Lakers Trade Rumors: Latest Updates on Pau Gasol’s Future with the Team

Is Pau Gasol the most traded, but not really traded player in the history of the NBA? The Los Angeles Lakers big man has been the subject of constant trade rumors and was off to the Houston Rockets until the league said otherwise a few years ago.

The guy gets pulled in every direction, and this season has been no different.

Just a few days ago, ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne reported that Gasol could be headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum and another player.

On Jan. 2, though, they reported that talks between the two teams have hit a wall:

The major issue, sources said, involves the Lakers' desire to get an additional asset from the Cavs beyond Bynum's team-friendly contract, which could save the Lakers more than $20 million in salary and luxury taxes. The Lakers are interested in also getting a young prospect or a first-round draft pick as part of the deal. The Cavs have been reluctant to part with either.

The proposed deal isn't completely dead, but Shelburne tweeted that the trepidation is mutual from both the Cavs and Lakers.

Maybe Mitch Kupchak and Co. listened to Tony Kornheiser last night.

By now, Lakers fans have probably become numb to all of these reports. They won't care until Gasol has his bags packed and the plane ticket bought.

So it will come as no surprise that Ken Berger of CBS Sports is reporting that Gasol may not be going anywhere at all:

Things can always change in Lakerland, but for now, the team intends to keep Pau Gasol and ride it out with the group it has. In fact, league sources say the Lakers lodged an inquiry with Toronto about a deal for Kyle Lowry to stabilize their injury-ravaged point guard position. The talks didn't go anywhere. Nonetheless, with Kobe Bryant trying to come back from a second significant injury in eight months, the incentive – and temptation –...

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