Home
Lakers News: Pau Gasol ‘Probably Not’ Interested In Taking Pay Cut Reviewed by Momizat on . Once the 2013-13 NBA season has come to an end, the Los Angeles Lakers franchise will have a lot of questions to be answered. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will bot Once the 2013-13 NBA season has come to an end, the Los Angeles Lakers franchise will have a lot of questions to be answered. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will bot Rating:
You Are Here: Home » News » Lakers News: Pau Gasol ‘Probably Not’ Interested In Taking Pay Cut

Lakers News: Pau Gasol ‘Probably Not’ Interested In Taking Pay Cut

Pau Gasol 3Once the 2013-13 NBA season has come to an end, the Los Angeles Lakers franchise will have a lot of questions to be answered. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will both become free agents next July along with a quite a few others on the team.

As of right now, the Lakers re-signing Kobe is basically a foregone conclusion, but Gasol’s future remains up in the air.

With that being said, Gasol may very well be headed elsewhere after this season if unable to come to terms with the Lakers. Not only is Gasol’s future in doubt even with the regular season yet to be played, but it appears as thought he’s not sold on the idea of potentially taking a pay cut to stay with the Lakers.

Gasol recently spoke with Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News and expressed no desire to accept a pay cut:

In the interest of the Lakers maximizing their financial flexibility, would Gasol accept taking a significant paycut?

“Probably not,” he said. “You have to explore your options, but I would like to continue to play for the Lakers and maybe finish my career here. But you have to see the cards on the table.”

At this point in time, there’s no telling what will happen with this team once the season comes to an end. Even Kobe’s fate remains to be seen with uncertainty looming about his long-term health. It’d be safe to say something drastic would have to happen in order for Bryant not to re-sign with the Lakers or for the team to part ways with the five-time NBA champion.

As for Gasol, literally anything could happen from the start of the season to the beginning of NBA free agency in July. Gasol’s fate still remains in his hands as he may be able to play his way to a new lucrative deal. Trade rumors, injuries and potential free agents the team may target might derail Gasol’s attempt to stay in Los Angeles, but as of right now he’s a Laker and wants to stay.

———————————————————————————-

Check out our interview with Elias Harris

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Says Michael Jordan Stole Moves Too
Mike D’Antoni: Steve Nash Will Have Off And On Issues All Year

About The Author

Ryan is a senior writer for Lakers Nation and Examiner.com with an undying passion writing about the Los Angeles Lakers. Follow Ryan on Twitter: @Lakers_Examiner

Number of Entries : 1210
  • Daryl Peek

    Oh boy! This is gonna stir up a firestorm! Pau is just doing the same thing Kobe is. He’s positioning himself for reasonable negotiating going forward. No players of their caliber are gonna come out and say they will play for the minimum.

    • Jim213

      Correct, but you know many will take it out of context.

  • Jim213

    No one is taking pay cuts. Contracts are ending and it’ll be time to renegotiate. If they don’t like what’s on the table that’s due to their their overall play/consistency then good luck and see you later.

    Brand over any player though a team shouldn’t try to pay a player less for what they bring to the table. (=) Consistency is the name of the game like KB24′s game (this post excludes Kobe) though he makes most of his $$ from his endorsements.

  • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

    Pau deserves what Tim Duncan gets paid IMO or at the very least what KG makes.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Pau is looking at it in the position of strength. When you are making a deal, you want to be in a position of strength. Hence the comment that he will not take a pay cut. However, it will all depend on what is on the table for him and for the franchise. Ditto with Kobe.

    I do believe that they will both sign to a lesser contract… Gasol for 10-12M, Kobe for 15M…

    • Jim213

      Writers/reporters will always try to get the scoop. Gasol, shouldn’t have commented on this given that if he has a mediocre type of season and the team struggles during the first few months it’s likely that he may get traded, just another year of trade rumors with Gasol if he doesn’t show consistency.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        Hey, this is LA… the media will always say something… and Gasol knows this… in fact, I will say he should have said more… put fire on Jim’s ass. lol… again, he was on the position of strength… he knows what he is doing… he is laying his card… come dealing time… the first one who blinks, loses.

        • Jim213

          Agree, but we’ll get tired of the articles they come up with to take Gasol’s comment out of context.

  • CharlieMurphy!

    Ah, how the table has turned. How many years have the Lakers tried to, or talked about trading Pau? I think Pau deserves to be the one in the drivers seat this time. Let management realize how important this guy is to the team. So go ahead Jim Buss, trade him! See if he’ll accept a sign and trade! Ha!

Privacy Policy | © 2014 Medium Large, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Scroll to top