Pau Gasol Trade Rumors a Fact of Life

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Pau Gasol Trade Rumors a Fact of Life
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Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol can barely feel the breeze of swirling trade winds anymore.

Frankly, there's an uncomfortable stillness when his name isn't running through the rumor mill at this point.

It's hard to say just when Gasol will leave the bright lights of Hollywood behind him, but it seems like he has been hovering one foot outside the door for years.

The latest push appears to be coming from the Lakers' end.

According to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein, L.A. has started its annual debate of whether to put the 33-year-old on the trade block before February's trade deadline.

Despite his declining production (14.4 points on a career-worst 42.3 percent shooting), the Lakers haven't given up hope that Gasol can thrive under coach Mike D'Antoni. L.A., at least according to Shelburne, has yet to even engage in trade talks; it's simply weighing its options.

But Sporting News' Sean Deveney has heard from sources that the team has been "fielding trade offers for Gasol for a while now."

The big man's impending free agency and reported rift with D'Antoni have both contributed to his possible availability.

If any of this sounds familiar, that's because it should. Whenever there's been trouble brewing in La La Land of late, the four-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion has been an all-too-easy target in the blame game.

So follow us as we travel through the countless exits-that-weren't of Gasol's L.A. tenure.

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