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Report: Marc Gasol emerging as candidate to go to Lakers

Since Dwight Howard bolted for Philly, the Lakers could land the veteran center, who was supposedly ready to go back to Spain.

Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol drives against Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis during the second half of game four in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent center Marc Gasol has emerged as a candidate to join the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers now that Dwight Howard has agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, Marc Stein of The New York Times reported late Friday night.

Gasol finished up his contract with the Toronto Raptors this past season. There were reports earlier in the offseason that were saying Gasol had plans to go back to Spain and play basketball at home. Instead, it looks like Gasol has the itch to go after a second championship ring. He help Toronto win its first title in 2018-19.

The Lakers just won their 17th title in franchise history and lost a key piece in Howard, who was the primary center during the 2020 NBA Finals vs. the Miami Heat. Howard spent most of the season coming off the bench until late in the playoffs. The Lakers have been rumored to be going after a few bigger names, most notably Serge Ibaka. If the Lake Show feels it can’t bring in Ibaka, perhaps getting his former teammate wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.