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Report: Serge Ibaka resented having to play behind Marc Gasol

Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol went from teammates to now rivals, and it seems like the former prefers it that way.

Michael Grange of SportsNet reported Wednesday that while Ibaka wanted to return to the Toronto Raptors in free agency, negotiations rubbed him the wrong way. Specifically, Toronto offered him $12 million to return for the 2020-21 season, which was below what he was expecting. The Raptors then upped their offer to $14 million but were still trying to save money to re-sign Gasol as well. Ibaka reportedly resented having to play off the bench behind Gasol and refused to sign on again for a shared role.

The Raptors would ultimately end up losing both. The ex-NBA blocks leader Ibaka signed with the LA Clippers, where he now starts. Gasol, meanwhile, went to the crosstown rival Los Angeles Lakers and starts for them as well.

This report is certainly an interesting one given the history between Ibaka and Gasol. The two won the NBA title together with the Raptors in 2019 playing in their shared role. They have also played together on the Spanish national team, including a silver medal win at the 2012 London Olympics.

Ibaka was widely expected to re-sign with the Raptors this past offseason. It seems though he may have decided it was time to get out of Gasol’s shadow.

Pau Gasol wants to join brother Marc on Lakers

Pau Gasol

Pau and Marc Gasol could be joining the likes of the brothers Lopez, Morris, and Dragic in playing together for the same NBA team.

Marc, who just signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, said this week that his older brother Pau would love to return to the team if given the chance.

“I’m not a very social media guy, but I know Pau loves L.A. and loves the Lakers,” said Marc, per Silver Screen and Roll. “Obviously he feels like it’s home, so I’m sure that he would love to come back. But that’s [a] question for [GM] Rob [Pelinka] and ownership.”

Pau also recently “liked” a tweet calling for the Lakers bring him back, at the very least for a ceremonial retirement.

Now 40 years old, Pau is a beloved Lakers great, having helped deliver back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.

While they have played together on the Spanish national team, Pau and Marc have never been actually been teammates in the NBA. Interestingly enough, a young Marc was included as part of the return package when the Lakers acquired Pau from the Memphis Grizzlies back in 2008.

Pau had also expressed interest in returning to the Lakers over the summer. Now that his younger brother Marc has agreed to a two-year deal with the team, that interest definitely appears to have strengthened.

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Lakers trade JaVale McGee to create space for Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

The Toronto Raptors are losing all their big men to Los Angeles teams.

On Saturday, Serge Ibaka agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. And on Sunday, it was Marc Gasol agreeing to sign with the Lakers.

The Lakers made a move in order to create room for Gasol, as they traded center JaVale McGee to Cleveland. That allowed them to sign Gasol. The signing comes as no surprise given reports tied Gasol to the Lakers.

Gasol was originally drafted by the Lakers but was traded to Memphis as part of a trade involving his brother. Now 35 and towards the end of his career, Gasol averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Toronto last season.

The Lakers continue to have a strong offseason after winning the championship. They lost Dwight Howard, McGee, Danny Green, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. But they brought in Dennis Schroder, Gasol and Wes Matthews, while re-signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and trying to bring back Markieff Morris.

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Report: Lakers a ‘serious suitor’ for Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

The Los Angeles Lakers have already shown this offseason that they want to significantly improve their roster even after winning a title, and Marc Gasol is another big-name veteran they have their eye on.

The Lakers have emerged as a “serious suitor” for Gasol, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Gasol, a three-time All-Star, wants to contend for another title and is intrigued by the possibility of playing in Los Angeles.

Gasol was traded to the Toronto Raptors midway through the 2018-19 season, and he helped the team win a championship with Kawhi Leonard leading the way. The 35-year-old was then a big reason why Toronto remain competitive and won 53 games last season despite losing Leonard, though his offensive numbers were down a bit. Gasol averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

The Lakers made a huge move on Friday when they stole reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell away from the Los Angeles Clippers. They could still use another veteran in their frontcourt, as Dwight Howard looked like he was going to re-sign with the Lakers before pivoting amid unusual circumstances. Gasol could certainly help fill that void.

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Clippers interested in Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol

Serge Ibaka

The Los Angeles Clippers aren’t about to be shutout in free agency and see their rivals take one of their players.

Montrezl Harrell on Friday agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. Though he didn’t perform well in the playoffs for the Clippers, he still won NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

So how can the Clippers counter? By going after some players in which the Lakers have interest.

According to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Clippers are interested in Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol. Stein notes that Gasol may be more of a realistic target due to heavy competition for Ibaka.

Ibaka has already toyed with fans about his free agency. The Raptors would love to retain him, but the Lakers and Clippers may offer more of likelihood of winning a championship.

Gasol and Ibaka were key players in the Raptors’ frontcourt. Toronto still won 53 games last season despite losing Kawhi Leonard to the Clippers. They also were able to retain Fred VanVleet.

Report: Lakers pursuing Marc Gasol as Dwight Howard replacement

Marc Gasol

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to move quickly to replace the departing Dwight Howard in the frontcourt.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Lakers are eyeing Marc Gasol as a potential replacement for Howard. The 35-year-old center spent last season as a starter for the Toronto Raptors, but likely would not be too expensive for the Lakers.

The Lakers seemed to have Howard set to return, but are now moving quickly on other targets after he ended up signing with the Philadelphia 76ers. Gasol is a solid second option. Though he’s no longer the potent scorer he was in his prime, he still averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Toronto last season. Gasol also has some distant ties to the Lakers, as his brother Pau was a popular championship-winning member of the organization.

Gasol has made clear that he wants to play for a contender. Signing with the defending NBA champions would certainly fit the bill.

Marc Gasol offers hint about his free agent future

Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol is one of the Toronto Raptors’ most important free agents this offseason, and they may have something of an advantage in retaining him.

The former Defensive Player of the Year offered a hint about his future in an interview with Spanish TV channel Esport3 this week.

“I know there’s interest from several NBA teams to get in touch,” said Gasol, per HoopsHype. “I want to help my future team to win on a consistent basis and contend for the championship. I don’t see myself playing for a rebuilding team.”

Gasol, the three-time All-Star, will turn 36 next year. While he already won a title with the Raptors in 2019, that kind of mindset is hardly surprising for a player nearing the end of his career. Gasol can still contribute though. He averaged 7.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game as Toronto’s starting center last season.

That said, the Raptors have other priorities to attend to this offseason. Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet are also free agents in addition to Gasol. No matter, Toronto should still be at least close to championship contention next season. But another option may be on the table for Gasol as well.

Marc Gasol reportedly considering return to Europe

Marc Gasol helped the Toronto Raptors nearly reach the Eastern Conference Finals this year even after losing Kawhi Leonard, but the veteran center is facing an uncertain future as he heads toward free agency. While there would likely be interest in him returning to Toronto, Gasol may opt to leave the NBA.

According to a report from Xavier Saiso Garcia of Radio Ser Catalunya, Gasol will consider returning to Europe to play next year. The 35-year-old is from Spain and played there professionally for several years before he was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Gasol has seen his offensive numbers drop significantly since he joined the Raptors, but he’s still a solid low-post defender. There would likely be plenty of interest in him on the free agent market if he wants to keep playing in the NBA, especially after the way he slimmed down prior to the Orlando restart.

Gasol averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds while playing 26.4 minutes per game in his first full season with Toronto.

Marc Gasol is looking significantly thinner in preparation for Orlando

Marc Gasol has long been one of the hulkiest centers in the NBA, but those days appear to be over for the 35-year-old.

Images surfaced on Twitter on Saturday of the Toronto Raptors big looking ridiculously slim in a workout photo. Check out the jaw-dropping picture:

Gasol, the former Defensive Player of the Year, had been listed this season at 255 pounds. He was averaging 7.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 27.5 minutes per game for the Raptors before play was suspended.

Toronto will be looking to defend their NBA championship during the planned restart of the season in Orlando later this summer. In preparation, Gasol seems to have joined the current fad of big men dropping massive weight.

Report: Raptors have rebuffed trade offers for veterans like Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol

Kyle Lowry

Despite Kawhi Leonard’s departure this summer, the Toronto Raptors are not about to do anything drastic with their roster.

Sean Deveney of reported on Friday that teams have reached out to the Raptors about potential trades for their veteran players Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka but have been turned down. Deveney adds that Toronto has a rebuilding plan that does not include tanking.

Amid Leonard leaving for the LA Clippers after delivering the Raptors their first-ever NBA title in June, the team went out and signed the likes of Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. They have also reportedly started talks with new franchise cornerstone Pascal Siakam about a potential extension.

Though the Raptors have been getting disrespected everywhere lately, they did go 17-5 in the 22 games that Leonard sat for load management last season, so it makes sense for them to see what they have in their remaining core.