Only 14 games into the season, Pau Gasol has already seen his name surface in trade speculation. "I don't get it," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said, shaking his head. "It definitely doesn't come from us. But it's like New York. In Los Angeles, that's what you guys do. That's good. You guys talk and most of the stuff is wrong. You get people interested. I'm OK with that." Gasol, whose two-year, $38 million contract expires following the 2013-14 season, has averaged a career-low 13.4 points on 43 percent shooting. D'Antoni also explained Gasol's fourth-quarter benching in the Lakers loss Saturday to Memphis in favor of Antawn Jamison this way: "I thought I'd want to win the game." Still, D'Antoni sounded incredulous on any doubts Gasol could fit into his faster-paced system. "He's another seven-footer who can guard the rim and he's extremely smart," D'Antoni said. "So there's no reason why he can't fit. Ideally, you'd want a guy like Jesse Owens who can run. But he's a big part of what we're going to do." "I don't see how a player as smart as he is, as talented as he is and efficient as he is, doesn't fit in anybody's schemes," he continued. "I got to reevaluate myself if I can't play with Pau Gasol. Come on. He's won two championships."
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni believes Pau Gasol fits his system
L.A. Daily News | Nov 28