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Pau Gasol ‘Would Listen’ To Phil Jackson And Knicks In Free Agency Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="130"] After the Lakers ended their miserable season last Wednesday, the uncertainty surrounding Pau Gasol heading into free agency continue [new_royalslider id="130"] After the Lakers ended their miserable season last Wednesday, the uncertainty surrounding Pau Gasol heading into free agency continue Rating: 0
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Pau Gasol ‘Would Listen’ To Phil Jackson And Knicks In Free Agency

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After the Lakers ended their miserable season last Wednesday, the uncertainty surrounding Pau Gasol heading into free agency continues to grow with new rumors already surfacing.

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Recently, Pau Gasol spoke with Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, mentioning that he would be willing to listen to the New York Knicks President Phil Jackson about the possibility to come and play for the Knicks.

“I’m happy for him and the position that he got. I’m always going to be a big fan and a friend. I would listen.”

With the possibility of joining the Knicks, Gasol did mention playing with Kobe Bryant as one of his main reasons he would stay with the Lakers during his exit interview.

It’s important to note that Jackson recently signed former Lakers forward Lamar Odom before the season ended. This can only allude as a sign of bringing back NBA veterans who have a keen understanding of the triangle offense. Adding Gasol in that mix would only make sense as Jackson is looking to bring back the triangle offense.

While Gasol would listen, he would have to take a significant paycut as the Knicks would only be able to offer him a salary starting at $3.2 million. As for the Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak mentioned in his exit interview that the two-time champion is a ‘priority’ for the team this summer. With ample cap room, it will be interesting to see if Gasol has to opportunity to finish his career as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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  • Al Haldie

    Go for it PAU , and the best of LUCK for you…..

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The Knicks are all tied up in the salary cap and can pay only a mini mid level exception worth about $3.5 million dollars per season.Also to all the Lakers fans wondering about Steve Blake coming back to the Lakers we can’t get him back in free agency since he was recently traded a player must wait s full year from the date they were traded to return to their old team that traded them.So no Steve Blake is not coming back to the Lakers next season.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Pau will end up making a wise choice this off season.

  • Magicman32

    Go for It Pau. You will always be respected by me for your contribution to the organization and for your professionalism. With current management I would bail.

  • Robert L. I.

    I wouldn’t blame Pao leaving the Lakers after being disrespected for two plus seasons. He knows the Triangle, Phil will demand the “pacing” of his players. Which btw D’Antoni never did. And I believe that is why since he has been the Laker’s coach we’ve had the most injuries these past 2 years in franchise history.

    Ball don’t lie, and Pao can still ball. i hope to fuck he doesn’t leave, but i predicted it the day Phil became GM of the Knicks. It makes good sense from Pao’s pov…. Thx Jimbo… you jackass!

  • vdogg

    wouldn’t the knicks have to do some kind of sign and trade to get pau?

  • hookedonnews

    Knicks don’t have the cap space to give him the kind of money he wants. And who is going to coach the Triangle? I wouldn’t want to coach the Knicks because there will always be the specter of Phil looming on the horizon. Will be interesting to see how it all plays out, but I don’t see Pau heading to NY.

  • Daryl Peek

    Gasol, Amare and Chandler? I don’t see that happening or working but why wouldn’t Pau be intrigued at playing for the Jackson run Knicks? Steve Kerr will likely be the HC and we all know Phil will try to have triangle roots all over the team.

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