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Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol Says Pau ‘Wants To Be Recruited’ In Free Agency

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After coming off from a historically bad season for the Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol is one player that was dealt with a plethora of frustrations from his minutes on the floor to his displeasure with Mike D’Antoni’s coaching style.

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As an unrestricted free agent this summer, Gasol will have the ability to choose his own team and according to Geoff Calkins of ESPN, Marc Gasol says his brother wants to be recruited in free agency:

Marc continued to talk about the recruitment of his brother, via Calkins:

As this point in time, it remains a mystery whether Pau Gasol will stay with the Lakers or sign elsewhere. Recently, the two-time NBA champion has made it known that he has no first or second option in his free agency.

Last month, after the end of the regular season, Gasol wrote on his personal blog about his decision not being swayed to stay or leave if D’Antoni is retained or fired as the head coach, which ultimately ended up with D’Antoni resigning as the head coach last Wednesday.

As free agency begins on the first day of July, losing Gasol to the Grizzlies would be a major blow for the Lakers front court. Hopefully, the Lakers can somehow persuade Gasol to remain in purple and gold with their ample cap space and a potentially promising player acquired in the upcoming 2014 NBA draft.
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Karlo Bacolod is an Intern for Lakers Nation as a writer/editor. He has a background on video games as a writer for Gaming Illustrated. Currently attending Long Beach State University, Karlo is pursuing a B.A. in creative writing. You can follow him on Twitter here: @KMAC_LA

  • vdogg

    lol. sounds like mitch should bring a wrist corsage to his FA meeting with pau.

    • Garrett

      I know right? It’s is prom season anyway lol

      • vdogg

        haha! seriously.. hey pau, just because he bought you dinner and drinks doesn’t mean that you owe him anything tonight! lol

  • Lakers4Life

    He’s jut testing waters. Obviously he’ll want to do a bit of exploring, especially since he Lakers haven’t decided on a coach yet. No point staying if he’s going to be misused again like Dumbtoni did to him.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      AGree on the head coaching being vacant… that is why I would really love it if FO can have a new coach before May 20th to settle things a little bit before going into the draft lottery.

      • comrade24

        i think before FA begins but after the draft would be good time to ramp up coaching search. Our position in the draft could heavily influence coaching plans.

        • Chrmngblly

          I hear you, but neither the draft nor FA acquisitions should influence our choice of a coach. No matter what future personnel are imagined, it is bound to turn out different. I like college coaches who know that whatever recruiting class shows up is what he has too work with for a year.

          • comrade24

            i disagree to a point. I mean, you can’t have it both ways. I hear people say “nobody wants to play for D’Antoni. No FA’s will come if he’s the coach.” Well, you can’t say that and then simultaneously say that the draft and FA acquisitions shouldn’t affect the choice of a coach. If we select the right coach, that’s going to make FA’s want to play for them. Byron Scott is the perfect example. I personally think that Mark Jackson is a better coach, however, if Scott is able to bring in Irving, then which way do we have the better team?

          • Chrmngblly

            You go by the better coach, always. The NBA knows who you are pretty fast as a coach. Saying you have the personality to bring some player in is BS. I prefer Kevin Ollie but not because he has connections to Durant, to counter your examples. Player’s agents shape these decisions so that the players they represent make the most money and get the best overall deal. Friendship is the last factor involved, as a rule.

            There is something wrong with Mark Jackson that bears attention and investigation. I don’t know what it is. I am not down with the Pastor, though.

            I also don’t think we ought to stand around in a state of paralysis through analysis while these other teams sign up the coach we want or the FA players we need. When we know who we want, we ought to go for it.

          • comrade24

            i tend to not like anyone associated with organized religion, so i see what you mean about Jackson. You’re right about “friendship” being the last factor. What i’m saying is that say just for arguments sake we grade Mark Jackson as an A-, but we only grade Byron Scott as a B. So you may have a slightly better coach with the A-, but if the coach B is still a good coach, but has the upside of an all star point guard wanting to play for that particular coach, then i say you go with the good coach, who can bring in a great player.

          • Chrmngblly

            You can do that, if you want but I would not. It is the first step in compromising excellence as the gold standard across the organization. For example, I see the shameless nepotism practiced across the Laker’s franchise as distasteful, offensive and eventually destructive to the organization, itself.

            The coaching position is one of the positions where the salaries do not go against the cap—so I say hire the best there is and forget friendship—it hardly ever comes true, anyway.

          • comrade24

            good point. I mean, i don’t think Thibs will coach the Lakers but if it happened he wouldn’t have any trouble attracting FA’s.

          • Chrmngblly

            That is just me. I don’t think we have any shot at Thibs. We should focus on who is actually available and get on with it. We could certainly leave a message with his agent for him to call if he is ever in the market. Past that I would not waste my time.

          • comrade24

            Agreed, was just using that as an example. Even if Thibs was available, he has a reputation of overplaying his starters which doesn’t jive well with a 36 year old Kobe and potentially a 34 year old Gasol.

          • Chrmngblly

            The really hard part of trying to dig ourselves out of the talent-deficit hole Jim Buss has put us in with that wild D12 gamble, is that Love and other superstars want to come to a place with better players, not worse, and a better coach, not worse. This is what happens when excellence is not a primary value of the organization. No matter what happens, Jim Buss will have a job, Jeanie Buss will have a job, Joey Buss will have a job, Jesse Buss will have a job—plus all the rest of those Buss kids and cousins will have jobs. But look at our team right now.

            Here is some reading for you:

            http://thedailysportsheralddotblogspotdotcom/2014/03/jim-buss-timeline-and-decline-of-lakersdothtml

            replace the [dot] with a period.

  • KingEmperor

    Kobe will come back strong, draft point guard players like Exum or Smart, sign free agents Greg Monroe and Gordon Hayward in lakers team then sign Love in 2015..

    • AJ

      Exum or Smart would be a great pick up for the Lakers, I don’t think exum will be available thought. I think Pau will sign with LA.

      • Chrmngblly

        Exum, hell yes. Next I would like Aaron Gordon for defense and athleticism over Smart–but Smart’s OK.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      you have a great point… if we draft 6th overall… it would be Smart… we can then get 1 Center and 1 PF in free agency… I would go for Gortat if Monroe is not available… then sign Deng…

      Lineup could be Gortat, Deng, Kobe, Bazemore, Farmar
      Bench; Sacre, Kelly, Henry, Meeks, Smart

      Not a championship lineup, but could be really good. then Go after Love in 2015, if you may.

      • comrade24

        It really depends a lot on what other teams needs are. I’ve seen several draft projections that didn’t even have Exum in the top 6. Considering you have Parker, Embiid, Wiggins, Randle, Vonleh, Exum, Smart, Gordon. Those are most likely going to be the top 7 picks and the likely players that we woul dhave to choose from. So, i think it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Wiggins, Embiid, and Parker go first (assuming that Embiid’s back checks out) so, if Boston for example picks before us, well they already have an all star caliber point guard, they don’t need Exum. If another team happens to need a power forward, they would choose Randle over Exum. I think it’s completley plausible even at the 6th pick that Exum could be available.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          Any of the three.. Exum, Smart. Randle would be available for the Lakers at 6th pick, and any one of those three will be really solid… I can’t wait enough for May 20 to come…

      • Chrmngblly

        Mitch will never do Gortat, Deng or Monroe unless we lose Pau, but we have Pau’s Bird rights.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          That was the idea of my comment… we let Gasol go, and sign Gortat or Monroe.. then get Deng… this way, we will be solid at the 5,4,3 positions…

          Monroe or Gortat for center
          Deng at PF
          Kobe at SF
          Bazemore
          Farmar

          If our pick(Smart or Exum) pans out well in the first year… we may be looking at a championship team by the second year…

          • Chrmngblly

            I see what you are trying to do—at least get a competent first team—but that’s not how Mitch is doing it. He thinks that is a formula for getting stuck in mediocrity. Pau is better than all those guys you can imagine and for Kobe. Mitch will bring him back at market value with a coach that values bigs. A couple Mil here or there is not going to break the bank.

            Is Deng still elite enough for Mitch to go after? Many say he has been rode hard. What if they wait and see if Boozer gets amnestied? Could Kelly be our man if he bulks up? Mitch is waiting for a chance to really make a difference–like with Love–but I just doubt it. We have no trade chips.

            Did you read the history of Jim Buss article I forwarded?

            http://thedailysportsheralddotblogspotdotcom/2014/03/jim-buss-timeline-and-decline-of-lakersdothtml

            Worth the read.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          That is if Pau’s asking price is above 10M… but if he accepts a contract around 6-8M per year in 2 years… why not bring him back.

          A lineup of Gasol,Deng,Kobe,Basemore,Farmar is still stronger offensively than the one with Gortat. And Gasol will not be staying away from the basket as he will be our center. And our perimeter defense will be absolutely better with Bazemore and Farmar.

          • Chrmngblly

            I don’t know what the market will say Pau is worth. I am guessing around $10M +/-. Pau is still elite. Mitch will not willingly spend on a non-elite player. Would you rather have Gortat or Young? Deng or Meeks? I was thinking like you—then I listened to Mitch talk. He will bring in D-league retreads before he brings in FA journeymen.

    • comrade24

      I like it. Can’t stress enough how important having an elite point guard is. Want proof, here’s a list of the teams still in the playoffs in the 2nd round
      San Antonio- Tony Parker
      Portland- Damian Lillard
      OKC- Russell Westbrook
      LAC- Chris Paul
      Washington- John Wall
      Indiana- No elite point guard and sinking fast
      Brooklyn- Deron Williams
      Miami- No elite pg but Lebron James is point forward

      Need i say more? We either need to draft an elite point guard, trade for one, or sign Kyrie in FA next summer.

      • Chrmngblly

        The other choice is to get an elite big and play a different style: play in and out and PnR. Just as long as we have a pg that can distribute and make the occasional 3 and the teardrop from the elbow, we can survive nicely. I could never figure out how Nash beat us when he did–but he did. So I am hoping Marshall is the second coming of Nash. Let’s pray we get a good coach and the kid keeps learning. We need so much. We are not going to get a Damian Lillard out of this draft, I don’t think, but if we do I am all for it.

        I figure we aren’t going to get Embiid or Exum so we will take the best available athlete—Aaron Gordon, most likely, if we draft 6th.

        Gordon has a better upside than Randle. That won’t be so bad.

  • oNeDelusion

    Brothers must play together, but in Lakers uniform.

  • Jay Autry Photography

    Pau wants a billboard

    • mamba magic

      lol but seriously Lakers gotta stop with this stupid Stay campaign…

      • Chrmngblly

        No Shit. It is embarrassing to all concerned.

  • rik

    Lakers roster next year
    PG: Smart farmar nashmarsh
    SG: kobe young bazemore
    SF: Rudy Gay wes johnson
    PF: Monroe Ed davis kelly
    C: Okafor Hawes sacre
    Coach : scott, hollins, or ollie

    • Chrmngblly

      More likely Roster for NY:
      PG: Farmar/Marshall/Nash
      SG: Meeks/Bazemore/Young
      SF: Kobe/Young/Aaron Gordon
      PF: Kelly/Aaron Gordon
      C: Gasol/Hill/Sacre
      Unless lighting strikes, Aaron Gordon may be the best available athlete. Naturally, we’d all like to land Embiid or Exum or Wiggins–even Smart..:-)

      • KingEmperor

        very weak roster this line up is not qualified for playoffs..

        • Chrmngblly

          I agree. It is just more likely, given the FA class and Mitch’s theory of getting guys. He is only going to go after difference makers, not journeymen. It is just an educated guess. Plus, I think these guys will come back on shorter contracts.

          Monroe and Davis can’t even crack this roster. I like Gordon a lot if it comes to that. We have to avoid Randal, though. He will have much more trouble in the NBA.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          AGree… Gasol,Kelly,Kobe, Meeks,Farmar… that’s a borderline playoff team… if we land 6th overall… we will have Smart, most likely… it would be better to get Deng.

          Line up would be: Gasol,Deng,Kobe,Bazemore,Farmar
          Except for Gasol, 4 starting players are good at defense and we will not be short on offense both inside and outside.

          Bench: Sacre,Kelly,Henry,Meeks,Smart
          Meeks, Henry, Kelly are going to benefit from having Smart as the PG off the bench, plus it will allow Smart to develop slowly into starting PG for the future.

    • comrade24

      i was with you until Rudy Gay. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??? WHY???

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