March 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) moves to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Woj Says Pau Gasol Spoke to Pat Riley, So it Must Be True


Following the retirement of Shane Battier and the slow but sure transition of Udonis Haslem into Juwan-Howard Mode, the Miami Heat are in need of some additional big men who can help Miami score, rebound and play along Chris Bosh.

Pau Gasol is one such big man, and Heat president Pat Riley reached out to the Los Angeles Lakers free agent Tuesday, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrain Wojnarowski.

It came from Woj, so it must be true.

Gasol would be an interesting fit next to Bosh. Sure, he is a good scorer and a decent rebounder, but his best days are behind him.

Could Miami get one or two solid years out of Gasol? Sure. Is he an upgrade to what they have now? Again, yes. Not to mention that he likely fits the mold of Guys Hungry For Championships that Riley is always talking about after years of being removed from contention.

Since Marcin Gortat recently signed a deal with the Washington Wizards that would pay him an average of $12 million a season, Gasol could be the best option for the Heat this summer.

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  • MichaelNupe Thompson

    I’d prefer hill over gasol. But gasol would be an upgrade compared to what we have

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Most every comprehensive stat evaluates Jordan Hill as a liability on both ends of the floor. He had negative wins above replacement last year.

      • MichaelNupe Thompson

        I’d prefer him cause of his rebouding and he’s not soft like gasol. He’s more athletic is well. No he doesn’t score as much and he doesn’t pass the ball like gasol do.

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          You realize that Gasol averaged 10 rpg last year, right? The “soft” moniker is silly. Any big man with range beyond 10 feet is labeled soft as if his ability is a bad thing.

          Not soft. SKILLED.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            Their rebounding numbers are almost identical but gasol is soft. If you seen him play the last few years you would see that he gets bullied in the paint. He would help on the offensive side and rebounding cause his game is similar to bosh. But he’s not athletic, and doesn’t play good defense. He’s possibly the best affordable center left. But Idk I just see him coming here and flaming out. He’s not who he use to be and he’s 34, and has been injured the past three years.

      • Mike B.

        Even if this wasn’t true, any attempt to suggest that Hill is on the level of Pau Gasol is 100% absurd, so much so that anyone who comes into contact with such an opinion gets some absurdity on them. Gasol is a world class player, one of the best at his position ON EARTH, Jordan Hill is a high energy, rebounding ROLE PLAYER. Saying that Hill has greater value than Gasol is like saying Chris “birdman” Anderson has greater value than Chris Bosh. And if you come back with “well Anderson IS more valuable than Bosh”, then BAM! Mystery solved — we know you’re on drugs. There is nothing else to talk about here.

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          Well, once you take into account things like price point, age, and injury history… Gasol isn’t looking like a slam dunk at anything above the MLE because of injuries in the last two years.

          Hill just isn’t a player that should be in your 10 man rotation if you want to win.

        • MichaelNupe Thompson

          Didn’t say anything about them being of same or hill being of better value so Idk where you got that from. Of course gasol
          Is the better player. Hill was his backup part of the time. But dk what your talking about.