7 Surprising Factors That Could Keep Pau Gasol in Los Angeles

A tumultuous season for Pau Gasol in Los Angeles with the Lakers ended with L.A. losing in five games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs. Now trade rumors once again dominant talk surrounding the Spaniard.

It’s no surprise that Gasol’s name has returned to trade rumors considering he already had been traded earlier this year (before David Stern’s veto).

After the vetoed trade, Gasol remaining in L.A. was still a big question mark moving forward. Kobe Bryant eventually delivered the ultimatum to management, essentially saying trade Gasol or don’t, but make a quick decision.

This led to speculation by Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN Los Angeles, which included a Gasol trade to the Chicago Bulls for Carlos Boozer and C.J. Watson and a trade to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith and Marvin Williams.

In addition, Ric Bucher of ESPN stated during a broadcast referenced by the Examiner that the Lakers could trade Gasol to Boston in exchange for Paul Pierce to help take the scoring load off of Bryant.

Despite the rampant trade rumors, there’s still a good chance that Gasol will remain in Los Angeles next season. Here are seven factors that could keep Gasol in L.A. moving forward.

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