The first days of NBA-free agency have been financially friendly to big men – even those who are dubious fit into modern offenses.
Few high-quality interiors remain in the open market after the Clippers signed former Raptors striker Serge Ibaka on Saturday night to replace Lakers-bound Montrezl Harrell. Marc Gasol is perhaps the best still available, even at the age of 35, and he could now have his choice of providers to play for given the sudden scarcity of his position.
The Warriors and Raptors are among the best options for Gasol, according to ESPN. Golden State would benefit from having the Spaniard as a mentor to No. 2 overall draft pick James Wiseman, while Toronto (who has hired Gasol for the past two years) simply needs experienced bodies in the post after Ibaka’s departure.
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The Warriors have already made a significant move since Wednesday’s draft, acquires forward Kelly Oubre from the Thunder to go into their lineup after learning about Klay Thompson’s season finale injury. The addition of Gasol would give them a stronger depth than they are used to having. Gasol, Eric Paschall, Brad Wanamaker and Damion Lee would form a respectable cast of coach Steve Kerr.
The Raptors vaguely signed Fred VanVleet to a four-year deal to ensure Kyle Lowry’s aging process does not decimate their future backcourt play. But for the team to remain an Eastern Conference force in the upcoming NBA season, it may also need to address its frontcourt. Ibaka is already gone, Chris Boucher is a limited free agent and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is an unlimited free agent. Bringing Gasol back, which the team is apparently eager to do, would support that end of the list.