Well, at least that one didn’t come after midnight.
Marc Gasol is finalizing a deal to sign with the Lakers, sources tell me and @ZachLowe_NBA.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 23, 2020
The deal looks to be for two years although financial terms were still being finalized as of this writing.
The Raptors quickly pivoted to Plan C at centre: moments later, news dropped that Aron Baynes had agreed to come to Toronto (er, Tampa):
The number on its own seems reasonable enough, although the second year was a bit of a shock at first. However, reports soon came out that year two of the deal is a team option, which makes sense as it preserves Toronto’s flexibility for 2021.
Gasol came to the Raptors at the trade deadline in 2019 and was a huge part of their championship run, and became a fan favourite thanks to his defensive smarts, his pinpoint passing on offense, and his sheer drunkenness during the championship parade.
Unfortunately, he was injured for most of 2019-20, pre-bubble; although he was healthy in Orlando, his play had noticeably declined.
We’ll have more on the Baynes signing to come soon. Stay tuned for more news!