Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Ever since the arrival of head coach Mike D'Antoni, the Lakers' fortunes—and in particular those of Pau Gasol—have taken a turn for the worse.
Gasol's time during the D'Antoni era has been plagued by injuries and subsequent demotions, both of which have been detrimental to his statistical output.
The Spaniard is averaging a career-low 12.7 points per game in 33.6 minutes per night (down four minutes from 2011-12), numbers that are sure to plummet some more now that he's been relegated to a reserve role behind Earl Clark (via ESPN's Dave McMenamin).
It's no secret that Gasol doesn't quite fit into D'Antoni's vision of an up-tempo offense that thrives on inside-outside action, one that has forced Gasol to play out of his comfort zone on more occasions than not this season.
Now, with his role looking cloudy, Gasol may be searching for a way out of Los Angeles.
According to ProBasketballTalk, Gasol did not mince words in a conversation with TNT's Craig Sager.
“Pau Gasol I talked to before the game,” Sager said. “He is not at all happy with the decision. He says, 'I have never been a role player in my life. I don’t like it right now.' I said, 'What about the possibility that maybe your time with the Lakers could be coming to an end at the All-Star break or the trade deadline?' He said, 'It certainly looks like a possibility to me.'”