All of the talk regarding free agency as of late has surrounded the potential crop of players who can become free agents on July 1.
The Miami Heat’s big three of forward LeBron James, big man Chris Bosh and guard Dwyane Wade, New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry and Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson are all eligible to become unrestricted free agents. Detroit Pistons’ big man Greg Monroe, Sacramento Kings’ point guard Isaiah Thomas and Utah Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward will all become restricted free agents.
Next year’s crop, which could consist of Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love and Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, may be even better. It was also include the 2012-2013 Defensive Player of the Year, Memphis Grizzlies’ center Marc Gasol. Of course, there haven’t been many rumors surrounding Gasol because he doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“You know my relationship with Memphis and my relationship with the Grizzlies,” Gasol said via Ronald Tillery of The Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I’ve always said Memphis is my home away from home. [Owner] Robert [Pera] knows that. I know that. My teammates know that and that’s all that matters. I live day to day but I don’t see myself anywhere else. Only time will time. But I don’t see a reason to change right now. Why would I change right now?”
Marc Gasol went for 14.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 47.3% from the field, 18.2% from beyond the arc and 76.8% from the free throw line in 59 games.