Marc Gasol proved that “blood is thicker than water,” as he has been rumored to have told his brother Pau to sign in with the San Antonio Spurs come free agency season.
The 35-year old Chicago Bulls center is set to be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, which will end a three-year $22.34 million contract, according to Spotrac. Gasol was also a solid performer for the Bulls, despite missing the postseason after finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 42-40 win-loss record.
With an imminent trip to the free agency market, rumors were swirling that there would be a possibility of seeing the Gasol brothers in one team, but as John Martin reported, Marc would have advised his older brother to sign with the Spurs and not be with him in Memphis with the Grizzlies. It was also reported that Pau will decline the offer that would be set forth by the Bulls making him an unrestricted free agent.
Marc Gasol was just asked about brother, Pau, and said his advice would be for him to go to San Antonio at this stage of his career.
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) April 25, 2016
However, his market value will still be determined once the free agency season starts this summer leading to the draft and it would be a surprise if he would wear again the Bulls uniform. Pau is still contemplating his options and would want destiny to take its course.
“Nothing is set right now. Definitely, I will evaluate what I need to when the time comes. But the way the team has responded to adversity and the way we finished up the season has not been so far great, and it’s been disappointing. So at the end of the day, when the time comes, I will evaluate things. It’s hard to finish the season like this,” Gasol said.
Analysts have seen Gasol struggle with his quickness against opponents, he is seen much effective as an offensive-coming-off-the-bench type of player and the Spurs could give him that role. Once he signs under Gregg Popovich, who knows he might be able to tap the Gasol that was once known during his stint with the Grizzlies back in 2001.