Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/12/14

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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Pau Gasol laughed with a tone that suggested both amusement and annoyance. A little over a week removed from the Lakers' early playoff exit in the Western Conferense semifinals, and the team's forward is already finding himself the subject of trade rumors. This time it didn't involve the Lakers shopping him around with other teams. Bulls.com's Sam Smith quoted "Laker insiders" who said "Gasol would like to play for the Bulls." That contradicts the endless statements Gasol has made that he'd like to remain a Laker. He reiterated that stance again Tuesday during a visit at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "My position is still the same," Gasol told The Times. "I still would love to be a part of the Lakers and continue to be here to help the team win more championships as soon as possible. It's out of my control and it's out of my hands, no matter what." Kupchak offered no assurances to Gasol and reporters at last week's exit interview that Gasol will remain with the Lakers, and su...
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