Marc Gasol finally won his first ever NBA Championship after griding throughout his entire career with the Memphis Grizzlies but struggling to take that step forward towards the NBA Finals.
And now he’s bound to enter free agency and has the chance to pursue the last lucrative deal of his career, even though he could also pursue another shot at the glory even if that doesn’t translate to a lot of money.
But, where could he actually end on next season? There’s going to be a lot of money flow, but also a lot of players going toe-to-toe to get it. Let’s take a look at the top 5 best destinations for him.
5. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks have been looking for a starting big man for quite some time, and while they’re reportedly going to be in the mix for Al Horford in the summer, we wouldn’t rule out the possibility of them pursuing Gasol as well.
Gasol checks every box for the Mavs. He’s a two-way veteran stud, a rim-protecting big man that can pull up from three, and he’s also European. A Doncic, Porzingis, Gasol Big Three sounds pretty good if you ask me.
4. New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans made the most of this NBA Draft by taking the athletic duo for their frontcourt on Zion Williamson and Jaxson Hayes, but the latter may not be as NBA-ready as the former.
So, with Gasol on board, the Pelicans would definitely be in the mix for a Championship run right away. He’s a solid shooter from beyond the arc and also a great mentor for their young studs.
3. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are bound to have almost 70 million in cap space this summer if Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and Terry Rozier leave the team, so they could offer Marc a huge sum of money in free agency.
He’s a better version of Al Horford in pretty much everything he does so he’d be an instant fit for Brad Stevens’ offense and defense, and the Celtics could stay relevant even without Irving and Horford.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to fill the remaining spots of their roster after trading for Anthony Davis, and Marc Gasol would be a perfect fit with Lebron James, especially because of his unselfish playing style.
A lineup with LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Davis, and Marc Gasol would be great and could have an instant shot at contention in the West, so they should try and make a run at him.
1. Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol was a tailor-made fit for the Toronto Raptors. He was a part of a very international team with one of his teammates at Spain (Serge Ibaka) and his two-way expertise was key for their Championship run.
Truth to be told, he looked quite comfortable up north since day one, and if Kawhi Leonard decides to put an end to his free agency drama and signs with the Raptors, he’s a lock to stay as well.