The San Antonio Spurs re-signed Pau Gasol, so how much will they pay him over the next three seasons?
At the start of the offseason, Pau Gasol opted out of his 2017-18 contract, but with an intention to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs. He did so on Friday, signing a three-year deal to return as they offseason began to slow down.
On Monday, the Spurs officially announced the signing of Gasol. They didn’t release the terms of his deal.
It’s not uncommon for NBA teams to not reveal the financial details of players’ contracts. However, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the details of the cash figure, and it’s substantial — $48 million. The third year is partially guaranteed, but for an unknown amount.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 24, 2017
Sources: Free agent Pau Gasol's deal to return to Spurs: three years, $48M with a partial guarantee on final year, https://t.co/LRm3ph27HZ
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 24, 2017
The average annual value is $16 million, which is above Gasol’s $15.5 million salary from last season. But, that can change with a front-loaded or back-loaded deal if it’s not balanced out.
Gasol turned 37 on July 9, so he’ll play the next three seasons to age 40. That could be the end of his career unless Father Time doesn’t bite him before that, something that may be a reason for the partially guaranteed third year.
As for a role, Gasol should fit back in as a starter at center, with the occasional bench spot in smaller lineups. He already did this starting 39 games in the previous season.
In Gasol’s first season with San Antonio, he averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 25.4 minutes. The first and last numbers were career-low marks for him. Will they be improved on in Year 2?