At the very least, Gasol will provide hard-nosed defense and uncanny passing from the post and elbow for the Lakers. The first couple days [of free agency] were a little tough for me, but once you kind of decide, 'OK, what [do] you want to do next? "While already past his prime, the 7'0" bruiser is still a noticeable upgrade from last year's starter JaVale McGee, which the Lakers had to jettison along with a second round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and his backup Dwight Howard, who signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Gasol got his first taste of winning an National Basketball Association title when he joined the Raptors during the 2018-19 season via a midseason trade.
Morris' twin brother Marcus reportedly agreed to return to the Clippers this offseason on a four-year, $64-million deal.
"How I'm going to remember the Raptors?"
"I'm going to miss Toronto", Gasol told reporters on a video conference call. "Very comfortable. ... That's just the way, sadly, this business goes but I thought my run in Toronto could not get better". "So I thought that the right thing to do for me was to join the Lakers and contribute to what they got going on".
The Clippers acquired Morris, 31, during the 2019-20 season from the New York Knicks.
"For me, the most important thing was how I was going to fit on the court and how I was going to be able to help the team", Gasol added. In all, Gasol has averaged almost 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in a 12-year NBA career that includes three all-star selections, NBA First Team and NBA Second Team selections, the aforementioned NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, and a 2019 NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors.
We feel like we had star role players.
Montrezl Harrell also joined the Lakers in what has been a busy start to the week.
While he labored over his decision between L.A. and Toronto, Gasol said he never seriously considered returning home to Spain to play for F.C. Barcelona, despite a report to the contrary.