The Toronto Raptors surprised many by getting the number two seed in the Eastern Conference this season. Marc Gasol donned a key role in this impressive run as he played magnificently as a stretch five who also had an impact at the defensive end. However, with the 35-year old entering free agency, the Spaniard's next destination has been speculated in countless NBA trade rumors,
On that note, here are two teams that could respectively be the best and worst-case trade options for Marc Gasol this off-season.
NBA Trade Rumors: The Miami Heat could be the ideal destination for Marc Gasol
However, the balance of the team is far from ideal. More specifically, the Heat need another big man who can stretch the floor and have an impact at the defensive end as well.
Marc Gasol would be perfect for this role. He would immediately improve the areas where the Heat need improvement, and his experience of being an NBA champion would also stand the young team in good stead.
For Gasol, this NBA trade would give him the chance to win another NBA Championship in the near future. Considering that he is already 35 years old, it is unlikely that he may have too many such opportunities.
Thus Miami Heat and Marc Gasol seem to fit each other perfectly. If this NBA trade rumor were to work out, it would indeed be an ideal situation for the Spanish veteran.
NBA Trade Rumors: Marc Gasol should look to avoid a move to the Minnesota Timberwolves
An NBA trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves quite simply would not be the right move for Marc Gasol.
The team is certainly not in the same age-group as that of Gasol. Moreover, there are too many players in Gasol's position in the team. And if that was not all, the Timberwolves are a team that even struggles to make the NBA Playoffs.
At 35, Marc Gasol does not have much time left in the NBA. But as of now, he still has the ability to contribute to an NBA Championship-contending team.
Thus it would be a waste of time for him to spend the last few years of his career playing with a team that may be unable to give him a chance to win another Championship.
Considering all these factors, this NBA trade rumor would be the worst-case scenario for Marc Gasol this off-season.