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Pa Gasol has been a key part of the Lakers for years, and it looks like he'll remain with the team for the immediate future. The Lakers have reportedly decided not to trade him, at least for the moment, as they're happy with his play in recent games. Gasol is averaging 14.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, with a 21-point performance on Tuesday night. This could all be just a smokescreen, however -- the Lakers are 12-13 and might need to make a significant move if they want to stay competitive in the brutally tough Western Conference.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
For the first time in a long time, the Lakers will have the lineup they were planning on when they signed Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will return to the Lakers tonight, and they will be thrown right back into the starting lineup. The Lakers have been a different team in the second half and are comfortably over .500 -- since they're finally healthy, will they actually be a team to beat come playoff time? That is, if they make the playoffs, of course.
A week ago, the Lakers were embroiled in controversy, coming off a contentious players-only meeting, then falling to a season-worst eight games below .500. Suddenly their season seems to have turned around. They've won three in a row for the first time since Christmas, with Kobe Bryant playing distributor and Pau Gasol as a sixth man. But will it last? And did the turnaround come in time to salvage the Lakers' playoff hopes?
Count on Kobe ... to pass?
Kobe Bryant has taken on the role of facilitator the past three games. Will that work long term?
Pau riding pine?
Mike D'Antoni moved Pau Gasol to a reserve role, and didn't use him in the fourth quarter Tuesday.