Pau Gasol was recently interviewed and discussed why he wants to be part of the San Antonio Spurs for multiple seasons.
Pau Gasol finished up his first season with the San Antonio Spurs, which was the beginning of a two-year deal. However, it had a player option for the second season, with a salary of $16 million, which he declined. The intention is there of re-signing, though, something that hasn’t been officially confirmed by the Spurs yet.
Given the outlook of the 2017-18 roster, San Antonio kept a roster spot open for Gasol. They only brought in Joffrey Lauvergne who can fill in as a backup, and have Davis Bertans as a backup four to LaMarcus Aldridge.
Recently, Gasol spoke to Mundo Deportivo (h/t News4SanAntonio.com) about his future with the Spurs. He confirmed opting out to give the team more cap flexibility and touched on his relationship with the organization:
“My intention is to negotiate a contract extension, not just to play a year longer.”
“It’s true that it (opting out) gave them (Spurs) the flexibility to be stronger. I will wait until the next two days to see if an interesting offer is coming, but today I would like to extend my relationship with San Antonio, a team where I have room for improvement after this year of adapting .
The deal Gasol will sign is unknown, as it’s possible he waits out the team’s other free agent moves. They still have multiple of their own players available on the open market like Jonathon Simmons, David Lee, and Dewayne Dedmon. It’s possible the Spurs re-sign none of them and get someone else. There will at least be a wait for Simmons, who’s a restricted free agent and can have any offer matched by San Antonio.
When Gasol returns, he’ll enter his age 37 season. He played the fewest minutes of his career in 2016-17 at 25.4 per game. The 12.4 points average is also the lowest of his 16 years in the NBA.
A deal will potentially become official later this month or in August once free agent calms down and training camp nears. How much will the Spurs pay Gasol to remain?