As if the Lakers didn’t have it bad enough at this point.
Results of Pau Gasol’s MRI on Monday revealed that the 7’0 center has a strained tendon on his left big toe. The veteran suffered the injury in the Lakers’ loss to the Clippers last Friday.
Outside of being yet another casualty to the Lakers’ roster, Gasol’s injury also hurts his potential trade value down the stretch, as the NBA Trade Deadline is just a little over a month away. Gasol is a game-time decision for tonight’s game against the Cavaliers, which should indicate that his injury is nothing too serious, but even if he’s able to play through the pain, anything hurting Gasol’s numbers at this point is no favor to the Lakers.
It’s unclear whether or not the Lakers will trade Gasol before next month’s deadline, but with his talent and expiring contract, he’d certainly make for a helpful acquisition to many a playoff contender, especially sub-.500 Eastern Conference Team looking to get over the hump. Gasol was reportedly set to go to the Cavaliers earlier this month in a deal for Andrew Bynum/salary relief, but Bynum was instead sent to the Bulls for Luol Deng, and Gasol’s name has stayed off the hot stove for the most part since.