Pau Gasol says his return to the Lakers hinges on significant changes.
"Re-signing for the Lakers is a possibility, but I'm not sure whether to say it's a remote one," Gasol wrote on his site. "If there's anything or anyone who could make me stay it's Kobe Bryant. I'd stay for him, but there'd have to be significant changes." Continuing like a man intent on leaving Los Angeles, Gasol also addressed his feelings on Lakers' coach Mike D'Antoni, "I've never concealed the fact that D'Antoni's style doesn't suit my game. Everybody knows this. I don't know if my decision will be swayed by whether Mike stays or leaves. Obviously, the coach is a very important factor for any team." The Lakers have money to spend, but it's starting to sound like it won't be spent on Gasol.
Pau Gasol said that he's found "common ground" with coach Mike D'Antoni, and wouldn't rule out re-signing with the Lakers if D'Antoni remains the head coach.
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"The last few years I always kept on my mind that this could be my last day [with the Lakers], so let me try to enjoy it," said Gasol. "I'm going to listen closely to what the Lakers will have to offer and say about the team's situation and position [after the NBA draft]." He also said that he'll "listen" to offers from the Knicks, but he'd have to take a huge pay cut to join Phil Jackson in New York.
Steve Nash is confident that he'll remain with the Lakers next season, but due to his health concerns he admitted that the team "can't rely on [him]."
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The Lakers could waive Nash via the stretch provision, thus reducing the cap impact of his $9.7 million final year, but the 40 year old sounds certain that he'll still be in L.A. He said that he's 3-4 weeks away from being healthy and wants to contribute in any way possible next season, even if he doesn't play and only serves as a mentor to young Lakers' players.