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Pau Gasol won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010 and knows what he will look for when making his free agency decision in July.
"I want to be in a team that is going to be built to win a championship," Gasol said. "That's my top priority. Money won't be the main priority. Length and money are factors, but we'll see. Until I know all the options, I won't be able to measure them. But we're getting close to the end of my career. I want to be in a good situation. It's an important decision to make."
The Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies are expected to be potential options for Gasol, according to a poll of NBA executives.
"There are a couple thoughts out there on Pau," said an Eastern Conference executive. "Some people say he is worn out, that he is too far past his prime to really help a contender. There are others that think that LA, that environment the past two season, that style of play has destroyed him and if he goes somewhere else, plays with a different coach, he might be rejuvenated. I could see someone who thinks the latter paying him $10 million a year."
Kevin Durant and Al Jefferson have been named the NBA Players of the Month for March.
Durant averaged 34.5 points per game in March, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan in 89-90 to average at least 33 per game in three straight months. Durant had a PER of 32.8 in March, below his January mark of 37.1 though up from February's 28.4.
Jefferson averaged 24.6 points and 10.6 rebounds in March with a PER of 25.6.
Al Jefferson and Blake Griffin have been named the NBA Players of the Week for games played Monday, March 10, through Sunday, March 16.
Jefferson led the Bobcats to a 4-0 week behind averages of 24.3 points (second in the conference) and 11.5 rebounds (fourth in the conference). He logged 37.7 mpg (tied-eighth in the East) and posted point-rebound double-doubles in three-of-four contests.
Griffin helped the Clippers to a 4-0 week with averages of 27.0 points (third in the conference), 9.3 rebounds (ninth in the conference), 4.8 assists and 1.5 steals. He logged 36.9 mpg (eighth in the conference).
Steve Clifford has had an excellent first season as an NBA head coach, turning the Charlotte Bobcats into one of the better defensive teams and almost certainly will earn a playoff berth.
Clifford was a longtime assistant coach and had yet to receive a head coaching opportunity.
"I'll be honest," said Clifford. "I interviewed with three teams, and look, with my background where I didn't play in the league, the first team that offered me a job I was going to take it. That's just being honest.
"But the thing I liked about my visit and the time I spent, I felt comfortable when I sat down with Rod Higgins and Rich Cho that we all had a similar idea philosophically how to build it — balanced play, size, skill. That's what we talked about. When I left there, I felt good about the meeting with them.
"The other thing, the film work that I did. Last year, we lost in the first round of the playoffs with the Lakers, so I had time to study the team, and the thing I liked was the competitiveness of the younger players. Those were really the two things."
The Charlotte Bobcats will work out Ike Diogu, Mickell Gladness and Denzel Bowles on Thursday afternoon for a potential 10-day contract, league sources told RealGM.
Diogu and Gladness fit in the mold of frontcourt players with previous NBA experience, able to provide Charlotte with a veteran presence heading into a most likely postseason berth.
Even so, the Bobcats view Bowles – a 6-foot-10 center who averaged 26 points and nine rebounds in the Chinese Basketball Association this season – as a talented project. Bowles also has received interest from the Miami Heat, a league source told RealGM.
The first 10-day contract of Justin Hamilton will expire on Thursday, but he remains intriguing to the Bobcats, who have been without Brendan Haywood all season due to stress fracture in his left foot.
Diogu, a six-year NBA veteran most recently with the San Antonio Spurs in 2011-12, has averaged 16.7 points and 9.3 rebounds with the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League this season.
Gladness has averaged 8.4 points and 6.9 rebounds for the D-League’s Reno Bighorns. He played 26 games with the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors two seasons ago.