Early 2015 free-agency preview

It's not just Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge; Marc Gasol is one to watch

Updated: July 15, 2014, 9:09 PM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

Marc GasolRocky Widner/NBAE/Getty ImagesMarc Gasol saw his brother win a title elsewhere. Will he be the next Gasol out of Memphis?

After a thrilling NBA Finals, a talent-laden NBA draft and a free-agency season dominated by two of the biggest stars in the game in LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, what can the NBA do for an encore?

Well, there's always the regular season.

But let's look way ahead. How about the 2015 free-agent class?

Most conversations about 2015 free-agent targets have centered around two marquee big men, Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge, currently of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers, respectively. Both are extremely talented players who could turn a team around, All-Stars who deserve maximum salary contracts.

However, I believe center Marc Gasol could be a better addition for potential suitors than Love or Aldridge.

Let's begin our early 2015 free-agency preview by looking at how Gasol separates himself, then, let's broaden our focus and key in on some other notable free agents and themes next summer.

Scouting Report

You can make an argument that Aldridge and Love are just as good as, if not better than, Gasol on offense. But Marc -- much like his brother Pau -- is a complete offensive player. He's a terrific back-to-the-basket scorer who is adept at finishing with either hand. He also has great hands that allow him to catch errant passes and maintain a soft touch around the rim. And he's an excellent passer from the low block, capable of making defenses pay for a double-team or for sending extra help on defense. To round it out, Gasol has midrange touch. He loves to operate from the elbow and is a great pick-and-roll target, scoring almost 1.1 points per possession, according to Synergy Sports.