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January 22, 2015 Updates
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Well, the former L.A. Cleveland High and USC product grew up idolizing the Lakers and remembers how customary it became for them to host championship parades. But the man who playfully labeled himself this season as the NBA’s best all-time shooter also argued he will play a significant role this offseason in helping the Lakers attract marquee free agents. “I told Goran Dragic on the court, ‘You might be my teammate next year.’” Young told the L.A. News Group shortly after the Lakers’ loss on Monday to the Phoenix Suns. “I’ll talk to Marc (Gasol.) Me and him are cool. Kevin Love, I’ll talk to him.” Los Angeles Daily News

January 20, 2015 Updates

When Gasol heard that the Grizzlies were on the verge of trading Conley to the Milwaukee Bucks, he reached out to Ron Tillery, who covered the team for the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "I had no idea what I was doing," recalled Gasol. "I said, 'Write this down: We cannot trade Mike Conley. He is the one guy who actually cares about the team, that actually is trying to play the right way.' Well, supposedly a rookie is not supposed to do that. So I got a call from the owner, I got a call from everybody. And rightfully so. Rightfully so. NBA.com

"There were times we came close to trading Mike, because his development was so slow, and thank goodness we didn't," said Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace. "He never ever deviated from who he is. He's someone who is very good with the fans. He's very respectful and courteous, has a smile on his face, and if he does get down you don't see it. There was never any petulance or moodiness when he was young and this wasn't working." NBA.com

January 17, 2015 Updates

Free agency presents a similar dilemma. There are several free agents that the Knicks and their fans can dream about, but landing a Marc Gasol or LaMarcus Aldridge is a long shot. The agent — as much as agents enjoy it — cautioned that the Knicks need to avoid overpaying for second-tier talent: “They can’t do what they always do — get tied up in deals you don’t want.” The scout agreed, noting, “If they were to get Gasol, all right, then you have ’Melo, Gasol and the rest of those misfits. You’re better, but you’re not there. Keep your cap room available. Don’t overspend on a mediocre player and fill in the holes.” Bergen Record

January 9, 2015 Updates
January 8, 2015 Updates

James, the Chicago Bulls' Pau Gasol (527,582) and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (456,186) pace the Eastern Conference's frontcourt players. The Washington Wizards' John Wall (564,977) is the East's leading vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (507,326). Curry is joined in the Western Conference backcourt by the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (862,568). The West frontcourt is led, in order, by Davis, the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (490,786) and the Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol (476,660). NBA.com

January 6, 2015 Updates

Chris Mannix: Keep hearing Marc Gasol is the Knicks top target this summer. Unless Memphis gets cheap--which I don't see here--seems unlikely Marc leaves. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

But Jackson is faced with an interesting dilemma. Calderon has two years left on his pact, starting at $7 million next year and despite his ties to Gasol, he is expected to be trade bait as Jackson looks to continue to clear more cap room. Calderon spoke with Gasol before the game. “If you ask 30 teams in the league, maybe they all want him,’’ Calderon said. “He’s one of the best players in his position. Good friend.’’ New York Post

January 3, 2015 Updates

It's too early to pursue Gasol, but the 29-year-old veteran, now in his seventh season, said he would listen if approached — when the time comes. "When we get to July we will sit down, and we will listen to everybody," said Gasol, who was drafted by the Lakers in the second round (48th overall) in 2007 and was traded to Memphis in the deal that brought his brother to Los Angeles. "Talking about it now, and weighing the different options, it's not useful. I understand the attention, but right now it's way too early to think and even talk about it." Los Angeles Times

"I got [to Memphis] when I was 16, when Memphis played at the Pyramid when we had Tony Massenburg and Ike Austin," Gasol said. "Watching Pau play, and watching the franchise grow, imagine how much the franchise and the city of Memphis means to me." The Lakers may find it difficult to lure Gasol away from the Grizzlies, but expect General Manager Mitch Kupchak to have a call scheduled with Gasol's agent the moment the calendar hits July 1. Los Angeles Times

"When you have limitations and you understand your limitations and you stay within yourself, you can be great," Kobe Bryant said. "You know what you can do and what you can't do. In America, it's a big problem for us because we're not teaching players how to play all-around basketball. That's why you have Pau and Marc [Gasol], and that's the reason why 90 percent of the Spurs' roster is European players, because they have more skill." ESPN.com

January 2, 2015 Updates

Q: Once you become a free agent this offseason, what variables are you going to weigh? Marc Gasol: I haven’t weighed anything yet. Knowing that Arn [Tellum] (Gasol’s agent) will handle pretty much the load of everything else, whenever July comes, it’ll come. We’ll sit down and have a human eye-to-eye conversation and we’ll see what we’re looking for and looking at for the next four or five years of my life with the team and different teams and my family. Whatever decision I make, it would be the best.” Los Angeles Daily News

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