The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers continue to discuss a trade involving Pau Gasol.

But the Suns want to evaluate how Gasol recovers from a strained groin before deciding whether to advance talks to the next level.

Gasol averaged 20.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game in January.

The Suns would trade Emeka Okafor's expiring deal, which would offer $4.8 million in savings to the Lakers. The Lakers would then be less than $3 million away from the luxury tax threshold.