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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 10:07 am  |  35 responses

Report: Real Madrid Wants to Sign Marc Gasol to a 4 or 5-Year Deal


The Spanish hoops powerhouse isn’t interested in signing Marc Gasol (who’s a free agent, by the way) to some short-term deal during the NBA lockout. Nope. Real Madrid wants to lock up the gifted big man for the long haul. From Ball in Europe (via Marca): “While plans to ink the Memphis Grizzly-cum-free agent to play for the Whites until the lockout lifts are not necessarily in the works, Spain-based Marca.com today reports that the Real Madrid front office is interested in making Gasol the team’s franchise player with a massive four- or five-year deal. According to ‘El Real Madrid se lanza a por Marc Gasol’ (or, ‘Real Madrid lunges for Marc Gasol’), ‘[Club president] Florentino Perez has already consented to the signing of the center’ and that “no expense will be spared in attempting to land Gasol.’ The piece goes on to note that Gasol could be paid a maximum of €9.3 million per season, well higher than this season’s top paychecks in Europe.”

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    That would be a bummer for the Grizz, don’t see this happening though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    DONT GO! STAY IN THE NBA. AND TRY TO CONVINCE JCN TO COME BACK. I LIKED HIS GAME.

  • JR

    Whatever decision Marc makes will highlight where his priorities lay; is it money or legacy? I don’t mean to undermine the euroleague–it showcases some great basketball–but to truly build your legacy, you have to play and win against the best players, and those players are in the NBA. The likelihood of Marc Gaslo being an all-time great or transcendent player in the NBA isn’t great, but I don’t see how he can’t match his big brothers accomplishments, especially in the right situation. I’d also hate to see him leave Memphis; if the new CBA does help small market teams (and it will), I’d love to see Memphis seriously compete for a title, I just love that team.

  • MUBWAR

    I don’t think he can duplicate what his brother did so might as well go to europe, take the cash and come back when your game is well rounded to get a serious pay day in the NBA as well

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Mubwar, Marc Gasol is already one of the better Centers in the league. I’m sure many teams would love to have him on their team.

  • MUBWAR

    I will take Howard Cousins Kaman Dalembert Bynum Lopez and Noah all ahead of him. So no, not 1 of the better C in the league. Just an average center who averaged 11p 7r 2.5a and 1.7 blocks last season

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Mubwar, that’s great you would want to take 7 centers over him. So in that case, Marc Gasol would still be 8 out of 30. Still better than more than half the other starting Centers. And don’t forget other than Bynum and Noah, Gasol’s team went the furthest last playoffs with him averaging 15pts, 11reb, 2ast, 1stl, and 2 blocks per game.

  • Shecky Shabazz

    @Mubwar did you really just say you’d take Dalembert over Gasol? I’ve seen this man play for years in Philly. He is trash. Overrated. Low basketball IQ. You can have Sammy and I’d gladly take Gasol.

  • MUBWAR

    there is also a case for Horford, that skinny dude from Indiana, Nene, Chandler and even Bargnani dude. I agree had a great post season, but common man he barely cracks top 13 Centers in the league

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    MUBWAR, Dalembert really?
    Did you see the Grizz play in the playoffs?
    Marc and ZBo were a pretty nice 1-2 punch.
    And the numbers don’t telle you the whole story.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Niq, don’t argue with Mubwar; it’s like trying to pour 2 gallons into a thimble. Marc really should stay with the Grizz though because they’ll give him good money and have a shot to go deep in the playoffs next year.

  • 23

    I bet all my money that the Celtics, Heat, Spurs, and Knicks all would love to have this dude on their squads. All these teams are possible finals contenders and would thrive with a skilled center on their teams. He is a wanted man basically

  • MUBWAR

    I guess Caboose knows me personally. and yes the Heat would love to have any center not named Joel.

  • Jono

    MUBWAR is an idiot. It dosen’t know jack sh!t.

  • MUBWAR

    ”it doesn’t know” take an online class please.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    It stops posting idiotic things or it gets reduced to something less than human.

  • Robb

    “it’s like trying to pour 2 gallons into a thimble.” haha.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    It puts the lotion on the skin.

  • Shecky Shabazz

    @Mubwar “A case for Horford”? You gotta be joking right. Horford is a top 5 center in the league (playing out of position!). The only centers I’d take over Gasol are: Howard, Bogut, Horford, Noah, Nene, and maybe Cousins because of his potential.

  • vincent

    writer need to use spell check. it’s come not cum….lmoa

  • LA Huey

    Fans of the Grizz and other suitors better hope he gets signed to Real Madrid. He’s an $7-8 million/yr pivot but he’ll get land a $10 mil/yr deal.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    ^Yep.
    He’ll get overpaid by some owner who will then complain that he can’t make enough money later.
    It’s crazy. Owners all looking for a competitive advantage and they wind up overpaying by ridiculous amounts. Yeah, players are going to try to get paid, but sometimes you gotta let players leave. I remember when San Antonio was courting Jermaine O’Neal to pair with Tim Duncan. they offered him $90 million. The Pacers offered $130 million. San Antonio lost, but they made the right decision.

  • LA Huey

    ^SA made the right decision by letting SJax walk too. And it wasn’t because they needed to outbid anyone, they prolly realized he has a few character issues which he proved later with his run-ins with the law and his part in Malice At The Palace.

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    Spain has the hottest chicks and nude beaches. Memphis has…umm.. Elvis.

  • LA Huey

    Also, JP’s comment about Marc’s priorities is short-sighted. He’d be playing in his home country for what might be money similar to what he’d make in the NBA. You could make the argument that it’s more noble for him to stay and help grow the game in his country (considering his profile). It’d be similar to a popular American soccer playing in the MLS to grow the profile of the sport here.

  • Cameron

    American soccer mostly sucks though……

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Marc Gasol, in his third year, averaged 15/11/2 with over 2 blocks in the playoffs.
    So… He’s pretty much totally average and a worse player than Dalembert and Brook Lopez.

  • JR

    @LA Huey By JP, I’m assuming you mean me. How is my comment short-sighted? You fail to explain that in your comment. Sure he’s making the same amount, or maybe even more money to play in his home country; and perhaps he would increase the profile of his sport (but probably not, since it’s already very popular). But it would definitely lower the ceiling of his basketball legacy since he isn’t playing against the best talent in the world. How am I wrong on this? That’s like saying Yao Ming’s legacy could have been greater if he stayed and played against sub-par players in the CBA. That’s not the case and I’m pretty sure most people who read and comment here would agree with me. Also, look how much Yao increased the profile of basketball in China by playing in the NBA.

  • Reals

    The entire time I was reading this I thought that Marc Gasol was seriously about to start kicking a soccerball around europe for 5 years. I’m an idiot. It doesn’t even say basketball in the entire article! funnyshtt

  • LA Huey

    I guess it’s the difference between being a King in Spain or playing an Andrew Bynum-like role for an NBA championship team. Because those are his ceilings if he were to play for Real Madrid or in the NBA. The legacy that’s greater is probably a matter of preference. But here’s a list: Ewing, Admiral, Shaq, Russe11, Wilt, Dwight, Hakeem, Kareem, Moses, Mikan, Chief, Reed, Mutombo, and Mourning. Do you think he has shown the potential to be better than at least 5 of those 14 centers? Yao could have and that’s why comparing him and Marc is ridiculous.

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    @LAHuey and JR ..I hear what you’re saying and it potentially would be a noble cause. But only if that American soccer player had previously played in the European League (UEFA) for three years, and then that league went on LOCKDOWN, and then LA Galaxy came calling and wanted to set him up with a nice 5-year deal. In that case whenever UEFA resumes play they would easily find someone to take his place because its not like he’s PELE! Marc Gasol is a great player and it’s nice to see him in the league but honestly if he were to leave, I’m not convinced the NBA suffers all that much. Memphis suffers thats all. Also…. Spain is not China. Spanish basketball is already pretty large. As is its profile in ALL the other major sports. They won the world cup. Marc Gasol in the NBA does nothing for Spains basketball profile they have plenty of others in the league. Pau Gasol already did that for them.

  • Mike From Spain

    Marc, don’t come to Spain! Marc was already MVP of the Spanish league before he went to Memphis. Now he’d just get bored, no one strong enough to play against him on the block. If Marc wants to become a better player, he should stay in the NBA.

  • ab40

    mike from spain is right he’s gonna stay in memphis and ibaka and fernandez will be gone next month making barcelona the favorite in spain again

  • JR

    Mike from Spain is also reinforcing my argument that his legacy would be tarnished if he returned to Spain; he’s already dominated in that league, so he moved on to a more challenging league to build his basketball legacy. Sure, he’s not the best player in his new league (the NBA) but that’s the point. Beating up on 6 ‘ 9′-6′ 10 220-230lb “big men” in the Spanish league will do nothing for his career as a basketball player.

  • LA Huey

    I could be wrong about the whole profile thing. Regarding the legacy of Marc Gasol, we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

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