Pros and Cons of Lakers Re-Signing Pau Gasol

The question of whether to re-sign Los Angeles Lakers free agent Pau Gasol has been debated all season long, and it will continue to be, until he actually makes his mark on the dotted line somewhere else.

And, if he and management do somehow come to a meeting of the minds, that will also be debated, for the duration of his new contract.

This is the never-ending conundrum for the two-time NBA champion—a man who is revered by Lakers Nation, but who also brings a sense of battle fatigue from years of endless trade rumors and two seasons of feuding with current coach Mike D’Antoni.

To most observers, it would seem as if the 7-footer has one giant foot outside the door already. The Lakers are clearly in a rebuild mode, and the veteran free agent, now in his 14th season, can’t possibly be in their long-term plans.

As Kevin Ding for Bleacher Report writes: "Both the Lakers and Gasol, who’ve had a working relationship marked by a refreshing sort of maturity, understand it’s time to part.”

Ding leaves the door ever-so-slightly open for the Spaniard to return, in the event of a coaching change.

So what are the pros and cons of re-signing this sublimely talented big man?


The Case for Gasol Staying

Despite the Lakers’ abysmal record this season, their starting center is showing that he still has game. D’Antoni’s small-ball offense may not suit his style, but he’s averaging an impressive 17.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 blocks through 59 games, at an economical 31.5 minutes per game.

Moreover, his per 36 stats are higher than at any other time during his L.A. stay—at 20 points and 11.2 boards.

There’s also the matter of support from superstar teammate Kobe Bryant, who will be intensely motivated next season, after a long, frust...

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