Links from La-La land

Here’s a few early bird links from Laker land. Enjoy …

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Rumor: Gasol not apart of Lakers’ future?

By Montezz Allen

Lakers center Pau Gasol (photo by Getty Images)

Lakers center Pau Gasol (photo by Getty Images)

With only Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre under contract heading into the 2014-15 NBA season, the Lakers have roughly $30 million to spend in cap space this offseason.

But that’s only if they decide that their future will NOT involve center Pau Gasol.

Gasol has been on record saying he wants to remain a Laker and how could you blame him?

Los Angeles is where he’s had the most success in his entire career.

In seven seasons with the Lakers, Gasol helped lead the franchise to back-to-back championships between 2009-2011, while averaging 18 points on 51 percent shooting, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

He was selected to the All-NBA third team  in 2009 and 2010, and the All-NBA second team in 2011.

It’s safe to say he’s been balling ever since he put on a Lakers uniform. He’s still one of the better power forwards/centers in the league and can still play at a high level.

The 33-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent in July and he’s already listed a number of teams that intrigue him, according to NBA Editor/Basketball Insider writer Alex Kennedy.

On the other hand, parting ways with Gasol might be necessary if LA wants to make a run at another championship in the near future.

Why?

Because Gasol costs a lot of cheese. A lot.

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Gasol unsure about his return to La-La land

By Montezz Allen

Lakers forward Pau Gasol will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his 13-year career starting July 1. It’s a pretty accomplished career, too, by NBA standards.

It’s a career that includes winning Rookie of the Year, All Rookie 1st Team, All-NBA 2nd Team, back-to-back championships and All-NBA 3rd Team in ’09 and ’10.

Not too shabby.

The Lakers have benefited tremendously from what the European star has brought to the forefront: his length, ability to score the rock, pass the rock, his IQ – the whole nine.

He’s definitely one of the top power forwards in the game today.

Lakers power forward Pau Gasol

Lakers power forward Pau Gasol

Gasol’s 2013-14 season ended early. His bout with vertigo kept him sidelined the last few weeks of the season. When he was in the lineup, Gasol produced his typical numbers: 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 48 percent from the field.

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