REPORT: Warriors interested in free agent center Marc Gasol
In the aftermath of the devastating loss of Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors are still looking to fill in the pieces to contend for a championship this upcoming season. One target the Dubs may look to pursue is free agent center Marc Gasol, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Another Western Conference team showing interest in signing Marc Gasol, sources tell ESPN: Golden State. https://t.co/L2uGswJn82
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 22, 2020
Thompson will sit out a second straight season after suffering a debilitating torn right Achilles during a workout in Los Angeles. The five-time All-Star just came off a left ACL tear that cost him the entire 2019-20 season.
Despite the loss of Thompson, the Warriors don’t appear to have any intentions of mailing this season in. They acquired versatile wing Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Oklahoma City Thunder using the $17.2 million Andre Iguodala trade exception. Now, looking into potentially adding a seasoned veteran and a former Defensive Player of the Year in Marc Gasol is a clear indication that they are still gunning for the 2020-21 title.
Gasol’s days as an All-Star caliber big man are over. That was evident in his most recent playoff run with the Toronto Raptors. Nonetheless, the Spanish center could still provide Golden State a steady veteran presence at the five position, especially after they just drafted presumably their center of the future in James Wiseman with the no. 2 overall pick.
Gasol should become an invaluable mentor to the 19-year old stud. Likewise, his skills as a passing big man and ability to stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting should fit well into coach Steve Kerr’s system.
Earlier reports claimed that Gasol had been mulling on finishing his basketball career in Spain. However, with several teams–such as the Warriors, the reigning champs Los Angeles Lakers, and his incumbent squad, the Toronto Raptors–expressing interest to bring him in, perhaps fans could see the three-time All-Star back in the NBA for at least one more run.