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Pau Gasol considering multiple offers and other free agency stuff

Free-agent center Pau Gasol fielded phone calls on Wednesday from three major title contenders (Heat, Spurs and Oklahoma City), and apparently will be mulling offers from those teams and perhaps others as well this week.

It's no secret that Gasol has been one of the Heat's top targets during free agency, and his phone call from Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday isn't expected to be the last. If possible, the Heat would like to use its full mid-level exception on Gasol ($5.3 million per season) to add some size inside to go along with Chris Bosh. The Heat was ranked 30th in the NBA last season. If the Spurs steal Gasol from the Heat, then San Antonio might throw Gregg Popovich another parade.

Gasol acknowledged he received a few phone calls via Twitter:

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He then added a little humor to Wednesday's Twitter madness:

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The Heat has been working the free-agency phones since 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Other targets include Trevor Ariza of the Wizards and Kyle Lowry of the Raptors. The immediacy of Twitter has added to the free-agency buzz over the last two days, and local sports talk radio shows have latched onto the constant stream of information. There have been some pretty interesting reports along the way. For example, Dan Le Batard, citing nothing except perhaps his excellent sense of humor, reported on his radio show that the Heat was interested in Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.

That's the same Stephenson who was threatened verbally by Udonis Haslem during the playoffs, called LeBron James a choker in 2012 and also said he wanted to injure Dwyane Wade's knees in the most recent Eastern Conference finals.

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How are you employed, Joe?

Here is the irony, Lance actually makes sense. He weakens you toughest opponent in the east, would make the Heats aging roster much younger and give LeBron along with our new rookie a team that could physically match up with the Spurs....but it makes too much sense to ever happen. ...

Lance rejected an offer of over 8 Million a year from Pacers so it makes no sense, even as crazy as he is.

We need someone who can get us offensive boards and play along Bosh who will become more of a 3 point shooter as his career progresses.
With Wade and LeBron handling the ball don't think we really need a traditional point guard beyond Nappier and Cole/Douglas except to guard speedy PGs.

@Badolphins - It makes too much sense for this to happen ON PAPER. The mentality of this kid is another story and his immaturity would be an issue in a locker room such as Miami's.

I'm still going to say Miami needs a mobile big. Josh McRoberts or Patrick Young from Florida makes perfect sense. Pau Gasol, if the money is right, would be cool too, but Miami does need younger guys

Well...so far this certainly hasn't been a quick fix. The guys who have already agreed to sign went for the $$$ and were not gonna take pay cuts to come here...and which remains a problematic issue going forward because this Heat team needs a major "retooling". It'll have to be a special guy with a different purpose for Riley to discover.

I'd definitely call Jameer Nelson... am still dumbfounded as to why Riley picked the high schooler Dorrel Wright over the NCAA Player of the Year in the draft 10 years ago. Nelson is a true point guard and still much better than Chalmers at this stage.

More...Heat never had any real chance with guys like Lowry, Gortat...or now probably Gasol or Deng. Heat really don't have that kind of cap space so sorry to say but guys like Caron Butler, Anthony Morrow, Jameer Nelson and even Carlos Boozer after he gets let go by Bulls...would most likely be realistic candidates.

Unless...Riley finds some magic ! His time on the hot seat continues...

Or unless... I hate to say it. Trade Bosh for Kevin love. We need a big and a perimeter defender first. Kevin love would handle the big part, and hopefully someone will shake loose soon and we can grab a wing defender

what would PAT RILEY now thinking?

free agents available that may help our BIG 3 to stay are now going off-board...

our only chance now to have:

pau gasol pf/c
trevor ariza sf

PAT RILEY WOULD DO IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE OTHER TEAMS COULD HAVE THEM...

It's not as if pat isn't trying, but these teams are paying these guys a lot of money.. money the HEAT don't have IF they hope to resign the big 3

Sorry to say but bosh and Wade need to accept less money for long term deals...... the way they both looked in the finals against the Spurs was sad!

Why not bring in Kris Humphries he is a big who can get rebounds and score some and maybe we can get him at a discount.

Well...reportedly Dirk is taking $30 mill for 3 years! So why would Wade or Bosh get any more. Both Parker, Duncan & Ginobli have been paid way below the norm for years. These early signees are getting way overpaid...but can you blame them ?

Riley must be sweating some serious bullets...because it's appearing most of the guys the Heat can afford are on the clearance sale rack. Hope the bag of rings trick still works !

Ironically...the Spurs proved that team ball over star ball can prevail with a fiscally prudent roster. So now all the talk is how much all these free agents are getting paid while seriously bloating their respective team's cap space into oblivion.

Dumb and Dumber...still alive & well.

Breaking news ...

Chris Kaman going to Blazers for a two-year $9.8 mill deal ! WTF !!!!!

Almost as bad as Jodie Meeks getting $19 mill for 3 years from Pistons.

Don't think Uncle Pat realized how utterly stupid these dudes are he's playing poker with.

Hawes, Kamen, Gortat, all gone. So what bigs are left for Miami??? (Still saying Josh McRoberts).. if melo signs with the Lakers no way gasol is coming here. I just don't see any major improvements the HEAT can make honestly at this point in time

This sparring should end soon....

If Riles could somehow convince either Deng or Gasol...then also Wade & Bosh to take less with Lebron deservedly getting the max...THAT would be the haymaker TKO !

....but the reality pills tell me I'm dreaming. Really hard to see enough $$$ to make much happen unless both Wade & Bosh come to grips with how much they agree to be overpaid.

i rather have to see PAU GASOL on heat uniform this season than LUOL DENG...

>re-sign the BIG 3

if we can convince:

>PAU GASOL PF/C
>TREVOR ARIZA SF

sign:

>napier pg
>james ennis sg/sf

re-sign:

>HASLEM
>ANDERSEN
>RAY ALLEN
>BEASLEY
>ODEN
>LEWIS
>JUSTIN HAMILTON

I JUST HEARD THAT IF PAT RILEY CAN MAKE CONVINCE BOTH *PAU GASOL / *TREVOR ARIZA (COLE MIGHT BE TRADED) SO...,:

>IF WE CANT HAVE THE LIKES OF (STEVE BLAKE PG / LUKE RIDNOUR)I THINK CHALMERS WILL BE BACK TO HEAT.

I JUST WANT TO SEE RAY ALLEN TO DECIDE FOR RETIREMENT FOR GOOD... AND MAY SIGN YOUNG SHOOTER LIKELY (ANTHONY MORROW)...

JUST SAYI'N....

Deng and Omeka Okafor

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