The San Antonio Spurs will be bringing back a key big man from last year’s team.
The San Antonio Spurs got some good news today as they were able to negotiate a new contract for power forward Pau Gasol. According to Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN, the big man has agreed to a three-year deal to return to San Antonio.
Gasol declined his $16.2 million player option for next season in June and reports indicated he and the Spurs were going to finalize a new deal soon. That became the case after the Spurs’ free-agent period slowed down. Before this, they signed Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Brandon Paul to contracts for next season.
The 37-year-old proved to be a good pickup for the Spurs after signing last offseason. Gasol played in 64 games and averaged 25.4 minutes per game, 12.4 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 2.3 assists per game. He also developed as a three-point shooter, shooting 53.8% from deep.
With Gasol’s new deal, the Spurs now have more salary cap room to work with. While they missed out on the Chris Paul and Paul George sweepstakes at the beginning of free agency, San Antonio could still be looking to make some more offseason moves. This could include making plans to bring in Kyrie Irving, who just today announced the Spurs are a team he would like to be traded to.
Gasol will be back for another season in the Alamo City. He should be a factor at the top of the team’s center and power forward rotations, and look for an even better second year with the Spurs.