The Los Angeles Lakers are about to sign a two-year deal with center Marc Gasol, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.
LA is trade center JaVale McGee and a future second-round pick for the Cavaliers to help make room for Gasol, a source tells Wojnarowski. Cleveland is sending Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie to the Lakers in the deal, sources said.
Gasol was drafted by the Lakers in 2007, but had his rights traded to Memphis for his brother, Pau, before he ever played an NBA game.
At the Lakers, Gasol looks set to win its second NBA championship. He won his first with the Raptors two seasons ago after Toronto pried him away from the Grizzlies in a mid-season trade.
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Defender of the Year 2012-13, Gasol remains a fixture at that end of the floor. The Raptors allowed only 98.9 points per game. 100 possessions when Gasol was on the field last season.
While his days as an offensive focal point are behind him, the 35-year-old averaged 3.3 assists in 26.4 minutes per game last season while stretching the floor as an effective 3-pointer on a healthy number of attempts.
Gasol struggled to stay on the field in the playoffs, which, however, could be a sign that Father Time is catching up with the 12-year-old veteran.