By Daron Grandberry on July 2, 2014
Free agency is officially upon us, and veteran forward Pau Gasol will certainly get several offers. With the addition of former Kentucky standout Julius Randle, the Lakers have a young athlete the team can build around. If Pau Gasol is willing to take a pay cut he will have plenty of options this summer. Although the veteran post struggled to stay healthy last season, there will be plenty of teams in need of a proven center.
If Pau Gasol is interested in playing for a title contender and is okay with taking a pay cut, he will certainly entertain the Rockets and what they have to offer. After dumping Omer Asik's contract before free agency began, Houston may have enough cap space to make Gasol a desirable offer.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been rumored to be interested in Pau Gasol and could definitely use his services. If the Thunder can find a suitor for Kendrick Perkins, Pau Gasol would be an immediate upgrade. Gasol over Kendrick Perkins in Oklahoma City would give the Thunder a veteran post to mentor their young forwards and a capable rebounder and scorer to play next to Serge Ibaka. Is Gasol willing to take a pay cut?
For the past two seasons the Golden State Warriors have been one quality center away from contending for a championship. Andrew Bogut has failed to remain healthy for an entire season, and Jermaine O'neal is a backup center at best. With newly acquired head coach Steve Kerr at the helm, the Warriors could finally pull the trigger on one of their many potential trades.
Phil Jackson wasted no time freeing up cap space in New York and currently needs a center. Although the Knicks may not have the big dollars to spend on Gasol, don't be surprised to see Gasol reunite with his former teammate and coach in New York. Will Kupchak let Gasol walk?
If Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant are as close as they claim, Gasol will remain a Laker at a reduced rate. The Lakers and Pau Gasol have to come to an agreement on a fair contract, because the Lakers are thin at the post position and could use Gasol's rebounding. Although Gasol may not be at the top of the Lakers' wishlist, he should certainly get a few calls. Just don't be surprised to see Los Angeles part ways with the 7-footer.
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