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.
Free agent Pau Gasol had a phone conversation with Miami president Pat Riley today, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014
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.