The future of Pau Gasol is often the subject of discussion in the NBA.
The longtime Laker has been linked with a move away from the LA franchise more times than we care to remember in recent years.
But it looks increasingly likely that 2013-14 could prove to be his final year with the team with the big Spaniard set to head to free agency in the summer.
And one former NBA star, once of his city rivals the LA Clippers, is convinced Gasol's time is up in a Lakers uniform:
"I don't think that Pau Gasol is part of the future plans of the Lakers, making upwards of 17-18 million dollars this year, becoming a free agent at the end of the year," said Brent Barry.
The now NBA TV analyst continued during a conference call Thursday:
"I think the situation has worn thin there and I think Pau will have opportunities where he can go somewhere and play and sort of relive himself of some of the pressures, some of the stress and some of the undue criticism that has come his way over the past couple of seasons trying to fit into coach D'Antoni's system."
With the Lakers hierarchy looking to revitalize their ailing organization in the summer, and rumored to be plotting a big move in 2015 free agency, the prospect of committing Gasol to more years on big money looks increasingly unlikely - especially with much of their salary already going to Kobe.
And the Spanish veteran may do worse than heed the advice coming from Barry.
A change of scenery could indeed be the best outcome for both parties, with the Lakers facing a few years of rebuilding and Gasol, now 33, surely looking for one last shot at the title.
Barry was speaking ahead of Sunday's Clippers-Lakers game and warned Clippers fans they might have to wait for another blow out against their city rivals:
"I don't think the Clippers can do to the Lakers what they did the first time around. I would expect a little bit of a different focus in the team that show up."
The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Los Angeles Clippers live on ESPN at 8.30pm on Sunday 6th April. Follow the NBA in the UK on BT Sport.
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