As noted by The Times' Mike Bresnahan, the Lakers are "debating whether to bring Pau Gasol off the bench when he returns from knee tendinitis."
There's no question the team's forward/center and former All-Star has struggled to fit alongside Dwight Howard. Gasol has admitted multiple times that he's more comfortable closer to the basket, but that's where the Lakers have Howard positioned.
Gasol does need to play stretches at center. That's where he'll flourish but coming off the bench doesn't achieve that.
Howard has averaged 36.1 minutes a game this season. If Coach Mike D'Antoni trimmed that down to 33, that still leaves only15 minutes for Gasol at center without Howard.
Whether Gasol is starting or coming off the bench, that math doesn't change. If he also plays 33 minutes a game, that leaves 18 minutes to play alongside Howard.