Gasol still “ fully committed ” to the Lakers despite the start of Drummond
After the Los Angeles Lakers signed Andre Drummond last week, Marc Gasol admitted he was questioning his place on the team.
After a 110-101 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, a game in which Gasol started in place of the injured Drummond, the veteran tall man said after the fight that he was on the team despite the decision to Frank Vogel to keep Drummond as a starter. when he comes back.
“I will stay ready. I will tell you this: I am fully committed to the team. I will stay ready when my number is called”, said Gasol, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “I understand we have to get Andre to get used to what we’re trying to do. We have to get our two main guys back – Bron [LeBron James] and AD [Anthony Davis] every time they come back – and they have to start this group and do some chemistry with the first unit for them. I’ll be ready no matter what. It doesn’t matter if it’s five minutes, 10 minutes, whatever the position. If it’s certain nights, I might not play. But I will stay ready no matter what. I made this commitment.
“It has been a process for me to re-evaluate this situation a bit, but like I said, I’m fully committed to this team. So whatever anyone gets thrown at me, I’ll be ready.”
Gasol had 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the victory. However, his inconsistency this season is the main reason Vogel wants Drummond as a starter.
Gasol signed a two-year offseason contract with LA worth just over $ 5 million to follow in his brother Pau Gasol’s footsteps and help lead the Lakers to another title.
Even though his role is diminished once Drummond returns, the 36-year-old has said he is not currently considering a buyout.