Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol is frustrated with his role on the team after the Purple and Gold signed center Andre Drummond. Drummond, who decided to sign with the Lakers after clearing the waivers, is an important addition to the team and he will have a big role going forward.
With the arrival of Drummond, the Lakers have a bigger depth at the center position. "I think there's an 'if' -- 'if' they need you. And it's a big 'if,'" Gasol said when asked about Lakers coach Frank Vogel repeatedly stating Gasol's continued importance, per ESPN.
"You're not Plan A right now. You're Plan C, D. ... You have to accept it because that's your job. And that's what you sign up to do. It's never easy to accept that." But Lakers coach Vogel insists Gasol is an important piece to the team.
"I think people need to understand how good of a player Marc Gasol is and how valuable he is to what we're doing," Vogel said afterward. "And we're going to play our most important players, so he's going to help us win a championship this year.
That's the plan. That's the vision. Obviously Andre coming along gives us the depth. But we're going to need all three of those guys. We stated that from Day 1, and Marc is one of our most important players. He dominated the game tonight with five points, OK? And this is what Marc brings to the table."
Gasol wants to stay a Laker
"Things can change quickly in the NBA, just as they have changed for me," Gasol said when asked whether he wanted to stay with the Lakers or seek a buyout of his own. "But, I'm committed to this team.
It's a hard pill to swallow because I know I'm going to be out of the lineup at some point. It's never easy on a player. As a basketball player, you want to play. You want to contribute, especially when you made that commitment for that reason.
But, we'll see." Gasol wondered if he had done something wrong. "You ask if you've done something wrong when you try to do everything for the team," Gasol said. "It's pretty obvious I don't care much about my stats and the shots that I get or rebounds that I get.
I try to box my guy out and make the next play, help everyone out. It's not easy, but it's life. You have to adapt. Like I said, either you take it as a challenge or you move on."