Earlier this month, Pau Gasol was set to be traded to the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade that would have brought Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.
But the trade was eventually vetoed by the NBA, and Gasol had to report to training camp knowing the Lakers were ready to send him to Houston.
So far, Gasol has been nothing but professional about the situation, unlike Lamar Odom, who demanded a trade after finding out he was going to be dealt in the CP3 trade.
But what Gasol tells reporters and what he feels deep inside are two different things.
Something else to consider is the poor stretch of play Gasol exhibited in last spring's postseason, where he reached his regular season scoring average one time in 10 playoff games.
If his slump from the playoffs carries over, or he is more hurt than we realize over the team wanting to trade him, it’s certainly not out of the question for the All-Star forward to get off to a slow start.