Marc Gasol’s future in the NBA is uncertain after contradicting reports saw the light in recent days. At the end of September, it was reported that the veteran big man was leaving the Toronto Raptors to go play in Spain for Barcelona, but that was denied a couple of days later.
Nobody knows what is going to happen with Gasol, but Nick Nurse has admitted the 35-year-old could be leaving the squad. He agreed to watch Game 5 of the Finals from afar with ESPN’s Jackie McMullan, leaving some interesting quotes for the Raptors and their fans.
Amid any kind of rumors about the Raptors and what they should do in the offseason, Nurse addressed the rumors regarding Gasol, admitting the Spanish center might move on from the team when the season is over.
The future of his team is shrouded in some uncertainty. Nurse was given an extension by the Raptors at season's end by team president Masai Ujiri, but Ujiri has yet to sign an extension of his own. Gasol is contemplating a return to Spain, and although a report he already has signed with Barcelona was erroneous, it might turn out to be simply premature. Nurse acknowledges that Gasol, who made $19.69 million this season, might move on. Toronto also has two key free agents in Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka, both of whom will draw interest in the open market.
The Raptors won their first NBA championship in 2019 with a very talented group of players. Led by Kawhi Leonard, Toronto surprised everybody last season, beating the Golden State Warriors in six games.
After Kawhi Leonard’s departure, it looks like things might fall apart for the Canadians, who could see some of their best players leave Toronto once the 2019/20 season is finished. Gasol could be one of those but nobody knows where he will play next.