The Los Angeles Lakers are one of those NBA teams always in the spotlight, and that hasn't changed throughout the weeks of December. Here is the very latest news coming out of Los Angeles surrounding the Lake Show.
Pau Gasol Reportedly No Longer on Trade Block
It seems like Pau Gasol has been on the Lakers' trading block for the past several seasons, but he's always ended up staying in LA. This year, reportedly, will be no different according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.
Sources close to the situation have told ESPN.com that the Lakers did debate trading Gasol but have been impressed with his play of late.
According to those same sources, the Lakers are content with keeping Gasol through this season, but are still assessing whether or not to re-sign him. The 33-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent in July.
With Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash injured, Gasol has arguably become the Lakers' best offensive option on the court. He has scored 14 or more points in the last six games he has played and recorded two double-doubles in the process.
"Pau's an all-star, he's one of the best players in the league," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni told Stein and Shelburne.
The Lakers will need Gasol to not only stay in the purple and gold but continue to stay on his recent hot streak as long as he can in order to climb the ranks of the Western Conference.
Jerry West Impressed with Mike D'Antoni
The Lakers are fourth in the Pacific Division and 10th in the Western Conference. It's really no surprise some are wondering about Mike D'Antoni's job security. Former LA general manager Jerry West is not among those people, however.
West told NBC Sports' Dan Patrick on The Dan Patrick Show (via The Los Angeles Times) that he thinks "Mike D'Antoni has done an unbelievable job."
"I can't believe the job he's done because I don't think this is one of the most talented Laker teams by far."
It's hard to argue against West on that statement. The 2013 Lakers are far from etching their name among the greatest the franchise has seen.
D'Antoni has had to deal with plenty of injuries to key players and do his fair share of mixing and matching starting lineups, though. Blame will certainly continue to come the head coach's way if the Lakers don't right the ship, but his job hasn't been easy, as West alludes to.
Kendall Marshall Settling into Los Angeles
Kendall Marshall is the newest to don a Lakers uniform, and it hasn't been a short journey for the second-year player.
The Lakers signed Marshall on Dec. 20 which marks the third team the point guard has played for in his career. He previously played for the Phoenix Suns and most recently waived by the Washington Wizards.
With the Lakers' injuries, however, it's possible Marshall will see a good amount of minutes and he's happy to be with the team.
"It's been a roller coaster," Marshall told Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times. "I've kind of seen some of the down sides of the league as well as some of the good sides. But I'm more aware now. I'm more grateful. Humbled by the opportunity."
Marshall has spent much of this season playing for the NBA D-League's Delaware 87ers. He made his Lakers debut Dec. 21 against the Warriors, playing six minutes and delivered on a three-point attempt.