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Another day, another Gasol trade rumor.
As long as the Los Angeles Lakers are losing, trade rumors will swirl.
We've all heard the story by now—the team is dysfunctional and sluggish, with Kobe Bryant calling his squad "old as s---," per ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Meanwhile, coach Mike D'Antoni hasn't figured out how to have Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard work together, let alone inspire anyone to play consistent defense.
The two-center problem resolved naturally with the Lakers' newest marquee big man out indefinitely with a torn labrum. Gasol is also out with a concussion, but if he gets back on the court sooner than Howard, he could have the post to himself for a while.
Unfortunately, the Lakers are 15-20, and they'll probably have to be at least a few games over .500 to get to the postseason. The prospect of this team evolving into a second-half juggernaut grows more unlikely every day, and the 2012-13 season seems lost.
Averaging 12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, Gasol is having easily the worst season of his career. The Lakers have no chance of getting fair value for him considering how good he can be when healthy and in a scheme conducive to his abilities.
On the other hand, Howard's contract expires after this season. He could walk and leave the Lakers with nothing in return.
If Howard commits to coming back next season, Gasol might not be in the cards moving forward. If not, Howard could be on the move again.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that the Lakers aren't interested in making any major moves. If the price is right, however, Los Angeles would be foolish not to listen.