Behind the NBA free agency shadows of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade lays a very underrated unrestricted free agent that could have a huge hand in who raises the Larry O’Brien trophy next season.
And while LeBron and Melo will be hearing team after team’s pitches with throngs of media chasing and tweeting their every move, they’ll be one free agent that will likely be a side note on ESPN’s Sportscenter each night and an afterthought on sports talk shows during the day, if his name even manages to come up.
And, in the end, none of that will even matter to Pau Gasol.
But the smart teams will show interest. The smart teams.
And the first of those teams appears to be the Dallas Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks plan to be among the teams pursuing Los Angeles Lakers center/power forward Pau Gasol once free agency begins July 1, according to sources close to the situation.
The Mavs’ level of interest in the 7-foot Gasol is largely dependent on his price tag, sources told ESPNDallas.com. The four-time All-Star, who turns 34 next month, is expected to take a major pay cut after making $19.3 million last season.
The Mavs are looking to make lemonade out of lemons when it comes to Dirk Nowitzki‘s final seasons in the NBA, and the addition of Gasol could prove to be the upgrade at the center position that the Mavericks have been searching for a while now.
It’ll be interesting to see what Gasol is willing to sign for this offseason. If he wants to win, and is willing to take a very significant pay cut, there is going to be more than a handful of contending teams that could greatly use the soon-to-be 34-year-old’s services.