A day after being a full participant in practice, Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol was ruled out of Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The 33-year-old also took part in shootaround Wednesday morning, but Gasol decided it was best that sit out another game due to the strained right hamstring that has not forced him the last seven games.
“I think he’s OK, I think he’s fine,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He wants one more practice.”
As for Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics, Gasol is considered to be probable. So with the four-time All-Star out once again, Chris Kaman is expected to continue to take his place in the starting lineup as he has recorded a double-double each of his last three starts.
As for other Lakers’ injury news, Jordan Farmar may take the floor in Wednesday’s game, but if he plays it will likely be in limited action. Farmar has missed 28 games this season due to hamstring issues.
“If he does play, we won’t play him a whole lot,” said D’Antoni
If Gasol is dealt by Thursday’s trade deadline, he has spent the better part of six and half seasons with the Lakers earning two All-Star game selections and was a major part of the back to back NBA title teams.
With that said, the Lakers are reportedly mulling the decision to deal the four-time All-Star before the trade deadline. Los Angeles is weighing their options as they hold the 13-year veteran’s bird rights, which would allow them to exceed their salary cap to re-sign Gasol to a contract.
Nonetheless as the trade deadline is now less than 24 hours away, things will begin to heat up even further and Gasol’ could still be a player on the move if the price is right.
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