It pains Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio to see from a distance how the Lakers have treated Pau Gasol, his close friend and teammate on the Spanish national team.

The nixed Chris Paul trade, endless trade rumors and a recent bench role led Rubio to make one damning conclusion on how the Lakers view Gasol.

"It seems like the Lakers don't want him the last two years," Rubio said. "But what they need is him. I think if Pau was on another team, they would look for Pau."

D'Antoni laughed off Rubio's comments.

"When he gets a team he can coach," D'Antoni said. "He can make that decision."