Recently, Pau Gasol talked rather openly about potentially finishing his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
With the NBA season being suspended, it has given a lot of people time to think about things in life, including Pau Gasol, who used to be on the Los Angeles Lakers.
As Gasol’s playing career comes to an end, he surely has a lot of great memories with the Lakers. Gasol is a two-time champion with the team, and could potentially see his number retired by the franchise one day.
Gasol’s tenure in Los Angeles didn’t end well, as the failed superteam of the Lakers with Gasol, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard didn’t result in what the franchise was hoping for. Gasol’s name was tossed around in a lot of trade rumors at the time, and that surely didn’t please him.
Recently, Gasol spoke with Ryan Ward of Clutchpoints.com about a potential return to the Lakers to end his career. Here’s what he had to say.
"“Seriously considered? It’s not that I’ve had many opportunities,” Gasol told ClutchPoints. “It’s something that has been on my mind. Kind of like the potential of maybe finishing or playing my last year with the Lakers would be great. It’s appealing if you will, but the opportunity never really kind of presented itself in a serious official manner.“I have a great relationship and love for Jeanie and the Lakers organization and the city of Los Angeles, which is always going to remain extremely meaningful to me no matter what, but we’ll see. But not really.”"
Gasol is currently a free agent and will be one whenever free agency is for the NBA, but a return might not make sense for the franchise. Next season, the Lakers already have JaVale McGee under contract. Also, Anthony Davis will be expected to return.
The wild card in this matter could be Dwight Howard. In his return to Los Angeles, Howard has had a great season for the Lakers. The Lakers will surely want him back, but other teams might also be interested in Howard after his redemption season.
Gasol is without a doubt one of the best Lakers of the last two decades. However, the Lakers are looking to be championship contenders once again next season and might not have a spot for a player who might not be able to contribute at a high level anymore. While it would be great to see Gasol back, it doesn’t seem that likely next season.