Washington Times: The Lakers created a buzz yesterday with the blockbuster trade that brought in Pau Gasol for Kwame Garbage. But don’t expect to see the 7-foot Spaniard on the court at Verizon Center on Sunday. Gasol had to fly to L.A. to take a physical and hasn’t practiced with the team. Wouldn’t be too great an idea to throw him into a complex offense like the Triangle without a little prep work.
Caron Butler — the man that in a roundabout way made it possible for the Lakers to land Gasol (bamboozle swap of Butler for Kwame) — has a shot at ending his three-game absence. The All-Star forward strained his left hip flexor in Sunday’s overtime loss to Milwaukee, and the Wizards are 1-2 without him this week and 5-22 the last two seasons combined when he doesn’t play. Tough Juice took part in a shootaround today and is listed as a game-time decision. He said in the locker room Friday night that he plans on playing against his former team.