Atlantic Notes: Gasol, Lowry, Durant, Paul

The Raptors might offer Marc Gasol a one-year deal, but he’ll likely have more pursuers, according to The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith. Although Gasol didn’t have a notable impact in the postseason, the Raptors can re-sign the veteran center to a short-team deal and preserve cap space for next summer. However, he might get a multi-year offer elsewhere or play overseas.

We have more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry will become an unrestricted free agent after next season and it’s quite possible he could finish his career elsewhere, Smith writes in a separate story. It’s unlikely the Raptors will offer him an extension beforehand, since they’re hoping to keep their options open in 2021 free agency. Lowry, who will make $30.5MM next season, has shown he has plenty left in the tank. But his long run with the team could eventually end if Fred VanVleet is re-signed this summer.
  • Kevin Durant has been working out and playing full court with Nets teammates in Los Angeles, Net Income of NetsDaily relays. Durant, who sat out this season rehabbing his ruptured Achilles, says he feels “like myself” but still has a long way to go to reach his previous level. “I’m in a stage now where we’re just hooping every day,” Durant said on Joe Budden’s podcast. “I feel good waiting for next season to get back.”
  • How could Chris Paul land in Philadelphia? A number of Athletic writers explore various trade possibilities with either Paul or fellow Thunder guard Dennis Schroder – or even both – winding up with the Sixers.
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19 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Gasol, Lowry, Durant, Paul

  1. Sillivan

    Pistons are retooling
    Thunder are repositioning
    No team is going to rebuild
    No team

  2. Sillivan

    Speculation is that Thunder are willing to take Horford contract and also send two Future Firsts to 76ers

    How about 2 for 2 deals?
    76ers get Paul and Schroeder And 2 Firsts
    Thunder get Horford and 24 years old Player

    • x%sure

      You say the strangest details. Must mean Shake Milton who will
      b e 24. Milton could play off-ball seems to me pretty effectively, and he won’t have to fix star problems. If Presti sends two firsts then he will get a deal. That will make HWMvps right. And hiflew kind of.

      Saying Durant will never reach his previous level is too banal and ghoulish to qualify as a prediction. Woooo you will die eventually and you and you. Its the Halloween month soooon.

    • Lionel Muggeridge

      Why would the thunder want to send out both their point guards?

  3. harden-westbrook-mvps

    KD will never reach his previous level, even if he’s fully healthy.

    • specialfriedrice

      Hmm I don’t know he is really only committed to the Nets for the next two years so he could still follow his previous form and sell out to the next sure thing team…pretty easy to be a sell out really I guess.

      • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

        SO easy! All you have to do is have KD’s raw talent. Piece of cake… so go do it.

        • specialfriedrice

          Okay so tried this equation round both ways, with brackets and algebra…but every answer is still the same…it always equates to. SELL OUT.

        • Lionel Muggeridge

          Easy? Coming back from an Achilles injury at age 32 is a hard task. History says he won’t be near the same

    • Lionel Muggeridge

      The Achilles is the worst of all sports injuries. No player has ever returned from it the same as before apart from Dominque Wlikins. Durant will still be a good player. But I don’t see him being as good as before

      • x%sure

        Okay, but nobody thinks he will be as good as before or is saying that.
        Although he’s not actively horrible, it’s more valid to dislike him personally for being ‘dizzy’ than make online medical diagnoses. (Unless there’s a betting line on it.) He’s going full court, not dying.

        Wesley Mathews’ PER dropped five points five years ago but is still contributing and bouncy at 33. If Durant’s PER drops five points, it will be about 20, probably not an allstar but close.
        Wilkins actually had a higher PER a year after 1992 injury, then it declined naturally through his mid & late thirties. I doubt the stat values dunks but then neither does the scoreboard.

  4. x%sure

    From tToronto Star: “If the Raptors prioritize re-signing guard Fred VanVleet this coming off-season, as they should, does eventually handing the team over to him make sense, even if it means Lowry finishes his career somewhere else? ”

    What the writer is pondering, dumping Lowry, is I think an illegal thought in Canada, so he words it carefully, attaching the idea to re-signing Canadian employee VanVleet.

    If that what keeping FVV means, forget it. Terance Davis is a riser at 2G, let Fred go. Let both centers go, and spend on Dwight Howard and Aron Baynes.

    • Lionel Muggeridge

      Lowry will be 35 next March. He’d be the one to be traded I think.

    • I'm a starboy not a Dr...

      Lowry is the heart & soul of the team, he should retire a raptor. Yes the priority is to resign Fred Van-Champ. I expect the raptors to keep Davis also. They should let Gasol walk & re-sign Ibaka. Baynes would make sense but Im sure they want Boucher to grow as well.

  5. Simmons>Russ

    Obviously the Thunder are trying to rebuild so any deal for them with means taking a young player or taking a bad deal and getting something good in return.

    I could imagine it would be along the lines of Ben Simmons and Al Horford for Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder and 2 future first round picks.

    Sixers get CP3 who might make the offence work smoother and had years of experience with bigs and talented forwards etc. Schroder off the bench would be the sixth man scorer they have been looking for and not found and getting two first is nice. Thunder would give up 2 of the 7 firsts they got from Clippers, give up a terrible deal and get back Simmons who just made all NBA team and all defensive team. Is one of the leagues best passers of the ball and is a future super star and also take on board Horford who’s deal ain’t as bad as Paul’s.

    This deal would be a huge win for the Thunder. They go from Russ PG Melo to SGA Simmons and 5 first round picks. Which might not mean much but in reality that team they had wasn’t ever winning a ring and this team who knows maybe Simmons gets a jumper and turns into mini LeBron. Maybe one of those picks turns into a top 10 player.

    Whereas the Sixers if they said he’s to that deal are showing they are so desperate. CP3 means winning but doesn’t equal titles. He might make them slightly better but they could still get bounced in the playoffs. Plus what he’s got maybe 2/3 years left in the league it would be an very short sighted move.

    Wouldn’t surprise me but as a Sixers fan I hope it isn’t true

  6. Reflect

    I’ve heard so many good things about the Joe Budden podcast. I don’t really do podcasts but I might have to get into this one.

    Plus I was a Budden fan back in the day.

  7. x%sure

    $56.75m for $56.86m How close can you go!
    All players would benefit. OKC could let Gallinari leave too, as I suspect he will want to. SGA should be flexible enough so that Simmons could run the break, which, with Adams and Horford rebounding, would mean he could slip out on the regular. That would be a huge team with those four and Dort, Bazley, Noel & HamidouDiallo.

    Paul Schroder Thybulle Harris Embiid, Milton Richrdsn Burks Korkmaz. I guess no here, since Sixers are still well over the apron. To save money I would expect them to skip Schroder in exchange for about $4mil of lesser salary. In which case the deal is try again, with no Simmons or firsts.

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