I don't know about title contender but it could potentially make us stronger. One would tend to be a little skeptical about this however, 'cause of the Hakeem O experience. It should be a harmless move though and Gasol being European might be interested. Gasol and Amir in the PF positions should be an upgrade over Amir and PP. PP can be signed and traded. A late first rounder in return is not impossible.
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I think the first question you should ask is how much Gasol would have to be paid. I would imagine something like 3/30 at least. If he wants to play at a discount, there are bound to be plenty of more attractive options for him than playing PF in Toronto. So the Raptors would have to pay.
It doesn't make sense to me to sign Pau to a significant contract and play him at a position that he struggles to defend more and more every year, next to a center who's not a good shooter.
Pau wants to play for a contender and has said that he likes warm weather climates.. so I don't think Toronto would be a team he'd be on his radar.
Even if he were interested he'd be in the same situation as any other top tier free agent this year: Deng, Stephenson, Monroe, Hayward, etc... we don't have the cap space assuming Lowry is back. If Lowry is gone than shouldn't we take a step back or try to get a PG instead of a PF/C?
If Pau/Lakers agreed to a sign and trade than the Raptors would have to give back assets.. again not something I'd want to do for a guy that had Vertigo last season.
Me, I'd love to see him on the Mavs. That team is already so lovably weird, and Pau would make them even more fun. He fits in nicely too. They might prefer to have someone more like Tyson Chandler again but I'd be very curious to see what Carlisle could do with Pau.
I like Gasol and he would be a nice fit here but everyone knows that if he gonna come to Toronto,
He will get atleast 12mill per year
"We had to put the ball in Rudy’s hands. He had it going,” Casey said. “DeMar struggled. I think he was 2-for-15 in the first half. Rudy was the only one that really had something rolling with a rhythm. It was one of those nights. If it was DeMar rolling we would have milked him. But tonight it was Rudy and did a great job of carrying us, getting us into overtime
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Someone's going to sign him to a long term deal and severely regret it.
PG: Isiah Thomas 84/85: 21.2 PPG 4.5 RPG 13.9 APG 2.3 SPG 1st team All-NBA
SG: Sidney Moncrief 82/83: 22.5 PPG 5.8 RPG 3.9 APG 1.5 SPG 1st team All-NBA Defensive Player of the Year
SF: Dominique Wilkins 85/86: 30.3 PPG 7.8 RPG 2.6 APG 1.8 SPG 1st team All-NBA NBA Scoring Champion
PF: Tim Duncan 02/03: 23.3 PPG 12.9 RPG 3.9 APG 2.9 BPG 1st team All-NBA 1st team All-Defence
C: Dave Cowens 74/75: 20.5 PPG 16.2 RPG 4.1 APG NBA MVP 2nd team All-Defence
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This is Tornto's hypothetical situation:
Sign Gasol to a 3yr 30mil deal or re-sign PP to a 4yr 20mil deal. Considering PP's age, versatility, wide range and possible growth, it makes sense to go with the later UNLESS Gasol can be signed to a 2yr 12mil deal. Is Gasol worth more? Maybe but not in the "Toronto context". They've got more important things on their plate.
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