Pau Gasol nears Lakers return - likely to replace Koman

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Pau Gasol looks set to return to the LA Lakers line up Tuesday after missing the previous thee games with a bout of vertigo.

The Spanish veteran left the Lakers' game against the Orlando Magic last week after suffering from nausea and dizziness.

But now the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Gasol is nearing a return, and could play on Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center.

He is currently listed as 'probable' by the franchise, but should he come back into the line up it would leave one Laker feeling slightly hard done by.

In Gasol's absence, Chris Kaman has put in some of his best performances of the season.

In Sunday night's 115-99 victory against the Phoenix Suns Kaman scored 28 points, posted 17 rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes.

And if Mike D'Antoni does decide to revert to his traditional starting line up Kaman will likely make way for Gasol - who feels some sympathy for his teammate should that be the case:

"After a monster game like last night, it's hard to bench a guy like that, even not play him.

"You've got to give him some credit and understand that he's a valuable piece, one of our best pieces," said the 33-year old.

Gasol even seemed to suggest that the pair could form a strong bond should D'Antoni put them both out from the start:

"We played a few games in the preseason. I think it was pretty effective. I think people were pretty excited and we got good results from it, but we never really went back to it during the entire season.

"We're not the coach. We don't make those decisions."

What do you think? Should Gasol come straight back or has Koman earned his run in the team?

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