Gasol had an MRI today on the sore foot after telling reporters that he felt a "pop" when the injury occurred, and it seems that the news is not good.
Pau Gasol has a partial tear of his plantar fascia and is expected to be out at least six weeks, league source tells @cbssports.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 6, 2013
One option for Gasol is rehab, with estimated timetable of 6-8 weeks. Surgery would mean 10-12 weeks, with better chance of full recovery.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 6, 2013
Gasol, who had an MRI in Boston today after injuring foot in Brooklyn last night, is expected to get a second opinion in the coming days.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 6, 2013
This creates a bit of a conundrum for the Lakers.
Dwight Howard has been habitually injured this season, the Lakers have no reward in terms of a lottery pick if they miss the playoffs, and there's seemingly nothing left for them to use as trade bait to make a decent-sized move and fill Gasol's role.
The only thing left to do is improve from within, and that's going to mean other players stepping up.