In the wake of the Los Angeles Lakers drafting D'Angelo Russell out of Ohio State with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has said the Lakers will "focus" on "getting a big or two" in free agency this summer with the franchise's max-level cap room. So it is meaningful that Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, perhaps the best big man on the market and the younger brother of two-time NBA champion with the Lakers Pau Gasol, has "no interest" in signing with the Lakers, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
The reason for Gasol's lack of interest in the increasingly intriguing Lakers? According to Bresnahan, it stems from "the uneasy last few years his brother spent with [the Lakers]." Pau's "uneasy last few years" included seemingly endless trade rumors and actually being traded once as part of the Lakers' attempted acquisition of Chris Paul in 2011, only to have to return to work after then-NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed the transaction while acting as owner of the New Orleans Hornets.
Marc, who was originally drafted by the Lakers with the 48th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft but shipped to Memphis as part of a trade package used by the Lakers to acquire his older brother Pau, has played seven seasons with the Grizzlies, winning defensive player of the year in 2013 and making two All-Star teams.
Even before this report, Gasol always seemed unlikely to leave Memphis, the town where he spent his formative years and a potential championship contender, for a rebuilding project with the Lakers. Kupchak and company are wasting no time pining after lost causes, and reportedly have made LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers their top target in what promises to be a fascinating free agency period.