1. Taj Gibson
This is not your stereotypical option here. Taj Gibson has played power forward the majority of his career and at six-nine, he’s not the tallest center. But he did play center for the Knicks last year and runs the floor a bit better than Gasol.
Gibson is a smart veteran that has good positioning on offense and defense. In his Chicago Bulls days, they had some good matchups with LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
He is very good on the offensive glass, which is imperative for his size playing center in some lineups. He has averaged 2.3 offensive rebounds per game for his career. So the 6’9 size label shouldn’t be something to be turned off by.
Gibson has had a good career as a role player and made his fair share of money in his career. As it starts to wind down, a good landing spot could be the Lakers. He is average on both ends of the floor and going after a ring could be added motivation.
It’s worth a call to see if the pairing could make sense.