The Cleveland Cavaliers have wide eyes and a hungry heart when it comes to what they believe they can add before the season starts to make sure that this team is a contender.
LeBron James was already landed, but that’s not where the big name additions will end. One name that has popped up is that of Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol, as it seems that if Kevin Love can be had, why not just try to get everyone you can at that point.
Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders believes the Cavaliers could only land Gasol if he is “dead set” on leaving the Grizzlies.
Gasol will likely command a maximum contract, so more assets other than Haywood will be needed to make the deal work cap-wise. It would also have to be a sign and trade, as they will not have cap space due to Kevin Love’s cap hold. Would Memphis agree to such a deal? Perhaps, if Marc were dead set on leaving. But it seems like they are planning on rolling with Gasol for a while longer, given the extension of Randolph for another two years after this one. If they make him a maximum offer, he seems pretty happy there unless things unexpectedly fall apart this season.
Landing Gasol would give the Cavaliers a rim protector they need, but it would also make the frontcourt a three headed monster of Love, LeBron and Gasol — something that could go down as legendary when it’s all said and done.