Pau Gasol is in his seventh season with the Lakers. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The Phoenix Suns are exploring a trade for Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Suns have been looking to add a veteran star to help their young roster with the team's surprising playoff run this season, and the Lakers have previously spoken with teams about trading Gasol.
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Stein reports the trade would likely include injured Phoenix center Emeka Okafor, whose $14.5 million contract expires at the end of the season.
The Lakers recently announced Gasol would be out for at least one week with a strained groin.
Phoenix is currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoff picture.