wants to stick it out though:
“My preference would be to stay,” Gasol said Thursday. “That’s what I’ve been saying all year, though the circumstances are difficult right now for our team and nobody’s too happy. But it’s still my team and I still want to be here.”
But after so many false starts and trade rumors over the years, does he even feel wanted by the Lakers?
“I think I feel wanted. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” he said. “The team would have pulled the trigger with prior opportunities that I’m sure had been on the table. I feel like the team appreciates me. It’s just a tough moment, I think, as far as the franchise losses. That always is going to stir things up and you’ve got to look at options and possibilities to get better as a team, a franchise.
Gasol seems like a nice enough guy but it’s time to move on.