Pau Gasol met with Lakers coaches at the team's training facility Wednesday, a precursor to the expected vote on the new collective bargaining agreement Thursday and the start of training camp Friday.

Ready, set, go?

Given how things unraveled for the Lakers last season in the playoffs, there remained a possibility that their All-Star forward would have to start fresh with another team.

"I guess after the way the season ended last year, it's kind of expected," Gasol said of hearing his name in trade rumors. "I'm looking forward to getting back on the floor and playing hard, playing my best, and I'm sure after that my name won't be brought up."