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April 14, 2014 Updates

Then there’s the possibility of playing with his brother in Memphis. “It’s appealing,” Gasol said. “We have a lof of fun always in the summers [playing together with the Spanish national team]. But I don’t know if it’s going to be completely 100 percent up to me, because there’s going to be a lot of teams that are going to be probably limited or conditioned to a trade, and the Lakers will probably have some say in that. We’ll see. It’ll be an interesting process. I don’t know if the Grizzlies are one of the teams that are most interested. “I’d love to play with Kobe more, because he’s a friend, he’s a winner and he’s a guy that I’ve been through a lot and won championships with. I would love to play with my brother, but you can’t have everything. Just try to think where is the best position for me to succeed collectively and individually.” ESPN.com

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Gasol, though, will have options. A poll of NBA executives on Gasol's future returned many of the same answers: Chicago. Cleveland. Charlotte, if the Bobcats believe a Gasol-Al Jefferson front line can stop anybody. Memphis, if Zach Randolph opts out. Even after a disappointing season -- and with the understanding that Gasol has never been a strap-a-team-on-his-back kind of player -- Gasol will be among the most sought after free agents on the market. SI.com

"There are a couple thoughts out there on Pau," says an Eastern Conference executive. "Some people say he is worn out, that he is too far past his prime to really help a contender. There are others that think that LA, that environment the past two season, that style of play has destroyed him and if he goes somewhere else, plays with a different coach, he might be rejuvenated. I could see someone who thinks the latter paying him $10 million a year." SI.com

Gasol has been in the thick of this mess. Only Wesley Johnson (72), Jodie Meeks (70) and Jordan Hill (65) have played more games than Gasol (60). It's not the first time Gasol has seen a team unravel, either. In 2006-2007, Gasol was part of 22-win team in Memphis, another defenseless bunch that Gasol didn't join until 23 games into the season because of a broken foot he suffered the summer before. Gasol remembers the frustration of that season, but it doesn't compare to this. "It's a little different being with the Lakers, a franchise that is known for being successful, that has high expectations every year," Gasol said. "The good thing here is that we get sellouts, we get an extremely nice crowd of people that are supportive through this struggle. In Memphis, the stands were half empty. That was rough. We would play at home and we needed that extra energy that your fans give you. That's what we get here. It was frustrating in Memphis but it's tougher here because of the support we get." SI.com

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

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