Wojnarowski noted the move will save the Lakers, who were already well over the tax threshold, $10 million by moving off Gasol’s one-year, $2.7 million contract. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are sending Marc Gasol, a 2024 second-round draft pick and cash to Memphis in exchange for the draft rights to Wang Zhelin.
Per HoopsHype.com, the Lakers had the fourth-largest payroll in the NBA for the 2021-22 season ($165,762,754) prior to the deal. They were set to have a $33.1 million luxury tax payment. SF: LeBron James, Kent Bazemore
SG: Wayne Ellington, Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk PF: Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza
PG: Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Nunn, Rajon Rondo Updated Lakers Roster
Gasol’s tenure with the Grizzlies will likely be short-lived, as Wojnarowski noted the two sides will work together on a buyout that will allow him to remain in his native Spain. C: Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan
“It’s not yet clear if that means Gasol is poised to be set free to play elsewhere in the NBA or if he would ultimately opt to finish his career in his home country like brother Pau,” wrote Stein. NBA reporter Marc Stein (h/t Kurt Helin of NBC Sports) wrote in the Aug. 20 edition of his newsletter that Gasol was “not a lock to return to the Lakers” this season. After Spain’s loss to Team USA in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics, Gasol told reporters he would return to the NBA to finish out his contract with the Lakers.
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