Apr 16, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) watches from the bench during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Pau Gasol: Memphis Return an Option

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The Los Angeles Times reports that free-agent-to-be Pau Gasol’s top priority in his search for a new team is being in championship contention, and included Memphis in his list of teams he is looking at.

“I’m not ruling anything out,” said Gasol, speaking in Spanish during a video interview with Spanish sports website marca.com. “Of course, I hope the Lakers will make an offer – one that is good enough for me to consider – but I’m open to any offers that I would consider interesting and motivating for my present and my future.”

In response to a reader’s question, Gasol, who will become a free agent on July 1, said Memphis may be a good landing spot.

“The city of Memphis attracts me because it’s a city I know, there’s an opportunity of playing with my brother and they have a solid team,” Gasol said.

Obviously, the addition of the elder Gasol would be a huge boost to the Grizzlies hopes this up coming season. The possible reunion has been (and will continue to be) at the forefront of Memphis Grizzlies rumors for quite some time, and even has Marc Gasol weighing in on what role his brother might play (he indicates in this entirely Spanish interview that he’s unsure if Pau would like to come off the bench). This move is one that likely will be explored by both sides this offseason.

In purely basketball terms, adding Pau as a bench piece would be huge for both the Grizzlies and the free agent center. The pace Memphis prefers to play suits Pau, and as a sixth man off the bench he could spell both Marc and Zach Randolph (assuming Randolph returns). In the scenario that Z-Bo bolts, he could step in as a cheaper backup that has no problem with being a second or third fiddle on a team.

As always we will update you with the latest from the Grizzlies as the rumor mill continues to churn here in the 2014 offseason.

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