The Los Angeles Lakers signed Marc Gasol in the offseason with the hope that he would serve as their Dwight Howard replacement.
They didn’t need anything huge from him, just solid production and good presence in the middle.
Sadly, he didn’t live up to expectations.
This forced the team to go out and sign Andre Drummond last week, which led many to speculate that Gasol may be on his way out.
On Friday, following the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Sacramento Kings, Gasol offered his blunt thoughts on his future with the team.
“I think there’s an ‘if’ — ‘if’ they need you. And it’s a big ‘if,'” Gasol noted when asked about head coach Frank Vogel repeatedly saying the big man is important.
“You’re not Plan A right now. You’re Plan C, D. … You have to accept it because that’s your job. And that’s what you sign up to do. It’s never easy to accept that.”
When pressed on whether he wanted a buyout, Gasol offered a diplomatic response.
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“Things can change quickly in the NBA, just as they have changed for me,” he said.
“But, I’m committed to this team. It’s a hard pill to swallow because I know I’m going to be out of the lineup at some point. It’s never easy on a player. As a basketball player, you want to play. You want to contribute, especially when you made that commitment for that reason. But, we’ll see.”
Given that Gasol is currently averaging career lows in points (4.8), rebounds (3.9), field goal percentage (40.3%) and minutes (19.5), it’s easy to see why LA isn’t fully committed to him. That said, until they officially fill their remaining roster spot, it’s a safe bet that Gasol won’t go anywhere.
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