Just about ten years ago the Cleveland Indians had a pair of brothers in their starting lineup who were All-Stars. They were second baseman Roberto Alomar and catcher Sandy Alomar. Robbie, was recently elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame while chances are that Santos will never have a plaque in Cooperstown. However, if I was the General Manager of a Major League Baseball team I would choose Sandy over his brother to be on my roster. The reason is that Sandy was a far tougher player who played through a lot of injuries through out his career. I would never worry about Sandy giving less than 100% effort on the field each time he played. Now that is not saying that Robbie did not try his hardest each time out but his brother just exuded competitiveness.
Currently the NBA have a pair of brothers playing for two different teams; with one being far more celebrated than the other although the younger brother has started to make his mark in the Association. Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol has won two NBA Titles and been in the NBA Finals in three of his four seasons with the team. His younger brother Marc Gasol opened a lot of eyes with his play during the Cinderella run of the Memphis Grizzlies this season in the NBA Playoffs. Along with veteran Zach Randolph the Grizzlies center was a key component of the team that defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the first round and took the Oklahoma City Thunder to seven games in the second round of the Post Season.
Gasol will become a Free Agent this summer; most likely the Grizzlies will offer him a qualifying offer which would make him a restricted Free Agent. He could be a guy that would look very good in the wine and gold of the Cleveland Cavaliers who have a need for a talented man in the middle. The 7′ 1″ center has averaged 12.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per games in his three years in the Association. His scoring numbers could probably be higher with Cleveland as he was the third option for Memphis until Rudy Gay was lost to injury.
The 26-year-old native of Spain only made $3,573,333 this past season and the Grizzlies only have to offer him $4.5 million as a qualifying offer. Could the Cavaliers make him an offer that would at least force the Grizzlies to make a sign and trade deal? Adding Gasol to the front-line with J.J. Hickson would give Cleveland two major building blocks in their quest to rebound from LeBron James leaving them in the lurch last summer. Add their first and fourth selection in the upcoming NBA Draft and they could be back in the Playoffs next year.
Whether Cleveland General Manager Chris Grant has the big man in his sights is unknown but if he does not then he needs to entertain the option. Marc Gasol could be a key part of a team that finally brings a championship to Cleveland.