While the off-season talk has centered around how LeBron James might reshape the landscape of the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs are trying to keep it just the way it is.
LeBron will make any team he signs with a contender, but keep in mind, that he'll be contending for the championship the San Antonio Spurs beat him for.
And those Spurs are trying to get even more dangerous.
Possibly the best fit for a free agent ever...possibly
Gasol has several reputations in the NBA, one of which, being soft, is undeserved, but the other is where he starts to make so much sense for the Spurs, which is as one of the league's best passing big men.
He's averaged over three assists per game each of the last nine seasons, regularly approaching four per game, and his unselfishness was a hallmark of the Laker teams he helped to two NBA championships.
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The Spurs are still kings of the mountain
The Spurs aren't just the defending champs, they're a defending champion with everybody back.
The Spurs will have somewhere in the neighborhood of $8 million to offer Gasol, who could take a deal like that to place himself on a contender, regardless of where LeBron signs.
Also, the Spurs just re-upped with Gregg Poppovich for a few more seasons, so the stability will be on the bench long term.