Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Pau Gasol Set For Bounce Back Season?

pau-gasol-kobe-bryantWith Dwight Howard heading to the Houston Rockets, Pau Gasol will shift back to the center position heading into the 2013-14 NBA season. Gasol took a backseat to Dwight last year moving over to power forward position and never really getting back to form while feeling out of place as the third option in the offense.

Now that Gasol will be able to resume his role in the paint as the starting center, the two-time NBA champion will have an opportunity to bounce back with a vengeance next season and prove his worth to the team.

Gasol heads into the final year of his contract with the Lakers and will likely be involved in trade rumors once again if the team continues struggle with the NBA trade deadline looming. The Spaniard has been on the trading block for the past few years with a lot of uncertainty surrounding his future in Los Angeles.

Although the team is preparing for next summer’s talented-packed free agent class featuring Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, Gasol may be able to secure another contract with the team with a bounce back season.

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not Gasol flourishes without Dwight clogging the paint. Steve Nash staying healthy and creating some chemistry with Gasol early in the season will be crucial to the Spaniard’s attempt to bounce back and secure a future with the team. Kobe Bryant potentially not returning until late November or early December may benefit Gasol with the veteran forward becoming the focal point of the offense.

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Lakers News: Lakers Agree to Terms with Undrafted Rookie Elias Harris [Examiner]

Lakers News: Lamar Odom Reportedly Considering Signing with the Lakers [Examiner]

Lakers News: Carmelo Anthony Doubts He’ll End Up with Los Angeles Lakers [Examiner]

Charles Barkley Says ‘Lakers Stink’ and Defends Dwight Howard for Decision [Examiner]

Mitch Kupchak Says Lakers Won’t Throw in the Towel Next Season [LA Times]

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Mike D’Antoni Says Lakers ‘Can Be Better Than Most People Think’ [LA Times]

Pau Gasol Looking Forward to a Bigger Role in the Lakers’ Offense [LA Times]

Kurt Rambis Tweets He’s Back as Lakers Assistant Coach [LA Times]

Report: Pau Gasol Ready to Assume Leadership Role [OC Register]

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Kupchak Discusses Lakers Summer and Future [Silver Screen & Roll]

Not Tanking the Path to a Better Future? The Lakers Seem to Think so [Forum Blue & Gold]

Magic Johnson Breaks the Big O’s Record (VIDEO) [Forum Blue & Gold]

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Team USA: LeBron James Likely Done with Olympic Play [Sports City]

USA Basketball to Consider Derrick Rose for Upcoming Summer Olympics [Sports City]

John Wall Signs Max Contract with Wizards [SB Nation]

Pistons Improve at Expense of Fans’ Sanity [SB Nation]

Oden Not Worth the Risk Anymore [SB Nation]

Rockets’ Terrence Jones Arrested for Allegedly Kicking Homeless Man [Pro Basketball Talk]

Rumor: Chris Paul Threatened to Sign with Rockets if Clips Didn’t Hire Rivers [Pro Basketball Talk]

Luol Deng Talks About Life-Threatening Illness That Kept Him Out of Playoffs [Pro Basketball Talk]

Report: Knicks Trying Hard to Sign Beno Udrih [Pro Basketball Talk]

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