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Exactly one month from today NBA free agency will get underway with the fate of Pau Gasol hanging in the balance. Gasol will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and is looking forward to prospect of receiving offers from teams around the league.

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Although re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers is an option that Gasol will consider, many believe he’ll be headed elsewhere. Returning to the Memphis Grizzlies to play alongside his brother Marc appears to be possibility.

Gasol once again talked about possibly signing with the Grizzlies during a recent visit to Jerusalem. The veteran center said the following about teaming up with this brother, according to David Pick of Eurobasket.com:

The Lakers center who’s soon to become a free agent mentioned the Memphis Grizzlies as a potential landing spot. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. When July 1 starts officially I’ll receive offers and calls from teams interested. From that point, I’ll examine all proposals and value what is best for me. Playing with (his younger brother) Marc would be really nice. I play with him every summer for the Spanish national-team, but joining Marc won’t be the only factor. Hopefully I’ll have offers.”

Along with talking about potentially signing with the Grizzlies this summer, Gasol also chimed in on the NBA Finals. The two-time NBA champion believes that the San Antonio Spurs are the team to beat due the depth of the roster via Pick:

On his NBA Finals predictions the Spaniard believes, “the San Antonio Spurs are favorites to win. The Spurs have a deeper team and are in a better position, especially after last year. They’ll come ready to beat Miami (Heat).”

San Antonio has also been mentioned as a potential destination for the Spaniard. A lot of uncertainty surrounds the Spurs heading into the Finals with Tim Duncan possibly calling it a career if the team wins another title or loses to the Miami Heat for a second straight year.

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The addition of Gasol would definitely be a smart move for the Spurs or Grizzlies. Both teams would bolster their frontcourt with the four-time All-Star in the fold, but it remains to be seen if either team will be able to land Gasol in free agency.

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  • Will

    Seems like the best fit for him. Especially after they get rid of Z-Bo

    • KB24

      Grizz said that their priority is to RE SIGN ZBO…..PAU IS SECONDARY

      • Herb

        sign/trade pau for z-bo and some other cap filler

  • ra

    It is clearly the best way for Pau to finish his career. Back at Memphis, with his bro. I think they would be a deadly team, actually.

    Of course, I’d rather have him stay here. There are few ‘great’ basketball players left for the Lakers to get. We’ll get a draft pick and then we have ….. Kobe and … what else? who else? There’s no team now, actually. Big project for the Lakers FO – build a Championship team out of nothing.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Draft Smart, sign Deng. Find a serviceable center for a year. Next offseason sign Kevin Love and Oker Asik. Then, we’ve got a roster that can compete.

      • Joseph Apohen

        I don’t think Deng is that good. The Cavs don’t seam eager to have him back. Is Smart better than NIck Young who may not be the defender the Lakers would like to have but the man can score and fun to watch?

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          Deng is widely considered one of the better wing defenders in the league. Cavs aren’t looking to re-sign him due to contract expectations and the fact that Deng doesn’t seem interested in returning to Cleveland.

          Nick Young is listed at SF, Marcus Smart is a PG. Not sure why you’d compare the two. Bring Nick back and have him come off the bench at the SF/SG spot.

          • Joseph Apohen

            I am not comparing the two as they are of different postions. I just think why spend more money on someone inexperienced and unproven. If Smart is a pg, then we should stick with Farmar until we can eventually get an elite pg. Didn’t Smart have a problem with one of the fans where I believe he got suspended for his actions?

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            “is smart better than nick young” is a comparison.

            Also, Smart.did have that issue, but the man is intense. He’s.a competitor. He plays tenacious defense and is a beast when driving to the lane.

            None of the players in the draft are proven at the NBA level. All if them are risks. But, that’s what the draft is about, making the best choice.

            You CAN draft Smart and re-sign Nick Young. You don’t have to pick one or the other. Also, you’re not spending much. The salary for a #7 pick is in the 2-3mil/year range. Chump change to the Lakers.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Speaking of the beast when driving to the lane, I would like very much to have Westbrook. There was someone here in past discussion that did not like him although he scored 32 points, 17 assists, and some 12 rebounds. I don’t exactly remember the stats but the man said he had 7 turnovers and some high school pg makes better decisions. His upside far out weighs his negatives. He outplayed CP and Parker although Parker was somewhat handicapped with his ankle injury. We are not going to be of championship caliber this coming season but I think the FO will try for us to be in the playoff. I think the following year I foresee us competing for the final spot, provided we get an elite pg, Love, maybe Gasol if he stays and Kobe with a one year extension.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            I would love to have Westbrook, but i doubt that will happen. Not sure when his contract expires, but the Thunder letting Westbrook leave now would be like the Lakers letting Kobe leave when he was a part of the Shaq-Kobe 1-2 punch. I highly, highly doubt that will happen.

            Also, I’m not sure whether Kobe and Westbrook’s mentalities will mesh or clash.

            But, Gasol + Love means good scoring and spacing, good rebounding, but absolutely horrible defense on the inside. We need interior defense.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Mentalities may not mesh. However, Kobe can probably overlook that problem as they are both of the same mold, no nonsense, would kill for a win, and Westbrook plays all out. Gasol and Love would not provide a killer defense. However, more than defense, team play is more important as OKC proved that with a great defender in Ibaka and still could not overcome the tremendous passing of the Spurs.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            I think we can let the Westbrook thing go. Also, Gasol is 34 and aging quickly. He allowed plenty of big men to have career nights against him last season. Putting him and Love in the same frontcourt spells a defensive disaster for the Lakers. Something I don’t wish to see.

          • comrade24

            The problem there would be both are ball dominant players. Westbrook especially. I really feel one of OKC’s biggest issues will go unaddressed and will be their undoing. They’re playing Westbrook at the wrong position. He is a combo guard and should not be given point guard duties. He’s a terrible decision maker and he’s also the reason the ball sticks so much in their offense and then end up taking too many jumpshots. They seemed to improve once they started Reggie Jackson and allowed them to share ball handling duties.

    • A Fan

      PG – Smart/Farmar/Marshall
      SG – Kobe/Meeks or Young/Bazemore
      SF – Deng or Stephenson/Johnson/Henry
      PF – Hill/Kelly
      C – Gasol/Hawes/Sacre

      HC: Lionel Hollins

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        I was on board until you had Gasol. I’d like to part ways. Bring in a C for a year. Next season, go after Asik to man the 5, and pursue Love for the 4.

        • A Fan

          Personally, I’d like the Lakers to keep Pau for a reasonable price, preferably 6-8 mil for 2 or 3 years. He’s still one of the most skilled big men in the game and was a double-double machine last season while shooting over 50% from the field. Hill would do the dirty work, Hawes would stretch the floor for Pau and can also rebound, and in the following year I’d wholeheartedly welcome the idea of a Gasol-Love combo.

          Either way, I also wouldn’t mind if they go the defensive minded and rebounding big man route instead of the skilled offensive and rebounding big man route (letting Pau walk then signing Asik next year for an Asik-Love combo). That’d be good too.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Pau is still a good player, but he deserves a good deal on a good team. Love-Pau would good offensively, but atrocious defensively. Definitely a bigger fan of the Love-Asik combo.

          • A Fan

            Now that I think about it, LA hires Lionel Hollins, drafts Marcus Smart, signs Stephenson this year then Asik and Love next year.

            Hollins installs the same system he used in Memphis. Love will grab every rebound, Asik would protect the paint and also rebound, Smart and Stephenson would pressure the perimeter with a lot of intensity, Kobe would simply be Kobe. Off the bench, Farmar, Meeks, Johnson, and Henry can pressure their opponents and run at every opportunity, Hill can come in for Asik or Love as another dirty work big man, and Hawes can be the stretch big who also rebounds.

            That’ll be one heck of a grit n grind Laker team.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Love that idea, too! What about young, though? Great scoring off the bench.

          • A Fan

            It’s really a toss up between Young and Meeks for me. Both can shoot, handle the ball, and create their own shot. Young’s the better scorer while Meeks defends harder.

            I’m not sure LA would be able to retain both of them and still have enough room to sign Stephenson, Love, and Asik. Plus, there’d be a logjam behind Kobe and Stephenson if Farmar, Bazemore, Henry, and Johnson are retained, which I hope they are because not only are they much cheaper than Young and Meeks (I’m hoping Farmar’s numerous injuries make him a cheap re-sign), they’re athletic and can defend well.

            So unless no other team offers either Young or Meeks a contract that’s well out of LA’s price range or if they agree to re-sign for less money, I think LA would realistically only be able to keep one of them.

          • comrade24

            Young, hands down!

  • michael

    sign and trade

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  • Booker

    Sign and trade with the over the cap OKC Thunder they already guaranteed $71,250,908

    The Thunder need a low post scorer to take the pressure of Durant and Russ.No one better than Pau Gasol.The Lakers can ask for the Kendrick Perkins he is a expiring contract and get Reggie Jackson he can finally start as a Point Guard.This would make the Thunder champions put them over the hump maybe back 2 back.For the Lakers it gives them a good young Point Guard that can maybe breakout as a starter and do great.Perkins would be our defensive anchor in the middle and he can eat up space.Not a offensive threat at all though.

    • jeremy

      that sounds nice but i wonder if the thunder would even think about that. they do need something different to take them over the top. it seem like they are one piece away from the finals and maybe gasol that piece someone who can score. since their bigs are mostly defense first guys

      • Booker

        The Thunder would be crazy not to make this trade.It’s exactly what they need a low post offensive threat.Ibaka is the interior defense along with Adams and the interior low post offense they have is trash.They need a low post scorer and Pau is the best they can do via sign and trade.They basically only lose Reggie Jackson because they might amnesty Kendrick Perkins anyways.Getting Pau Gasol via sign and trade would be ideal for the Thunder.Lakers gain a young speedy point guard out of the deal and Perkins expires in 1 year anyways.This makes perfect sense.

        • jeremy

          gasol or not thunder need low post offense. only having collison who can score not cutting it

        • Joseph Apohen

          OKC’s problem is not only at the post. They need someone coming off the bench that can score. Fish will be retiring, Safalosha is an offensive liability. They will need to have Lamb gain more experience.

    • Computer Networking

      I don’t agree with that at all. Perkins plays with a chip on his shoulder which has is good but he stays in foul trouble and he takes away from your offense. I think they should should send Steve nash’s contract to Houston for omer asik. You get a physical and defensive player that hustles and can score. This trade puts the rockets under the salary cap and gives the lakers a young experienced player that only has one year left on his contract.

      • nlruizjr

        you must be kidding, Asik and Hustle in the same sentence is a oxy- moron, I’d rather stick with Sacre. what I have seen of Asik has not impressed one ioata.

        • Computer Networking

          Then maybe you haven’t been watching. Asik has improved every season in rebounds, points and blocks. He averaged a double double and 2 blocks per game in the 12-13. Then Howard came and took his position. This past season his minutes were limited because of his new role on the team. He still put up 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Nash for Asik is a good move. I don’t think Houston would like that trade.

    • KB24


      • Chrmngblly

        They don’t HATE each other. You must watch a lot of soap operas during the day or something, KB…:-)

        • kb24

          chandler said kevin love has no D,kevin love replied using f**k off

          • Chrmngblly

            So what? They are both proven, solid pros. This is business, they would pull together. I might give you some shit, too, but if we ever were on the same team, I would have your back—same thing.

      • tdh

        Gasol is good, but nobody is paying him $19M max deal including LA or CHI. Trading Gasol for Boozer + CHI’s 19th pick (First round of this draft) is a good solution. Gasol will be on a reduced deal, but LA has cap space to absorb any difference short-term. LA also gets the 19th pick for this hassle. Lakers can then turn around the 19th pick and 7th pick (signed) with Boozer’s expiring by the deadline for Love. Even if LA can’t get Love during the season, Boozer is off the books to shop free agents in 2015 which has Durant and others. It is only a short-term commitment. CHI gains Gasol which is a destination that he has mentioned positively. CHI also has Spaniard Nik Mirotic they have been waiting to buyout and bring over. He would be more comfortable with Gasol as a mentor. CHI could commit to 2-3 years of Gasol until Mirotic is ready to start in the NBA and Gasol would be on a team ready to contend now. CHI would then be capable of trading Taj Gibson with Gasol signed and Mirotic brought over. CHI can propose trading Gibson in a package for another wing player such as Carmelo. Carmelo would be happy to join a front-court of Gasol + Noah (both experienced all-star caliber types) and S&T will require Gibson’s contract to balance a trade. Gibson is a solid player CHI would like to keep, but this deal gives them desirable contracts they can trade. LA gets something for Gasol leaving and in better position for trades and free agency, CHI gets an ideal mentor for their EU star and in better position. Gasol goes to a team he speaks highly of with a defensive coach that will use his skills well and contend in the post-season. Everybody wins with that scenario even if CHI or LA don’t immediately get their guys. Both are in better position to do what they need to do.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Maybe we can pry Westbrook from OKC as there seems to be a problem between him and Durant. He will be expensive, but why not explore the possibility.

      • Tranh Nguyen

        Yes, OKC would totally trade Westbrook for Pau.

        • justsaying

          we can also trade Nash for good luck in drafting this year. they totally can never say no now.

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        Problem? I haven’t heard of any problem. Unless I missed something. Did you see Durant’s MVP speech? Durant and Westbrook are about as close as any two players in the league.

        • Joseph Apohen

          The problem that was brought up was Russel does not defer to Durant. I think the media might be just creating some news material. I saw Durant’s speech and was an endorsement to their closeness, and again in the playoff I did not see Westbrook hugging the ball to himself. What ever it might be it is difficult to ignore how good Westbrook is. He pretty much averaged almost a triple double every game.

    • comrade24

      Perkins is a former celtic, and a hated one at that. He’s a liability on the other end and prevents floor spacing. a lot of what is the problem with OKC’s offense. Defensively though, he’s still capable. There’s also a chance that OKC will amnesty Perkins and no sign and trade would be necessary and he could be acquired on the cheap if FO was interested, which they’re probably not. They’re more interested in the youth movement, not bringing in older players on the decline.

  • jeremy

    gasol a decent player not what he once was but i would love to see what him and his brother could do for the grizz

  • Nalin Shukla

    Pau can actually help the lakers by playing for other teams in the west..that would give us better playoff positioning

  • VillainKing

    Yeah brothers must play together..BYe Bye Pau!!!

  • They call me Pringles

    I’d like to see Pau stay with the Lakers, but as a reserve role similar to Lamar’s. Dude is getting old and his knees are getting weaker. Last year he had so many games off as a starter proved he can’t run with the team without resting the next day. Going in as a reserve doesn’t mean he’s no longer needed as the star player. It means the team still needs him to be efficient, while resting his body and not forcing his body to run the extra mile. If Lamar did it and thrived, why can’t Pau? It’s up to Pau’s ego to decide now.

    • Tranh Nguyen

      Why would he return to a team that only has 3 players signed, has no coach, doesn’t know what his role would be and has constantly felt underappreciated by management?

      • tdh

        Agreed. Pau is looking at the roads off this team for his last couple years as a major contributor. LA needs to focus on what they can get back for Pau leaving. Knicks don’t have picks, just contracts they want to dump. Unless LA wants Chandler as a long-term player, NYK have nothing to sweeten the deal with any other expiring. MEM is likley to decide on Randolph soon. If he is staying, then they have no place for Gasol. Randolph is in better health and younger than Gasol, but is a loose cannon at times. I don’t see them dumping Randolph unless he wants to leave Memphis. I think he will extend, then getting Gasol will be difficult to obtain without losing a lot of talent. They don’t have expiring deals to balance a trade and with Randolph they will be over the cap. I don’t see NYK or MEM working out right now.

  • http://leonardorm.com.pl/ Leo Nardo

    I would like to see him in Spurs uniform. Great back-up for positions 4-5 with nice pass skills.

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    I think it’s time for Pau to move on. The Lakers need to move in a different direction, and over the next two years we need to pursue Love and an inside defensive presence (Asik, for example). Both are FAs in 2015, and having Pau on the roster would both eat cap space, and roster space needed to bring both of those guys in.

    He had a great run in LA, but his declining abilities are taking his typically weak defensive skills and turning them into career nights for opposing scrubs.

  • CCX

    Seems like a good fit and would be nice to see him play alongside Marc. As a Laker fan I’ll always be grateful for his role in helping win two titles and a hair off of a third, he certainly ‘owes’ the Lakers nothing especially after a vocal minority of Laker fans routinely made him their whipping boy on the team.

    I would have liked to see them trade him to the Nuggets a couple years back to get ‘Melo but now just hope one of the classiest Lakers of all time goes where he’s happiest – and anywhere he’ll better utilized than he was under D’Antoni!

  • BULL

    IF the Lakers can get Aron Gordon or Vonleh in the draft, both would benefit playing with Paul.. it would be a nice big back court with Gasol and either of them.. hope so

  • wangkon936

    Hey, Pau. Can you do us a huge solid by agreeing to a sign and trade? We could really use another 1st round pick and/or other young talent.

    Muchas gracias El Spaniard!

  • Gil

    Gasol and draft pick for Westbrook and Jeremy Lamb

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