The Clippers are looking to add big men Marc Gasol and/or Serge Ibaka, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein on Saturday.
The Clippers have joined the race for free-agent big men Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 22, 2020
Gasol is considered the more realistic target given the fierce competition for Ibaka headed by Toronto and Brooklyn
The duo have been teammates at the Toronto Raptors since 2019, the year they won the NBA title with Kawhi Leonard. Gasol is 35, Ibaka 31, which in part helps explain why Ibaka is probably the hotter commodity in free agency. Gasol remained a starter last season but his numbers have dropped off considerably since joining the Raptors, while Ibaka was a starter about half the time and posted his best scoring average of his career last season.
Having said that, the Clippers need a backup center who can still start in a pinch and still contribute something meaningful, so even Gasol would be worthwhile even if he’s not the dominant force he once was. He is, however, a good passing center, something the Clippers could certainly use. And both Ibaka and Gasol aren’t afraid to shoot 3-pointers, an asset now with JaMychal Green joining the Denver Nuggets.
So we’ll see what happens. Stein thinks Gasol is more likely to join the Clippers but neither player is a done deal and of course, it’s possible both players sign elsewhere. Still, these are players who would bolster the Clips. What do you think?