As he completed another basketball workout, Pau Gasol seemed in good spirits.

That's because Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said it's possible Gasol will play Sunday against Sacramento, but more likely Monday when the Lakers travel to Phoenix.

D'Antoni also suggested he will use Gasol differently whenever he fully heals from a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, an injury that has sidelined him for 18 games.

"He's going to be a starter at some point and is going to be a big part of what we do," D'Antoni said. "Whether it's the first day, fifth day or 10th day, I don't know.

"It depends on his conditioning."

As Gasol exited the arena following his workout, a reporter told him of D'Antoni's plan.

"Really?" Gasol said with his eyebrows raised. "That's news. Big news."