NBA Free Agency 2020: The LA Lakers and big man Marc Gasol have agreed to a contract, according to Shams Charania. The veteran will most likely join LeBron James and Anthony Davis as LA Lakers look to defend their title.
Gasol suffered a hamstring injury in December and was out for a month. When the NBA returned from its four-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gasol had the worst statistics.
He shot just 18.5 percent from three during the postseason. Nick Nurse preferred Serge Ibaka and other Toronto Raptors’ centers over him.
“It was tough for him. He operates a lot better with the ease of his family being around, and the knowledge they are doing fine. He didn’t have that comfort, and they were a long way away,” said head coach Nick Nurse.
Marc Gasol spent the last season-and-a-half in Toronto after coming over via midseason trade in 2019. The 35-year-old is coming off his worst professional season from a numbers standpoint.
Marc Gasol is finalizing a deal to sign with the Lakers, sources tell me and @ZachLowe_NBA.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 23, 2020
How will Marc Gasol fit in the LA Lakers roster?
Gasol will continue to play a similar role in LA. He continues to be active with a combination of basketball IQ and an ageless skill set on the offensive end.
His number were poor as he averaged just 7.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists during the regular season. He also shot a career-low 42.7 percent from the floor.
Gasol will join a revised LA Lakers frontcourt with Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell. The Lakers have let go of their two bigs – Dwight Howard and Javale McGee.
With Harrell and Anthony Davis taking up a majority of the big-man minutes, Gasol will mostly come off the bench in a secondary role.