Starless teams usually never get very far in the modern NBA. No matter how good a team of mid-tier players look, they can’t stay consistent when the going gets tough.
Right now, the Clippers are the embodiment of a starless franchise after losing three of them over the past year and a half. As a result, they’ve plateaued this season after an impressive early start.
While they have a number of options, mostly in free-agency this July, they could look to Memphis to help solve their problems. In a report by Dan Favale of Bleacher Report, the Clippers could be one of the team to show interest in Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol.
“Marc Gasol is good fit for the Clippers if he’s determined to explore free agency this summer. They aspire to sign Kevin Durant and/or Kawhi Leonard (player option), so they cannot afford to saddle themselves with extra money beyond this season, but they also need a frontcourt upgrade. Head coach Doc Rivers is reluctant to play Boban Marjanovic for long spurts, and the Mike Scott experiment has flopped after brief success. Marcin Gortat is unspectacular. Danilo Gallinari may be the best option at the 5 after Montrezl Harrell. Gasol jibes with the Clippers’ immediate playoff chase and offseason ambitions, if he’s declining his player option.”
One whisper making the rounds: Marc Gasol can become a free agent at season’s and, amid a growing belief around the league that he will indeed exercise that option, Memphis could be moved to explore trading Gasol now rather than face the threat of losing him without compensation
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 15, 2019
As Stein points out, Gasol’s looming free-agency creates a problem for the Grizzlies, who would rather send him packing now than lose him for nothing later.
How much can Gasol get in return for Memphis? Probably not much. He’s a 33-year old center in a guards league.
Still, he’d be a help for the Clippers. They’ll have to decide if he’s worth it though, especially with a big summer coming up.