The Los Angeles Lakers have been weighing their options with center Pau Gasol, and are unsure if they should keep the four-time All-Star for the rest of the season to maintain his Bird rights, or trade him before Thursday’s deadline, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com. The Lakers have been one of the more active teams in advance of Thursday’s deadline as they gauge the market for Gasol and veterans such as Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman and Steve Blake. With their record at 18-35 heading into Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets, it makes little sense to pay luxury taxes and be in line to pay the more punitive repeater taxes in the future. However, sources said the Lakers have remained resolute in every trade discussion not to trade Gasol without acquiring an asset in return, and that there is a growing sentiment within the organization that it could be more valuable to hold on to Gasol and his Bird rights as he becomes a free agent and the organization has substantial room under the salary cap for the first time in years. The Lakers have stayed in contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns, two teams that had earlier shown interest in Gasol. The Charlotte Bobcats have also been in contact with the Lakers front office about Gasol. The post Lakers ponder what to do with Pau Gasol appeared first on Sports Glory.