While the NBA world waits on the decisions of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, free agent Pau Gasol continues to get calls from teams around the league. Reports say that the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls have all shown interest in the Los Angeles Lakers free agent.
As we reported last week, the San Antonio Spurs have shown interest in Gasol, but may not be able to afford him.
CBS Sports’ Ken Berger tweeted that the Bulls, Thunder (now reportedly losing ground on landing Gasol) and Lakers are all frontrunners to land Gasol, with the Spurs as the periphery.
Knicks not fully eliminated from Pau Gasol chase, source says. But they're far behind Bulls, OKC and Lakers. Spurs on periphery.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 8, 2014
San Antonio already took care of their own free agents. Patty Mills agreed to return to a three-year deal to the silver and black, despite having shoulder surgery that will sideline him up to seven months. Last Sunday the Spurs came to agreement with Boris Diaw on a three-year deal reportedly worth $22 million.
Project Spurs’ own Jose Grijalva wrote about why the Spurs and Gasol would be the perfect fit.
The competition to land Pau is stacked and he could prove to be the difference maker for any team in contention for the NBA crown next season.
Spurs staying diligent on free agent Pau Gasol, but Bulls and Thunder — with Lakers lurking — lead the way, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 8, 2014
But if reports continue to state the Spurs are losing ground on Pau, it won’t mean San Antonio isn’t the odds on favorite to defend their crown.
Landing Gasol would be great, but if not, then if any team in the league that can sustain not landing a top-notch free agent like Pau and still walk away as he last team standing would be the Spurs.