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The Lakers announced Wednesday that Pau Gasol has a tear in the tissue on the bottom of the right foot, an injury said will sideline him at least six weeks.

The team said in a statement Gasol, injured Tuesday at Brooklyn, will return to Los Angeles on Thursday for additional examinations and that a timeline for his return will be set then.

That’s the news of the moment. The critical big-picture implication is that whatever plans the Lakers had of waiting to get healthy and then evaluating the roster before pushing the button on a shake-up deal just went away. The trade deadline is two weeks from Thursday, and the final opportunity for patience disappeared in Brooklyn.

Moving Gasol before was never as easy as most made it seem — it would have required an upgrade at power forward because the Lakers were already thin there with…

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