This year there hasn’t been a domino effect this year, free agents have not been waiting to see what Kevin Durant is going to do. Al Horford didn’t wait even though a couple of teams in the Durant sweepstakes may have wanted to talk to him when they missed out (including Oklahoma City). Chandler Parsons, Nicolas Batum, Mike Conley, DeMar DeRozan, nobody was waiting around.
Except maybe Pau Gasol. However, he may have a big offer on the table if wants it, as reported by Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.
The market for Pau Gasol appears to be around $18-22 million/year. Raptors, Bulls, Blazers, Wolves, Spurs among the teams in discussions with him, per sources. Not clear yet if he’ll wait until Durant decides.
Add the Timberwolves to the mix as well, according to Marc Spears of ESPN.
T-Wolves have made an aggressive two-year offer to Bulls free agent big man Pau Gasol to reunite him with coach Thibs, source said. Keep eye on Blazers & Spurs, too.
Even at age 36, Gasol is still efficient, averaging 16.5 points and 11 rebounds a game last season as an All-Star for the Bulls. Gasol’s high IQ game where he can operate in the low or high post would be a great fit for a number of teams. The questions become lifestyle — where does the very urban Gasol want to live? — and fit on the court. Is Gasol willing to accept a smaller role, maybe coming off the bench, for a chance to contend? If he chooses Portland, he will be far more featured inside (where the Blazers need some scoring).
We may get that answer soon. Or at least not long after Durant makes his call.