Rob Pelinka is working overtime to land pretty much every single big name he can find out there. Over the past couple of days, the Los Angeles Lakers added Wesley Matthews, Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schroder, and resigned Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
We're talking about some elite reinforcements for a team that already has LeBron James - and likely Anthony Davis - and that is fresh off winning the NBA Championship with a big superiority over their peers.
Yet again, Pelinka and the team's front office just refuse to settle and want to make them even more of a powerhouse as they look to defend their title next season when all their rivals are even tougher.
Los Angeles Lakers Want To Sign Marc Gasol In Free Agency
That's why, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the purple and gold are now interested in signing veteran big man Marc Gasol to replace the loss of Dwight Howard to the Philadelphia 76ers:
The Clippers have joined the race for free-agent big men Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 22, 2020
Gasol is considered the more realistic target given the fierce competition for Ibaka headed by Toronto and Brooklyn
"The Clippers have joined the race for free-agent big men Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, league sources say. Gasol is considered the more realistic target given the fierce competition for Ibaka headed by Toronto and Brooklyn," Stein started.
"The Lakers also seek one more big man, league sources say, but they face much tougher financial constraints in the chase for Gasol after signing Montrezl Harrell away from the Clippers and re-signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope," he added.
Gasol is past his prime but he's still one of the best defensive big men in the league, and his ability to create for others in the post is still elite. Also, they shouldn't have to overpay for him at this point of his career.
There's still also the possibility that the Lakers bring back DeMarcus Cousins but whether he'll be as good as ever after coming off multiple major injuries is yet to be seen. What is clear is that Pelinka will continue to make moves to try and get them their 18th NBA Championship.
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