Spaniard Marc Gasol is going to remain with the Memphis Grizzlies. Gasol has agreed to a contract of $110 million, five years maximum, according to league sources. The exact monetary value of Monday’s contract will be determined by the league’s salary cap.
The deal has an early termination option after the fourth year. Last Wednesday, the 30-year-old met with Grizzlies owner Robert Pera in Spain. Gasol has played for Grizzlies throughout his NBA career for seven years. His elder brother Pao played for Grizzlies when he attended high school at Memphis. Before free agency began, Gasol hinted that he’s going to return to Memphis.
During his last tenure of four years for $58 million, Gasol developed into one of the best centers of the league. His average reached a career-high 17.4 points with 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 81 games this past season, guiding the Grizzlies to 55 wins. With Gasol anchoring the offense, Memphis played the Western Conference Finals in 2013 and featured in the playoffs in each of the last five editions of NBA. In 2013, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.
Gasol was picked by Los Angeles Lakers 48th overall in 2nd round of NBA draft, and then was traded to Grizzlies along with Pao in early 2008.