Has Pau Gasol already played his last game for the Los Angeles Lakers? Not if the Lakers' brass has its way.

Although the Lakers' ideal free agency scenario involves convincing both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to come play for them this summer, according to a source with knowledge of the team's thinking, they are not ruling out the return of the four-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion Gasol by any means.

In fact, should it appear that James and Anthony are not pursuing a mutual destination as a package deal -- especially with Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh opting out of their deals with the Miami Heat -- the Lakers believe that having Gasol back on the team could be vital in their solo pursuit of Anthony.

While the last two seasons for Gasol haven't gone anything like when he first got to L.A. and helped lead the team to three straight NBA Finals appearances, he is still considered one of the most offensively talented big men in the game when healthy. Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists last season, but missed 22 games because of a variety of injuries, including a bout with vertigo.

Coincidentally, the New York Knicks, now run by former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, also plan to go after Gasol in hopes of convincing Anthony to stay, a source told ESPN.

It remains to be seen how receptive Gasol will be to the Lakers' pitch.

"My decision will be based purely on sporting considerations," Gasol wrote on his personal website in February. "It couldn't be any other way. I want to be in a team with a real chance of winning a ring and where I can help to compete for it. I would like to win another championship. The financial side comes second at this stage of my career."

Following his exit interview in April, Gasol was noncommittal about returning to L.A. for an eighth season and beyond.

"I'm going to listen closely to what the Lakers will have to offer and say about the team's situation and position at the time," Gasol wrote. "We know what it is today, but we don't know what it is going to be July 1. See how the draft is going to play out, who they are going to end up drafting. Things like that that can have an impact or an effect on the structure of the team."

The Lakers drafted Julius Randle, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward out of Kentucky, with the No. 7 pick in Thursday's draft. The team believes Randle would have no problem playing in the frontline alongside Gasol at center.

Since the end of the regular season, there's been another major adjustment to the Lakers that should appeal to Gasol: Mike D'Antoni resigned as head coach. While Gasol and D'Antoni did their best to find a common ground as professionals, the coach's style of play never suited the Spaniard and Gasol became more and more vocal about it as their time together dragged on.