All that said, Gasol’s future with the Spurs beyond t…

All that said, Gasol’s future with the Spurs beyond this season is a mystery. But no matter the outcome of his time in San Antonio, Gasol is not considering retirement. He still believes there is more basketball to be played and plans to do so until he feels ready to step away. “In two summers, I might think about it a little more,” Gasol said. “It might be an option then, maybe. And maybe not because I love what I do. I work my ass off to do what I do at this stage, to keep up with the pace of the game and the progress and the development of the game today. I take pride in that. That’s what makes me who I am.”

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Melissa Rohlin: Pau said he wanted to re-sign w the Spurs, likes the way they manage vets. Said he trusted they’d take care of him when he opted out.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have re-signed forward/center Pau Gasol. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. During the 2016-17 season, Gasol appeared in 64 games in his first year with the Silver and Black, averaging 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.09 blocks in 25.4 minutes while shooting .502 (303-604) from the field, a career-best .538 (56-104) from beyond the arc and .707 (130-184) from the foul line. On April 12 at Utah he scored his 20,000th career point to become just the second European player to eclipse 20,000 points for their career, joining Dirk Nowitzki.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Free agent Pau Gasol's deal to return to Spurs: three years, $48M with a partial guarantee on final year.
The Spurs are also working to finalize a new deal with free-agent center Pau Gasol, league sources said. Gasol declined his option for the 2017-18 season.
The Spanish big man recently touched on his playing career, as well as re-signing with the San Antonio Spurs, where he made it clear, he is looking to play as many seasons he can in the NBA. "I want to play the maximum number of seasons, as long as I feel good. I have played 16-years in the NBA and I hope to play some more, but I have to keep working and respect any injuries, as I have so far."
As for re-signing with the Spurs after opting out of his deal, Pau says both sides are looking forward to getting a deal done and is hoping to reach an agreement soon. Pau also spoke on the West getting stronger this offseason, saying the Spurs are still one of the best in the West. "All the teams in the West, especially the top teams, are getting much stronger to compete and try to beat the first level of teams, like the Spurs."
Gasol has decided to decline an option worth $16.2 million next season and become a free agent, league sources said Tuesday. His intention seems to be to negotiate a new long-term deal with the Spurs at a lower annual salary that could offer the team instant salary cap relief with which to lure additional free agents in July. Like the third-act plot twist of one of Gasol’s favorite operas, the decision comes as something as a surprise for a player set to turn 37 next month.
Pau Gasol indicated he would opt in to his $16 million player option for next season. “Now that I know more (about) the conditions I’m playing with and the circumstances, I can figure out better how to be effective,” he said.
Gasol signed a two-year deal worth roughly $30 million with the Spurs. The second year of the deal is a player option worth $16 million. Asked if he intended to opt-in Year 2 of his contract, Gasol agreed it’s a safe bet. “My intention is to continue here, and to be here as long as I can,” said Gasol, who will turn 37 before the start of the 2017-18 season.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed forward-center Pau Gasol. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Gasol, 7-0/250, is a 15-year veteran and a four-time All-NBA selection who has won two NBA Championships. The six-time All-Star was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2010-11 and 2014-15 while earning All-NBA Third Team honors in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Mike Monroe: #Spurs make it official, announce signing of @Pau Gasol ; they don't do terms but sources say 2 years, $30 mil
Pau Gasol: After days thinking about my future, I've decided to join the San Antonio Spurs! Very excited about this new chapter with the highest aspirations!
David Robinson: Welcome @paugasol to the @spurs family. The best organization in sports. You'll fit right in. #GoSpursGo
Marc Stein: The Spurs are lasered in now on signing Pau Gasol, sources say, which obviously becomes even more crucial if Tim Duncan elects to walk away
Darren Wolfson: Immediate KD trickle down is what will Pau do. Do the Spurs make as much sense now? #Twolves still have strong $$ offer on table, I hear.
Six-time NBA All-Star Pau Gasol has emerged as the target of a lucrative bidding war in free agency that has at least four teams chasing him, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com on Sunday that Gasol has received significant interest in recent days from the Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors in addition to the San Antonio Spurs, who are widely expected to be a top contender for Gasol in the event that the Spurs do not win the Kevin Durant Sweepstakes.
Marc Stein: Toronto/Minnesota/Portland/San Antonio have all registered firm interest in Gasol, but the landscape might be easier to judge after KD lands
Ramona Shelburne: Portland remains very much in the hunt for Pau Gasol even after the Evan Turner signing today, per league sources. Might take some maneuvering, but Blazers have room & flexibility.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources on @The Vertical: After agreeing to $70M deal with Evan Turner, Portland aggressively pursuing Pau Gasol. yhoo.it/299lK6q
Paul Garcia: Adrian Wojnarowski says Pau Gasol is in Spain right now and he's a "priority" for the Spurs. Duncan is "seriously considering" stepping away. Undecided.
Ramona Shelburne: To put even more perspective on Lakers choice on Mozgov. Been told door was open on Pau's side for a return.
Paul Garcia: Adrian Wojnarowski also says Gasol hasn't ruled out returning to the Lakers. Woj says one factor for Pau is being in a big city.
Jon Krawczynski: Wolves, Knicks have inquired on Pau Gasol. I get the feeling he prefers a ready-made title contender more though. We'll see.
Ramona Shelburne: One sneaky team to watch in Pau Gasol free agency: Golden State Warriors. If they miss on KD, been told they are very interested. Gasol took less to sign with Bulls. He isn't keen on doing so again, but market + contender status matters to him.
Adrian Wojnarowski: I'm told that Pau Gasol is a real priority for them. They tried to get him before he signed with Chicago.
Nick Friedell: Both Bulls and Pau know he'll be playing elsewhere next season. - RT: Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Pau Gasol, as expected, officially notified the Bulls today that he's declining his 2016-17 option and going to free agency
Keenan Mumma: @stevekylerNBA not saying it's going to happen, but could the Lakers financially get Barnes, Conley, and P.Gasol? Ranking in the West? Steve Kyler: Depends on what Gasol wants in a contract, but I can tell you neither is looking for a reunion.
Your brother Pau will be a free agent. Do you still consider the Spurs the best team for him? Marc Gasol: I think so. What the franchise represents, how the franchise works, how the club treats the players, the winning culture.
Paxson on Noah: “Jo’s an unrestricted free agent, as is Pau. We’ve got several of those on our roster. A lot of that, this is up to them. We are going to sit down with Jo obviously, his agent, and talk and see. Anyone who has been around us, anybody who has spoken to either Gar or I about Joakim, they know how we feel about him. He represents a lot of things that we believe in. To me, he’s one of the most genuine people I’ve ever been around in this business, as far as people go. So we have an affinity for Jo. But we’ve got to talk, we’ve got to see where it goes.”
"Nothing is set right now," Gasol said after the game. "Definitely, I will evaluate what I need to when the time comes. But the way the team has responded to adversity and the way we finished up the season has not been so far great, and it's been disappointing. So at the end of the day, when the time comes, I will evaluate things. It's hard to finish the season like this. It's not finished, but we're in a very, as we know, extremely difficult position, so everything will be thought of and considered."
Gasol, who signed in Chicago during the summer of 2014 after the Bulls missed out on Carmelo Anthony, said he hasn't considered the fact that he might be playing his final three games in a Bulls uniform. "Not really," he said. "I want to play every game -- I always try to play every game like it's my last. I try to give it my all. I'm at a point in my career where I've played a lot of basketball and try to give it my best every single night. I think I'm doing overall pretty good, but I'm not thinking that it could be my last game [with the Bulls]. I mean, it could. It could be your last game any night, any given night, so from that standpoint, I don't think too much ahead about it."
The Bulls face changes this summer with both Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah headed to free agency. Sources said the Bulls are softening on the public stance general manager Gar Forman issued at the trade deadline that Gasol "is part of the core," not to mention Gasol is open-minded to entertaining rival offers.
Pau Gasol: I don't know what kind of effort the team will put in to re-sign me. I do know I put in effort into this, turning down a better offer money-wise to play for a contender. If (the effort) is not there, I'll have to consider other options. Sure, money will not be the most important factor, but I also want them to value my performance.
Is re-signing Gasol a priority? Gar Forman: "We really like Pau. We were thrilled when he came. We think he has been very good for us these last two years. We see him as a part of our core."
“Some, a little, but some,’’ Gasol responded, when asked if the coaching change from Tom Thibodeau to Hoiberg would factor into his decision. “I think the coaching position is an important position. I’ve played for many coaches, I’ve been through many coaching changes throughout my career, and I knew this season was going to be a little of a transition, adjusting to the new philosophy, which is pretty different from what we had last year. So that was going to have an impact, but I couldn’t control that impact. Again, it was out of my control. So you have to keep that in mind, but I don’t think that will be a downside in this situation.’’
KC Johnson: In interview with the Tribune, Bulls GM Gar Forman confirms team will try to re-sign Pau Gasol this summer.
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