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Pau Gasol now is master of his own destiny as free agency approaches

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--Many times during his seven seasons in Los Angeles, Pau Gasol wondered if his last day as a Los Angeles Laker had come. There have been countless rumors and one actual trade: the infamous, vetoed Chris Paul deal of 2011. There was the night at the Pantages Theater in January when he turned on his cell phone during intermission of a stage production of "The Lion King" and found heartfelt messages from fans expressing sorrow that he had been traded to Cleveland. He hadn't. So when Gasol left the Lakers practice facility Thursday, the day after a 55-loss season ended with a 113-100 win in San Antonio, he couldn't avoid wondering, once again, if it would be the last ...

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