Toronto Raptors’ Marc Gasol offered an insight onto his future after being a free-agent. The 36-year-old is a valuable prospect to most teams, including the Raptors who could still retain him for his defensive expertise.
During an interview with Spanish TV Channel ESport3, Gasol claimed that he looks forward to being with a franchise that is well oiled and not in a phase of transition. Despite his age, which is soon to hit 36 in January, the former defensive player of the year feels he can help a team to an NBA Championship and is aware of the interest in him by the franchises.
“I know there’s interest from several NBA teams to get in touch, I want to help my future team to win on a consistent basis and contend for the championship. I don’t see myself playing for a rebuilding team.”
The 2019 NBA Championship winner with Raptors added that unlike his brother Pau, he is not keen on the history or the environment of the city he plays for.
“I’m not like Pau, who until now also looked at cities with a certain interest. I lead a very familiar life and the environment is not so important.” Gasol said
The three-time All-Star started a majority of the games for the Raptors last time around and repaid the faith with solid numbers of 7.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.
Toronto Raptors, meanwhile, have their hands full at the moment with other free agents in the form of Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet apart from the Spaniard.
Gasol considering a return to Europe as well
Amidst all the interest shown by the NBA franchises for the starting center, yet another option that Gasol possesses is a return to Europe. He played extensively in his home country of Spain before making his way into the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlers.
The veteran is contemplating a move across the Atlantic Ocean for family reasons after a 12-year stint with the NBA.