Following a tumultuous couple of seasons under Mike D'Antoni in Los Angeles, Pau Gasol may be heading for a different team this offseason.
In April, Gasol took to his personal website to say:
Re-signing for the Lakers is a possibility, but I’m not sure whether to say it’s a remote one. If there’s anything or anyone who could make me stay it’s Kobe Bryant. I’d stay for him, but there’d have to be significant changes.
I've said it many times: I want to be in a team that has a solid chance to win another tournament and where I can be an important factor in the game.
Granted, one significant change has already taken place with D'Antoni stepping down, but you still have to think Gasol's time as a Laker is likely done.
He's 33 years old, and L.A. needs to retool and get younger, looking to the future with a lottery pick in this year's draft.
If the team does in fact let Gasol walk, Memphis could be an option. It would have to be a sign-and-trade, which could get tricky, but combining the Gasol brothers would obviously be intriguing.
CBS Sports' Matt Moore talked about the possibility, but added that it might not make the most sense:
This makes a lot of sense on a lot of levels... and the fanbase would hate it. Gasol has spoken negatively of the city on repeat occasions since leaving and he symbolizes the powerless, rudderless Grizzlies that never won a playoff game when Gasol was there. It's not a great fit.
As a part of a "Grit 'n' Grind" lineup with his brother, Allen, Johnson and Conley, though, it's hard to imagine Pau symbolizing "powerless, rudderless Grizzlies" anymore.