Marc Gasol No Done Deal For Lakers

Jake Cooper - 27 Aug 2021

Those who had hoped to see Marc Gasol don a Lakers jersey following his Tokyo Olympic run for Spain might have disappointment on the cards. While many took Gasol’s statement that he’d be playing out his final year with Los Angeles as contracted at face value, journalist Marc Stein has now said he could very well be leaving the franchise instead.

Even so, added Stein, while Gasol has now emerged not quite the surety he’s been made out to be for the Lakers, he may very well be on his way to being set free to play his final year elsewhere in the NBA. Either that – or he’s set to do what his brother Pau did by playing out his final days on the court back home in Spain.

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He’s Not Making A Mark

While many will have looked forward to seeing the Spaniard play in Tokyo, even with his national side competing in the delayed Olympic Games, his numbers weren’t exactly the sort of stuff fans write home about.

Also, last season was the worst we’ve seen from his 13 years in the NBA – with him averaging it up at 5 points, 2.1 assists, and 4.1 rebounds. Very much un-riveting stuff. And stuff that ultimately saw him swopped out for Andre Drummond.

While with Spain in Tokyo his numbers managed to climb to 5.8 points, 3.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds, all that glitters still proved not to be gold.

Rumour Has It They Tried

While there remains a year left to Gasol’s contract, the Lakers reportedly tried trading him out earlier in the summer in a move that would effectively have constituted a salary dump.

Even if the Lakers were to hold on to Gasol for the remaining year, he’ll likely be bumped back to starting centre with Dwight Howard for a backup. But that he’ll be at the centre of a whole lot of discussion concerning his role as an underperforming veteran is no secret at all – and certainly not unexpected.

If, however, Gasol is indeed about to make his Lakers-exit, then LA will have to veer from the beaten path of only working out guards and wings. Another big will inevitably have to be found. And since Howard and Anthony Davis are the only two other bigs on the current roster, there will remain some serious shifting or even brining in remaining to be done.

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