EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- For the last few years, there were times Pau Gasol walked around the Lakers practice facility thinking it could be his last time doing so as a member of the organization.
On Thursday, as he showed up for Lakers exit interviews he entertained the same thoughts.
"It could be my last day," he said. "Maybe."
The two-time NBA champion has been the subject of constant trade rumors over the past few seasons. Yet, once all the dust settled, he remained in Purple and Gold.
This summer, Gasol will be a free agent for the first time in his NBA career and if he ultimately does not return to the Lakers, it will be because he decided there was a better destination for him, not because he was shipped off in a trade by Lakers management.
It's a unique position for Gasol, who's always expressed his interest to remain with the franchise despite numerous rumors that he was on his way out.
Now, with the ball in his court he fully plans to enjoy the moment.