I am not surprised by this, even though Gasol’s name has been involved in trade talks for the last three years, he seems to like it in LA and if he doesn’t find an offer out there he likes, I can see him coming back.
While free-agent forward Pau Gasol grew tired of the persistent trade rumors that followed him for the better part of the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, he would give strong consideration to re-signing with the team, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Gasol has strong ties to Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who has advocated for his return, and a deep affinity for Los Angeles and the franchise he won two NBA titles with. While the constant trade rumors stung, Gasol learned to live with them and has a level of expectation that a new coaching staff would prioritize him more than Mike D’Antoni did, sources said.
There will be a lot of interest in Gasol on the open market, so like everyone else we will just have to wait and see what happens.