NBA rumors run rampant whenever a quality player begins to “mull” over a future free agency decision. It runs even deeper when said player plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
This is the situation in which Pau Gasol finds himself in.
And just last week, Gasol made it even more interesting after an interview with Marca dot com. In that interview, he said that a few of the early options that he’ll consider this offseason (in addition to the Lakers) are the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls.
So…the only thing left to do — now that Gasol has shown us his cards — is to rank his potential landing spots to find his best fit, right? Well, if not, I’m going to do it anyway.
Here’s where I rank Gasol’s suitors, as he told Marca.
1. San Antonio Spurs — I mean, because the SPURS, right? Not really, but because it’s realistic to believe that Gasol can come in a fill the void that Tim Duncan may potentially leave behind if he decides to retire after this season — say they win the NBA Championship. Slip Gasol in as the new Duncan, and Pop can, perhaps, extend this dynasty another few seasons.
2. Memphis Grizzlies — How great would it be to see an all-Gasol frontline in Memphis? It’d be the best thing ever, even if that would mean the Grizzlies letting Zach Randolph walk. But if they somehow how can make a Gasol brothers + Randolph frontcourt work (financially), that’d be hands down the best frontcourt depth in the NBA — and a scary one. Imagine Pau coming off the bench for Memphis?
3. Chicago Bulls — I don’t think anyone knows how this Bulls roster is going to look next season. Carlos Boozer may or may not be a part of it, and if he isn’t, there’s a good chance that we’re going to see a Carmelo Anthony on it. I’m not sure how the money works if that happens but, if the Bulls can figure it out, I’d like to see how a Gasol-Melo-Noah frontcourt would work. It’d be good for sure, just not sure how good.
4. Los Angeles Lakers — I mean, why? Kobe Bryant isn’t going to be Kobe Bryant anymore and the Lakers — barring any huge deal on draft day — aren’t going to have any player on the team that is going to have any huge effect on the team’s potential success in the next two seasons. Ironically, the 33-year-old Gasol may not play much past that. Gasol was a piece of some great things in LA, on his way to two NBA championships, though his time has come and gone as a Laker. It’s time that he hang it up, and call it a night.
I know many say that there isn’t always greener pastures on the other side, but this time there is.