The Dallas Mavericks want Los Angeles Lakers great Pau Gasol and the interest “is largely dependent on his price tag” according to Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein of ESPNDallas.com. Obviously you don’t want to overspend on a 34-year-old center, but Gasol is the man.
People like to knock Gasol for his lackluster defense, but Mr. Kobe Bryant has just three (not five) rings without the services of the Spaniard. And what’s more, Gasol is exactly what the Mavericks need at the center position. Even when the Mavericks were at their best, with New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, that man didn’t put the ball in the basket.
Gasol puts the ball in the basket. When have the Mavericks ever had a big man (at the center position) who can put the ball in the basket? When the speedy Monta Ellis superbly penetrates opposing defenses, how deadly would it make the Mavericks if Ellis had the option of slipping the ball into Gasol’s big hands?
And while the Mavericks are apparently not willing to spend big bucks on Gasol, it shouldn’t be a problem because Gasol is one of those NBA players who are about the game, as opposed to the after-party. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and team president Donnie Nelson have made a habit of adding forgotten veterans like Gasol, which has given the team its underdog appeal.
More than anything, signing Gasol would be far from lackluster for the Mavericks because Gasol is a warrior; he has the spirit. A frontcourt including Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki might even lure Bryant to Dallas one day.