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Pau Gasol doubts Magic's claim it won't trade Dwight Howard

Amid the feeling of normalcy the Lakers try to instill in every practice can't overshadow everything surrounding it.

They're missing a key reserve in Lamar Odom. They just brought in free-agent forward Josh McRoberts. And Pau Gasol practices knowing very well that could be the last one wearing a Laker uniform.

Even with the Orlando Magic no longer accepting trade offers for center Dwight Howard, Gasol remains far from uneasy. He also doubts the news itself.

"You don't really know if that's accurate or not," Gasol said Wednesday at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo. "You don't know if they're just saying that. They're probably saying that to get a better offer and then pull the trigger."

Of course, Gasol doesn't want that to happen considering the Lakers might try to use him in a trade package for Howard. But Gasol's just being honest or he's trying to call the Magic's bluff so Gasol doesn't end up there. Gasol was just as honest regarding that he doesn't feel better that the NBA reportedly accepted the Clippers acquiring New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu.

"Those things are part of our job," Gasol said. "We understand and accept it. It's a lot harder when it affects you. But it is what it is. There's not much you can do much about it."


Dwight Howard is no longer on trading block

Matt Barnes in contact with Dwight Howard on playing future

--Mark Medina

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