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Report: Lakers are committed to trading Pau Gasol

06.18.12 at 3:16 pm ET

According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, the Los Angeles Lakers have a desire to move power forward Pau Gasol.

Lawrence states that the Lakers have used Gasol as their scapegoat for their second-round exit against the Thunder this season along with other past playoff failures. He also writes that the Lakers are willing to trade the 31-year-old even if the return value isn’t equal.

Lawrence cited Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley as a guy who “has always wanted to bring Gasol back.” It was announced this week that Heisley is selling the Grizzlies to Robert Pera, but that sale now is in trouble, according to Lawrence’s league sources. If the sale does fall through, then the Grizzlies will continued to be owned by Heisley.

Gasol has played for the Lakers since moving over from Memphis at the 2008 trade deadline and has helped them win two championships, including one against the Celtics. He averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 12 games this postseason.

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