Report: Warriors showing interest in free agent Gasol originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Warriors reportedly aren’t getting free agent Serge Ibaka, but they are trying to lure one of his former teammates to the Bay Area.
Free agent center Marc Gasol is receiving interest from the Warriors, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday, citing sources.
Wojnarowski also reported that the Toronto Raptors are trying to convince Gasol to re-sign with them.
Gasol would be the perfect veteran fit for the Warriors, if they are able to land him. Despite drafting James Wiseman with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft on Wednesday, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole reported, citing sources, that Golden State still was in the market for a big.
While Gasol is in the twilight of his career, he still would be valuable for the Warriors. He could split time with Wiseman as the rookie adjusts to the speed and physicality of the NBA. And there aren’t many centers better equipped to teach Wiseman how to become an elite defender.
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Gasol didn’t play exceptionally well in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla., but the Warriors wouldn’t need him to light up the stat sheet. His numbers have dipped in recent years, but he can still hit the occasional 3-pointer, block a shot when he needs to and grab a half dozen rebounds a game.
Gasol has a tough decision ahead of him. Surely, there are more teams than just the Warriors and Raptors trying to sign him. Wherever he decides to go, he will be in a good situation.