HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

April 4, 2014 Updates

Gasol, 33, becomes a free agent after this season, sure to take a pay cut from the $19.3 million he currently makes but unsure where he will land. If it's somewhere else, his last game with the Lakers will have been a nine-point, four-rebound effort in a 124-112 loss Tuesday to Portland. He experienced lingering effects of his illness while making turns on the court that night and theorized he came back too soon. But he jumped on a charter flight with the team, went to Sacramento and appeared to have improved at the team's Wednesday morning meeting. Los Angeles Times

Gasol ran into trouble while doing his doctor-prescribed exercises that afternoon. He had been directed to rotate his head several times one way, then several times the other way while standing, a deliberate attempt to make himself slightly dizzy. The recovery time from the exercise had been getting shorter every day for Gasol. But on Wednesday, he did his head rotations and ended up laid out on the floor. He never made it to the arena. Los Angeles Times

April 3, 2014 Updates

Pau Gasol might have played his last game in a Lakers uniform. The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. He won't play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness. Los Angeles Times

Pau Gasol has been dealing with a recurring case of vertigo lately, causing him to miss four games. He returned to play 28 minutes against the Blazers on Tuesday, but will sit Wednesday's game against the Kings because of it. Bill Oram: Bad news for Pau Gasol. Lakers center has had severe recurrence of vertigo and is incapacitated in Sac. hotel room. Out tonight obviously CBSSports.com

March 31, 2014 Updates

What does that mean for Chris Kaman, who dominated the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night in a surprise 115-99 Lakers' victory? In 32 minutes, Kaman scored 28 points with 17 rebounds and six assists. "After a monster game like last night, it's hard to bench a guy like that, even not play him," said Gasol of Kaman. "You've got to give him some credit and understand that he's a valuable piece, one of our best pieces." Kaman has called the season frustrating, playing a much smaller role than he anticipated when he signed a one-year deal with the Lakers over the summer. In 38 appearances, Kaman is averaging 10.3 points in 18.6 minutes -- getting most of his opportunities when Gasol sat out 14 games with a variety of ailments. Los Angeles Times

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Pau Gasol: "My priority is basketball. I want to be on a team with real chances of winning the championship next season. I don't rule out staying in Los Angeles if the circumstances are appropriate." Marca.com

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Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, prior to Sunday’s game against the visiting Orlando Magic, was told of a recent conversation that took place between Nick Young and Pau Gasol, who apparently want to do everything they can to avoid being the worst Lakers team since it moved to Los Angeles for the 1960-61 season. The 1974-75 Lakers went 30-52. These Lakers are 22-46 and would have to go 9-5 over their last 14 games in order to accomplish what Gasol and Young want. That would make them 31-51. “They probably should have had that conversation a little earlier, first off,” D’Antoni said, drawing a large round of laughter from assembled reporters. “But you know, hey, great, whatever we try to do is good.” Los Angeles Daily News

Jose Calderon’s status for Tuesday’s game against Oklahoma City is uncertain after the Dallas Mavericks’ point guard was popped in the mouth Sunday by Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee. The incident occurred less than one minute into the Mavs’ 107-104 overtime loss to the Nets. “I don’t think it’s serious, but I have not gotten an official word on it,’’ cosach Rick Carlisle said. “He got hit in the mouth -- I don’t really have the details. “I saw him at halftime, he was in the locker room at halftime. He’s OK, but I think there’s some stuff in his mouth they’re looking at.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 21, 2014 Updates

But a person with knowledge of the Grizzlies thinking said Randolph will be the focus of their free agency affection and that the interest they have in Pau Gasol would be secondary. The relevant question on that front, it seems, is whether Pau would be so interested in reuniting with his brother in Memphis and contending for a crown that he might be willing to play a complementary role behind Randolph and Marc Gasol while accepting a contract that would likely be below market value. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of such talks. USA Today Sports

March 18, 2014 Updates

Pau Gasol on playing for Phil Jackson: "He was always picking. Picking your brain. Picking your personality ..." "He was a guy that you looked up to and he commanded respect just by his presence and his demeanor and the way he talked to you and he looked at you," Gasol said Tuesday when asked about his initial memories of playing for Jackson before he got to know the legendary coach. "He was always very inquisitive, even with his look in his eyes. So, you knew there was something going on in his head he was ready to shoot at you. And you had to be ready. You had to be ready for it. So, he was always picking. Picking your brain. Picking your personality, to see how you would react. Testing you, I think, to figure you out and see how far he can push you. How he can get you to do certain things that he wanted you to do." Sulia

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