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Marc Gasol could end up signing with Warriors?

Marc Gasol

Just when you thought that we had seen the last of Marc Gasol in the NBA, he could be dropping back down from the rafters like Sting.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that Gasol is a name to watch for the Golden State Warriors’ final roster spot. Slater says the ex-Defensive Player of the Year almost signed with the Warriors last summer and very well might have had Klay Thompson not ruptured his Achilles and effectively ended the the team’s chances at competing for the 2021 title.

Gasol received a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this month but secured his release from the Grizzlies shortly after. The expectation was that Gasol would sign with a team in his native Spain, where he has been spending this offseason with family. But the 36-year-old ultimately remains undecided on his future.

Golden State’s current starting center, James Wiseman, is a decent piece but does not fit well with the team’s core of 30-somethings. Gasol, on the other hand, would fit well with his ability to stretch the floor, move the ball, and play plus team defense.

Slater adds that Gasol could possibly join the Warriors midseason. The team would be armed with the taxpayer midlevel exception to offer. Golden State also seems set on complementing rather than shaking up their current core.

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Report: Marc Gasol’s relationship with Lakers never recovered after demotion

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Marc Gasol’s tenure in Los Angeles is over, and it sounds like we can pinpoint one particular development that ultimately led to its failure.

Bill Oram of The Athletic reported recently that the Lakers’ signing of Andre Drummond last season and subsequent demotion of Gasol created a rift that could not be resolved. Oram adds that the demotion essentially “poisoned” Gasol’s relationship with the Lakers.

The 36-year-old Gasol looked his age last season as the Lakers’ starter at center to begin the year. But he could at least provide a bit of floor-spacing and rim protection. Drummond ended up being a poor fit for them across the board and slowly fell out of favor in Los Angeles as the playoffs arrived.

Now neither center is with the Lakers. Drummond left this summer to join the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Lakers just traded Gasol to the Memphis Grizzlies, who will work on releasing Gasol so he can play in Spain. Gasol could have offered more versatility than the Lakers’ center rotation now. It is possible that they end up kicking themselves for letting their relationship with Gasol sour.

H/T ProBasketballTalk

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Marc Gasol to remain in Spain after trade to Grizzlies

Marc Gasol

The Los Angeles Lakers have one less 2012 NBA All-Star on their roster, as they have agreed to trade veteran big man Marc Gasol to the Memphis Grizzlies.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Lakers are sending Gasol, a 2024 second-round draft pick and cash to the Grizzlies in exchange for the draft rights to Wang Zhelin. The Lakers will save $10 million in the deal, while the plan for Gasol is to be released and remain in Spain.

Gasol began his NBA career with Memphis in 2008. Should he decide to retire, the trade will allow him to do so as a member of the Grizzlies.

The Lakers have stacked their roster with aging former All-Stars this offseason, so it’s no surprise that they are parting ways with one of them. Gasol, 36, averaged 5.0 points and 4.1 rebounds while playing 19.1 minutes per game with L.A. last year.

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Report: Marc Gasol may not return to Lakers

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Marc Gasol could be withdrawing his name from the Los Angeles Lakers’ reboot of “The Expendables” next season.

Basketball writer Marc Stein reported this week that the former Defensive Player of the Year is not a lock to return to the Lakers. Stein notes that Gasol said after the Olympics that he plans to play out the final season of his NBA contract. But the Lakers could potentially release Gasol to play elsewhere in the league or he may choose to finish his career back home in Spain as his older brother Pau did.

The 36-year-old Gasol is owed $2.7 million next season. Should he remain with the Lakers, Gasol has a good chance to reclaim his spot as the starting center for the team. Andre Drummond left to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers, and offseason addition Dwight Howard has settled into a sixth-man role at this point of his career.

To his credit, Gasol has been willing to play whatever role the Lakers need. But he already won a championship with Toronto in 2019, so the incentive to stay may not be there for him.

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Marc Gasol compares his role on Lakers to ‘Pulp Fiction’ character

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Marc Gasol gave the Los Angeles Lakers a shot of adrenaline to the heart on Monday. Now he sounds willing to play that role for the team going forward.

The former Defensive Player of the Year played extended minutes off the bench against the Denver Nuggets with starting center Andre Drummond in foul trouble. Gasol responded with ten key points, seven rebounds, and two assists as the Lakers pulled out the narrow 93-89 victory. Gasol also had a game-high plus-minus of +17.

After the game, Gasol compared himself to “The Wolf,” Harvey Keitel’s character from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film “Pulp Fiction” who was known as the fixer-upper.

“I’m fine on that Mr. Wolf role,” said Gasol, per The Athletic’s Jovan Buha. “You just come in whenever things aren’t going great and kind of help everyone. So, I accepted it. I’ll try to do as best as possible at that role.”

The 36-year-old Gasol has had a roller-coaster first season with the Lakers. He underwhelmed as the team’s starting center, leading to their signing of Drummond. Gasol had largely fallen out of the rotation after Drummond’s arrival, but now he is once again proving his value.

Having persevered through all the ups and downs, which even included buyout rumors, Gasol is finally here to stay. He solves problems.

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Marc Gasol comments on Lakers’ tough addition of Andre Drummond

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The Los Angeles Lakers bolstered their roster for the stretch run when they signed Andre Drummond last week, but the move likely means Marc Gasol will have a very minimal role going forward. As you might expect, that has not been easy for Gasol to take.

Gasol, who has averaged just under 20 minutes per game this season, was immediately sent to the bench when Drummond joined the Lakers. Backup center Montrezl Harrell has played extremely well this season and is a Sixth Man of the Year candidate, so Gasol will likely be buried on the depth chart. Despite that, Gasol says he is committed to the Lakers.

“Things can change quickly in the NBA as they have changed for me,” Gasol said Friday night, via Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation. “I’m committed to this team. It’s a hard pill to swallow because I know I’m going to be out of the lineup. … But we’ll see.”

Drummond is dealing with a toe injury and will not play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. The injury is not considered serious, however.

Gasol said after the Lakers’ win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday that he is unsure of how often he will be needed.

“I think there’s an ‘if’ — ‘if’ they need you. And it’s a big ‘if,'” Gasol said, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “You’re not Plan A right now. You’re Plan C, D. … You have to accept it because that’s your job. And that’s what you sign up to do. It’s never easy to accept that.”

The Lakers should obviously be better with Drummond in the starting lineup. Gasol has averaged just 4.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game this year, while Drummond is averaging a double-double.

Even if Gasol understands why his role will be diminished, that doesn’t make it any easy for a veteran player to swallow. There has been talk that the Lakers could buy out Gasol, which may be preferable for him given the situation.

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Lakers could buy out Marc Gasol?

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You would think that Marc Gasol came from a laundromat with how washed he has looked this season. Now the Los Angeles Lakers may be trying to cut their losses on him.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported Tuesday that some rival executives speculate the Lakers could buy out the three-time All-Star big man.

Gasol, 36, is having a disappointing year with 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds a game as the Lakers’ starting center. The team just signed Andre Drummond, who will presumably supplant Gasol in the starting lineup. Montrezl Harrell can also play as a small ball 5, as can Anthony Davis whenever he returns from injury. That would appear to leave Gasol as the odd man out in the frontcourt rotation.

A buyout might not be too difficult, as Gasol is making just $2.6 million this season and $2.7 million next season. He also has an NBA championship ring already, meaning that he might not be too opposed to leaving the defending champion Lakers for better playing time elsewhere. We do know of one rival team who seems to be looking for more size.

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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

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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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