Pau Gasol is excited about his upcoming offseason, and he is going to look at four teams in particular when it comes to free agency.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, Gasol will consider the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies, and Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. All four of those teams could use a power forward with the skill-set that Gasol possesses.
In an interview with http://t.co/K3B8ybZMdR, Pau Gasol mentioned the Lakers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Spurs as options he’ll consider this summer.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 9, 2014
It would certainly be intriguing to see Gasol sign with the Grizzlies and pair in the front-court with his brother Marc. That fit wouldn’t necessarily make the most sense with Memphis already having Zach Randolph at the power forward position.
The Lakers are expected to be planning a heavy push to re-sign Gasol, but he certainly hasn’t been happy with the direction that L.A. has been heading over the last couple of seasons. Chicago could be the best fit for him, as they are looking to move on from Carlos Boozer, but once again they have Taj Gibson penciled in as their starter next year. San Antonio would likely be the best fit if Gasol is looking for a starting position, as he and Tim Duncan could pair up.
Gasol played in and started 60 games for the Lakers this past season, averaging 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. He still has the ability to anchor a team in the front-court, but his time is beginning to wind down and he wants to win another NBA championship. There will be plenty of other teams that show interest in Gasol that could pique his interest, and one of those options could be the Phoenix Suns.
Overall, this is going to be a very interesting offseason in the NBA. There are quite a few talented players who have the option to test the free agent market, and there are plenty of teams that are trying to make big moves. Gasol will be one of the key names to keep an eye on, and there are quite a few options in play for him.