With power forward Kevin Love almost a sure bet to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season and Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge almost a certainty to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers now that he has another start with him in point guard Damian Lillard, who will only be entering his third season next year, Memphis Grizzlies’ center Marc Gasol may be the top free agent in 2014.
The Grizzlies took a step back last season after making the Western Conference Finals in 2013, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. However, a big reason they played the second-seeded Thunder was an injury that kept Gasol out for 23 games. Still, if the Grizzlies struggle again, some have speculated they could deal Gasol rather than dealing with his free agency.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors does not believe Gasol will be dealt.
Well, Rondo’s probably the best bet. Maybe Brook Lopez if he returns to health. If the Grizzlies get off to a slow start, I’m sure they’ll be chatter about Marc Gasol, though I don’t think he’ll be traded.
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 last season. In his career, he’s averaged 13.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 51.2% from the field, 15.2% from beyond the arc and 74.9% from the free throw line.
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