Report: Celtics potentially interested in acquiring Marc Gasol
The Celtics may not be done adding this summer.
The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reports two league executives told him Boston might make a run at Grizzlies center Marc Gasol. The Celtics signed Gordon Hayward Tuesday to a four-year, $128 million contract, catapulting them to the top of the Eastern Conference alongside the Cavaliers –– on paper, at least.
Gasol, 32, has three years remaining on his contract, including a player option for 2019-20. The three-time All-Star will make an average of roughly $23 million in each of the next two seasons.
That could spell some trouble for the Celtics, who already have to part with key members of their roster to clear salary cap space for Hayward. The team started that process Tuesday night when it renounced restricted free agent Kelly Olynyk.
Acquiring Gasol would be a win-now move, signaling the Celtics think they can dethrone the Cavaliers next season, even with LeBron James still in the mix. It would give Boston some much needed size in the front court, one of its greatest flaws. The Cavaliers bludgeoned the Celtics in the paint during the Eastern Conference Finals earlier this year.
The Celtics would likely have to relinquish at least one of their future first-round picks in order to acquire Gasol. The Grizzlies, who lost power forward Zach Randolph to the Kings this week, appear to be embarking on a rebuilding phase.
Gasol averaged 19.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game with the Grizzlies last season. The 2007 second round pick made his NBA debut in the 2008-09 campaign.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog