Gasol gives rehab update, says he's not talked to D12
JUN 03, 2013 7:03p ET
Gasol spoke to the media Monday evening after launching his Summer Kids Health Challenge at a pep rally at the Boys & Girls Club. Gasol and his brother, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, have kicked off an initiative this summer whereby children at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Memphis and Los Angeles will compete to see which group can live a healthier summer.
As for his own health, Gasol said he’s still in the process of rehabbing his knees — the May 9 procedure involves a 12-week recovery period, so there’s still months to go. That said, he’s been icing, working on muscle activation and making sure his quads are properly strengthened, and he hopes to be permitted to up his level of activity soon. His 12-week recovery timetable, if it sticks, leaves him plenty of time to be ready to go for training camp in October – wherever that training camp might be.
Gasol will spend the majority of the summer in Spain, where he’ll wait to learn his fate with the Lakers. With one year and $19.3 million left on his deal, the 32-year-old big man appears to be a prime candidate to be traded in something of a salary dump if the Lakers re-sign Dwight Howard. However, with the Howard situation far from resolved, Gasol can do little more than sit and wait.
“It kind of is like usual,” Gasol, who’s been the subject of trade speculation for the good part of two years, said of the offseason.
Gasol has not spoken to Howard, he said, and did not share any plans to do so. Instead, he stressed the magnitude of Howard’s decision and the time it will take for the center to decide whether he wants to return to Los Angeles or get a fresh start in another city. Houston, Dallas or Atlanta are three cities that seem like viable options to sign him.
Gasol has played for the Lakers since 2008, when he was traded from Memphis to Los Angeles in the deal that sent his then-unheralded brother to the Grizzlies. Gasol is one of just two players remaining – the other being Kobe Bryant – from that 2007-08 team that lost to the Celtics in the NBA Finals, and in his five years in Los Angeles, he’s become a fan favorite. Even that may not be enough to shore up his final year with the Lakers though, and with free agency still looming a month away, it may be some time before anything is resolved among the team’s big men.
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