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Lakers Rumors: Grizzlies Have ‘Secondary’ Interest In Pau Gasol

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Once the 2013-14 NBA season mercifully comes to an end for the Los Angeles Lakers, GM Mitch Kupchak and company will have some tough decisions to make in terms of which players on the current squad they offer contracts to. Although Pau Gasol appears to already have one foot out the door, the Spaniard will likely get an offer from the team in hopes of him staying in Los Angeles for a little while longer.

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One team that seems to have an edge in terms of signing Gasol in the off-season is the same team that traded him to the Lakers in 2008. Gasol has let it be known that he’ll consider returning to the Memphis Grizzlies this summer in order to play alongside his brother, Marc Gasol.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Grizzlies view Gasol as a “secondary” if unable to retain Zach Randolph:

Specifically, the fact that current Lakers forward and brother of Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, will be a free agent this July led to natural speculation about whether they could make up Memphis’ frontcourt for the future.

But a person with knowledge of the Grizzlies thinking said Randolph will be the focus of their free agency affection and that the interest they have in Pau Gasol would be secondary.

Randolph will have the ability to opt-out of his current deal with the Grizzlies in order to become an unrestricted free agent. The veteran forward/center will be one of many All-Star-caliber players can opt-out this summer with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also able to do so.

With Randolph set to earn $16.5 million next season with the Grizzlies and likely won’t receive anything near that number with another team. Randolph’s main motivation for opting out would be to seek a long-term deal.

It’s uncertain what Randolph’s plans are heading into the off-season, but if he opts out and signs elsewhere, Gasol returning to Memphis could become a likely scenario.
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    As a Laker Fan, Pau isn’t going to stay most likely. There is too much drama between the organization and Pau. Most likely, Lakers not gonna give the salary he wants so we’ll be seeing him play elsewhere. Lakers are going into rebuilding mode whether you’d like to face the truth or not and they’re not gonna keep a old Pau Gasol who isn’t in his prime who wants a lot of money. So I see Pau in Memphis or some other team where he can be more useful to fill in those holes. As of right now, I don’t see Pau coming back.

    • michael

      better letting him go. he’s not 20 mil worth and we won’t be able to trade him.

      • dr

        $3 mil

        • michael

          okay 3 mil is a little harsh. 8/ 10 would be fine.

        • AntRodrigues

          You better look at his stats before making such an ignorant comment…

    • Daryl Peek

      If D’Antoni is fired, Gasol stays. If not Gasol is gone.

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      • Zimmeredge

        dp: not so sure about that. he might leave event if D is fired.

        • Daryl Peek

          Possibly but I think his chances of staying are much greater if MDA is gone.

      • ra

        Agree. This is breaking it down perfectly.

        And to add to this, if D’Antoni stays, don’t look for any bigs signing anytime soon. We’ll have to wait until next year (Kevin Love?).

        • Daryl Peek

          I wont go that far. MDA is not the big man career killer most make him out to be. Howard had good numbers playing for him, Gasol is having the best season he’s had in three years. Hill is having the best production of his career in limited minutes, which are not a problem as I see it given his style of play will not allow him to go much more than 25 minutes a game. And Even Kaman produced well under MDA. All four of those guys on any other team together, someone’s coming up short in minutes. And that’s not even taking into account having another center like Sacre or preferred stretch PF’s.

          Tyson Chandler, David Lee, Zack Randolph, ETC… all had good production under MDA and Lee got his higher production start in NY under MDA.

          • nlruizjr

            what was there production regarding defense (poor rebounding, poor rim protection and poor defense in general) that does not bode well for Bigs because other teams expect them to be dominant in the areas I mentioned above.

          • Daryl Peek

            Now you’re mixing a team theme into the individual assessment? There’s no way a unit can function well defensively with all of the injuries this team has had coupled with the short tenure together. Look at Houston’s defensive ratings? They’re not much better than the Lakers were last season with Howard and they have much younger players who are much more athletic. Couple that with the 12-13 Lakers dealing with injuries to Blake (30+ games missed) Nash (50+ games missed) Gasol (33 games missed) Hill (45+ games missed) and in season coaching change. Lets not forget the Kobe, Howard beef. There was no communication due to that.

            All of that going on and the 12-13 Lakers were better defensively than the 13-14 Rockets? Lakers gave up 101 PPG and these Rockets are giving up 101.8 PPG. How is that possible when the Rockets have a healthy Howard and much younger healthy team? Coupled with the A’ntoni factor?!?

          • Zimmeredge

            Howard had a bref with D as well. He didńt want to play under D

          • Daryl Peek

            As we all know, Howard’s beef was with Kobe, and he absolutely left the Lakers due to that beef. Dwight also had issue with Lakers fans more than D’Antoni. As we know he felt the fan base was unfair blaming him for failure early on given he was recovering from back surgery. Howard is now playing in the same system. What beef did he have with D’Antoni? Just because he said he wanted to play for Phil? Phil is obviously a better coach than MDA and his legend lingers in Laker land so of course Howard would suggest him. They also had an open dialogue going on via texting from what we now understand.

            Howard never really wanted to be a Laker so the D’Antoni factor was just another small talking point in a marriage that was doomed from the jump.

          • Zimmeredge

            nash said howard had no intention to play inside d’antoni’s system.

          • Daryl Peek

            Yet he’s playing in it in Houston? Howard is a flip flopper. He also mocked Kobe on several occasions behind his back leading to the confrontation in Memphis where Kobe called him out for it. Then Howard went to Kobe’s house acting like he was all good with him and concerned over his injury? The amnesty Kobe revelation proves who Howard truly had beef with.

          • Zimmeredge

            d’antoni couldn’t play like mchale in houston in 2012. Our team was old. we played the pick’n’roll right but not the way dwight wanted to play. in the same time he wanted to post-up and wanted his low post iso. he also had a number of greef toward nash… he want the ball high not from bounce pass. that’s the reason he had a great partnership pau (despite not liking him too)
            well that’s in the past now.
            imo both gasol (wage too high) and d’antoni (worst record in franchise history) will go.

          • Daryl Peek

            “Nash is a PG I’d love to play with” –D12

            Again, he’s a complete flip flopper. The insane part of looking at the stats of the 12-13 Lakers with Howard VS. the 13-14 Rockets is the Lakers were better defensively with said injuries and much older slower players as I pointed out above. How can that be with all the injuries and A’ntoni?

            We’ll see who comes back. I wont make any line in the sand predictions even tho I have my inclinations.

  • http://batman-news.com wooooo…..

    gasol joining the knicks to play in the triangle and average 20 and 10

    • Kobe Will Get 6

      The Knicks won’t have cap space until 2015

      • http://batman-news.com wooooo…..

        very true , unles the knicks can get creative, but i do know gasol loved playing for phil so i wouldnt be surprised especially since phil will be hiring an ex player like steve kerr to coach, he will probably also go after guys that fit his system

        • Kobe Will Get 6

          Maybe, if he takes on a really huge pay cut or if the Lakers agree to a sign and trade, which also seems pretty unrealistic since there’s not really any ideal players except for maybe Shumpert and/or a draft pick or draft pick(s) going forward. I would say Chandler would be an option, but I don’t see the Knicks willing to give him up or that the Lakers would want to take on his contract.

          • dr

            Sure trade for Amare. He has one year left.

          • Kobe Will Get 6

            Amare is too injury prone with knees like Andrew Bynum and his one year contract would cost us 23 million.

  • Xavier

    Jim Buss is a big fat retard and he should GTFO.Lakers are in oblivion.Blame thye retard Jim Short Buss.

  • Xavier

    Gasol is gone confirmed.

  • dr

    Life in the Sorry Lane. How can anyone talk about Gasol so much.

  • truth24

    Gasol is too soft physically, mentally, defensively, does weak ass lay ups and is slow ass fawk. Whyyyy you want him to stay. If he does stay get Jerry Sloan to light a fire under his ass. He’s the best option. Lakers don’t want Byron Scott he just coached in Cleveland like Mike brown. He’s better off commentating or maybe as an assistant coach. LeBron did not want to play for him, why would kobe?

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