Pau Gasol will be a free agent this summer, and of course the Memphis Grizzlies come up in conversation when you talk about the team’s that could have a shot of signing the two-time champion.
Of course, Gasol was drafted by the Grizzlies and played there for seven years before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008. And, as we all know, Pau’s brother, Marc, was included in the franchise-changing deal and has since developed into one of the best players in the league.
Therefore, it’s not all that surprising to hear that Pau has interest in playing alongside his brother and returning to the team where it all started for him.
“[Signing with Memphis is] appealing,” Pau told NBA.com in December. “One of the best centers in the NBA, one of the best interior players, is my brother. There’s a lot of attractive factors there. But who knows if that’s even a possibility or if that will ever happen.”
According to Sam Amick from USA Today, it still seems to be a possibility, though such a reunion would reacquire some sacrifice on Pau’s part.
The Grizzlies appear to be intent on keeping Zach Randolph as one of their key players, per Amick, which means that Pau would likely have to come off the bench in a limited role if he ever signed with his old team.
The Spaniard would also likely need to take a rather large pay cut if he went back to Memphis.
So, at the end of the day and after all the trade talks, could Pau end up re-signing with the Lakers? It seems like a possibility, especially if Mike D’Antoni is fired this summer.
In theory, Gasol could sign a one-year deal with the Lakers in the $10-15 million range and then once again enter free agency in 2015. This way, the Lakers would be able to bring back a solid player to next year’s team – which would obviously please Kobe – and in turn, they’d preserve their cap space for 2015, too.
Also, it’s worth noting that Marc Gasol is set to be a free agent in the 2015 offseason, so there’s a chance that both the brothers could hit the market together that summer and look to sign with a team who’ll take the both of them on.
Hey, maybe they might even end up playing together on the Lakers…