Report: Spurs, Pau Gasol agree to two-year, $30 million deal
The San Antonio Spurs and veteran big man Pau Gasol have agreed to terms on a two-year, $30 million deal with a player option for the second season, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Gasol confirmed he would be joining San Antonio in a tweet on Tuesday.
“After many days of a lot of thinking, I’ve decided to join the @Spurs!” Gasol wrote. “Looking forward to this new chapter with the best aspirations!”
Gasol, 35, reportedly had discussions with multiples teams, including the Raptors and Timberwolves, before ultimately deciding to head to San Antonio.
He joins a Spurs team that finished 67–15 last season, the best record in franchise history. However, reports are that Tim Duncan, the longtime centerpiece of the organization, plans to retire this off-season.
Gasol averaged 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in 72 games last year, his second season with the Chicago Bulls. Chicago struggled overall, failing to make the playoffs.
San Antonio will try to take a step forward after being eliminated in the second round of this year’s playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder.