Lakers final grades: power forward Pau Gasol

Today’s report card …

Pau Gasol shifted from the Lakers’ second offensive option to their third as center Andrew Bynum’s role grew and his diminished noticeably under new coach Mike Brown. Gasol’s average dipped to 17.4 points from 18.8 in 2010-11. He became more of a passer than a shooter. It was a difficult transition, one made all the tougher by near-constant rumors he would be traded after the Lakers tried and failed to deal him in December. Conventional wisdom suggests he will be traded this summer as the Lakers try to overhaul their roster.

Grade: B

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