As the Los Angeles Lakers sink deeper in the Western Conference standings, finding a trade for Pau Gasol may become a bigger priority.
That's not going to be easy, though. Gasol's expiring deal worth $19.2 million is a massive one, and finding a team that is willing and able to send back a combination of expiring contracts and future assets like draft picks for a half-season rental is going to be awfully tough.
If the Lakers truly want to retain maximum cap space for this offseason, trading Gasol at the deadline probably doesn't mesh with that.
What seems more likely is that the Lakers will hang on to Gasol and simply let his contract come off the books. Once Gasol hits unrestricted free agency, it will be up to him where he wants to play the last days of his career, and at what price.
Which teams will be able to offer up the best fit and enough money to be a good landing spot for Gasol? Let's take a look.