“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.
But Gasol did rule out one team from his search.
“Going to the Clippers would be very difficult for me because they’re our neighbors and there’s a very strong rivalry there,” he said. “So it would be very difficult for me to consider that as a real option.”
The forward did, however, praise Clippers guard Chris Paul.
He also gave a nod to Western Conference rivals the San Antonio Spurs.
“The Spurs players maybe don’t rack up statistics, but the team and the coach they have, to me, seems like a very good option,” he said. “In the end, I’m more interested in a team than an individual player and how I would adjust and be worked into a system.”
Lakers fans can hold on to some hope. According to marca.com, Gasol had this to say a day earlier about how Mike D’Antoni’s resignation affects his decision this summer.
“Mike leaving was not the be-all end-all, but it is another factor,” he said. “What is certain is that we are without a coach, and I say ‘we’ because I’m still thinking of myself as a Laker player.”