HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

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Gasol also supported Kobe Bryant for publicly questioning the front office. Those included issues ranging from wanting executives Jim and Jeanie Buss to improve their relationship, decide Mike D’Antoni’s future as head coach and build a championship caliber roster this offseason. “I’m glad that he spoke his mind,” Gasol said following the Lakers’ 131-102 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “He wants to win. He’s got two years under contract with the franchise. He wants to be in the best possible position to win. Whether you do that publicly or internally, that’s totally up to you. He spoke his mind and you have to respect him for that.” Los Angeles Daily News

Gasol also doesn't like D'Antoni's small-ball offense, which is no secret, and it might lead to Gasol's departure this summer as a free agent. "A lot of factors will influence me going one place or staying here," Gasol told The Times on Thursday. "We'll take everything into account." Los Angeles Times

"I always want this organization to do great and to be cast in the best possible scenario," Gasol said. "I hope everything works out well for the organization, for management, for ownership. I'm very appreciative, and if I continue to be here I would also want them to be in the best possible position." Los Angeles Times

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During Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher stated on the TNT broadcast that he spoke with Kobe Bryant prior to the game and asked him who he could “envision” on next year’s team. Bucher reported that Bryant included Pau Gasol’s name, which the reporter said “surprised” him. Bucher further pressed Bryant, asking how confident the five-time champion is on a scale of one to 10, that Gasol will be with the Los Angeles Lakers next season, to which Bryant responded “eight.” Lakers Nation

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Q: What's your latest view on your old stomping grounds, Laker Land, and where it's headed? Phil Jackson: Well really, there's a limited free agent market this year. Luol Deng, and Pau Gasol is going to be a free agent — they can resign their own guy, which I don't know if Pau would want to re-sign with them or not. Maybe he feels that's not the best place, but he likes LA, he likes the fans. Who else is in the free agent market besides Luol that jumps (at you)? USA Today Sports

March 2, 2014 Updates

Pau Gasol: "I'm a happy guy who likes peace. I don't want problems with anybody. I don't know why my comments have offended Mike D'Antoni. You would have to ask him (...) My comments, minutes after a painful defeat in Indianapolis, have been taken out of context. I don't want to kill any messenger, but I would like to explain myself. Marca.com

Gasol: "I talked about my team, the Lakers, that we lack discipline. And this word can be interpreted in many ways. (...) Yes, I claimed that the Lakers miss some structure, (...) we need to have a defined style of play." Marca.com

March 1, 2014 Updates

After Cleveland shipped Bynum away, Lakers center Pau Gasol reached out. Although they did not connect, Gasol understood where his former teammate might have turned south. “With his years with the Lakers, every player was well under control because of the group and the coaching staff. The coaching staff you had to respect and that’s something that not every coach demands or brings to the table,” Gasol says. “So, I think it was easier to do when Phil Jackson and his staff was around. Then, when asked if Brown had provided that same culture for Bynum when he coached in Los Angeles, Gasol responded: “Nah. Not the same.” Indianapolis Star

February 28, 2014 Updates

Pau Gasol: "Here I am. I’m still here. I’ve been in L.A. for six and half seasons and I’m going to see out my contract here. I’m happy. The trade deadline has passed. There’s good news and bad. The good news is I’m the master of my fate now. The bad news is it’s not for too long, until I sign my next contract, which is not really bad news, it's just the way it is. From now until the end of the season I’ll focus on helping the team, as I always said. It's a very delicate situation and I’ve just recovered from an injury, which came along at a very unfortunate time, like they always do. I know I always say this, but life’s like that. I always think of it this way: I try to do things the best way I can and I try to help my team to win. It’s simple. It’s real. I can’t lie, there’s a lot at stake in the next months. I want to keep playing at the highest level for many reasons." paugasol.com

Pau Gasol: "I’m a free agent with no restrictions. That means I can go wherever I want. The Lakers don’t have any bargaining rights. My franchise has the chance of offering me more money and a longer contract, but that's not all that's going to matter as far as my decision." paugasol.com

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