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The Spurs are working hard to part ways with Pau Gasol, according to one Eastern Conference GM.
Adrian Wojnarowski: “Some players to watch in trade talks between now and Feb. 7, if the Spurs want to improve and with the conversations they’re having around the league, Pau Gasol is a player whose name you’re going to hear. He’s got a partial guarantee on his contract next season, he’s not been a part of this core rotation on this team, you could see him moved before the Feb. 7 deadline.”
Since returning, Gasol is averaging 10.3 minutes in the last nine games, averaging two points and 4.2 rebounds. He could be attractive to a team looking to add a veteran presence, but Gasol’s $16 million salary makes a trade unlikely. “I just don’t see him having any trade value,” one league executive told The Athletic.
Since returning, Gasol is averaging 10.3 minutes in the last nine games, averaging two points and 4.2 rebounds. He could be attractive to a team looking to add a veteran presence, but Gasol’s $16 million salary makes a trade unlikely. “I just don’t see him having any trade value,” one league executive told The Athletic. However, the attraction could be his contract next season. Gasol’s final year is valued at $16 million, but only $6.7 million is guaranteed if Gasol is waived.
With his role reduced, asked if he’s requested or considered a change of scenery, Gasol told The Athletic: “I’m trying to adjust and keep things in perspective. Everything has a positive outcome. I’m glad my foot is reacting well, and hopefully, I’ll get a chance to build on my minutes and my contribution to the team. “Will I love to play more and have a bigger role?” Gasol asked. “Absolutely, because that’s the kind of player and competitor that I am. But at the same time, I follow the coach’s directives, and you got to fulfill a role, whatever that role is. And that’s what you get paid to do. That’s a part of your job as a player.”
Pau Gasol is currently under contract with the San Antonio Spurs. If what I am hearing comes to fruition, that contract will be relocated to Philadelphia and the 7-foot Spaniard will be teaming up with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons next season. When you are having simultaneous conversations with people all around the world and not a single person is telling you “That is untrue,” you have a smoke/fire situation. And what I am hearing is that a trade scenario that would send Gasol to the 76ers is very much in play as one of the various Kawhi Leonard deals being pondered by the San Antonio Spurs.
If the Spurs are considering Spellman, the move does make sense. Pau Gasol will turn 38 next month, and some around the NBA anticipate he’ll be mentioned in trade talks this offseason. Though Gasol is still efficient, his scoring production did decline in his second season with the Spurs. Gasol averaged 10.1 points and 8.0 rebounds in 77 games. He’s scheduled to make $16 million next season, the second of a three-year, $48 million deal he signed last summer.
Why didn’t you trade Pau Gasol? Gar Forman: “Because we like him. We value Pau. We value him on the floor and the leadership he brings. We didn’t make calls looking to move Pau. We received calls on most of our players. Our job is to listen and to hear what people have to offer and get the pulse of what is happening around the league.”
League sources said the Kings tried to acquire Chicago center Pau Gasol and swingman Tony Snell for center Kosta Koufos and guard Ben McLemore. There also were discussions with Cleveland about receiving center Timofey Mozgov and guard Iman Shumpert for Koufos and McLemore, sources said. The sources wished to remain anonymous because they did not have authority to discuss the matter.
Nick Friedell: Bulls front office was steadfast from the start that they weren’t moving Gasol simply for sake of making deal. Problem for Bulls is they have consistently struggled to land the “big fish” in free agency. Gasol has been very good, but not a superstar.
Marc Stein: Looks like Pau Gasol is going to get what he wants and will finish the season in Chicago
KC Johnson: Indications are Bulls are working to schedule trade call with league for small deal. Kings-Gasol stuff, I’m told, is all but dead.
Steve Aschburner: Pau Gasol told me he never has rooted for his team to make deadline trade, doesn’t think most players do. Disloyal to teammates, he said.
Ken Berger: Still no traction for Sacramento in talks with Chicago for Pau Gasol, who appears to be staying with Bulls. “Always was,” source says.
Marc Stein: But Sacramento, according to ESPN sources, has not yet abandoned its trade pursuit of Chicago’s Pau Gasol with just under an hour to go
Chris Broussard: I’m told the latest on possible Bulls/Kings trade is that it’s unlikely. I’m told at this point, chances slim that Dwight is moved
Rick Noland: Bulls said to still be talking to Kings about Pau. deal would cheapen Cavs’ game tonight, but wouldn’t be Cavs’ fault
Nick Friedell: Pau on trade rumors: “I think it’s improbable that anything will happen, but it’s fun to talk about it, isn’t it?”
Vincent Goodwill: Gasol: “I don’t want to give up on this team just because we’re going through some difficulties and challenges right now.”
Vincent Goodwill: Pau Gasol believes he won’t be traded but said “it’s a business. I’ve been wrong before.”
KC Johnson: Gasol said he talked to management yesterday.
KC Johnson: Pau Gasol is picture of contentment as Bulls’ shootaround nears conclusion in Cleveland. Will be chatting to him shortly.
Tom Ziller: Yep. Early in Boogie’s career he said he watched a lot of Pau clips on YouTube. twitter.com/sam_amick/stat…
Sam Amick: On Pau Gasol-to-Sac possibility that the Yahoo crew reported, I’m getting skepticism from Bulls side that a deal will materialize today.
As for the trade deadline, league sources said the Kings are aggressively pursuing Chicago center Pau Gasol.
Whether they’re also without Pau Gasol will be determined before the 7 p.m. tipoff. That’s five hours after the league’s trade deadline and Gasol, according to league sources, is available for the right price.
The Bulls have turned down at least two offers for Gasol, one source said, so they won’t trade him just to trade him.
Jake Fischer: Conferred with the league office today: Any amendment to an owed draft pick protection cannot impact another draft pick obligation in any way. Thus, in order for an owed draft pick’s protection to be amended, all teams involved in that pick’s outcome have to accept the alterations.
The Bulls have discussed deals with multiple NBA teams on Gasol, but one discussion lingered on Tuesday, league sources told The Vertical’s Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix: Gasol and Tony Snell to the Sacramento Kings for Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore and a lowering of the lottery protections on the 2016 first-round pick that Sacramento owes the Bulls. The pick is protected Nos. 1-10, but the Bulls and Kings discussed lowering the protections further to give Chicago a better chance of obtaining use of the pick in 2016, league sources told The Vertical.
The Kings reached out to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, too, league sources said, because the Sixers have the right to swap picks with the Kings’ on the 2016 pick. The Kings wouldn’t be able to complete the deal involving the pick with Chicago unless they could reach an agreement with Philadelphia. The Sixers were preparing to ask for a further sweetener to allow the Kings to move on a deal with Chicago, league sources said.
Six-time All-Star center Pau Gasol holds significant interest in signing a contract extension with the Chicago Bulls this summer and has strongly resisted the idea of a trade that would turn him into a two-month rental, league sources told The Vertical.
The Bulls have been lightly involved in trade talks involving Taj Gibson and more recently Pau Gasol, although a league source cautioned that the Bulls aren’t “shopping” Gasol, but that they’re open to trading him. Gasol will opt-out of his contract this offseason to hit the free-agent market one last time for a long-term contract that will likely carry him into retirement.
J. Michael Falgoust: Was told this about Pau Gasol earlier today: “He wants to play with his brother” .. Meaning Memphis (again). Ideally #Bulls
A first-round pick and a rotation player. That’s the asking price, according to league sources, from the Bulls in most of their trade talks as Thursday’s 2 p.m. deadline approaches. The Bulls have been in several discussions, with most talk centered on Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Tony Snell, sources said. Not surprisingly, there has been little interest in Snell.
Brian Windhorst: Bulls have taken some calls on Pau Gasol but aren’t actively shopping him, sources told ESPN
KC Johnson: Different take. Either way, shopping or listening, Bulls are looking for rotation player and 1st-rd pick for Pau/Taj twitter.com/windhorstespn/…
The Chicago Bulls are aggressively shopping All-Star forward Pau Gasol, league sources told The Vertical.
Vincent Goodwill: Re: Bulls/Gasol, a league source: “They’re open to trading him. Not sure “shopping” is the right word.”
Gasol is a cultured, big-city guy, and money isn’t his primary concern, which bodes very well for the Knicks, according to a source. Though it’s not a clear position need with Robin Lopez and Kristaps Porzingis, the 2016 free-agent class is not deep, and Gasol represents one of Jackson’s all-time favorite players.
If Jackson makes a play for Gasol to be the perfect mentor to Porzingis, he always could attempt to trade Lopez, who has been effective since late December but also will make more than $13 million next season.
Nick Friedell: Pau Gasol on the possibility of being dealt before the trade deadline: “Anything is possible in life, isn’t it?” Gasol said after Wednesday’s shootaround. “I find it unlikely, but possible at the same time. I think anybody in the league is tradeable unless you have a [no] trade clause, which I don’t have unfortunately. I’ll try to work that out in my next deal.”
In the long term, the previous notion that Noah’s season-ending shoulder surgery would make Dunleavy the team’s only “trade-deadline acquisition” could change. Two rival executives aren’t convinced the Bulls are done gauging the market for Gasol, whom the Bulls would like to re-sign this offseason but at their price.
Marc Stein: As for Pau Gasol … latest signals out of Chicago are that the Bulls want to RE-SIGN the free agent-to-be. As opposed to trading him
Noah has been bothered by injuries the past two seasons. He had surgery on his left knee following the 2013-14 season, and it was obvious he was not 100% last season. The Bulls were also quietly checking into deals for Pau Gasol, who will opt out of the final year of his contract after this season. But Gasol, who played in Friday’s loss to the Mavericks, is also battling injuries (shoulder, Achilles) and has a short list of teams he will sign with, making it difficult to trade him for a valuable asset.
Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report says the Bulls have already started testing those trade waters: “League sources say the Chicago Bulls have been checking on interest in one of their three bigs on the front line: Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, and even at one point Pau Gasol. They are looking to get a young talent back, doesn’t matter whether it’s a defensive wing or a genuine stretch four. All of this is being motivated or prompted by the emergence of rookie big man Bobby Portis, who is demonstrating he is ready to take on a role now.”
The likes of Gibson, Noah and Gasol might not even see the end of their current contracts, as several sources indicated that the Bulls are taking calls on all three players as the trade deadline draws near. Noah’s value has taken a hit this week with a small tear in his left shoulder, and the center told reporters on Wednesday that he is looking at a two-to-four week window now. Not the best news for a player that was starting to look like his old self.
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Yahoo Sports NBA: “I’m not willing to sell myself out for (championships)”@Dame_Lillard on why he hasn’t left Portland. The @Trailblazers All-Star joined @ChrisBHaynes on the latest episode of Posted Up… You DO NOT want to miss this!
In the interview with Haynes, Lillard discussed how much he values the notion of people looking back when his career is over and respecting the way he did things: “When my career is over and I’m gonna know the relationships that I’m gonna have. I am going to know the people who knew I was solid with them regardless of if I was at the top or if I control it. All of this stuff. That I did it the right way and I took people’s situations and their families and what could be into consideration before I just made a decision based off, ‘All right, this is what would be best for me. This is what people want to see me do.'”
Though it’s not unusual for an athlete to have a late-career surge, the reason for McGee’s is: his began when he gave up meat. “I was in Dallas and I had gained weight and knew becoming a vegetarian was the quickest way to lose it,” he said. “I just wasn’t sure if I could do it.” It was 2015, and he was a bench player for the Mavericks struggling to find minutes. A trip to Whole Foods led to his discovery of a plant-based culinary company by the name of Beyond Meat — and with it, renewed energy.
Irving said he mentioned his diet change during an interview at the beginning of last season, and Beyond Meat offered to send him samples. “I was noticing that I wasn’t able to recover as fast after games and workouts,” he said. “I did a lot of research and learned that my diet could be a factor. “It was good timing as I was struggling to find quality plant-based foods that still had a lot of flavor.” But can he and other NBA evangelists really get people to grill tasty sunflower seeds instead of ground beef? “Not only do I think it will be a permanent change among athletes,” Irving said, “but I think we will see people who aren’t professional athletes making the change as well.”
This is the square footage, among the disconnected and the disenfranchised and those being odd for effect mixed with those who are effectually odd, this is where Supreme Bey chooses to meet. “I love it here because everyone is so f—— weird,’’ says the man more commonly known as Chris Douglas-Roberts. “It’s the only place that no one stares at me.’’ As he sits down on a white sectional inside the relatively simplistic Cadillac Hotel, he is 11 years and a lifetime of self-discovery removed from the player who helped Memphis reach the Final Four in 2008. Now 32, he has bobbed-length dreads with gold tips and a full-mouthed diamond grill, and he wears both a black warmup jacket and black loafers with his DCTG (Don’t Cheat The Grind). A pair of bright socks peek out of his pants, Michael Jackson-Billie Jean video style, and black sunglasses shade his eyes, even as nightfall sets in.
Now here are the particulars. DCTG Sportswear is a trademarked brand, and you can buy the clothes online. Supreme says he has factories in Pakistan and China to mass-produce the apparel. He likes to keep supply low in order to ratchet up demand, but he also is the first to say that this is mostly a hobby. Raven, who played at Memphis, sketches her designs but is also just getting her line off the ground. The model, Mason, did sign a deal with APM, a boutique agency in New York, and Supreme did negotiate the contract. But Mason is not, technically, a supermodel. His foundation will focus on families in need in Memphis, but he’s only just returned there to get that started. As for the sports agency, he has eyes on a few players he’d love to represent. They just don’t know it yet.
Hardaway: A lot of teams thought they had an opportunity to win a championship. Davis: We knew it was our year, and we were preparing as if it were our year. Adam Keefe (Utah Jazz center): The feeling was our team is here, we’re intact, we’re good, we’re going to have a really good shot at this. We felt we were there before [Jordan retired].