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Report: Mavericks to pursue Pau Gasol in free agency

Jun 22, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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After playing six and a half seasons and winning two championships with the Lakers, it appears to be almost certain that Pau Gasol will be departing Los Angeles in free agency this summer.

The Lakers could choose to try to retain Gasol depending on his contract demands, considering they only have three players signed to guaranteed contracts for next season. But he’s been made into a scapegoat of sorts over the last couple of years, and despite a close relationship with Kobe Bryant, has been mentioned in trade rumors on a fairly consistent basis.

Gasol likely wants a fresh start, especially when looking at the dismal state that L.A. currently finds itself in. He’ll have options, and Dallas will be one team that has the cap space and a need at his position.

From Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein of ESPN Dallas:

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, sources told ESPNDallas.com, is largely dependent on his price tag. 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.

Gasol could well represent the Mavs’ best opportunity to upgrade at the center position via free agency. They also have significant interest in Washington’sMarcin Gortat, who they recruited as a restricted free agent in 2009, signing him to an offer sheet that was surprisingly matched by the Orlando Magic.

Gasol was once considered to be one of the league’s most skilled big men, someone who could score inside and out and could pass out of double teams as well as anyone at his position.

The key to Gasol returning to his old self all comes down to fit in his new team’s offense. If he’s utilized properly, it’s likely that someone will get a steal in signing him to a free agent deal, and it wouldn’t at all be a surprise to see him to return to playing at an All-Star level in a new situation.

  1. mazblast - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I’m not so sure. I see Gasol as being like Nowitzki, a big man who plays more outside and doesn’t mix it inside as much as his size would warrant.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      **facepalm**

    • apkyletexas - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Not only is he weak in the paint, Gasol is also a guy who demands the offense runs through him, yet can’t stay healthy enough to stay on the floor the past couple of years. Why would you bring a cancer like that into a good young group in Dallas? And why would you give any of Dalembert’s minutes to a cranky, poorly-aging Gasol?

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      If that’s what you think Gasol’s style is like, you haven’t watched him much.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        …to put ot lightly!

        Buncha rookies, it’s amateur hour at The PBT, with mazblast as the opening act and apkyletexas as the headliner.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        i think they are auditioning to open for Carrot Top at TGIFs next week…

    • ranfan12 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:33 AM

      gasol playing in MDAs system doesn’t count. he’s played primarily at the basket through his career. If anything it’s been 90/10 for inside/outside for his overall career

  2. csbanter - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Mark Cuban has lost his way. It seems he only want over 30 past their prime players these days. Gasol won’t get them over the hump against SA, or OKC. The Mavs need younger players. Monta Ellis was a great pickup last summer.

  3. kingperk123 - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Idk gasol might be a good fit with dirk

  4. miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Mark Cubana breaks up a championship team after winning it all and then strikes out on every free agent since. Deron Williams, Dwight Howard all went elsewhere.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      whoa…why the thumbs down? thats true. Cuban is on a hitless streak. He had a chance to extend the championship window and in the process slammed it shut. i get that he didnt want to pay Chandler big money but his plan failed.

  5. loubearkane - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Mavs will have to outbid…. well probably Houston

    • irvfin3 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      I’m pretty sure with Lin’s, Asik’s, Harden and Howard’s contract they can’t afford Gasol at all

  6. tomtravis76 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Knicks might be in his future.

  7. iritian - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    I still see the Spurs’ system as Gasol’s perfect fit as far as his playing style and abilities. He can keep the offense running smoothly no matter who’s on the floor with him.

  8. lhollis74 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Stories like this one only remind me of what a prick Mike D’antoni was and will continue to be somewhere else!

  9. lakerade - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    I agree a fresh start for Pau is likely, I just don’t think it’ll be in Dallas.

  10. rogerrodgers - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    bad news for Mavs, duncan isn’t retiring…haha

  11. rogerrodgers - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    They called him Gasoft for a reason…

  12. montrealknowledge - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Did somebody just say don’t give Dalembert’s minutes to Gasol? Pau is a nice fit in Big D… Enough to win it all… No… But only one team wins it and Pau would make the Mavs better. As well, Pau is more effective inside than he gets credit for, just because he’s a tall European who can shoot, don’t pigeon hole him, the dude has pride in the paint.

  13. bknowledge - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Gasol could help the Mavs, but I agree they need D more than O (I believe they are better with Dalembert in the starting line-up than Gasol).
    A young Shawn Marion averaged 20 pts/10rebs with about 2 steals and 2 blocks per game while shooting close to 40% from the 3 (on more than 4 attempts per game). If the Mavs could find the next young Shawn Marion to spend that near max cap room on, they might be championship contenders…

  14. alongthegulf - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Adding Pau to the mix would be a good start. But that doesn’t stop for the need to get a good, shot blocking, rim protecting, rebounding center. That type of center mixed in with Dirk and Pau would make a great combination. The Mavs could play mix and match, depending on the situation, with the C and PF position. Pau and Dirk could also side out to the SF as well. I like the idea.

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