Dallas Mavericks NBA Trade Talk: Pau Gasol top option

The Mavericks are reportedly interested in signing the Los Angeles Lakers big man.

The Dallas Mavericks are sure to be one of the big spenders this offseason, and it appears that Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol is at the top of their list of targets.

ESPNDallas.com reports that the Mavericks are planning to pursue the four-time All-Star when he hits the open market on July 1.

The Mavericks are looking to upgrade their frontcourt after being knocked out of the NBA Playoffs in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs.

The next season is looking promising however, as Dallas was the only team to take the champions to seven games and they have the cap space needed to improve the team.

Gasol is one of the best big men available this summer and will form a formidable offensive partnership with Dirk Nowitzki. Their passing, scoring ability and basketball-IQ would give teams real problems, but they may suffer on the defensive side of the ball as both players are well past their athletic primes.

Gasol's contract that ends this summer paid him $19.8 million per year, and he is likely to take a large pay cut for next season. Even so, it is unlikely that the Mavericks could fit both Gasol and free agent small forward Carmelo Anthony under the cap.

If the Mavericks are successful in recruiting Anthony it is unlikely that they would also bring in the Lakers' big man. However, they are considered outsiders in the Carmelo stakes, and Gasol is a far more realistic target.

Other centers Dallas are interested in pursuing include the Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat, who is a free agent, and ex-Maverick Tyson Chandler if the New York Knicks decide to trade him.