5 Questions That Will Determine the Lakers Future

True or False: Pau Gasol will be a Laker after 12:00pm PT on February 21st.

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Photo Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Jordan Grant // @JordanGrant90:

True. There have always been rumors of Pau being traded, but I just don’t see it. While his refusal to be a force in the paint on both ends of the floor is frustrating, Pau helps the Lakers in other ways.  The problems of this team can’t be placed so heavily on him.

Matevz Rojc // @MatevzRojc:

False. Mitch should bring in some younger, more athletic players who can score and play defense. Overall, Gasol was given enough chances, and since Phil Jackson retired, he hasn’t been the same All-Star player he was before.

Jon Gaffer // @jewelslamo:

True. How can you get rid of him with Hill out for the year and no guarantee Howard will be back next season? You can’t.

Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia:

True. This might be a different conversation all together if Jordan Hill wasn’t out for the remainder of the season. That, along with no guarantees from Howard, and you simply have to keep Gasol on the roster.

Melvin Taylor // @PastPossible30:

True. I believe Pau Gasol still will remain with the team. The Lakers want too much for him in return and no team is willing to give up what it would take to acquire him.

Felipe Amaral // @F_Amaral:

True. Despite a demotion to the bench, Gasol continues to be a class act, eliminating any sort of locker room issues that could ensue. Pau’s been providing significant points off the bench. His combination of basketball I.Q. and playoff experience is too much to overlook. If Gasol continues to get solid minutes every night, and finishes games like he has been, there’s no reason to get rid of one of the best players in Lakers history.

Alex Lambeth // @AlexLambeth:

True. Although the Rudy Gay trade rumors continue to swirl, Pau Gasol’s unique skill-set remains a vital part of the Lakers’ championship aspirations. Gasol’s demotion to the bench and his below-average play this season have also resulted in a limited trade market for the Spaniard; thus, Gasol should be a Laker for the rest of the season.

James Cypert // @JamesCypert:

Could Pau Gasol’s recent move to the bench actually be a blessing in disguise? With less minutes, Gasol’s knee tendonitis and plantar faciitis get more rest throughout the season and can keep him fresh for a deep playoff run. Though, the Lakers organization can’t be too happy paying their sixth man $19 million a year. With a roster in so much turmoil already through the first half of the year, another roster change is unlikely for a team looking for any continuity.

Oren Levy // @LakersOren:

True: Pau Gasol is one of the five best post up players in the league. The Lakers need him in order to make a run to the post-season. He is also insurance against Dwight Howard leaving in the summer. Plus, his value goes up this summer, as his $19 million dollar contract expires next year. Pau Gasol will be a Laker at the end of this season.

Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBG:

True. Pau Gasol has proven himself a team player all season long, despite discouraging moves by Mike D’Antoni (getting benched and coming off the bench), and has been producing of late. If he continues to impact the game in a positive manner, it wouldn’t benefit the Lakers to bring in a new player to assimilate into the system if they plan to make a playoff run this season.

Robert Benitez // @beeb0:

True. If Pau accepts his role as the sixth man and continues to play the way he has been, there is no need to trade him. I also do not believe the Lakers would trade Pau with the possibility of Dwight leaving in the off season. He remains a Laker for the rest of the year.

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