Pau Gasol — Not Just The Lakers — Will Have Contract Options


VIDEO: Pau Gasol scores 19 points and grabs seven rebounds in the Lakers’ recent win over the Kings

HANG TIME WEST – There are the assumptions and the speculation that Kobe Bryant‘s extension increases the possibility Bryant favorite Pau Gasol will get an offer to remain a Laker. And, that obviously, Gasol will jump at the chance because him as a free agent, hat in hand, will be a sad sight.

Then there is the reality: Gasol, he made clear to NBA.com, could be the one to decide to break up.

While he is definitely interested in staying and his affection for the organization is obvious, the player about 6 1/2 months away from free agency said his hopes to win another championship will weigh heavily on what he does in July and may weigh greater than than the opportunity to stay in a familiar setting or to make more money. Especially since there may be another familiar setting out there awaiting the 33-year-old power forward.

“There’s different factors you have to take into account,” Gasol said. “The financial factor. That I’ve been with this franchise, for what I’ve been through, the loyalty I have to them. And also the chances of winning a championship. Those three are the most. What percentage I will give or prioritize, we’ll see when the opportunities come along. But I would like to first be in a position to win a championship again and enjoy the last few years of my career and be in a good position to do so.”

If the projections come true and the Lakers are clearly not a contender, would that increase the chances of leaving?

“If there’s possibilities of being in a place that has those type of chances, it’s something I will think about,” he said. “But, again, I’m not in that position yet. I’m here. We’re just kind of guessing here. We’ll see. We’ll cross the bridge when I get there. No rush.”

The only thing Gasol can say with certainty is that he will not consider a return to Europe. Maybe some day, as a full-circle finish to a career that started in his native Spain, but not in the foresseable future.

The other return? Memphis has not been ruled out.

The Grizzlies are a great financial unknown and team unknown, as well. They face a pending Zach Randolph decision about whether to pick up his $16.5-million option for next season or pass that up in hopes of his stated desire to get a longer deal to stay.

But a return to Memphis does have the obvious emotional appeal for Gasol: the presence of brother, Marc. Plus, Memphis was Pau’s first NBA home, for 6 1/2 years before the trade to the Lakers. And, a future with Randolph (in the final season of the current deal or under a new contract), Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Tony Allen is a positive starting point to a playoff team.

“It’s appealing,” Pau Gasol told NBA.com. “One of the best centers in the NBA, one of the best interior players, is my brother. There’s a lot of attractive factors there. But who knows if that’s even a possibility or if that will ever happen. Right now, I’m just trying to focus on (the Lakers’ opponents) and staying healthy and playing a very successful year so this team and others will have the certainty and the confidence that I am a difference maker, that I am an elite player and I have a lot of years in me.”

Gasol is shooting just 41.7 percent, on early pace for a clear career low and a fifth consecutive season of decline, but is also rebounding at a high rate (9.5 boards per game in just 30.3 minutes, an increase from 2012-13), has a personality that fits in any positive locker-room environment, is a talented passer, and has mountains of playoff experience. Teams will be interested, to where he can’t say whether the Lakers will get a home-town discount on the next contract.

“It depends on the circumstances and the scenarios,” Gasol said. “If I don’t have all the cards, if I only have one, two cards, I can’t really make a decision then. I’ll wait to see what happens. There might be the possibility of an extension that is attractive enough for everyone. That wouldn’t be out of the question. But it’s kind of appealing to be in a position of free choice at the end of the season.”

87 Comments

  1. h-town fan says:

    gasol for lowry

  2. Father says:

    Pau has been finished snce that last title run in 2010. pau is dead as a baller. Completely finished. Stick a fork in him

  3. theaandthea says:

    obviously he will have many options, from theam that will show more respect to him. the lakers needs to change their attitude

  4. KeCe says:

    It’s hard for me to say this, but Pau Gasol is not a second option no more. And i mean not for ANY team in the NBA that wants to compete for trophies.

    He’s not making his moves on the block, The defense is not good enough :( His glory days are clearly over. Due to injuries or not… doesnt matter. @ age 33 Pau hasnt been fully healthy for 2 seasons and my guess he never will be.

    So he can stay as long as the lakers sign/trade a big defensive Center and/or another scoring option alongside Kobe. (so Pau won’t be second option)

  5. chrisman says:

    Thank LA for the good times and put the bad ones behind you. I say find a team that you can come off the bench as a strong sixth man (Jamal Crawford has done so for some time). In your latter days it’s more about playing smart than it is hard, you can still be competitive without having a ‘superhero’ complex. I say put past rivalries behind you and open your mind, think outside the box, I can think of a few teams that could use your size and skill set (ONE MORESO THAN ALL THE OTHERS). Forget the term ‘disloyal’ you know what has to be done if you want that elusive third ring. There’s a big man spot in the east waiting to be ADEQUATELY filled, think of it as ‘MIND over MATTER,’ if your MIND is at peace wherever you go then it doesn’t MATTER what people think.

  6. Ma says:

    Pau Gasol, should take Memphis if he gets the offer. Lakers have a long road back to the
    finals. after Gasol’s days are over. Go home play with Brother Marc and be at home with Family.

  7. Joaquin says:

    I’m Spanish. I think Pau Gasol’s is not as good as he was, and the Lakers have little chance of doing something in the foreseable future with Kobe’s and Pau’s salary already booked. They should part. Pau to a team were he is not so needed (he can still contribute more than enough), Laker to free salary space in order to get better free agents later on. Memphis is not so bad an idea if Randolph leaves, or any any other contender with an active star or two.

  8. Dyron from Belize says:

    Take less money to come win with the Spurs bro……. At least if you want to win! U a bonafide center and TD will help you out down low! Get this out there to Pau’s rep!

  9. Manny says:

    THE REAL TRUTH:
    1) with Kobes large contract, Pau is on his way out
    2) As a laker fan I love Pau, however, seeing as his best days are behind him the Lakers must get more athletic.
    3) We Laker fans have to come to the realization that one “superstar” type of player to go along with role players ( that is all we can afford in this scenario), may not be enough to get another ring at this point. Get 2-3 QUALITY players and alongside Kobe, we will have a legitimate chance to contend.
    4) lastly, we should hold onto jordan hill, xavier henry and maybe a nick young or Farmar, as they may come cheap.
    DO THIS L.A. & WE GIVE OURSELVES THE BEST CHANCE!! Anyone disagree??? -(30yr die-hard Laker fan.

  10. Will The Real Deal says:

    Lakers, Gasol, Randolph, and Memphis should be discussing a trade for those two players. Pau is past his prime and will not help the Lakers the way he is playing now. Z-bo would be a great pick up for La in doing so could possibly have a better chance for a championship if the Lakers get there line ups together and possibly a new coach.

  11. Jay says:

    People talking about the lakers like its been ten years since they won a title. The last time they were in the finals was 2010. The lakers will do fine and get back on top once they work out a good system.

  12. armydreamer says:

    for me, its better to amnesty nash, keep pau..

  13. chuck says:

    YES, he will make a good center for the defenders until he make higher than one inch jump,so the guards on other teams cant block his shots.

  14. David Williams says:

    come on to sacramento

  15. Rip says:

    Pau Gasol is garbage and hasn’t been good for the last 3years. The Lakers should have traded him for better young talent years ago. He isn’t effective at pretty much anything anymore. Every game I want to kill myself watching him back in the post. Shot block after shot blocked. Just horrible and some of you people talking about Kobe’s well deserved contract that he did take a pay cut on. Whether Kobe win’s a championship are not I pay to watch him not Pau Gasol

  16. Max Cordova says:

    I think the lakers should just keep kobe get rid of gasol. Get some really energetic pf like faried and have this kids jordan hill and faried grow together and learn from the great bigmans the lakers had before. Think about it they are extremely athletic they dont really ask for the ball too much so it would work with kobes style of play

  17. SwaggyP_15 says:

    I’m a Laker and I’m sure Pau will be playing for LAL till Kobe retires. A lot of people is saying that Pau is not what he was, or he has no talent, etc. You don’t know what Pau gave to the Lakers. We made 3 straight NBA Finals and we won 2. He must be more agresive (in offense and in defense), but he is playing great.
    The problem here is Mike D’Antoni, we need another coach. Even I’m a better coach than him.
    Pau Gasol is the Scottie Pippen of Kobe Bryant.

  18. Calvin Natt says:

    Would be nice to see him up in Portland with LA, Nic, Wes, Robin & Dame.

  19. hector says:

    U really think is a bad dfender? ok you can watch his defense on dwight in finals against orlando, check whats a good defender

  20. PmacinSac says:

    How soon we forget. Folks, David Stern is public enemy #1 when it comes to Laker Nation. His decision to undermine and ultimately kill the Chris Paul deal changed the course of the entire franchise and brought an end to the competitive phase of the Kobe Era. With CP, Kobe doesn’t get hurt, Pau gets to play his part as an excellent utility big man and the Lake Show sticks around…if you wanna blame someone blame David Stern and his disdain for the pot smoking irreverent Phil Jackson. Blame it on the rain if ya wanna, but whatever you do, don’t blame the Spaniard or the Black Mamba…

    • Witness says:

      Riiiight right yea blame the Lakers not winning on David Stern baaaahahahahahhaahahahahahahha

      Got another delusional idiotic Laker fan here

  21. Aaron says:

    Disloyal Laker fans…wow!! Come to El Heat on a veterans minimum. Leave those clowns…

  22. CHiNO says:

    Don’t Leave Paul You A LAker 4 Life;(

  23. bebetinho says:

    It´s necesary to remember that this season end with a world championship that will celebrate in Spain. This championship, probably, will be tha last big tournament to Pau, so I think that he is looking after to himself this season. I don´t say that Pau itsn´t a professional but this tournament it´s very important to him and I´m sure that he will close some mouths the next summer.

  24. Philippines says:

    Keep Pau Gasol, amnesty Steve Nash, wait for Kevin Love, and keep the bench of the Lakers :)

  25. dirty hadry says:

    best move for pow is join marc in memphis…where pau is weak marc is strong, having his brother(best defender last year) by his side in the paint is quite different than having jordan hill or kaman…

  26. sanjay says:

    he is not a good fit for fast playing teams. I find him very slow!

  27. J says:

    Leave, go, no matter where he ends up, the team he signs with will end up with a good player.

  28. John says:

    I watched Pau at the London Olympics playing for Spain against the USA and he was the main man, kept Spain in touch most of the game. The entire USA team went to him to show respect at the end of the game.

    That one game told me more than all his time at the Lakers.

    He is a skillful power forward, similar, but a different skillset to Dirk. Read all your comments back and put Dirk in place of Pau, talk of athleticism, defence, yada.

    All he needs is to be on a different team that the Lakers and he’ll show his worth!

  29. jake s. says:

    if they keep pau and kobe around much longer they will start looking like the nets. @GeezerCity

  30. Lakers Fan says:

    Pau should leave the Lakers for Minnesota (with Rubio) or Memphis (with Marc) as I don’t think he’s getting the respect he deserves. Sure he’s on the decline but so is Kobe. It’ll be okay if they both have a pay cut, but they were too generous to Kobe and to Pau? As much as I love Pau to retire as a Laker (which he deserves) he’s better of elsewhere.

  31. GZH says:

    He should go to OKC. Best fit for both.

  32. LM says:

    The face is Gasol´s getting old. That´s true and that´s life. Everybody get old, I think. But he´s always been a different player and a magic touch in his hands, besides a smart and clever concept of moving ball and position . Like or not, the glory days in a almost 32 years old player are dizzy now. But I want to thank him for being an excellent professional and a fantastic player

  33. Sinastac says:

    as a laker fan, i love pau…but he needs to step up his defence

  34. Edward says:

    Let him go,not much good anyway

  35. Edjumacator says:

    He IS soft. Peaked in 2010. Devil Stern and Screamin’ Dan Gilbert hosed the Lakers when they stopped them from dealing him for Paul. The rest is history…

    • justsayin says:

      You kind of make Stern’s case for him tha he wasn’t worth Paul.

      • Tim NBA Fan says:

        Most NBA owners can be held accountable if they back out of a deal set up by their GM. Other teams would be less willing to make trades and top GM candidates would be less willing to take a job where their decision-making would be questioned. While Sterns decision to protect New Orleans from a terrible trade decision was the right one, it is his fault alone that the trade was announced in the first place. Stern had a responsibility to his GM to fully communicate what was or wasn’t acceptable in a trade. By failing to inform his GM that he may negate a trade, Stern did the NBA and the Lakers franchise a tremendous disservice. Any other owner who backed out of a deal would have faced negative consequences, but because Stern is above the league and it’s normal consequences, he was able to act outside of the normal parameters of an owner. His actions directly and obviously did immense irreparable damage with zero fairness. At the minimum the franchise harmed the most by his decision should have been compensated in some way. Since franchises can be “punished” for operating outside of the rules by taking away draft picks, the Lakers should have been compensated with an additional 1st round pick. Lamar Odom’s entire life spiraled out of control after that decision, and Pau Gasol has never been the same. There is no excuse for what Stern did. He has done many good things during his tenure, but his refusal to own his mistake will be a permanent stain on his legacy.

  36. Chives says:

    Ungrateful Laker fans? Stop living in the past! We won them 4-5 years ago. Times change. According to your logic, let’s just bring in Shaq and Magic(thankful for their contributions) while we’re thanking Pau. Of course we respect Pau, but he is clearly not the same player 5 years ago. Shooting is down, free throw % is down, athleticism depleted, cannot play defense, etc. He’s been nothing, but a liability with his enormous contract. In the end, love Pau, but he’s got to go.

  37. Truth teller says:

    At this point I don’t know what I as a fan want. So I will let the professionals do their jobs and put a contending team on the floor. If he goes or stays I wish him well.

  38. OKC says:

    sign and trade to okc with first round pick for kendrick perkins expiring and picks. make it happen pau! :D

    • tool316 says:

      That is never going to happen. Not unless it is at the veterans’ minimum, besides, Steven Adams is the future. Perk is going to finish out his contract. He may be an abysmal player at this stage in his career but he still knows how to defend. I see him mentoring Adams until he take over as starting center. There is simply no place for Pau in Oklahoma City.

  39. TheSikhBeast23 says:

    1. Pau has always been a very smart player, but I don’t think that’ll get him anywhere as soon as he is in the league. Don’t get me wrong, basketball I.Q. is always something great to have, but this new type of league is developing a lot of freak athletes, something Pau is not. He needs to condition a heck lot over the summer or a team won’t pick him up this offseason.
    2. Pau is still weak after how long? I always here him saying he’s been lifting every summer, but he seems like the same old Pau Gasoft. Every game, he always gets bullied in the paint by a stronger big guy.
    3. Pau is a terrible defender. Let’s face it, the Lakers don’t have any rim protectors every since Dwight left. Pau isn’t anywhere near the defender Dwight is. Like I said, if Pau conditions over the summer, he’ll get some quickness and vertical in order to keep up with faster big men.
    In all, I really hope the lakers don’t keep Pau. Much respect to him still for getting us two championships but he’s getting old. He needs to really step it up if the Lakers are going to be anywhere close to resigning him.
    Sincerely, a concerned die hard Lakers’ fan

    • PetrGSW says:

      If he had a god-given gift to anticipate on D he wouldnt need to do anything with his body(look at Duncan) but he doesn’t.
      He’s to old to change that by now, but he’s still a good enough offensive player to make up for his D in a fitting system.
      Think he would be a good fit with a defensive big who doesn’t demand the ball on offense.(Ibaka type of player)
      Whoever here wrote about a Perkins plus future draft picks trade for Pau-this may be a good one for everyone involved.

  40. LBJKIN6JAMES says:

    Unless the Heat can find a way to sign him next year, then the next best fit for him would be Houston! Since Asik wants to leave anyway, just replace him Gasol

    • Truth teller says:

      I keep reading your posts like you have any clue about basketball or anything else. PAU HATED PLAYING WITH DWIGHT. He blames him for last years struggles.

    • PetrGSW says:

      Of course, becouse last year with Dwight and Pau together went oh so well for the Lakers… Man these Heat fans are giving me a headache…

  41. Steve says:

    Pau is and has been a highly skilled player who’s a team first kind of guy! Iv’e thoroughly enjoyed his stay in L.A. and wish him the best, wherever he goes! If the Lakers get some skilled and athletic players…say two more guys, L.A. could be a Championship team again! But most likely w Kobes HIGH contract, a sixth Championship for him was “priced out”. Extremely foolish on his part…Oh Well.

    • justsayin says:

      He would have made way more in the long run from endorsements if he had sacrificed to win now and get more rings.

      His decision doesnt make sense from a competitor OR businessman’s standpoint.

      • Witness says:

        O it does only in the sense that KB is one of the most selfish self centered egotistical and narcissistic volume shooting ballhogs the league has ever seen who’s been a terrible teammate throughout his whole career. His decision to still take WAY too much money is just further proof of that. Absolutely no reason he couldnt have taken 10 mil and had PLENTY of space for other players. KB actin like he aint gona be able to eat. Please. GTF outa here KB

  42. p3 says:

    If I were Pau, I would leave LAL and join his bro in MEM or back in ESP :-)

  43. justin says:

    get rid of this garbage

    • Kome the Black Dumba says:

      Obviously you don’t understand basketball. Not all plays involved a high flying dunk, nasty crossover or and-1s. There’s something called ball movement, setting good picks, cuts and spacing as well. And I think Pau is a master of that which I know you’ll never understand. This garbage got LA two more rings. Without a big like him you think LA could win with just Kobe and Bynum?

    • sick says:

      kobe is the garbage .. lol

  44. HeatFansDon'tExist says:

    I think it would be pretty cool if he went back to the Grizzlies.

  45. lakeshow says:

    well if he keeps playing the way he is this year he wont be worth much in free agency hall of famer or not.

  46. kyle says:

    the Lakers need to move him and try and get something to help them build for the future. while its great that Kobe’s back even he isn’t going to be around soon with the mileage he has on him, but at least let the guy (Kobe) finish with the team so he can go out as possibly the greatest Laker player.

    • Kome the Black Dumba says:

      If you mean the best it`s Magic and Kareem . Kobe has a long way to go.

      • bryantTheGiant says:

        kobe is the greatest laker hands down, even magic admitted the fact,and also kareem wasnt a laker for his whole career so u cant put him into the mix

      • Witness says:

        Please the greatest Laker hands down HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Wow. Just love them KB fanboys.

  47. Ahmad Rashad says:

    In all seriousness, Pau Gasol is a highly well spoken person. He speaks like a politician.

  48. I M My Own Fan says:

    Lakers with or without Gasol are “NO” contenders;
    Lakers with Carmelo (obviously with Kobe) is a guarantee “Failure”.
    Kobe and Melo will have a hard time in figuring out who’s gonna get the ball most of the time and both of ‘em demand the ball to be effective throughout the game. Being that said, I don’t see the Lakers being a contender in Kobe’s last years!!! (unless the Lakers bring in a decent supportive cast and NOT another star player)

    Anyone out there want to say anything? Prove me wrong with Championships; “NOT” with words, stats and/or anything!!! (C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N-S-H-I-P-s)

    • Truth teller says:

      Unless you are a celtics fan, don’t even say the word.

    • QJ says:

      Championships? Apparently, someone hasn’t counted Kobe’s rings, not to mention the 16 titles altogether in the franchise! ;) LAKER NATION BABY!!

      • theking0522 says:

        Here comes the Lakers fans…Talking about past rings? Who gives a…..? How many have you won recently? Your team is irrelevant in the west.

      • Witness says:

        Yea we counted enough to know that out of those 5 rings he was a sidekick for 3 of em winnint 2 MVPS out of the 5. SHAQ was the man for the 3 peat and always will be nothing will ever change that. The fact is KB has only ever “led” 2 teams to championships and even then his ridiculously bad Game 7 against the Celtics had to be saved by his teammates.

  49. Izan Oen says:

    I hope he leaves the Lakers, too.

  50. LBJKIN6JAMES says:

    If he’s smart, he’ll join the Heat on the veterans minimum

  51. Andrew says:

    Pau, was a great player. Pau’s the reason why the Lakers have the highest scoring bench. Anytime he’s in the game, the Lakers usually end up falling behind by 15 or 20, his defense is driving me insane. Not to mention every center Pau has played against this season has made him look absolutely foolish.

  52. Wilson says:

    How many times has Kobe called you out in public? How many times has the coach bad mouthed you and called you soft? How many times were you on the trading block? The organization hasn’t shown the same loyalty as you Pau. Go find a better team and try and win another championship. Lakers will be a mediocre team for years to come, just look at Kobe’s new contract.

    • Kome the Black Dumba says:

      Hey, that’s actually true! Pau was always the scapegoat whenever things got bad in LA. People always forget he was the main . reason for the last two rings. He does deserve a better home till his retirement. How about the Grizzlies? Home coming and play with his brother.

  53. Philip says:

    I hope he leaves the lakers.

    • asdfghjkl says:

      Are these how Lakers fans will give thanks to the man that brought them back to back championships?. He is the Scottie Pippen of Kobe, without Pau, Kobe might not even be compared to MJ right now.

      • Jamokey says:

        I would get rid of Kobe and give Pau more money to stay. As long as Kobe is a Laker, the rest of the team will never get the recognition they deserve.

      • justsayin says:

        Kobe was the Scottie Pippen of Shaq.

        Kobe shouldn’t be compared to MJ because MJ was never anyone’s Scottie.

        Count the Finals MVPs. To this day I’m astounded at the disloyalty they showed to the Diesel. Never felt the same about the team that made me love the game (Showtime era) since.

      • Pau will not leave the lakers cuz they’ll be having another dynasty on 2014..he’ll be back

      • Catdogg1003 says:

        You sound crazy…Pau is a bum…he had his glory days and he’s not hungry anymore…Mark Gasol is a beast..Id take him any day of Pau…Kobe is and always will be great with our without Pau gasol…

    • Joshua sorrell says:

      phil is that you. Jackson plzz comeback …. we have reconsidered and buss will give you the moon.

    • Scotty the great says:

      I would be interested to see how effective he is on a team that he’d be the true second option on. And a strong second option at that.

    • TENMAN says:

      Leave the Lakers, Kobe Bryant won’t win another ring unless he is surrounded by younger players that can fit in with the new NBA style. Pau your getting older and you have been slawing out these past years. When will you pull it together? Its time for you and Kobe to get a divorce.

    • Another Heat Fan says:

      I hope he leaves the Lakers too. I don’t think he will get another ring there.
      Another ring for Gasol will secure him a Hall of Fame spot.
      It’s arguable whether he has a spot in the HoF right now (i would say he should in my opinion)
      But if he gets another ring then for sure he will be HoF first ballot even.

      I don’t think the grizzlies are a good fit for him because that team is on the decline. I wanna say maybe houston?
      Houston will do some damage in the playoffs this year but won’t win (not enough experience) but he might be the last piece of the puzzle for them next year if they find a way to acquire him.