NBA Notes: Gasol on trading block
Rumors have been swirling for
months that the Lakers are trying to move Pau Gasol, but they are rumors
no more, according to the New
York Daily News
Lakers are committed to moving Pau Gasol — the fall guy for their
second-round ouster against the Thunder and previous playoff failures —
even if they have to take back less talent.”
31-year-old and four-time NBA All-Star is set to make $19 million next
year and will not be easy to move under the league’s trade rules. After
averaging 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game during the regular
season, Gasol averaged just 12.5 and 9.5 during the
The Memphis Grizzlies, Gasol’s former team,
would presumably be interested in re-acquiring the 7-foot forward."Jet" wants a commitment
Mavericks guard Jason Terry wants to return to Dallas next season, but he won’t do so on a one-year deal, he told the Dallas Morning News
The 13-year NBA veteran, who has spent his last eight years with the Mavs and helped lead the franchise to its first championship and only two NBA Finals appearances, will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
“I’m finally in a position where I can kind of predict my own future, so to speak,” Terry said. “I want to stay in Dallas. That’s always been my goal. But it needs to be long-term. If they’re not ready to step up and do that, then I’ll have to make my home elsewhere.”
The article speculates that the Mavericks may make a run at Deron Williams, and if they fail in acquiring him, will look to sign Terry to a one-year stopgap contract. That doesn’t appeal to Terry.
“I won’t be here,” he said. “You can count on that. If they’re doing that, you won’t see the Jet on the runway in Dallas.”
Terry put up 15.1 points and dished out 3.6 assists per game for the Mavericks this past season. He will turn 35 in September.KG likely to stay in Beantown
Kevin Garnett hasn’t spoken to the media since the Celtics lost to the Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and his playing status for next season is unknown. But Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, a friend and former teammate, believes that if the 36-year-old big man does return next year, it will be with the Celtics, the Boston Globe
reports (via CSN New England
“I feel like if he does return to basketball, I think that that would be the team,” Perkins said of the Celtics. “I heard Kevin say a few times that he wouldn’t want to play for anybody but Doc [Rivers], so it will be interesting to see. I still think he got a lot more years in him.”
Garnett averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in 2011-12, playing an average of 31.1 minutes in 60 games and leading Boston to a 39-27 record. His production increased in the postseason, where he put up 19.2 points and 10.3 boards per game.
After spending his first 12 years with the Timberwolves and the last five with the Celtics, Garnett will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.