March 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) moves to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers Rumors: Pau Gasol will meet with Thunder, Bulls, Warriors


With all the talk of bringing in an array of superstar free agents, those players that were on the Lakers last year are nearly being forgotten. Such is the case for Pau Gasol, who has stayed out of the headlines and used the long off-season to prepare for the back-end of his career. Once free agency starts at midnight Eastern time tonight, Gasol has a list of teams he’ll speak with, including the Thunder and not including the Lakers.

Gasol has said numerous times that his main priority is playing for a title-contending team. He will meet with Oklahoma City, Chicago and Golden State and might also sit down with the Lakers

- Mike Bresnahan, LA Times

Gasol has been the oft-criticized big man for the Lakers since he was acquired via trade in 2009. After helping lead the Lakers to three straight NBA Finals, Gasol became the whipping boy for the Lakers struggles, quite unfairly in most cases.

Nevertheless, the ever professional Spaniard never snapped back, absorbing the hate and pushing on. Now, as a free agent, the ball is in his court for the first time and he’s made it known that he wants to be in a situation to win a title. Right now, the Lakers are not that team, but depending on what happens in free agency, they could become one.

Do you want Pau back with the Lakers?

Tags: Free Agent Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    Pau Does know the Bulls play defense

  • Fan-Media

    I would like to see Pau with a team that could win. He would be a good fit for the Bulls. Give low post scoring. That’s why I’d want the Lakers to resign him. The new coach would know how to use him unlike “Mike no D’ An-fony”. Don’t forget only a couple years ago he was the best low post big man in the world. That’s why Kobe backs him up the way he does. No one has his skills and Lakers can’t afford max contract but can’t afford to lose him either. He is a viable piece to have bringing in a marquee name.