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Marc Gasol reveals the teams he absolutely won’t play for

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Toronto Raptors big man Marc Gasol becomes an unrestricted free agent once the 2020 free agency period begins.

There has been talk about the Raptors and Gasol parting ways, though nothing can be certain in the crazy business that is the NBA.

If Gasol and the Raptors do end up splitting up, though, the Spaniard will hit the open market and only meet with teams who are competing for a championship.

“I know there’s interest from several NBA teams to get in touch after Friday. I want to help my future team to win on a consistent basis and contend for the championship. I don’t see myself playing for a rebuilding team,” Marc Gasol said during an interview with Spanish TV channel Esport3 (translation via Hoops Hype).

Gasol appeared in 44 games for the Raptors in 2019-20. He averaged 7.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free-throw line.

In the 2020 playoffs at Walt Disney World, where the Raptors lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in seven games, Gasol put up 6.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 11 games.

Gasol should receive a good amount of interest on the open market should the Raptors decide not to re-sign the former Defensive Player of the Year.

Now 35, Gasol has per-game career averages of 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies and Raptors.