March 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) moves to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Lakers' Pau Gasol willing to sign with Knicks

Phil Jackson‘s first offseason with the New York Knicks is sure to be an interesting one and the Knicks are already attracting attention from some of Jackson’s former players.

Apr 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Trail Blazers won 124-112. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marc J. Spears from Yahoo! Sports, forward Pau Gasol is open to leaving the Los Angeles Lakers to hook back up with Jackson in New York.

Spears writes:

Pau Gasol felt nostalgic in what he admitted might have been his last day with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. He’s also excited about his impending free agency and is open to a reunion with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who now runs the New York Knicks’ front office.

Gasol completed his seventh season with the Lakers averaging 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 60 games. He won two titles with the Lakers under Jackson, but lately with the Lakers struggling, Gasol’s name has been linked to more trade rumors than anything he has done on the floor.

He didn’t fit well with coach Mike D’Antoni‘s offense and had two straight disappointing seasons, but he is still a talented big man who runs the floor very well.

Jackson has wanted to surround himself with his type of people and has already signed Lamar Odom, met with Metta World Peace and now is linked to Gasol. Plus it looks like another one of Jackson’s former players, Steve Kerr, is close to becoming the next Knicks head coach.

However don’t get too excited about Gasol coming to the Knicks just yet. It would have to come with a massive pay cut since the most they can offer is the taxpayer’s midlevel exception, expected to be worth about $3.2 million.  Gasol can get much more money than that on the open market, but he is loyal to Jackson, which could make the decision interesting.

Before long, the Knicks could turn into Lakers East.

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  • Speaksnow

    Point please!

  • David Clark

    What about a sign-and-trade with the Knicks for the expiring contract of Andrea Bargnani? I think Bargnani would do very well in D’Antoni’s system and it would be a 1-year risk for the Lakers to take. Not to mention, they would at least get something for losing Gasol as a Free Agent.

    • Matt Shetler

      CBA prohibits Knicks from doing a sign and trade.. The team signing the player must be below the cap apron. Since the Knicks will be over the cap by a large margin they can’t do a sign and trade with any team to bring a free agent aboard. They can be part of a sign and trade if one of their free agents signs elsewhere, so if Melo signs with Rockets or Bulls we will likely see a sign and trade, but they can’t do a sign and trade to bring anyone in as of right now unless they shed some salary first, which is doubtful to happen

    • Dee Moo

      I don’t understand getting a soft player for another soft player! These guys are over 7 feet and put the fear into no one, bring back Charles Oakley please. These guys can’t punch their way out of a paper bag!!