Are the already-rich Celtics about to get even richer?
The Boston Celtics landed the coup of free agency yesterday when they signed Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million deal.
Yet even after adding Hayward to a core of Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Avery Bradley and others, the Celtics aren't done trying to improve.
According to Yahoo's Chris Mannix, Boston is keeping an eye on Memphis big man Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies appear to be rebuilding and Gasol is an asset they could potentially sell off for young talent and/or draft picks.
Here's what Mannix had to say:
The trade market for stars has momentarily dried up. One player worth keeping an eye on, two league executives told The Vertical: Memphis’ Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies lost Zach Randolph, Tony Allen could be next out the door, and if you were filling out your Western Conference playoff bracket today, Memphis probably wouldn’t be in it. Would the Grizz move the 32-year-old Gasol for a ready-made rebuilding package of players and picks? Would Boston – which has to be wary of putting together a team that would beat Cleveland but still get pulverized by Golden State – be interested? Again, worth watching.
On paper, Gasol seems to fit well. He averaged 19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game last year, so he's still an effective player. He has appeared in 59 postseason games, so it would give Boston another guy who understands the rigors of playoff basketball.