Marc Gasol is technically an unrestricted free agent this summer, though most believe that he’s going to re-up in Memphis on a contract at or near the max.
The Lakers are a team that’s in the market for some All-Star frontcourt talent, especially after passing up on Jahlil Okafor to select D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft.
While they weren’t necessarily counting on Gasol being available in the first place, it seems as though L.A. will be able to formally cross him off of its list, perhaps before the process even gets started.
Marc Gasol has no interest in the Lakers because of the uneasy last few years his brother spent with them, according to numerous people familiar with the situation.
There’s a reason Pau Gasol left the Lakers to join the Bulls when it was his turn at free agency, and took less money to do so. Not only was his name included in trade rumors off and on for his last three seasons in Los Angeles, but Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni marginalized him within the team’s offense, and couldn’t figure out how to properly use Gasol to get the most from his All-Star skill set.
Marc’s comfortable in Memphis, and the team has been built into a consistent contender. The Lakers are far away from that at this point, which makes them a less desirable destination. But add the way the franchise treated Pau over his last couple of seasons to the equation, and it’s easy to see why Los Angeles is a place that Marc won’t even begin to consider.