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Gasol will have a long list of potential suitors this summer, as he has proven that he can still be a significant contributor on a contending team. At this point in his career, the 33-year-old wants to compete for a championship, which is why he’s zeroing in on contenders as he approaches free agency.
Sources told Basketball Insiders that Gasol started looking into possible free agency destinations several months ago, so it’s no surprise that he already has a wish list. He mentioned the Lakers because he hasn’t ruled out re-signing with the team (even though they seem the least likely to contend of the teams he mentioned). He also mentioned the Spurs, Bulls and Grizzlies, which would all be excellent landing spots for the veteran big man. Gasol would help each of those teams and it’s easy to see why he’s attracted to those franchises.
It’d be interesting to see Gasol suit up alongside Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio. He’d give them another weapon, and it’d be fun to see how Gregg Popovich would use Gasol. The Spurs could have as much as $54,934,893 in salary commitments for next season.
The Bulls make a lot of sense, since most people around the league expect them to contend in the weak Eastern Conference next season. Gasol, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson would give Chicago a scary frontcourt, and that team would be very good if Derrick Rose is able to bounce back and return to form. Like Popovich, it’d be interesting to see how Tom Thibodeau uses Gasol. Chicago has $63,951,755 in guaranteed commitments next season, but that number will be significantly lower if they amnesty or trade Carlos Boozer’s $16,800,000 expiring contract as expected.
The Grizzlies make a lot of sense, given Gasol’s history in Memphis and the fact that his brother, Marc, is on the team. Memphis has to deal with their own free agent power forwards – Zach Randolph and Ed Davis – this summer, but Gasol is certainly someone they’ll take a look at in July. The Grizzlies have $48,980,360 in guaranteed commitments for next season.
It remains to be seen what kind of offers Gasol will get this summer, but it sounds like he’s looking forward to the process.
Stoudemire played for Kerr when the latter served as the general manager for the Suns for three years. It sounds like Stoudemire had a strong relationship with Kerr during their time together in Phoenix and he really respected him.
Stoudemire isn’t alone, as most people around the NBA rave about Kerr and speak very highly of him both as a worker and as a person.
While Kerr has yet to accept the Knicks job, he is currently in San Diego discussing his options with his family. It sounds like Kerr is deciding between the Knicks and the Warriors, but New York is considered the favorite to land his services due to his strong relationship with Phil Jackson.
Kerr has been on the road for the last several weeks calling the playoffs for TNT, so he really hasn’t had much time to sit down and mull his options with his family until now. Reports have indicated that Kerr expects to make a decision early next week.
If Kerr passes on the Warriors, Golden State is expected to seriously consider hiring Stan Van Gundy to replace Mark Jackson, who was fired on Tuesday.
This is a very interesting idea and this is more than just a fan contest. There are many intelligent fans that have a lot to offer an NBA front office if given the opportunity, and D’Alessandro is hoping that he can find some of those individuals with the Draft 3.0 Challenge.
D’Alessandro announced the challenge in his recent AMA on Reddit. He added: “I’m looking forward to a spirited conversation and debate throughout this process. That’s the only way we would do it for this organization and it’s the healthy way.”
Click here to submit an application for the Draft 3.0 Challenge. Users are asked to devise a methodology for evaluating the long-term value of potential NBA draftees by position, using historical, publicly-available and individually-sourced data to develop their entry. Applicants are also asked to rank players at each position.
All submissions are due by May 19, 2014. The participants who provide the most insightful and inventive analysis will be considered for an invitation to a Kings’ draft advisory council — led by D’Alessandro – which will convene regularly until draft day. Up to two individuals from the draft advisory council will be considered for an invitation to the team’s draft room on June 26.
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