First, Pau Gasol isn't OK with coming off the bench, but he's a team player for now. [Gasol] told CBSSports.com Monday he will not request a trade before the Feb. 21 deadline and is committed to the Lakers for the rest of this season. "Not right now," Gasol said when asked if he or anyone on his behalf would lodge a trade request before the deadline. "I don't think now is the time for that step to happen. Right now I'm very focused and committed to our team." Gasol, a four-time All-Star and one of the most gifted 7-footers in the world, has struggled with his demotion to the second unit. ... "It's hard for anybody who considers himself one of the top players in the world to say, 'OK, I'm OK with coming off the bench,'" Gasol said.
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