The Toronto Raptors were two wins away from the NBA Finals last season and are looking to add help in 2016 free agency. After re-signing DeMar DeRozan early this summer, Raptors rumors state that the Canadian team is now chasing Pau Gasol.
Getting Gasol would improve the Raptors front court but it could also mean that they are willing to lose Bismack Biyombo in free agency. Biyombo played well for the Raptors in the postseason with starting center Jonas Valanciunas out in some games due to an injury.
Reports on Saturday night state that Biyombo will be signing a four-year deal with the Orlando Magic.
Marc Stein of ESPN reported Saturday that the Raptors are a likely landing spot for Gasol. He added other teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers are also chasing the veteran center in 2016 free agency.
Toronto/Minnesota/Portland/San Antonio have all registered firm interest in Gasol, but the landscape might be easier to judge after KD lands
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2016
Stein also claimed that Gasol’s decision will most likely come after Kevin Durant selects his next NBA team.
The Raptors are serious in making a deep run again in the playoffs by re-signing DeRozan to a five-year deal worth $139 million. Raptors rumors have mentioned the departure of Biyombo in free agency as the center would want a bigger deal this summer.
The 35-year-old Gasol has played for the Chicago Bulls the last two seasons after stints with the Memphis Grizzlies (2001 to 2008) and Los Angeles Lakers (2007 to 2014). At his age, the veteran still produced respectable numbers for the Bulls with averages of 17.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.
Toronto’s offseason is not yet done with some more cash to spend this summer. Raptors rumors have them linked to Gasol but look for the team to consider other free agent veterans as well.
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