Poor Pau Gasol. The Spaniard always seems to be linked to trade rumors every year and this one was no different.
Reports indicated that he could end up with the Phoenix Suns at the February trade deadline as a short-term post threat to help them with its playoff push.
The Suns could have used a viable post threat; Markieff Morris was probably the best inside option on the team, but he came off the bench and shot a lot of mid-range shots. Phoenix wasn’t going to do anything to inhibit landing a superstar to get Gasol, even though it’s fun to think about Gasol joining the Suns.
Immediately after the trade deadline, he returned from his groin injury that had the Suns wary about a trade. Gasol played in 15 straight games, averaging 18.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 51.6 percent shooting. The end of that streak came as the Suns began tailing off just before Eric Bledsoe returned from his knee injury. But Gasol then failed to appear in 12 of the final 13 games of the year as he struggled with severe vertigo.
It’s fun to wonder if the Suns would have earned an extra couple of victories with Gasol in tow.
But Gasol is now a free agent. As an aging player, he might want to look for a chance at another ring. Right now, the Phoenix Suns apparently aren’t on his list.
In an interview with http://t.co/K3B8ybZMdR, Pau Gasol mentioned the Lakers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Spurs as options he’ll consider this summer.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 9, 2014
Throwing out names of contenders makes sense. Of course Gasol would be happy to play with his brother in Memphis, stay with the Lakers if they get the right pieces, or play for a Chicago or San Antonio. Would the Suns still be interested in wedging their way in there if the other options are off the board? It might not hurt to pay Gasol for a single year if the Suns think he could stay injury free under their training staff, but with his career winding down it’s unlikely Gasol would even listen. He’ll be looking for a multi-year contract, which could likely be his last.
I for one am glad the Suns didn’t trade for Gasol, because it wouldn’t have solved their problem. They need a superstar. Gasol isn’t that, at least not anymore.