Undergoing surgery on his damaged knees may end Gasol's career with Lakers.
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol will undergo a procedure Thursday to address the tendonosis in both of his knees, the team announced Wednesday.
Gasol, who will turn 33 in July, missed more games in 2012-13 because of injury (33) than during any season in his 12-year career.
"It's more than tendinitis, it's tendonosis," Gasol said. "There's a degeneration of the tissue, and it's something that I've dealt with all year. So I'll have to do something to regenerate the tissue so I don't have to play with this pain."
Gasol has one year remaining on his Lakers contract worth $19.3 million.
He acknowledged at his exit interview last week that he could have played his last game as a Laker.
"The future is uncertain," Gasol said. "There's no doubt about it. It's a possibility that I could be gone, and there's a possibility that I could stay.
Gasol's teammate Kobe Bryant publicly lobbied for the team to bring Gasol back next season.
"If you want to anger a conservative lie to him.
If you want to anger a liberal tell him the truth."