The Los Angeles Lakers completed this Sunday the transfer of center JaVale McGee and the rights of a second selection to the Cleveland Cavaliers, to later reach an agreement with the Spanish All-Star Marc Gasol by offering him a two-year contract, as reported by several sources close to the current NBA champions, and collects Efe.
The Lakers won the battle over the Dallas Mavericks in the fight to get the services of Gasol, 35, who is as free agent No restrictions after his contract with the Toronto Raptors ended last season.
Gasol’s arrival will allow him to play for the first time with the team that selected him with 48th in the second round in the 2007 college draw, although he later transferred his rights to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Lakers acquired with the transfer of McGee to the forwards Jordan Bell Y Alfonzo McKinnie. Bell has a team option and could be left off the roster, while McKinnie has three years left on his contract, but all are not guaranteed, giving the reigning NBA champions some salary cap flexibility.
The Los Angeles team also ensured the continuity of the guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who was offered a contract for three seasons.
Marc Gasol, who will turn 36 in January, has earned a reputation for being one of the smartest pívots of the NBA when he’s on the field.
The Sant Boi player won the award of Best Defender of the Year 2013, And in the 11 seasons he played with the Grizzlies, he was always the franchise man.
Already with the Raptors he participated in obtaining the title of champions league, in 2019, but their averages last season were the worst as a professional with just 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Gasol’s arrival at the Lakers comes after the league champions have lost important players like the guards Danny Green Y Avery Bradley, the base Rondo region y McGee.
His replacements will be the German base Dennis Schroder, traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the shooting guard Wesley Matthews, who signed as a free agent, as well as power forward Montrezl Harrell and Gasol.
The presence of Marc Gasol in the Lakers will make the name of his family remain united to the Los Angeles team, with which his brother Pau won two league titles in a row.
Furthermore, there is the possibility that both siblings may play together with the Lakers, if in the end the current league champions can sign Pau to a minimum wage contract, an option that the older Gasol has not rejected.
Meanwhile, it is expected that Marc Take on the minutes and the work that McGee did as the starting center in Los Angeles and provides a significant improvement to the team considering how well his skill set fits with star forward LeBron James and power forward Anthony Davis.
The shots from outside the perimeter it was a problem last league for the Lakers, partly because McGee was not a specialist, while Gasol, with the Raptors, managed 38.5% on 3s.
Gasol is also best defender than McGee, and although his physical power is no longer the same as previous seasons, in part because he does not have the same mobility, the presence of Davis can compensate for that loss.
Ibaka, also to Los Angeles
Marc Gasol’s agreement with the Lakers comes 24 hours after his partner from last season in Toronto, the Spanish Congolese power forward Serge Ibaka, agreed to sign a contract, also for of the seasons, con Los Angeles Clippers.
According to the NBA, collecting information from specialized journalists Shams Charania (The Athletic) and Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN), Ibaka will be a member of the team led by Ty Lue until the end of the 2021-2022 campaign, after which he will be a free agent again.
Ibaka, 31, 2019 NBA champion along with Gasol with the Canadian team, will pocket 19 million for the agreement, reports Europa Press. In addition, in its second season it will have a player option, so it could be released the following year.
In the city of Los Angeles, Ibaka will meet the forward again Kawhi Leonard, Along with the one who won the ring, and who went to the Clippers for four years and $ 142 million.