Personally I think the month off is gonna pay off for him the 2nd half of the season. He's getting up there and in age and was probably running on fumes after FIBA. The other Raptors may have been putting up decent numbers while Marc was out but they weren't necessarily playing winning basketball...over the past week or so the Raps lost a bunch of close games down the stretch (3 to be exact and 1 ugly blowout to the Heat).
As someone earlier mentioned, he might be playing for his final big contract in a very, very weak FA class. Add the fact that he's been working with Spanish trainers over the past month makes him seem poised to inch closer to a cautiously optimistic top 80-90 range. That being said, I'm punting FG% and still don't hate the idea of letting Gasol go if a really intriguing pickup comes up. Hope he balls out and makes me hang on ROS