The Knicks and Lakers are big brands in big markets with some big cash to spend this summer on free agents — and both are going big game hunting. They want to land the best players out there on the market.
Marc Gasol is one of those guys. He is arguably the best center in the game today, and he would be a perfect fit as a triangle big because of his passing and midrange game.
But don’t bet on him being a Knick, says former Knick and current Gasol teammate in Memphis Beno Udrih, speaking to the fantastic Jered Zwerling of Bleacher Report.
That same logic should apply to the Lakers.
Remember, Gasol came to the United States and played his high school ball in Memphis — his family moved there after older brother Pau Gasol was drafted by the Hawks then traded to the Grizzlies (for Brevin Knight and Lorenzen Wright, BTW). He has deep ties to Memphis. Plus he is playing for a borderline contender, a team that can and will offer him a longer and richer contract than the Knicks (or Lakers) can. Let’s put it this way, nobody I’ve talked to around the league thinks Gasol is leaving Memphis (San Antonio being the one team that could maybe tempt him slightly).