After vacating the space by throwing a paycheck from JaVale McGee to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to a deal that would lead them to one of the NBA’s best free agency centers. According to numerous reports, Mark Gasol will follow in the footsteps of his older brother Poe and become a Laker:
The contract will be for two years, according to ESPN.
The Lakers have only a minimal exception for veterans of $ 2.7 million.
This move helps to clear the money to the hard cap, but does not give more money to Gasol.
The Lakers have already used $ 9.3 million on average and $ 3.6 million on a two-year exception.
̵1; Bobby Marks (@ BobbyMarks42) November 23, 2020
The rationale behind the McGee trade is the second year in the Gasol contract.
The signing of a one-year contract would be $ 1.6 million.
Signing a two-year deal, LAL took on the full $ 2.6 million hit.
The $ 1 million difference can continue when you’re dealing with a hard cap.
– Bobby Marks (@ BobbyMarks42) November 23, 2020
The Lakers first showed interest in Gasol – which they drafted in 2007 but traded the rights before signing – on the agency’s first night of freedom after Dwight Howard left for the Philadelphia 76ers. They then began investigating ways to trade with McGee to make room to sign it, and hours later found a deal that allowed them to bring the seven-foot Spaniard to Los Angeles.
Now that he is in a Lakers uniform, Gasol can immediately secure some of the physics that the Lakers lost when he left Howard, and he is a skilled and creative passer-by who will help the Lakers with his offensive skills. Even if it’s not what it used to be on either end of the floor, it’s still really good.
Gasol averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 26.4 minutes of racing last season, while shooting 38.5% of depth in 3.4 attempts. He also didn’t lose much in defense, as his plus-minus box of +2.8 was the second best in his career, and other advanced figures still love him from both ends.
We still have to see exactly how much the Lakers give him, but it has to be a market value deal, given their current limited situation, and one that gives them a player who is a clear McGee upgrade – and probably of Howard. . This is another move that makes the Lakers better on paper in an off-season year full of them, and another great achievement for Rob Pelinka as he prepares his roster to defend his title.
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