The New York Knicks are expected to target Pau Gasol during the NBA’s free agency period, according to Marc J. Spears from Yahoo! Sports. At this point, the Knicks only have their midlevel exception to offer, which is worth around $3.2 million.
Pau Gasol recently said that he would take a pay cut to play for a contender. However, the Knicks are a lottery team. Even if Carmelo Anthony decides to re-sign with New York, there may not be enough talent in New York to convince Gasol into taking a major pay cut. Fortunately for Knick fans, the addition of Phil Jackson is definitely a move that will grab Gasol’s attention. Pau Gasol and Phil Jackson have won two championships together, which could bring some hope for Knick fans next season.
SI.com’s Chris Mannix also reported that NBA executives league-wide see Pau Gasol signing with the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats, or Memphis Grizzlies.
“I want to be in a team that is going to be built to win a championship,” Gasol said. “That’s my top priority. Money won’t be the main priority. Length and money are factors, but we’ll see. Until I know all the options, I won’t be able to measure them. But we’re getting close to the end of my career. I want to be in a good situation. It’s an important decision to make.”
Pau Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 points throughout the 2013-14 NBA season. He faced some injuries, but nothing major. Gasol felt like his game was held back due to D’Antoni’s system. With frustration towards the coaching staff and constant trade rumors, New York just may be the change Gasol needs.