The Los Angeles Lakers and Marc Gasol went their separate ways a few weeks ago.
After a lengthy, contentious back-and-forth that saw Marc signal disinterest in returning to LA and the front office actively pursue DeAndre Jordan, the Lakers traded Marc, a 2024 second-round pick and $250,000 in cash to the Memphis Grizzlies in return for the draft rights to Wang Zhelin.
Both sides immediately went to work crafting a narrative. The Lakers maintained that they had a very good reason for trading Marc; Marc in turn seemed to believe the Lakers had lied to him and misled him.
In the immediate aftermath of the split, Marc was immediately floated as a potential pick-up for another prominent Western Conference title contender.
This week, Marc’s brother and Lakers legend Pau Gasol was asked about his brother’s future and whether he envisioned him returning to Spain after the Lakers debacle.
“Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides,” Paul said in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca. “I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.”
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Pau has been a beloved figure in Los Angeles ever since he teamed up with Kobe Bryant to claim two NBA titles. Because of that, the worst possible outcome of the disaster that was Marc’s stint with the Lakers is any ill-will on his part towards the organization and its fan base.
Hopefully Pau can move past how his brother was treated and continue to hold the Lakers in high esteem, because that’s definitely the way fans feel about him.