Gasol admitted that there are retirement thoughts circling in his mind. After all, he becomes 40 years old in July. “It’s a possibility that there is there too. I’ll have 40 springs this summer, which is not a small number. I understand that sooner or later, whether this summer, next season or another, my retirement is inevitable. I hope not already,” Gasol added. “I hope that the foot recovers so that it can allow me to play a little more. We will see how much more. Enjoy one last season.”
“I did a treatment at the end of December to improve my chances of recovery,” Gasol said to EFE, per AS. “And now the rehabilitation is going slowly, without the rush and pressure of being on a team. I give it more time and take care of it. I hope everything goes well and I can recover soon.”
Ramona Shelburne: Pau Gasol tells @NBAonESPNRadio he’s hoping to play for Spain in the 2020 Olympics if he can rehab his injured foot in time. Next year in the NBA is a possibility, too.
Gasol’s goal is to remain in the NBA but Barcelona is ready to talk to the Spanish big man to understand if he is interested in returning to Europe to play and be ready for Tokyo 2020 when he will retire from International basketball. Barcelona owns Gasol’s rights in Europe and would love to bring the center back after his successful NBA career.
Pau Gasol wasn’t really thinking about a possible return to Europe before getting signed by the Portland Blazers. While Gasol’s Spanish national team teammates Nikola Mirotic and Alex Abrines will be coming back to EuroLeague next season, having both joined Barcelona, the plan for the two-time NBA champion was always to stay in the NBA.
“I really didn’t weigh the possibility of returning to Europe,” Gasol said per Marca. “My idea was to remain in the NBA. After seeing all the options, the one that Portland had was the best and the one I felt fits best to my career at this time.” Gasol also mentioned a potential return Europe would possibly bring him back to the team he played before moving to the NBA: Barcelona.
Pau Gasol: I'm very excited to announce that next season (my 19th in the @NBA) I'll play for the @Portland Trail Blazers. ✍🏼😀 Ready and happy to join one of the best teams in the league! pic.twitter.com/NcE6UJbsZ4
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, league source tells ESPN.
Another name to watch is Pau Gasol. The Pistons have interest in him, a person with firsthand knowledge of the situation told the Free Press. A partnership could be natural, considering Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem is Gasol’s former agent. Tellem attended Gasol’s wedding last weekend.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent C @Pau Gasol wants to return next season and says he's recovering well from left foot procedure. He tells ESPN: "My recovery from surgery has been smooth and I expect to be fully cleared for basketball activities in early August. I cannot wait to start training again."
Gasol has previously said he thinks Milwaukee -- with Giannis Antetokounmpo -- has a real shot at winning a championship ... and it's clear he still feels that way. "I think it would make sense," Gasol told us when we asked about going back to the Bucks ... "I want to help a team win a championship."
Ernest Macia: .@Pau Gasol: “The future is uncertain in my case, but I hope it’s in the NBA, in a good team and in a good situation. Let’s wait for July. I’ll be a free agent on July 1st”. @CatalunyaRadio @ClubMitjanit
Pau Gasol on his free agency: "Staying in Milwaukee? Yeah, it's something that I think it would be nice and I'd like that."
Despite continuously battling injuries during his 18th NBA season, Pau Gasol hopes to continue playing at the highest possible level. He was drafted in 2001 and is a NBAer since, but talks about a potential return to FC Barcelona Lassa never ceased. Gasol, 38, talked about the issue with Movistar Plus. “This has been a topic of conversation since I left Barca in 2001. I’ve always said it would be nice, that I would be excited. However, as time goes by difficulty rises. Every time I move on it gets more complicated, I want and can continue playing in the NBA. I never say never, but the door is closing” he mentioned.
Nikola Mirotic: Destiny returns the ideal people to your side when you least expect it. Here is the "boss" Pau Gasol. pic.twitter.com/FktK9ZwEIC
Albert Nahmad: Pau Gasol has cleared waivers, and is now free to sign with the Bucks. If he were to sign today, he’d earn $527K for the rest of the season, declining $13.5K per day after (to partially offset the $2.5M he gave up in his buyout with the Spurs, per @Shams Charania).
Albert Nahmad: Bucks will sign Pau Gasol to a ROS min deal, for which a $527K salary would create a net obligation and cap hit of $333K, leaving them $546K below tax line, which, as noted by @Bobby Marks, ensures they'd stay under even if Tony Snell earns all $500K of his realistic bonuses.
“Pau Gasol is an exceptional individual and the ultimate professional,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “We are grateful for his contributions on the court, in the locker room and in our community.”
Pau Gasol: Today, I bid farewell to @San Antonio Spurs. It’s been a dream to play for 1 of most storied franchises in @NBA history, an honor to be part of Spurs family. To all the staff, my teammates, the coaches, RC, Pop and, above all, the fans, thank you for making this place so special. #GoSpursGo!
Bobby Marks: If Pau Gasol signs on Sunday after clearing waivers, Milwaukee will be $546K below the luxury tax. Tony Snell has $500K in unlikely bonuses for wins and playoff success. Bucks would stay under by $46K if all the incentives (good chance) are met.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The San Antonio Spurs and center Pau Gasol have agreed on a contract buyout, clearing the way for the six-time All-Star to be playoffs-eligible for his next team, league sources told ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pau Gasol is planning to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell ESPN.
Bobby Marks: Pau Gasol had roughly $10.3M remaining on his contract with San Antonio; $3.6M for the remainder of this season and $6.7M guaranteed in 2019-20. The Spurs will still incur a cap hit for next season but at a reduced amount.
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.”
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Pau Gasol has agreed on a three-year deal to return to the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell ESPN.
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 Spurs are working to finalize a new deal with free agent center Pau Gasol too, league sources said.
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: For the Spurs, this is a way to get salary cap relief on the 2017-18 roster. Gasol will return on a smaller annual salary.
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 question was simple: With half the season complete, is Pau Gasol satisfied with the decision to sign with the Spurs last summer? The answer was just as simple: yes. “It was a great decision,” Gasol told the Express-News. “I came here to have a chance to win a title and we’re second in the league right now, second best record, so that puts you in a position to win a title. That was a priority, and it still is.”
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
Jon Krawczynski: Not a surprise that Pau Gasol chose San Antonio. But I am told the Timberwolves' 1st offer to him was 2/36. May have increased over last day or so
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Pau Gasol is finalzing a deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell @The Vertical.
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.
Chris Broussard: San Antonio, Toronto, Portland all battling for Pau Gasol. SA & Toronto currently the frontrunners, source says. Blazers not out of it tho.
Marc Stein: Strongest prediction we've got in the midnight hour: Pau Gasol heads to San Antonio if Durant, as expected, chooses Thunder or Warriors
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.
The Blazers, sources said, are offering a two-year deal in the $40 million range to try to land Gasol, who spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Bulls.
Marc J. Spears: T-Wolves have made an aggressive two-year offer to Bulls free agent big man Pau Gasol to reunite him with coach Thibs, source said. Keep eye on Blazers & Spurs, too.
Ramona Shelburne: The market for Pau Gasol appears to be around $18-22 million/year. Raptors, Bulls, Blazers, Wolves, Spurs among the teams in discussions with him, per sources. Not clear yet if he'll wait until Durant decides.
Marc Stein: Following up on that @Ramona Shelburne tweet: Lots of noise out there about Portland putting a two-year, $40 million offer down to Pau Gasol.
Marc Stein: No guarantees this crazy (already) summer but the idea Pau Gasol would opt to wait for the Durant decision before making his own makes sense
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
Alex Kennedy: Another team in the Pau Gasol sweepstakes: The Portland Trail Blazers are pursuing Pau Gasol and sources say they're making a large offer.
Jon Krawczynski: I'm told Thibodeau had a long talk with Pau Gasol last night. Wolves pushing for him. Pau looking hard at Portland, San Antonio as well
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.
Paul Garcia: Adrian Wojnarowski says the Spurs are expected to make contact with Gasol in the morning.
Quixem Ramirez: Adrian Wojnarowski on Pau Gasol: "He loves everything about San Antonio. From a basketball standpoint, it's perfect."
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.
ESPN reported last week that Golden State is "all-in" on the pursuit of Durant, but sources said this week that the 2015 champions plan to retain Barnes and try to sign a proven big man -- sources say Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, David West and Timofey Mozgov are all potential targets -- if Durant stays with Oklahoma City or chooses to sign with another team.
Adrian Wojnarowski: I'm told that Pau Gasol is a real priority for them. They tried to get him before he signed with Chicago.
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.
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
The deadline for the formality of Pau Gasol declining his player option of $7.7 million is Monday. The Knicks are one of many teams who will pursue Gasol, who will play for Spain in the Olympics.
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.
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