Laker hints he might just leave

Eliminated from the playoffs by the Suns, the Lakers now have the offseason to prepare. These are potentially three quarters of the workforce who could desert the ship. One of the players has in any case suggested that he should go …

As hard as it may be to swallow, the Lakers must now forget about the sporting season, and focus on the summer ahead. Indeed, with 11 potentially free players, the defending champion’s front office will have a lot of work to do to rebuild a competitive group around Lebron james and Anthony davis.

Among the free agents, some should therefore logically not be retained. Others could even leave of their own free will… Interviewed by Silver Screen & Roll, Marc Gasol, who is one of the players concerned, gave his opinion on his future. And a priori, this one will take place far from LA:

We’ll see later this summer how the team is doing and what they want to do, what their plan is. I am very grateful for the year I have lived. I know it didn’t end the way we all wanted it to be, but it was better than it looked from the outside to me personally. I enjoyed some things that happened and some not, but I tried to be positive and like I said I’m grateful for the opportunity I got here.

Note the almost exclusive use of the past, which suggests that the time of the Big Burrito in California is very likely over. That doesn’t stop the Pivot from looking back with pride, he who may have played for a personally important franchise. The one who drafted him, and in which his brother played:

I entered this year with the intention of making the most of every second, soaking up everything and understanding what an honor it is to wear this jersey. You obviously know the history of my family with the team and what it represented for Pau. So for me to be here and play for this team was an honor, and it’s an honor. So I didn’t take it for granted for a second.

If he did indeed leave the Purple and Gold, the choice of his new destination would be rather vague. Will he want to continue in the NBA, and try to get a last contract? Or will he proceed like his brother, and spend his last years as a pro at home, in Spain? A return to Barcelona would then be possible.

One of the Lakers’ files may well settle quickly. Marc Gasol seems already gone in his head, and should therefore leave the City of Angels in the near future. It remains to be seen whether he will do the same with the NBA.

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