The San Antonio Spurs are prepared to pursue Marc Gasol should Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili decide to retire after the season.
“It depends on what Tim and Manu and everyone there does,” one Western Conference executive told Sporting News. “But if they’re going, the Spurs are not going to step back and rebuild, no one thinks that. The understanding is Gasol would be their top target.”
Gasol has indicated that he'd like to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.
According to sources, Gasol would likely only leave the Grizzlies for a team that gives him a better shot at a championship.
“They tend to fly under the radar on this kind of thing, then pop up and make the George Hill trade or almost get Jason Kidd,” one general manager said. “With their situation, you’d expect that to be the case again. If it is not Gasol, it will be a trade for a draft pick, something on draft night, it will be someone you’re not expecting. It’s not an organization that has gotten where it is without being prepared.”