Pau Gasol Says Spurs Would Be ‘An Interesting Option’ In Free Agency
Pau Gasol, the former two-time NBA champion, has expressed interest in joining the San Antonio Spurs when free agency begins this weekend.Advertisement
Gasol, who declined his $7.7 player option with the Chicago Bulls on Monday, is entering the twilight of his career but he’s still capable of bringing veteran leadership to a championship contender.
As translated by HoopsHype, Gasol told Spanish newspaper Marca of his desire to join the Spurs ahead of next season. “There’s talk about passing of the torch with San Antonio and a hypothetical passing of the torch with Duncan,” said the former six-time All-Star and 2002 Rookie of the Year.
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Gasol continued: “For starters, nobody knows if Tim (Duncan) is retiring, and he’s somebody whom I have maximum respect for. In closing, I have to admit the Spurs would be an interesting option for me. I recognize I’m a fan of the way the franchise has done things over the years and the way they play basketball on the court.”
If Duncan were to hang up the boots, San Antonio would be without a starting center. Gasol, who turns 36 next month, could potentially replace Duncan as the team’s primary rim protector.
According to several insiders, the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors are two other teams that could draw interest from Gasol. ESPN’s Ian Begley reckons that Gasol could consider the possibility of reuniting with Phil Jackson, whom he won two championships with in Los Angeles.
“Phil (Jackson) and Pau are very close and the Knicks pursued him in 2014. So he’s among a group of bigs that they’d like to pursue,” Begley reported a few days ago.
Paul Gasol is no spring chicken but he can still put up good numbers. Last season, he averaged 16.5 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Bulls, who missed the playoffs for the first time in the post-Tom Thibodeau era.