Neither of the Gasol brothers are in the playoffs this season. Marc’s Memphis Grizzlies were just swept by the San Antonio Spurs, but he wasn’t active as he suffered a season-ending right foot injury during the regular season. Pau’s Chicago Bulls were in a last minute fight for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference but fell short.
Marc Gasol signed a five-year extension with Memphis last summer, while his brother Pau is currently signed with the Bulls through next season but can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. During his exit interview, Marc was asked about his brother’s future, and he was straightforward about where he should go next.
Per ESPN Radio’s John Martin and Commercial Appeal’s Ronald Tillery:
Marc Gasol on Pau Gasol's future: "If I had to guess — not that I've talked to him about it — would be San Antonio."
— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) April 25, 2016
Marc Gasol was just asked about brother, Pau, and said his advice would be for him to go to San Antonio at this stage of his career.
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) April 25, 2016
Face it, Pau Gasol in San Antonio would be a match made in basketball heaven. Pau’s skill set would fit right into what the Spurs do offensively. Not to mention with Tim Duncan on the cusp of retirement, Pau would fill in nicely as his replacement, even though he isn’t too far from his own encore (turns 36 in July).
Gasol averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds this season with four assists and two blocks per game. His value is still high, and assuming he will opt out this summer, he’s going to have some options. The price will be interesting, though. With only so much time left in his career, taking a pay cut and joining the Spurs has to appeal to someone like Gasol, who values winning.
The Spurs offense would be upgraded with Gasol’s shooting, posting and passing, but the defense would definitely take a step back. Still, Gasol alongside LaMarcus Aldridge in that system is something of a nightmare, and if you’re going to have to replace the likes of Tim Duncan, Gasol is probably the closest thing to him. Marc Gasol should be careful what he wishes for.