KEY POINTS

  • Marc Gasol is linked to a possible stint with the Golden State Warriors
  • Gasol was recently released by the Memphis Grizzlies
  • The Spaniard was rumored to join Girona in Spain

Marc Gasol is officially a free agent after the Memphis Grizzlies unsurprisingly waived him following a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.

This was all part of the plan with the 36-year-old believed to be headed back home in Europe, where he is likely to finish his professional basketball career run.

However, Marc Gasol’s NBA career may not be entirely over. A report from Anthony Slater of The Athletic claims that the one-time NBA champion is a name to watch for the Golden State Warriors’ final roster spot.

The Dubs were interested in signing the three-time All-Star last season before he eventually joined the Lakers.

But as most NBA fans know, it was a forgettable stint with Gasol hardly blending in with the system of head coach Frank Vogel.

At present, the Warriors starting center is James Wiseman. Although the sophomore player has shown promise last season before falling to injury, it remains that head coach Steve Kerr could use a veteran big man to man the middle.

Aside from that, adding a veteran like Gasol could help in the evolution of the 7-footer – especially on the defensive end.

Gasol is the 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and could mentor the Memphis product if a deal is cut.

However, the final say on that may depend on what Gasol has in mind. He is currently in Spain with his family, and word got out that he will play for CB Girona.

As mentioned in a previous post, Girona is a team he played for in the past. Should he sign up, he would boost the chances of the team in the Spanish second division.

Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors drives against Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors drives against Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers Photo: Getty Images | Ashley Landis - Pool

Gasol could still be of use to the Warriors although at a whittled capacity. His numbers have been dropping, but his efficiency remains high.

Joining the Dubs could make sense, especially considering they do not need Gasol to score heavily.

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins are around for that. Rather, the Spaniard could help boost toughness and help out Draymond Green upfront.

If not by the start of the 2021-22 NBA season, there is a chance Gasol could be called midseason.

From now until that time, the 6-foot-11 cager may first try out playing with Girona and then assess if he can still competitively play NBA ball.