Los Angeles Lakers’ power forward Pau Gasol is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July and will be testing the market for the first time in his career.
Many expect that Gasol has played his last game with the Lakers and will be moving on in July.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders lists the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies as options for Gasol.
Dallas is interested at the right price. Pau is going shop for a contender and I do think Dallas is going to get a look. He is also said to like Chicago, Brooklyn and Memphis.
Keep in mind the LA Lakers could do a sign and trade and get him to a team without cap space, especially if the acquiring team will give up a nice asset as compensation.
Keep in mind the Lakers could get a decent Traded Player Exception in a Gasol deal, and that would be generating an asset from a guy they are likely losing.
The Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs are also expected to show interest in Gasol.
Gasol would make sense for each of the teams and because of his desire to join a contender, he will likely strongly consider each of those teams. Of course, signing with a capped-out team like the Nets seems extremely unlikely.
Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game last season. He shot 48.0% from the field, 28.6% from beyond the arc and 73.6% from the free throw line.