It’s become something of a head-scratcher. Paul Gasol, one of the biggest pieces on the NBA trade market, in physical stature if no longer in ability, has yet to find a new home.
The center's case is a curious one. At 33, he’s an elder statesman who's declined in every area but "games missed with injury" in recent seasons, but he’s coming off a gangbusters January that quieted doubts about his ability to contribute going forward.
Meanwhile, his employer appears motivated to move on. The Lakers own the third-worst record in the Western Conference and, without a clear path to contention the next few years, have little apparent use for a veteran center with a $19 million price tag and an expiring contract.
But, alas, with the Feb. 20 trade deadline inching closer, Gasol is still in purple and gold. Here’s a stab at five not-so-obvious reasons why the four-time All-Star remains in limbo.