Gasol to sit against the Rockets

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Pau Gasol participated in shootaround Wednesday but was ruled out for the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Houston Rockets because of his strained right groin. Chris Kaman will start in his place.

"I think he's OK, I think he's fine," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He wants one more practice."

Gasol is considered probable for the Lakers' game against the Boston Celtics on Friday.

If it was Gasol’s last appearance on the Lakers’ practice court, at least there was a smile on the 13-year veteran’s face as he went through a series of post drills after shootaround with assistant coaches Kurt Rambis and Larry Lewis. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday afternoon and Gasol's name continues to appear in trade speculation.

Jordan Farmar (left hamstring) also participated in shootaround and is considered a game-time decision.

"If he does play, we won't play him a whole lot," said D'Antoni.

L.A. will start Kendall Marshall, Steve Blake, Ryan Kelly and Wesley Johnson alongside Kaman. Jodie Meeks will come off the bench.