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NBA Rumors: Knicks Targeting Pau Gasol In Free Agency

On Monday, Phil Jackson made his first move as President of the New York Knicks by trading Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, and pieces. With the Knicks looking to replace Chandler, Jackson is now targeting Pau Gasol according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:

“Furthermore, one source close to the process told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne that Jackson is planning to make a determined attempt to try to recruit his former Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol to replace the freshly traded Tyson Chandler alongside Anthony on the Knicks’ front line, despite the fact New York is limited to offering Gasol less than $4 million for next season.”

With the Knicks well over the cap, they will only have less than $4 million to offer Gasol. Although Gasol will likely receive larger offers from other teams once free agency begins on July 1, he previously mentioned that he would listen to his former coach.

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After winning two championships in three NBA Finals appearances, Gasol has been part of numerous rumors since the failed Chris Paul trade. While the Spaniard will consider remaining with the Lakers, he is looking for the best chance to win more championships in the final stage of his career.

While the Lakers have “strong interest” in re-signing Gasol, it appears their focus will be on signing LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. The team will meet with Anthony once free agency begins on July 1 and are “hopeful” of meeting with James.

In 60 games this season, Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks.
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  • nash gots to go

    Yeah sure, Pau will sign for the mini mid-level exception worth $3M per year.

    The Knicks are over the tax so they can’t receive a player back in sign and trades. Melo has a gigantic $25M cap hold unless they renounced him. Even if they renounced Melo, they are STILL over the tax line.

    • Mario Cardone

      the article states 4mil, and melo opted out of 23mil and would likely be getting even less, where are you getting your numbers from?

      • nash gots to go

        go do some research, google knicks payroll and mini mid level exception

  • NASH GOT RETIREMENT PLAN

    Lets hope not.

  • Matt Williams

    They don’t have the money. They have to fix their money woes before getting a player like Pau.

    • Zimmeredge

      They want melo and Pau… Pau will loose his bird rights if he goes there. Pau is a luxury they cańt afford. Now bitch stoud, bargnani, jr How are they going to pay for melo and Pau? Peanuts?

  • sean

    my expextations of this offseason.BRON&melo to lakers julius randle and steve nash trade them for a center or pg and that will be eunogh for a championship when kobe retires,we can easily attract other player to come here.we have a gun who is kobe that can lure other free agencts if we lose him,who wants to play in LA?and just think of it when kobe retires maybe howard wants to come back to play with Bron and melo that wolud be enough to make consecutive championships.when celtics got consecutive 8 championships i didn’t suprise for it coz they got the right team.we have a chance to do that.now or never …

    • FUCK HOWARD

      Fuck howard I wouldn’t help that bitch get a ring for shit between him and stern is the reason we’re in this position not coaches ,buss family or kobe we had bad luck on nash swing for the fences with free agents until kobe is gone get derant LAKERS4LIFE

  • Daryl Peek

    With Phil and Fish in NY the interest will be high for Pau but with his long running Spanish National teammate, Jose Caldron now there it will be very hard for Gasol to say no to Phil.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Hard to say no to $3M?! He can at least double that elsewhere. That’s and insult.

      • Daryl Peek

        Regardless of cap situation, neither you nor I knows what may be offered to Pau if the Knicks are indeed interested in him. Three mil is absolutely an insult.

  • Fernando

    Put the pipe down for a minute.I fully expect the Lakers to miss out on both Lebronze And Carmela and i fully expect this to happen with the Jim Buss Lakers.

    Hired Coach Mike Dunleavy

    Roster In Place
    PG Steve Nash,Kendall Marshall,Jordan Clarkson
    SG Kobe Bryant,Nick Young
    SF Kent Bazemore,Laquinton Ross
    PF Julius Randle,Ryan Kelly
    C Robert Sacre

    Maybe 30-35 wins if Kobe and Julius are healthy.Too many holes in the lineup.

    • TheTruthKills

      Very likely, except I think Byron Scott will be the coach.

    • DKWTTY

      lol That’s hilarious because it’s so true. They just let Kent become a free agent so I don’t know about that one though. Kent was decent too. SMH. Jim Buss needs to go.

    • Matt Williams

      Maybe you should put the pipe down. First of Dunleavy ain’t in the running. The top two are Scott and Hollins. Bazemore is now a free agent and will be going to another team. We have enough cap space to sign another max player. Laquinton Ross won’t even make it to the roster. I guarantee it. So try again.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Mike Dunleavy?! Are you kidding? Kendall Marshall over Farmar? Sacre at center? Why bother playing? Just mail in the “L”.

    • Chris Reng

      Telling people to put the pipe down, yet you arent being realistic at all. The team you suggested they’ll have only adds cheap nobodies. So your pretty much saying the lakers will sit around and not spend any money on improving the roster. Pretty much resign last years team that they chose not to resign earlier in the season so they have money to improve the team. Whether they get lebron and or carmelo is irrelevant. They WILL spend some of that cap space they have. They have enough for a max contract, so you tell me. Do you really think the biggest signing they will have this off season will be laquinton ross? A guy that more than likely wont even make the team. Cmon man. Thats just the most ignorant thing ive heard this off season. From lakers haters or lovers that by far takes the cake. Do the world a favor and kill yourself! There is already enough stupid people in this world. Geez.

  • Marty Susman

    First off the Lakers NEED YOUTH not high priced players who were once great/good meaning it’s time for Gasol to exit stage left… As for the future of the team, NOTHING great will happen this upcoming year & unless they get really lucky, nothing great next year as well…The team NEEDS a REAL point guard, a REAL Center, REAL small forward & YES a replacement for Kobe at the two (2) guard as well….(Assuming they keep Julius at PF)
    As for Kobe, he has been great but I am relatively sure he will be gone with another injury before the next season is over & the $48,000,000 will once again prove to be a STUPID mistake !!!!! Actually if I were running the team, I would action off Kobe to the highest bidder meaning a team like the Heat, Nicks, Bull’s, Houston or even OKC or Golden State…That would give us a TON of future below 10 first round picks for the next few years as well as some Thompson/Wall/Irving/Love Exumm type players…..

    • Marcos

      Marty if Mitch could ever pull that deal for Kobe then it would be the greatest trade of all time for the Lakers.10 First Round Picks plus Dante Excum or Kevin Love or some other young star player wow i wish the NBA worked like that.Then the Lakers would win all the championships forever.Realistic idea is at best keeping Kobe and doing a farewell tour.

      • Marty Susman

        I meant some of them, not all…Kobe could get us a ton from many teams that want to win now…The Lakers will NEVER win again with Kobe, everyone knows that & the $48,000,000 was another ignorant move by Jimmy….Kobe would walk away form the Lakers if he wanted, we need to walk away form him as well, TRADE him before he breaks down permanently & we get NOTHING for him….

        • Marcos

          I have no idea what the open market is for Kobe Bryant in terms of trade value,but i know he has a no trade clause.The only way he would ever waive the no trade clause is to play in New York with Phil as President in NY that would be a possible fit as his BFF Derek Fisher is the head coach as well.The return coming to the Lakers would be Amare Stoudemire and Tim Hardaway Jr. plus Iman Shumpert and Cleanthony Early and like 3 future first round picks and that’s about it.Lakers FO is too loyal to Kobe though it has 0 chance of happening unless Kobe demands a trade to play elsewhere.

          • Sam Saab

            All we need is bledsoe or Lowry, Deng or Ariza…..re-sign meeks, farmer, young, pau, hill and X and we are def and playoff team with Kobe and Randle healthy…..dont get me wrong i wouldnt mind signing Melo but we dont have to go for just the big names.

          • Marcos

            Oh i agree anything helps at this time.They improve the team but no championships with those guys.My favorite is Trevor Ariza out of that group.

          • Joseph Apohen

            The FO is looking so hard for named players that they are ignoring some good players we already have. These guys are not that expensive. I’m talking about Hill, Farmar, Young, Basemore, and Meeks. These guys would be great coming off the bench or even start sometime.

          • Marty Susman

            First off his old contract had a no trade. I have seen ZERO saying the new one has the same clause….Next NONE of the NY players would be good here..NONE…

          • Marcos

            Agreed we need homeruns from now on not C list players.

  • Dexter

    Ugh the Lakers need a Point Guard right?Maybe the Lakers should sign Compton Native Deonte Burton he is way more athletic and has way more quickness than DeAndre Kane plus he is from LA.Deonte Burton to the Lakers please make it happen he will make the team if given a chance.Undrafted rookie is Deonte Burton that’s the best one on the market currently.

  • Mike

    It’s funny when you consider all the criticism of Pau Gasol. Yet look at his stats, if he were coming out of college with those numbers people would be drooling at the chance to draft him.

    • e3bonz

      Very true, yet many want him gone regardless.

    • Joseph Apohen

      He’d be automatic #1.

  • Redeem Team

    Chris Broussard ✔ @Chris_BroussardFollow
    Lakers’ dream is to add LeBron & Melo this summer. If that fails would go for CBosh & Melo, sources say. That’s assuming Bosh opts out
    5:17 PM – 26 Jun 2014
    Lakers stretching Nash helps $6.5 million in space.$16.5 mill Bosh $16.5 mill Carmelo Kobe $23 mill Julius $2.8 MIll Sacre $1 mill Nash $3.2 mill waived stretched out

    • nash gots to go

      fuck steve nash i hate him with a passion

      • Redeem Team

        LOL he cost the Lakers a boatload of money and a few draft picks i think like 4 picks.Also he ruined the Lakers future plans in free agency by taking up cap space when he can very well be medically retired but he is trolling the Lakers and their fan base,i put it down for my Lakers and i say Robert Sarver paid him off to mess up the Lakers for a long time.

        Their plan got derailed by Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson coming to the Lakers now the Sarver plan is screwed because a great rookie Randle is on the Lakers and Clarkson is a promising athletic point guard also Mike D’Antoni being fired makes the Sarver plan weaker and now if Nash is kicked off the team with a Stretch Provision it will be the end of the Nash/Suns despicable sabotage on the Lakers organization.LOL get Double Agent Steve Nash off the Lakers ASAP.Change the playbook he is sharing it with everyone most likely.Nash caused Lakers hell.

        • Ben Ghazi

          Seems your angst is misdirected. Nash took care of himself & if someone overpaid him, is that Nash’s fault?

          • Joseph Apohen

            Blame Buss and Kupcake.

      • Joseph Apohen

        Nash is useless. He’ll probably play every other month this year.

    • Zimmeredge

      Broussard is wrong. Mitch already explained that the plan is to get one “at least” now with the new cba it’s very unlikely that we can sign two. Melo and bron wońt take paycut. They are Max players so they won’t play for half their wage value.
      Melo or lebron then get Pau
      Or bosh then get ariza or deng that’s all. Broussard is talking crap.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        People just make shit up these days with the internet.

        • Zimmeredge

          The twitter badside. I hope people are not dumb to believe that we can sign two superstar for half the Max contract. It’s definitely not our strategy, not own we approach our plan. Fo is trying to build a good one two punch.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Us as Lakers fans would be doing cartwheels if we even just got one All Star Free Agent i would pop a bottle of Dom whether it will be LeBron or Carmelo or Stephenson or Bosh if we get any of them i am popping a bottle of Dom.Just 1.

      • Joseph Apohen

        How many Carmelos, Brons, Bosch, etc. does the Spurs have?.

        • Zimmeredge

          They have at least 4 hall of famers just like the heat.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Who is the fourth beside the top three of Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili? Howard and Diaw? They’re not there yet.

          • Zimmeredge

            Leonard is meant to grow really big.

    • TheTruthKills

      LeBron, Wade, and Bosh all opted out which basically means they’re staying in Miami. Melo wants to either compete or play with LeBron. So we won’t be getting him either. Mitch is about to whiff this offseason.

  • DKWTTY

    Pau said he’d take a paycut to contend but he ain’t taking that big a paycut for a Knicks team that WILL NOT be contending next year.

  • TheTruthKills

    Gasol will probably go to a contender. The Knicks are the furthest thing from that.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I hate to lose Pau. If he goes I think it will be with the Mavs or Spurs.

  • Preston

    LOL.. why in the world would Pau do something like that? The Lakers will be better than the Knicks next year. The Knicks ill be paying Amare $23 million next year.

    If Carmelo was really excited about playing with Pau, he’d come to LA and have a frontcourt of C Gasol PF Randle SF Carmelo to pair with Kobe. That is FAR better than anything happening in NY.

    • Joseph Apohen

      You’re right.

    • dubinsky

      while I have enormous respect for Bryant’s skills as a player, his skills are quite eroded while he remains the same egomaniacal monster of a person.

      LA is never gonna attract a top-tier talent to come and play second fiddle to Kobe’s Norma Desmond.

      Nothing gets better for you guys till Bryant is gone.

      • Preston

        His skills have eroded? The last healthy season he had did not demonstrate that at all. We’ll see this season, but I think you are jumping off the deep end with that one.

        • dubinsky

          yes, they have. look at his offensive rebounding and blocked shots.

          and look at his health.

  • Montas19

    Sign Pau. Then trade him and Nash for Carmelo.
    If Carmelo doesn’t want to stay in NY, it’s a good deal for both teams.

    • dubinsky

      no one is gonna take Nash’s contract off the Lakers hands,…especially with the extra money that Nash gets if traded.

  • Joseph Apohen

    $3m is an insult. Might as well not have offered to join the Knicks.

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