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Marc Gasol hasn’t ruled out Knicks but it shouldn’t matter

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Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies were in New York City to take on the Knicks, a game they won 103-82 against the home team, but Gasol addressed the possibility of him playing for the blue and orange before the game.  When asked if he had ruled out the New York Knicks as a possible free agent destination, Gasol said “I haven’t ruled anything out because I haven’t thought about anything.”

Gasol dismissed any information saying otherwise.  “The reports and stuff like that, I don’t know where they come from because in my mind I haven’t thought about it.”  Why hasn’t Gasol thought about his free agency?  “We’re in the final stretch of the regular season and we want to get in a good feeling for the playoffs so, trust me, I’m not worrying or thinking about those things yet.”  Memphis won their 50th game of the season, and are trying to hold off NBA MVP candidate James Harden and the Houston Rockets for the Southwest Division crown and the second seed in the Western Conference.  After the game, Gasol talked about winning number 50.  “It is a good accomplishment.  We will try to go for 60.”  With only 11 games remaining, the Grizzlies have to win 10 of those to get to 60, so it is doubtful, but still possible.

But should the Knicks be interested in Marc Gasol?  At the right price, yes, but the market for Gasol is going to force a team like the Knicks to overpay for him, offering him a max deal or something close to it, and for a 30-year old who wouldn’t be the focus of your offense (that would be Carmelo Anthony when he returns), that is far too much to spend for the next four years.  Dare I say Marc Gasol is overrated?   He plays on a team in the Memphis Grizzlies that has enjoyed the luxury of having a lot of versatile talent, but haven’t achieved much in the playoffs.  Gasol is arguably having the best season of his career, averaging 17.8 points per game, the highest of his career, but can those numbers still increase?

With the Knicks closing in on having the most opportunities to land the number one pick, (they have 14 wins, Minnesota has 16, Philadelphia has 17, and the Lakers are nearly uncatchable with 18 wins), the Knicks should wait for the NBA Draft Lottery, and make decisions from there.  Some think the Knicks shouldn’t have signed Carmelo to a max deal, which I disagree with, but doing the same for Marc Gasol would certainly be a mistake for the Knicks.

Click here for more from Marc Gasol, including his experience All-Star Weekend with older brother Pau

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