Lakers Rumors: Latest on Pau Gasol, Lance Stephenson and More Buzz

As the Los Angeles Lakers endure their second straight frustrating season, questions continue to get raised about the direction of the franchise. The moves the team makes leading up to the trade deadline and during the offseason should answer those questions.

The only thing that's clear right now is the current roster formula isn't going to work. There are too many veterans who are struggling to stay on the court consistently and not enough secondary production even when Pau Gasol is playing well or Kobe Bryant is healthy.

So changes are likely on the horizon as the Lakers try to get things back on the right track. What those moves will be is unknown, but let's check out some of the latest rumors making the rounds, which could give a glimpse into the team's plan of attack.


Pau Gasol

Gasol is currently sidelined with a groin injury. When healthy, he's been the Lakers' best player thanks to a bounce-back season that's seen him average 17 points and 10 rebounds. He would still represent a major addition for a contender if Los Angeles decides to move him.

The 33-year-old post player is no stranger to the trade market. So it's no surprise he's found himself in the rumor mill again with the Lakers struggling. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports the Lakers have not closed the door on a deal with the Phoenix Suns:

Ultimately, if the Lakers move Gasol, it signals a complete reshaping of the roster. He can still play at a high level, meaning Los Angeles would be best off keeping him if they want to expedite the turnaround. It sounds like they are keeping all options open for the time being.


Lance Stephenson

Stephenson is a player who will be watched very closely in the coming months. Sean Deveney of Sporting News reports the Indiana Pacers are facing luxury-tax issues when it comes to re-signing the guard, an...

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