Pau Gasol admitted it hasn’t been easy to focus on basketball since the Lakers tried and failed to trade him Thursday in a multi-player three-team deal. But sounded determined to make the most of whatever happens to him, especially if he remains with the Lakers.
“It’s a business of numbers,” Gasol said today. “With a lot of financial decisions to make (under the new collective bargaining agreement), a lot of teams look at it that way. I don’t know if it’s the total approach here, but you have to keep it in mind.”
Gasol said he believes GM Mitch Kupchak is still trying to make trades.
“I think there are still talks,” he said. “Mitch said it clearly (Tuesday). The franchise is looking to make moves. One has been made and that just leads to another one, for something else to happen.”
Gasol couldn’t compare the days leading up to his trade to the Lakers from Memphis.
“It was confusing and unexpected at the time it happened, but in that particular situation I wanted out,” he said. “I was ready to move on. I had been demanding or asking for a move for two years or a year and a half. It happened at the least expected time. … So this is a little different.”
Also, the Lakers signed free agents Gerald Green and Malcolm Thomas and are expected to add Josh McRoberts soon. McRoberts could be a valuable addition, especially if Derrick Caracter is out for an extended period after undergoing surgery on his left knee Wednesday. We’ll know more about Caracter’s recovery after surgery.