Pau Gasol looks destined to leave the Los Angeles Lakers after six years with the Purple and Gold. And one of the teams that are pushing hard to land the four-time NBA All-Star is the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Thunders Need Something Else
The Thunder are doing what they can to finally get over that hump and claim their first NBA Title win. Last season, the Thunder reached the Western Conference Finals and although the series was tied at two, they dropped the next two games, sending the San Antonio Spurs to the Finals, The Spurs, of course, took down the Miami Heat in six games to claim their fifth NBA title in 15 years.
The Thunder have looked at several free agents but seem to have really honed in on New Orleans Pelicans’ free agent swingman Anthony Morrow and Los Angeles Lakers’ free agent big man Pau Gasol.
The Thunder currently lead the Heat, among several other teams, to acquire Morrow and are really making a push to sign Gasol. They had their two stars, point guard Russell Westbrook and the 2013-2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant, meet with Gasol last week.
Per Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Gasol met with Thunder head coach Scott Brooks on Monday to listen to his pitch, but the competition remains stiff. Stein's tweets on the situation are as follows:
"As part of Thunder's continuing pursuit of Pau Gasol, I'm told OKC coach Scotty Brooks met today with Gasol to add his pitch to the pile"
"ESPN reported last week that Gasol was directly pitched on the Thunder's merits by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook"
"Competition for Pau, though, remains stacked. You've got Thunder/Spurs/Bulls still chasing PLUS Knicks or Lakers depending on who gets Melo"
Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game last season. He shot 48.0% from the field, 28.6% from beyond the arc and 73.6% from the free throw line. Gasol may be 34 now but he can still do a great job for a contending team.