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NBA Free Agency: Teams Remain In Pursuit Of Pau Gasol; Thunder Long Shot

The two biggest names on the NBA free agent market right now are LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Once both of these superstars make their decisions, Pau Gasol will arguably be the next best player available with plenty of interest in his services.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Gasol continues to receive interest from numerous title contenders:

Although Oklahoma City is still in the running for Gasol’s services, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports that the Thunder may be a long shot to sign the veteran forward/center:

With the Carmelo sweepstakes still underway, Gasol’s fate likely won’t be known until the superstar agrees to sign with either the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets or Dallas Mavericks. None of the teams mentioned have been ruled out in terms of having a shot at signing Carmelo, but the consensus as of right now is that the Lakers and Knicks are the frontrunners.

It’d be safe to assume that once Carmelo has made his decision that Gasol will make his choice soon after. Gasol hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to Los Angeles with reports surfacing that he’d re-sign with the team if the Lakers land Carmelo in free agency, but if the superstar forward chooses to go elsewhere, expect the Spaniard to do the same.
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  • WAYNER

    Im guessing Lebron will announce who he will sign with tomorrow like on the 9th of 2010 and Melo will as well and then thats when the domino effect will happen,

    If Melo decides to come to LA its makes a very competitive team whats really funny to me is people say you will need to balls on the court for Melo and Kobe but Kobe knows he isn’t 26 any more so that means he can be the Jordan from the wizards who avg 20 ppg with 12 ass and still be effective enough to win and let Melo get his shine with Pau n Randle people call Kobe a hog and how Jordan was a great passer but Kobe has more Assist through out his career then Jordan had
    but all in all If Melo comes we will be similar to the 2000- 2002 Lakers if we don’t get Melo we will be the 2009-2010 Lakers with the free agency we can build on the market and thats how i see it.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Uh, Jordan averaged about 4 assists with the Wizards… And Kobe has stated many times he will NEVER be a guy who averages around 19 points per game. With Melo and Pau, Kobe could easily average 24/7/8, Melo 22/7/3, and Pau 14/10/4.

      • WAYNER

        I never said jordan avg 12 assist I’m saying maybe Kobe could avg 12 assists a game and Kobe has said in a past interview that he could change his game and pass more score 20pts and avg 12 ass thats where i got that from.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Okay, I misread the part about the 12 assists. That’s a really high number since the most anyone has ever averaged was 14, but I agree with his assist average going up. I just don’t see his scoring going down that much. The last time he averaged lower than 25, he was sharing the floor with Shaq, Payton, and Malone.

    • LakerSpartan117

      Did you like your own comment? You can do that?

      • WAYNER

        Man i just like wat isay lol n we both true fans we be on here soon as they release a report.

        • LakerSpartan117

          I know right!! HAHAHA!!

    • Badazztj12

      Lance would be a nice piece of the puzzle and sessions is a good slash and pass guy who has a decent 3pt shot. They would fit perfectly

  • LakerSpartan117

    The longer this wait for Melo keeps on going, the more I feel that he’s waiting for Bosh to go to Houston. So that he and LeBron can team up in Miami. That would be really fucked up if he did that, because this whole time we could have been signing free agents like Thomas and good bench player like Swaggy. Then wait until next season or 2016 to go after Love and/or Durant.

    • rival

      I think melo is getting his pay back for all the times we knocked Denver out of the playoffs

      • LakerSpartan117

        There’s a couple things called public perception and professionalism. If he fucks with either/both of those and spurns two of the largest media heads in the world. He will NEVER recover..

  • Zen master

    You all need to relax and just wait for few more days…If Melo was sure that he wants to come back with the Knicks he would have resigned by now,he has the max offer on the table but still nothing. What’s the hold up ? Mitch did all he could now it’s up to Melo. Adding Melo is going to be great move,he is still in his prime and has at least another 5 years left,5 years at high level. He is a player who doesn’t rely on athleticism he is all about fundamentals,he became one of the best long range shooters in the game and just like Kobe he is very underrated and most importantly willing passer. It’s BS when someone says that Kobe & Melo can’t coexist,that’s false. Melo can be efficient without dominating the ball because of his high basketball IQ and great shooting ability and Kobe is very underrated playmaker and when you combine this 2 with great passing big man like Pau you get very good mix.Melo has improved a lot defensively,by no means he is lock down defender but he is very good on ball defender,his help defense needs work and also he is probably the best rebounding SF in the game. Now of course it will take some time to adjust but i believe that Melo and Kobe can play together and be successful.

    • LakerSpartan117

      I completely agree with you. Both guys have chemistry on and off the court which makes this kind of transition a lot easier. I mean I hope he comes to LA, but its hard to not get mad if he doesn’t now. At first we weren’t the frontrunners at all to pick him up, so back then it wouldn’t have mattered if he didn’t sign with us.
      But now its a two horse race vs. us and the Knicks (and maybe the Bulls). So now if we miss out on him, it will be like a huge failure… especially since we could have spent this time getting other free agents.

      • Zen master

        The only way the Bulls are getting Melo is via Sign & Trade and apparently Phil is not interested in taking Boozer’s contract in return. And the max that the Bulls can offer Melo is 4 years / $70-75 M and this is a huge pay cut,Melo wants to win but he also wants to get paid if not the max than close to the max. Melo is taking his time and looking closely at all the pros and cons of what Mitch and the rest of the crew had to say to him. And this news that the Thunder are no longer in play is very important,apparently they alongside the Bulls were the front runners to land Pau and now Pau going there is a long shot ?! Something is happening…Like i said just wait for few more days…

        • LakerSpartan117

          I CAN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!! Help ME!!!

          • Zen master

            I can’t help you lol You just have to be patient for few more days…Relax !

          • LakerSpartan117

            Aight I’ll chill.

  • Badazztj12

    I say forget Melo and offer Lance that 12 mil for 4 years. He waiting on a offer that’s higher than what Pacers are offering. Its not about being loyal to your team with him

    • GOD Chri$$$
      • Badazztj12

        taking too long Lance might get that offer from Mavs or Celtics(just found out there involve too)

    • LakerSpartan117

      I would personally love to have Lance on our team (Kobe can mentor him and teach him how to really evolve his game and become great).

      And when Kobe one day hangs em’ up, Lance would take over the SG position for years to come.

      I would love for Stephenson, Randle, and maybe (if possible) Durant. To lead the Lakers into the next generation of championships!

      • Badazztj12

        true but what if we get Lance and have Randle then save that cap room for a max deal for Rondo next year?

        • LakerSpartan117

          I’m not really a Rondo fan, and I wouldn’t give a max deal to someone who had an ACL tear… That’s just me.

          I would rather Thomas who is cheaper and very underrated, extremely talented. His defense isn’t good, but he averaged as many steals as Kyrie.

          • Badazztj12

            steals is only a stat like Rubio. He is good at stealing but cant stay in front of guys. I would rather have a bull at the pg(marcus smart) but he is already gone. Sessions is only 28 entering his prime. I wouldn’t mine having him back In Laker uniform

          • LakerSpartan117

            I liked Sessions when he played for us, but I guess he didn’t like the pressure of being a Laker. Because he didn’t do much for the Hornets (who by the way had a very competitive team last year).

            PG’s in today’s game must now be either extremely athletic combo guards or a floor general who dominates the ball and can shoot the 3 ball. Rondo is a floor general who can’t shoot, Thomas is a great shooter and scorer but isn’t good defensively as Rondo is, and Sessions is a mix of both.

    • LakersOverEverything

      Do his teammates even like him tho? I wouldn’t sign for what the pacers offered him. He should feel disrespected really. How they gonna offer him less than 9mil a year, after giving Paul George like 18mil a year. PG is NOT that good. Lance seems to be the better player most games, and if they ran the offense through him it would definitely show, statwise

  • meep

    i wish lakers would stop waiting and sign people already

    • LakerSpartan117

      I KNOW RIGHT!! I wish they would SING people too!!!

      Maybe sign them after their done singing them…

  • BrownMamba24

    I believe we should wait for Melos decision. Obviously we are strong contenders to get him or else he would have already signed back with Knicks. Because many FA are also waiting for Lebron and melo to decide so they can see if they can land on a team with either one. So don’t worry too much about FA. Only ones that have signed are people we weren’t even going for( McRoberts n Granger). We still have a shot at Thomas , swaggy p, and Monroe if pau leaves

    • meep

      but farmar gone, kaman gone, frye gone,lowery gone,gortat gone. so not just mcroberts and granger

      • BrownMamba24

        Lowry and gortat were gone before melo. And we weren’t going to offer that much for them. Kaman wasn’t coming back and frye was offered too much IMO. But I do wish farmer was back

      • Deezyisme

        All those players I could care less about.

  • BrownMamba24

    Also call me crazy for dreaming. But why doesn’t Lebron and melo come to la. We can offer them 15-16 mil each(espn reported). Then after kobe retires we can just reconstruct their contracts can’t we? Not sure but I imagine if this is possible then This was part of Mitch’s pitch to both of them

    • meep

      because if lebron and melo wanted money like that they would of stay with their teams. they want to get paid.

      • BrownMamba24

        Yes but in two years they could reconstruct it and this huge 3 would be the greatest in a long time.

        • Zimmeredge

          Greatest? Kobe will be 38-39yo

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      It’s possible to do something like that if you allow them to opt out in two years. But it would lower their max salaries on the next contracts.

      • BrownMamba24

        Oh ok thanks for the info. But if I were them is take it. Not just I’m a fan. But it really would be showtime 2.0. And if their max was lower then that means money for more players

  • meep

    if lakers get melo watch out for blake and butler who kobe wants. no lets not get a young up and coming player bazemore lets get a older maybe declining vet butler. this is why you shouldnt let players recruit friends sometimes

  • BrownMamba24

    Can’t kobe retire right now. And then comeback and sign a new contract? Honestly if that’s possible then we would be able to have so much cap space

    • rival

      Why would Kobe do that when he’s made the Lakers organization about 5 times his contact?

      • BrownMamba24

        He could sign a new one for slightly less. I’m sure he would rather lose a couple mil for another ring

    • meep

      most people would love the cap space the lakers have. it just lakers are willing to use most of it to get melo/ lakers cap space could get the lakers lance ariza and pau

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      He would have to stay out of the league for one year. So, no.

  • AC

    At least sign one other top tier free agent like Deng, Monroe, Bledsoe, and then go for guys to fill up the bench… look what happened to Farmar, he left because he didn’t know who he was potentially going to play with next season

    • meep

      he also left because he wanted to stay in la

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      He also left because there was no room for him on next season’s Lakers roster.

  • jeff

    Stephenson and Hibbert are available, they’d fit in great with Kobe and Randle.

    • Zimmeredge

      Hibbert not available unless you have a 15m trade bait.

      • jeff

        I’d way rather have Hibbert than Gasol, please make it happen Mitch.

        • Badazztj12

          sign & trade Gasol and Nash for Lance and Hibbert

          • jeff

            I wish!!

          • Zimmeredge

            like larry bird is a noob. never gonna happen. no reason. no way. nothing. if we had our first rounder in 15 but we have nothing for them.

  • Lakers4Life

    Widespread league sources state that LeBron and Melo our discussing teaming up in LA, just as I’ve said all along

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Wow, I’m so glad we have you here with the inside scoop. Even Chris Broussard hasn’t come up with that one yet.

    • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

      Bull crap.

    • Brandon A. Benitez

      Are you shitting me? Why would we “get rid of” Randle? That’d be a dumb move

    • Zimmeredge

      Fuck randle is by far the best role player in a superstar team and the most affordable. 2,5 with whom you can go over the cap with the rookie exception. No way fa will trade. Keep our fucking draft picks. Look what with done when we get dwight and Nash we traded our picks. What happened? We were screwed. Randle and clarkson are valuable asset for our team not for other teams.

    • GOD Chri$$$

      where r u reading this

    • Spade

      Care to share those sources?

  • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

    HURRY THE F*CK UP, MELO!!!

  • borsalino12

    I don’t understand why the name of Pau Gasol is mentioned in the talks for the free agents.We can not afford to add Carmelo, more less to add another $ 10 mil. minimum from the Spaniard. Only people, who does not understand what the salary cap means can continue to talk and write their stupid posts.If you don’t understand why I am saying this, take a look and you will find it out.
    KbRyant – $ 23.5 mil.
    C.Anthony – $ 24.0 mil.
    St.Nash – $ 9.7 mil.
    J.Randle – $ 2.4 mil.
    J.Clarkson – $ 1.8 mil.
    K.Marshall – $ 0.9 mil.
    R.Sacre – $ 0.9 mil.

    The total salary of this 7 players is $ 63.2 mil. which is already over the salary cap. Which means, there is no salary room for Nick Young, Jordan Hill and the other FA’s. Of course, we have the right to add one mid-level exception of $ 5.3 mil and one veteran exception of $ 1.3 mil, which won’t count against the cap. But that still won’t resolve the problem. We will need at least 5 more players to complete the roster.So, any talks about Carmelo coming to L.A. are pure speculations and they are not based on the CBA rules.

    • cj

      the lakers have the mid lvl exception along with the strech provision for nash. or the lakers could trade nash along with scare and 2 future second rounders for cap space. there are a ton of things the lakers could do to open up about 32-33m in cap space. its people like you sir that dont understand the cba. the espn experts would not say the lakers could end up with james and melo if there was no way to do it.

      • borsalino12

        The ESPN “experts” are making joke with the Lakers.I have read and understand the new CBA very well. I can suggest you to do the same.
        The stretch provision will spread Nash’s salary over the next 3 years, and about $ 3.2 mil. will still counts against the cap for this season. The only option to get rid of his salary is to trade him, along with R.Sacre to Toronto for future 2-nd round pic(s).
        In my post, I have already mentioned about the mid-level and veteran’s exceptions we can use. So, you don’t need to repeat it.
        Dude. I work with numbers and in the above post, I have provided you with numbers of the six players we already have under contract and if we add Carmelo, we are going to be over the cap. Yes. That is the truth. Can you show me how exactly the Lakers can add Carmelo and LeBron and still be under the cap???Give me numbers, not only words.I am very interested to read that from you…”ESPN experts follower.”

        • cj

          there is no way to add melo and james and still be under the cap. but if we were to add melo and james there is a 100% chance pau would take the mid lvl. but they could trade nash and sacre for nothing and have 33ish mill in space that is a 16-17 is deal for both james and melo. sign pau to mid lvl. call up young and get him to sign to bi exception and fill out the roster win min deals.

        • kamehameha

          good thing is lakers can go over cap and still make a profit.

    • Zimmeredge

      You can sign 7 vet contract, you have the bi annual exceptions and the Mle, you can use both for two players.

    • Badazztj12

      You are right about everything here but you left two things. (Birdrights and stretch) We have Gasol and Jordan Hill birdrights, so that means we can go over the cap for both or just Gasol since we have Randle we rebounding. We can use the stretch on nash and clear the space for the bench and some of the bench can sign for the minimum like Wesley and X.

      • Zimmeredge

        No you can’t. Don’t Forget the cap holds against gasol and hill’s contract. Therefore, before signing any free agent you should sign your bird’s player first. After that you can sign a guy but can’t go over the cap for him. Of course before signing players (your own or others), you can sign anyone you want within the contract that you give over the cap: vet contract and exception.

        • Badazztj12

          Well tell me why wouldn’t the other way around make sense. Why you think we offered Melo the contract with the rest of the cap room in it. Wouldn’t make sense to offer it if we knew we had to sign Gasol and Hill first. So I don’t believe that

          • Zimmeredge

            because it’s based on predicted salary. maybe they already have a verbal agreement from pau on a specific number for his contract. idk for hill tho. but that’s most likely to happen. they evaluate how much they have in cap space. fo have met with pau 2 times before meeting with melo so they must have a deal on the table already. pau aint gonna play around for cheap except maybe the spurs. but in LA he might have 2 different proposal one with kobe on a shot contract with a higher wage (2years/ 22-24m) and one with melo for a longer term with lower wage (4years/28-32m). that’s my guess. so they know excatly how much they can offer melo.

          • Badazztj12

            Dude you saying maybe man but you not giving me no facts. If they had offer Gasol it would have been hit on the news already why leave it silent. He is not like a bench player like Meeks and Farmar who did there contract on the down low. He is a big name on the market also. By the way dude they already offered Melo a 97 mil contract for 4 years, if you have been keeping up with the news. Go learn about how the birdrights work then come back

          • Zimmeredge

            Because as Mitch said it gasol is in our paper or scenarios but not in all of them… And gasol might wanna wait a bit more if melo/lebron/bosh does not come in.
            We have so much possible scenarios but only one will be fulfilled this summer. Fo ain’t gonna drop money for nothing. Tho There’s a 99% gasol ends being a Lakers.

          • Badazztj12

            Yes Gasol is waiting on us to see if you can Melo. Lebron Is not coming because he said that he would come back to Miami if they make changes. They are already getting to it as we speak. Bosh already stated that he wants to come back to Miami but right now he looking at that max deal with Rockets. We not offering much on a 30 year old much. Melo is 30 but he can help us right now (who is clearly better choice than Bosh) By the way you changing up the real topic. FO wouldn’t offer Melo the max if w knew that we couldn’t sign any else after that. Clearly we can sign Gasol and Hill back BOTH have birdrights. If you not coming back with facts don’t rely back

    • LakersOverEverything

      You realize they can resign Pau while going over the cap….right? I’m not sure why you think you know more than the experts. Like seriously dude, you really think Lakers would offer melo that contract if it wouldn’t work out?

  • Spade

    i have a bad feeling that Pau will bend us over if given the chance. i think he splits if Melo doesn’t sign.

    • vdogg

      that would be fine by me. love pau and what he has done… but i wouldn’t hate seeing him go. he is putrid on defense. damn near ushers his man right to the rim.

  • rival

    Have some dignity laker front office and let’s move on!

  • VillainKing

    Melo hurry up and make your decision the Lakers is not making a move in this free agency because of waiting on your fucking decision!!!

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