Pau Gasol has said that there a number of factors that could possibly affect his decision about whether or not to stay in LA at the end of the season.
The seven foot power forward is out of contract at the end of the season, but insists he hasn't yet made his mind up yet about where his future lies.
“There’s different factors you have to take into account,” he told NBA.com. “The financial factor. That I’ve been with this franchise, for what I’ve been through, the loyalty I have to them. And also the chances of winning a championship. Those three are the most.
"What percentage I will give or prioritise, we’ll see when the opportunities come along. But I would like to first be in a position to win a championship again and enjoy the last few years of my career and be in a good position to do so.”
The Spaniard has won two NBA Championships in his spell at the Lakers that began in 2008, and has inferred that if there is the opportunity to win another elsewhere, he will have to give it some consideration.
“If there’s possibilities of being in a place that has those type of chances, it’s something I will think about,” he said. “But, again, I’m not in that position yet. I’m here. We’re just kind of guessing here. We’ll see. We’ll cross the bridge when I get there. No rush.”
Gasol has ruled out a return to Europe, but a reunion with his former side, the Memphis Grizzlies, has been mooted as a possibility.
“It’s appealing,” he said. “One of the best centers in the NBA, one of the best interior players, is my brother. There’s a lot of attractive factors there. But who knows if that’s even a possibility or if that will ever happen.
"Right now, I’m just trying to focus on (the Lakers’ opponents) and staying healthy and playing a very successful year so this team and others will have the certainty and the confidence that I am a difference maker, that I am an elite player and I have a lot of years in me.”
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