Gasol has circled this date on the calendar — March 15, noon PST — because it marks the NBA’s trade deadline. Best-case scenario, it will provide him at least three months of security before seeing what the Lakers’ off-season plans are for his remaining two-year, $38.3-million contract. Worst-case scenario, it will mark the official end of what he dreaded all season.
However the outcome, Gasol has remained painfully professional about the Lakers keeping him in limbo all season. Yet he’s also handled the uncertainty with mixed emotions.