Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/8/12

Laker Pau Gasol #16 after scoring in the first half during game seven of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday May 17, 2009 in Los Angeles Photo via Newscom

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OKLAHOMA CITY The Lakers are debating whether to bring Pau Gasol off the bench when he returns from knee tendinitis, said a person familiar with the team's thinking. Gasol has struggled mightily this season, averaging 12.6 points and shooting only 42, both career lows. The Lakers are trying to decide how a demotion to the bench would affect Gasol. If they determined it would be adverse, they'd keep him in the starting lineup. It was unclear when Gasol would return, though it could be Sunday against Utah at Staples Center. The Lakers then take off for another road trip, to Cleveland, New York, Washington and Philadelphia. Before Friday's game, Gasol worked out on an elliptical machine. He has not started running again. Antawn Jamison, Gasol's replacement the last three games, has averaged 13 points and six rebounds since...
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